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NISOD schedules a series of year-round, high-quality, and thought-provoking webinars. Led by community and technical college leaders and other experts in the field, NISOD webinars enable faculty members to conveniently learn about best practices and cutting-edge research related to effective teaching. Each webinar, a free benefit for NISOD-member colleges, includes timely, learning-focused, and action-oriented objectives that will help faculty members improve their teaching techniques for online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face courses. The combination of powerful expertise and interactive technology promises to bring new life to professional development on campuses around the world.

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Supporting Students: Pause, Plan, Persist

The experience of a global pandemic and the shift to online learning has brought with it new challenges for students and the staff who support them. This webinar presents a three-step approach to supporting your students with a focus on pausing, planning, and persisting during uncertain times. Participants review the key attributes of a successful online student and discuss techniques to help struggling students see a path forward. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Discuss the three-step approach of pausing, planning, and persisting and how it ties into student relationships 
  2. Review what actions and behaviors are associated with successful online students. 
  3. Discuss the stages of change and review coaching strategies to assist students overcome objections within each stage. 

Laura Corddry is the associate vice president of student experience at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Her role includes oversight of the Office of Dispute Resolution and Student Conduct, Workforce Management and Contact Center Operations, the Office of Online Engagement, student experience support services, SNHU's Advantage Program, employee engagement, and the learning and development team that supports all student experience staff. In addition, Laura co-chairs the risk assessment team, and leads the employee engagement squad for the online division of SNHU. Laura's bachelor’s degree is in human services with a minor in counseling from Lesley University, and her master’s degree is in higher education administration with a specialization in planning and policy from UMass Lowell. Laura has spent most of her career in higher education, including roles at Lesley University, Pine Manor College, and UMass Lowell. When her children were very young, she took a brief sabbatical from higher education and worked as a floral designer and as a contractor for the Department of Public Health. When not at work, Laura enjoys spending time outdoors in the summer, watching the Bravo Network, hunting for treasures in local thrift shops and flea markets, planning her next vacation getaway, or hanging out with family and friends.  

Julie Sughrue is a learning facilitator for the learning and development team at Southern New Hampshire University. In her role, she provides engaging and high-quality learning experiences for newly hired team members, experienced staff members, and leaders across all student-facing teams. Some of Julie’s specialties include soft skill development, informal leadership development, and employee empowerment. Julie’s bachelor's degree is in nutritional sciences from the University of New Hampshire, and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in communication from SNHU. Julie has always enjoyed teaching and interacting with classroom participants. Prior to her role with SNHU, Julie worked for several years as a registered dietitian for the New Hampshire Food Bank and taught healthy cooking classes for low income audiences throughout the state. When not at work, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, experimenting in the kitchen, and has recently taken up gardening (though she hasn’t grown anything consumable yet).  

Katelyn O'Clair is a learning facilitator on the learning and development team at Southern New Hampshire University. As a facilitator, she aims to provide an experience for her learners that is engaging, positive, and impactful, and she makes a conscious effort to bring her authentic self to each session to create a safe space for staff. Her specialties include soft skill development, informal leadership development, technology deployment, and bringing fun into her classrooms. Katelyn’s main audiences include newly hired employees, experienced staff members, and leadership across SNHU’s student experience teams for the Manchester, NH location. She also helped launch and provide continued training for SNHU’s Tucson, AZ location. Katelyn received her bachelor's degree in sociology with concentrations in environmental studies and biology from Keene State College and received her master’s degree in communication from SNHU. Katelyn runs a small calligraphy business with a focus on wedding clientele. She uses the same authenticity and professionalism she has in the classroom to understand the needs of each couple to make the details of their celebrations as unique as they are. When not at work or doing calligraphy, Katelyn enjoys running outdoors, finding a new binge-worthy series to watch on Netflix, taking trips to the beach, adventuring to new restaurants, and spending time with friends and loved ones. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Questions That Create Connections: Fostering Deep Learning in Person and Online With Polling and Quizzing 

Whether online, in-person, or any imaginable combination of the two, student engagement matters now more than ever. In this webinar, participants learn how to get started quickly using polling and asynchronous quizzes to facilitate active learning, gather timely student feedback, and create connections online or in person.  

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Communicate how different question types can facilitate multimodal learning. 
  • Utilize low stakes quizzing to “flip” your class, virtually or face-to-face 
  • Understand how to create “on-the-fly” poll questions that maximize in-the-moment learning opportunities. 
  • Gain free trial access to a polling and quizzing solution. 

Mandy Shaffer, Macmillan Learning
Mandy Shaffer has more than 17 years of experience in education with a focus on student success, engagement, and technology. She is the director of institutional initiatives at Macmillan Learning. Mandy holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in elementary education from The Ohio State University. After teaching in the classroom, she turned her passion for teaching and learning to writing and editing textbooks, developing educational technologies, presenting and training on pedagogy, technology, and retention platforms, and consulting with institutions on retention, student success, and engagement. An Ohio native, Mandy now calls Orlando, Florida home.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

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A Syrian Immigrant's Perspective on Teaching English to Non-Native Speakers

This webinar presents an activity that teaches English to international and immigrant students. The presented activity includes three procedures that shore up students' confidence and build their prowess in a college writing course. First, participants use a candy-based exercise, including the well-known Hershey’s Kisses, to stimulate the five senses and generate descriptive words. Next, participants focus on using the descriptive words to create sentences with a template that organizes ideas and creates a structure for paragraph development and coherence. Finally, participants cooperate to create a separate paragraph that describes a different object or experience by modeling the pattern provided in the template. 

Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Learn a new activity to teach writing to non-native English speakers. 
  2. Use a new approach to increase student engagement rates. 
  3. Reduce linguistic barriers and increase the confidence of non-English speaking students. 

Professor Ali Khalil joined the English department at the Community College of Rhode Island in December 2018. From 2011 to 2018 he served as an English instructor and an international student advisor at the flagship campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. In addition, Professor Khalil served as the President of the Arkansas Association for Developmental Education in 2018. As a current doctoral candidate at Arkansas State University, he is researching best retention practices and policies at two-year community colleges and four-year universities. Professor Khalil is an active member of the National Education Association and the National Organization for Student Success. Since 2019, Professor Khalil shared his insights on best practices of teaching English to non-native speakers, along with high-impact retention policies, at the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas; the Two-Year College English Association conference in Portland, Maine; the New England Association of Teachers of English conference in Danvers, Massachusetts; the American Association for Behavioral and Social Sciences conference in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the National Organization for Student Success conference in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2018, Professor Khalil was awarded the Middle East Research Grant from Arkansas State University. As a Syrian American, Professor Khalil brings a new perspective on student success as practiced in other nations, including Syria, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates, where he recently conducted a research on curricular policies and their impact on students’ persistence. 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

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Guided Pathways: A First Look at Student Experiences and the Role of Faculty

Across the country, colleges are redesigning guided pathways. How are students experiencing this change? This webinar discusses a national report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement that takes a first look at how students are experiencing this transformational reform. Participants also learn how faculty are changing the guided pathways framework at Wallace State Community College.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review data from the Center for Community College Student Engagement that depicts how students are experiencing the guided pathways reform effort.
  • Explore how full-time and part-time faculty engage in the guided pathways reform effort.
  • Become familiar with how one college is engaging faculty in the guided pathways reform effort.

A 30-year veteran educator, Kathy Buckelew has taught students at the middle school, high school, and community college levels. She has been a faculty member at Wallace State Community College – Hanceville for 16 years. She chaired the PULSE (Pathways United for Learning, Service, and Excellence) Team, which developed a campus-wide, Pathways-focused learning community initiative. Currently, she serves as Department Chairperson of English and Humanities at Wallace State. She has been named Wallace State’s Outstanding Academic Faculty Member, was nominated for the Chancellor’s Award, and received a NISOD Award. She was recently nominated for the AACC Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Award. Kathy earned a doctorate from The University of Alabama in higher education administration, an educational specialist degree in secondary English language arts from UA, a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of North Alabama.

Linda L. García is the Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (the Center) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Director of College Relations at the Center. Previously, Linda was Vice President of Community College Relations at the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University, and she has worked at Lone Star College, Maricopa Community Colleges, and The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Linda’s experience includes student development, instructional support, grant writing, and teaching. She serves as a coach for the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways 2.0 and Texas Pathways Project. Linda earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in broadcast and a doctorate in higher education administration with a specialization in community college leadership from The University of Texas at Austin. Her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is from The University of Texas at Brownsville.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

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The Scope of Colleges

This webinar explores why and how faculty must align and connect course objectives, course learning outcomes, and program learning outcomes with syllabi, class lessons, and assessment plans. The facilitator explains curriculum mapping and how it affects student success. Participants learn to identify the disconnect between instructor, student, and employers, and how to connect course objectives to employers’ demands.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Clearly identify and solve problems associated with learning outcomes.
  • Properly restructure program curriculum mapping. 
  • Help students successfully transition from the college classroom to the workforce.

Kenneth Williams Sr. is an author, assistant professor, and Department Chair of Carpentry at Delgado Community College. He is a NISOD Excellence Award recipient and three-time presenter at the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. Williams is also a Master NCCER Instructor, OSHA Outreach Trainer, Green Build Reviewer, and has 35 years of experience working in construction. Williams attended Xavier University at New Orleans and Holy Cross College, where he studied music. He is dedicated to researching innovative strategies that help improve students’ careers and has made it his mission to help skilled carpenters get licensed.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

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Coping With COVID: A Snapshot of Faculty Skills, Challenges, and Lessons Learned 

In spring 2020, the world shifted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, the facilitators share the results of an investigation into what their two-year colleagues have done to cope with the stress of teaching, research, and service at their colleges since the online transition. Hear about the skills found to be successful, the challenges faced, and recommendations for surviving and thriving at your own college. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Learn how to enumerate potentially successful coping skills. 
  2. Be able to describe potential campus challenges. 
  3. List three specific skills to help cope with the stress of professional roles. 

Dr. Aaron Peterson is an assistant professor of educational leadership with emphases in higher education and student affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). He earned a BS from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with majors in communication studies and aviation operations in 2005; a MS in negotiation and dispute resolution from Creighton University’s School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska in 2012; and an Ed.D. in educational leadership with a focus in higher education administration through Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018. Prior to joining the faculty at MSUM, Dr. Peterson served in multiple leadership roles within the arena of higher education and student affairs. Presently, Dr. Peterson is conducting studies involving stress, coping, and leadership approaches involving university and college faculty during the pandemic. Dr. Peterson is also the co-creator of The Leadership Lab. The Leadership Lab is an online presence and hub for students, scholars, and practitioners to share research and best practices around multiple areas regarding leadership. 

Jason Kaufman, Ph.D., Ed.D., is a professor of educational leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato and a licensed psychologist. His teaching uses a lean and lab-rich approach to promote scientific thinking, which he honed as a community college instructor. His research explores how nature-based and mind-body interventions can promote human functioning. He enjoys nature photography as time and travel allow. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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