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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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Creating a More Inclusive Healthcare Program Admissions Process

Healthcare Program Admission processes can be rigorous and still allow for equity and inclusion. This webinar shares how Forsyth Technical Community College’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program used data driven research to create a holistic admissions process that looks beyond academics that you can implement at your own college! 

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Discover the importance of a diverse health program cohort. 
  2. Learn how to analyze health program admissions data to look for inequities. 
  3. Learn the steps to creating a Holistic Admissions Process. 

Melissa Smith, MSEd, RT (R) (MR) (CT) CNMT is the program coordinator and a professor for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program at Forsyth Technical Community College. She is a past cohort member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists Educator Institute, a content expert editor, peer reviewer, and continuing education item writer. A community college graduate with more than 20 years’ experience in medical imaging and education experience, she is a passionate advocate for student success and creating equitable educational opportunities.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Head in the Clouds, Feet in the Weeds: Collaborative Capstones

Implementing a cross-departmental capstone course often leaves faculty feeling like they have their heads in the clouds and feet in the weeds. Come explore how to integrate capstone courses across multiple information technology disciplines in addition to adding remote options to your offerings, affording you students the opportunity to graduate with real-world technology skills and team collaboration techniques. 

Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Learn how multiple faculty members can work together to implement a significant information technology project from design to implementation. 
  2. Learn how multiple faculty members can work together to facilitate student interaction in project definition, documentation, installation, testing, presentation, and training. 
  3. Learn how multiple faculty members can work together to facilitate students as they complete a project from the definition phase to implementation. 

Joey Bryant is the department chair for IT-data, web, and software development in the Thomas H. Davis iTEC/Cyber Center at Forsyth Technical Community College. His education began with an associate’s degree in computer programing from Surry Community College, followed by a bachelor's degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in business administration from High Point University. He returned to the University of North Carolina – Greensboro for a post-master's certification in Information Technology. In the past ten years, he has obtained many certifications in technology, education, and in HIPAA Privacy and Security. In 2008, Joey was named the Outstanding Professional of the Year in IT from Cambridge Who's Who for his work as a software design and project management consultant and is a member of Who's Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.   

Nancy Miller has more than 25 years of experience teaching and managing aspects of production networks, including routing and switching, virtualization, security, Windows Operating Systems, Windows servers, and end-user support. Having started her career in the information technology field as a network deployment technician and moving up to lead network engineer and IT manager, she has designed, built, and managed complex networks all over the United States. Additionally, she has taught thousands of students network management as a Cisco Teacher of Excellence and Microsoft Certified Trainer.  

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Leveraging Wikipedia in First Year Interest Courses: A High-Impact Learning Model

The first year of a student’s higher education experience is an integral time to learn skills and build habits that will support students on their path to a degree. Student success at Miami Dade College is the priority of every student contact interaction both in and outside of the classroom. With this strategic priority in mind, the Miami Dade College (MDC) Hialeah Campus Library (Learning Resources) developed a plan to engage and further student success through a high-impact learning project. A review of students by faculty members and librarians found that many incoming students lacked crucial writing, research, and academic technology skills. A partnership formed with First Year Experience (FYE) teaching SLS1106 faculty and the campus library to focus on these skills by designing an inclusive curriculum that would impact student learning. SLS1106 is a natural fit as the course focuses on topics that set the groundwork for students to be successful in the academic world including critical thinking, study skills, and decision making. By adding a technological, research, and writing component, students take an active role in the topics by contextualizing the course material and creating content that will be distributed to a wide audience. The main objectives for the project include: • Introducing transferable skills that will impact all future academic courses and jobs • Developing value for research and writing supporting critical thinking early in the academic career • Connecting reliable information input and output • Bridging the gap between social media and academic software/technology skills Wikipedia, while still considered taboo in some academic arenas, serves as an ideal tool to teach students the importance of information literacy and to value the writing they create. When used to deliver information literacy instruction, Wikipedia has the potential to expose students to each of the six frames of the ACRL framework. This Wikipedia project is designed to expose students to the power of information literacy and equip them with the boldness necessary to be Wikipedia contributors. In partnership with the campus library, FYE instructor, and Wikipedia Education Foundation, a curriculum is designed to help students develop essential transferable skills required to properly research, evaluate, access, and contribute information in a real-world capacity, on a global scale. When students becoming Wikipedia contributors they create the opportunity to take action and make changes by sharing knowledge that reaches far beyond the classroom that will impact millions around the world. Students are empowered by contributing to Wikipedia and seeing their work “published”, which leads to positive writing habits that will carry over to other courses. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. During this webinar, participants will learn how high-impact models can be used in first-year courses to engage students and promote student success. 
  2. During this webinar, participants will learn how collaborating with with other departments on campus can provide additional layers of content and support to the classroom. 
  3. During this webinar, participants will learn how Wikipedia can be used as a resource to promote both information and digital literacy. 

Caitlin Richardson, MLIS is the Academic Support Writing Coach at Miami Dade College Hialeah Campus and serves as a librarian. She teaches library courses focused on strategies for online research at Miami Dade College. Richardson earned her master’s degree at the University of South Florida and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Le Moyne College. She is a recent recipient of American Library Association Great Stories Club grant. Richardson also serves as the Dade County Library Association secretary.

April N. Gaddis, MS serves as the associate director of learning resources at Miami Dade College, Hialeah Campus and an adjunct professor of First-Year Seminars and Experiences. She earned her master’s degree in higher education administration at Florida International University and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Mississippi State University. Gaddis leads the Peer Mentor Task Force at her campus and she is also the recipient of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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