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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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Affordable Professional Development for Your Faculty and Staff

Are you seeking an easy and affordable way to provide your faculty and staff with high-quality professional development? NISOD has assembled an outstanding group of community and technical college leaders and other experts whose workshops cover a wide array of topics. Workshop participants leave with in-depth insights, skills, and materials they can immediately use in their own teaching and student support practices. They also earn a digital badge and certificate that provide a web-enabled, verifiable version of their professional learning experience. During the webinar, learn about select available topics from the actual workshop facilitators and discover how to bring a workshop to your college, virtually or face-to-face.

Moderator: Edward J. Leach, Executive Director, NISOD

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Pacific: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Mountain: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Central: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Eastern: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Engaging Learners Through Creative Assessments

This webinar explores how creative assessments can engage learners by allowing them to demonstrate knowledge using their individual strengths; allows participants in all disciplines to challenge the way they assess learners; provides examples of creative assessments; and explores ways to grade different types of assignments.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Participants learn what creative assessments are and how they can be implemented in a course.
2. Participants learn how to develop effective creative assessments that measure course outcomes.
3. Participants learn how to grade creative assessments using general rubrics.

Caleb Curfman is a history instructor at Northland Community and Technical College and has taught at the college since Spring 2018. Caleb earned an Associate in Arts from Northland Community and Technical College and a B.S. in history with a minor in political science from Bemidji State University. His research focused on midwestern states in the American Civil War, as well as ancient and religious history. Caleb then earned his M.A. in history from the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he specialized in 19th-century American history. Recently, Caleb presented on creative assessments for an in-service day at Northland Community and Technical College, the CIHS Annual Meeting, and on the Lecture Breakers Podcast, episode 71.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

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

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What Everyone Needs to Know About Professor Flexibility, Philosophy, and Student Completion

This webinar provides an overview of a two-year data project that collaborated with the college’s institutional research department to determine if changes in teaching style and course materials increased overall student completion as well as completion of historically underrepresented groups. Course completion rates were collected over a five-semester period for introductory and 200-level courses in psychology and sociology. Data were disaggregated by age, sex, race, socio-economic status, and full- and part-time status. Data also included the completion rates of students who participated in TRIO services and/or took remedial course work. The data show that changes in teaching style and course materials result in increased completion rates overall and among historically underrepresented groups. The largest completion growth is among Black men and Black women age 25 and older. 

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants learn how collaboration with the institutional research department can enhance and guide teaching strategies and interventions. 
  2. Participants learn how being flexible, supportive, and trusting with students can result in higher completion rates. 
  3. Participants learn how to develop courses based on the lowest prerequisite course requirement without reducing course and assignment rigor. 

Jonathon Wade, Ph.D. is a first-generation college student and associate professor at Danville Area Community College in the liberal arts division. He teaches courses in sociology and psychology and has more than 12 years of experience as a mental health professional, community advocate, corporate trainer, and family consultant. Dr. Wade is a student-centered professor, who places student relationships and engagement at the core of his teaching philosophy. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

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

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