Upcoming Webinars

Two Heads Are Better Than One: Collaborating for Undergraduate Research

For several years, the facilitators have collaborated across institutions to bring actual psychological research to community college undergraduate students. This webinar begins with a brief synopsis of the national dialogue on undergraduate research and its utility in undergraduate education. Special attention is given to the importance of introducing such activities in the nation's community colleges, and the facilitators share how they began their work together, with an emphasis on the in-class mechanics behind the effort. The webinar wraps up with lessons learned and an invitation for dialogue.

Jason Kaufman, Ph.D., Ed.D., is an associate professor of educational leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato and a licensed psychologist. He teaches using a lean and lab-rich approach to promote scientific thinking. His research explores how nature and mind-body practices can promote human functioning and leadership. He enjoys nature photography as time and travel allow.

Jon Jensen, MA., is an adjunct psychology instructor at Inver Hills Community College. He is currently finishing his doctorate degree in Educational Psychology and Technology. His research is examining online learner success, as well as the integration of mobile technology in education and research. In his very limited free time, he enjoys building classic cars and gardening.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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

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It's All Fun and Games: Gamification in the Community College Classroom

Learning is serious business, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun! We all know students who play difficult video games for hours outside of class without fear of failure or boredom. Why not employ some of the same gamification strategies to increase engagement and risk-taking in class? During this webinar, participants learn about a variety of strategies and low- and high-tech tools that can help add intrigue, motivation, competition, and fun into any lesson, unit, or semester. By the end of the webinar, participants will have learned about the benefits of using gamification in the classroom, ideas to easily gamify any lesson, technology tools that allow for greater gamification, and how using a semester-long game can help deliver course content in a way that sparks student motivation.

Nancy Kaplan-Biegel, Professor, Journalism, Skyline College

Nancy Kaplan-Biegel is a journalism professor and program coordinator at Skyline College. She advises The Skyline View newspaper and Viewpoint magazine. For the past several years, she has experimented with gamifying her Mass Media and Writing for the Media courses.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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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How to Make Getting Published a Piece of Cake

This webinar explores and explains several free tools that aid authors in getting published across modern mediums, including how to start a blog, record podcasts, create website content, and produce original videos. Additionally, webinar participants will reflect on what motivates or distracts authors from keeping a focus on publishing online. Participants will learn insider tips on various forms of publication from the facilitator—a successful, self-published author. The facilitator will also share advice she has received from an accomplished editor. 

Angela V. Payne, Professor, Collin College

Angela V. Payne has taught face-to-face, hybrid, and online hardware, software, and accounting courses for over 20 years. In addition to teaching, Angela has worked as a web designer and computer lab manager and has also helped to develop and revamp over 15 courses for numerous colleges. Angela enjoys writing poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. Her interests have led her to produce blogs, websites, newsletters, and an Amazon book.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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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Building the Capacity for Campuswide Resiliency and Reform

By leveraging its Achieving the Dream membership, Harford Community College (HCC) is becoming more resilient as an institution. Webinar participants learn how HCC is using critical dialogue to unpack success metrics and related practices. Participants are introduced to a proven framework for campuswide reflection and how to tie this to the foundational elements of an institution (e.g., the strategic plan), identify strategies for cross-campus engagement in courageous conversations around student success, and gain an understanding of the basic elements of a communication plan to ensure clarity and transparency around important findings and outcomes. The webinar details how HCC is transforming historically siloed work via an intentional review process. Bold reforms impacting developmental coursework and gateway course completion are shared, as well as specific methods being used to build an infrastructure of self-reflection via data discovery and application.

Elizabeth A. Mosser, Associate Dean, Academic Operations, Harford Community College
Elizabeth A. Mosser, an educational psychologist, completed her initial graduate work at The Ohio State University where her research focus was on how students, particularly adolescents, can be better self-regulated. She then spent a great deal of time in the classroom at OSU as well as Columbus State Community College and realized early on that her true passion is teaching. For several years, Ms. Mosser split her time between Harford Community College and Towson University, with time spent at Howard Community College as well. She joined the full-time faculty at Harford Community College in 2014. Ms. Mosser is an active proponent of the Universal Design for Learning approach to curriculum development and has facilitated many UDL-related workshops, conference presentations, and keynote addresses on the subject. Most recently, Ms. Mosser moved into the leadership role of Associate Dean for Academic Operations at Harford, co-leading the Achieving the Dream movement on campus and helping to foster consistency and innovation across academic divisions.

Jennie Towner, Associate Vice President, Student Development, Harford Community College
Jennie Towner has been employed at Harford Community College (HCC) for thirteen years and, since joining the institution, has served in a variety of progressive leadership roles within Student Affairs. Prior to working in higher education, Jennie Towner was a middle school mathematics instructor for a magnet program in Baltimore City, Maryland. Ms. Towner is passionate about education and has devoted much of her energy to researching achievement gaps and developing educational programming to support and empower students. She is co-leading the Achieving the Dream student success movement at HCC alongside Elizabeth A. Mosser. Ms. Towner is an avid equestrian and frequently volunteers and supports the equine 4-H program in Harford County, Maryland.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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

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60 Free Software Tools in 60 Minutes

During this webinar, discover free, but little-known, technology tools available for faculty, staff, administrators, and students to use for improving student engagement in the classroom, as well the workflow of everyday tasks. Participants leave with at least one tool they can immediately put to use. A total of 60 tools in the following categories will be presented to help increase engagement and efficiency across a variety of workflows:

  • Office productivity
  • Grammar
  • Survey instruments
  • Cloud-based storage
  • Video and presentation
  • Image and audio editors
  •  Content management systems
  • Plagiarism checkers
  • Communications tools
  • App development and creation
  • File conversion

…and more!

Robert McWilliamsCoordinator, Instructional Design, Bishop State Community College
Robert McWilliams has been involved with computers and counseling as it relates to the collegiate environment for over fifteen years. He has worked at several colleges as a Data Project Specialist, Adjunct Instructor, Network Administrator, and Undergraduate Advisor. Robert is an avid traveler, multi-instrumentalist, and recent author, and he has been featured on numerous television networks.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

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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At the Heart of Retention Programs and Practices: Creating an Environment of Mattering and Validation for Community College Students

This webinar presents the connection between community college student persistence and the important roles mattering and validation play in student success. Based upon Schlossberg's (1989) Mattering Theory and Rendon's (1994) Validation Theory, the webinar demonstrates practical and simple ways faculty members can communicate to students that they matter to the institution and that they have the ability to be successful, powerful learners. Calling upon an extensive literature review, as well as data gathered from a qualitative study of community college faculty, this webinar encourages participants to engage in practices that affirm and help students connect to course content and the institution.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the challenges faced by today's community college students, particularly those students who are especially at risk for attrition.
  • Develop an understanding of Mattering and Validation theories and the role that mattering and validation play in retention and attrition.
  • Become familiar with specific interventions, strategies, activities, behaviors, and attitudes that community college faculty members have identified as particularly effective in promoting student persistence in their courses.
  • Examine your behaviors and practices to assess in what ways you are or could be promoting a sense of mattering and validation among your students.

Kim RussellProfessor, English and Chair, Professional Development, West Kentucky Community and Technical College
Kimberly Russell is the English Program Coordinator and a professor of English at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC). She has coordinated the WKCTC new faculty training program, Reach for the Stars, and has served as a peer consultant for faculty in the promotion process. Kimberly also chairs the WKCTC Professional and Organizational Development Committee, with her favorite part of that job being the opportunity to provide meaningful professional development programming on campus. Educated at Southeast Missouri State University, Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in composition. In spring 2019, she earned a doctorate in education from the University of Kentucky. Her dissertation research focused on the role of mattering and validation in community college student persistence, as well as concrete ways in which community college faculty can use their interactions with students to promote student persistence by letting students know they are important and that they can be powerful, successful learners.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

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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