Upcoming Webinars

Everyone Communicates, but Few Connect: Effectively Engaging Today’s Learner

Instructors set the tone in the classroom with their approach to their work and students; through their actions, instructors communicate their character, credibility, and convictions. Research has shown that engagement in today’s classroom requires a shift from traditional pedagogy, that students now respond to how instructors make them feel rather than what they say. This means that in order to be an effective instructor, educators must learn how to connect with their students. During this webinar, participants learn how to identify and relate to all types of students and to forge connections that inspire trust, motivate hard work, and generate positive momentum in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes

During this webinar, participants learn how to:

  • Build a heartfelt rapport with students.

  • Simplify messages to communicate only the most relevant points.
  • Share stories and illustrations to make points memorable.
  • Communicate with character, credibility, and conviction.
  • Dr. Nicole RankineAdjunct Professor, Entrepreneur, Empowerment Speaker, Teacher. and Coach

    Dr. Nicole Rankine is a certified teacher, speaker, and coach with the John Maxwell Team who founded The COLE Academy of Personal Growth, a professional development company devoted to helping leaders with leadership development, personal growth, and communication. Dr. Rankine travels nationally and internationally devoting her life to helping equip, inspire, and empower students worldwide. Dr. Rankine serves as an adjunct professor and teaches future public health professionals. She also founded Healthy Young People Excel, Inc., a nonprofit devoted to helping youth worldwide develop their soft skills so they can increase their self-esteem to see, own, and achieve their dreams. Dr. Rankine has provided training for government agencies, profit and non-profit organizations, schools, colleges, and universities. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Biology.

    Thursday, June 6, 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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    The New Science of Learning: Teaching That Promotes Student Success

    There is a proliferation of misinformation pertaining to how students learn and how best to teach them. Moreover, students often do not understand their learning processes and typically rely on implicit assumptions or trial-and-error to memorize new material. The good news is that research provides clear evidence of what works best in the classroom with respect to human motivation and deep learning. This webinar provides you with evidence about how students learn, shares methods that can be used to get students more involved with course content, and demonstrates applications of pedagogical research that can be used in almost any class.

    Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at University of North  Carolina Chapel Hill, where he also serves as the Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program. Todd’s current academic work and publications pertain to effective instructional strategies, student learning, and faculty development. Prior to joining UNC Chapel Hill, Todd served as the founding director of the Faculty Center of Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University. Prior to that he served as a tenured Associate  Professor of  Psychology at Southern Oregon University. In addition to his current work at UNC, Todd serves on several education-related boards, including the Journal of Excellence in College TeachingInternational Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, andEducation in the Health Professions. In recent years, Todd has served on several boards and work groups charged with creating faculty resources and opportunities related to teaching and learning with organizations such as Lenovo Computer, Microsoft, Harvard, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the American Council on Education.

    Wednesday, June 26, 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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    Building a Teacher’s Toolkit and Implementing Practitioner Research

    This webinar is designed to dispel trepidation among educators who have contemplated engaging in practitioner research involving critical learner reflection. The webinar facilitator describes what practitioner research is and discusses how to problem-solve challenges commonly encountered when undertaking it. During the webinar, you will become familiar with the whys, whats, and hows of implementing action research.

    Li-Shih Huang, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics and LT Scholar-in-Residence, University of Victoria

    Li-Shih Huang completed her Ph.D. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Victoria in 2006, she was a full-time faculty member at the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. Her academic training encompasses specialized study of organizational psychology, international business and marketing, education, and applied linguistics. Currently, she is an associate professor of applied linguistics at the University of Victoria. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Li-Shih spent over six years in management positions with multinational corporations. Her creativity in designing pedagogical materials has been recognized by the largest international professional association in the field, TESOL, which awarded her the Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Humanities Teaching Excellence Award and the 2017 TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues.

    Thursday, July 11, 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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