Upcoming Webinars

Increasing Equity in STEM and Career Technical Education With Open Educational Resources

With the cost of college steadily increasing, many students struggle to afford the materials necessary for success in their courses. River Parishes Community College faculty Dr. Esperanza Zenon is tackling this issue by using and promoting open education resources (OER). This presentation will focus on using OER in STEM and career and technical courses to promote equity and reduce costs for students. Resources, tools, and processes used to evaluate, adopt, and adapt the OER materials used in STEM and CTE courses will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Access OER resources that can be used in STEM and CTE courses.
2. Identify at least two resources that can be used in your course.
3. Connect the use of OER resources to increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Dr. Esperanza Zenon is an Associate Professor of Physical Science at River Parishes Community College (RPCC). She is the current Division Coordinator for Math and Natural Sciences at RPCC. She serves as the Chair of the RPCC EESTEM II Grant Project Committee, which engages in action research that improves teaching and learning in RPCC’s STEM and technical classes. She is also a member of the RPCC Online Course Review Committee, which establishes standards and practices for all online classes at RPCC. Dr. Zenon is very passionate about STEM equity and serves on the Executive, Membership, and Strategic Planning Committees for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations which work to build educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity. Dr. Zenon has a Master of Arts degree in Physics from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in Science/Mathematics Education from Southern University.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Bridging the Gap: F2F to Online Teaching Skills

Many instructors skilled at teaching face-to-face classes are hesitant to teach or develop an online class because they feel it's so different from in-person instruction. Others worry that their specific subject area can't be taught online. With guidance and encouragement, these same instructors can become excellent online facilitators by realizing how specific face-to-face practices and skill sets easily translate to the virtual classroom.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn to create meaningful discussion board interactions and provide relevant and timely announcements.
  • Gain strategies for crafting supportive feedback when grading.
  • Realize the range of opportunities and creativity online teaching has to offer.

Marla Cartwright has served as an adjunct faculty member, full-time faculty member, Assistant Department Chair, Department Chair, and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning over the past 25 years. She has presented on the topic of online education at the Tennessee Board of Regents Conference as well as at the Online Learning Consortium. Currently, Cartwright serves as the Director of Academic Engagement and Innovation at Columbia State Community College, where her duties include media services, the tutoring center, faculty professional development, TNeCampus courses, and Columbia State online course development. Her research interests include online teaching, faculty development, folklore, and popular culture.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Shared Governance: Stronger Together

Shared governance is a stakeholder-driven system founded on principles of openness, transparency, and inclusiveness. It requires partners to take ownership and contribute to accountability-based decisions. This session walks through the steps taken by Madison College to create and foster a successful shared governance experience.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn five best practices in forming a collaborative, collegewide shared governance system that engages all stakeholders, is effective, and produces successful outcomes.
  • Take home examples of successful shared governance policies, plans, and directives.

Dr. Mark Thomas has been the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administrative Services at Madison College since 2014, having previously worked in public and nonprofit sectors in Chicago and southwestern Michigan for more than 20 years. He has lectured on administration at the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. He currently serves on the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County, and the Wisconsin Investment Series Cooperative. In 2017, Vice President Thomas received the Outstanding Chief Business Officer of the Year Award.

Ann Camillo serves as the manager of the shared governance system at Madison College. Ms. Camillo holds a BS in Retail Management from UW-Madison and an MS in Adult Education from UW-Platteville. During her career at Madison College, she has served as faculty, administrator, and staff. In the spirit of “we are all in this together,” Ms. Camillo helps shared governance members improve student success by sharing different perspectives and fostering new ways of thinking.

Dr. Penny Johnson is a full-time Instructor at Madison College, a faculty advisor, faculty mentor, curriculum coordinator, and Director of the Education program. She has been at Madison College for 14 years. Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, and her master’s degree and doctorate from UW-Madison. She started her teaching career at Carroll University, serving as an assistant professor for six years. She believes in taking a collaborative approach to managing, decision making, and learning. Dr. Johnson is the 2018 recipient of the Terry S. Webb Shared Governance Leadership Award.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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