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Upcoming Webinars

Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students: A New Approach to Developmental Education

Successful preparation for college and future careers requires more than just skill development. An array of intellectual characteristics such as flexibility, curiosity, and self-reflection are also critical for postsecondary success. Students who have these “habits of mind” characteristics are more likely to trust their efforts, feel connected to their college culture, enjoy their studies, and understand learning as a process. During this webinar, faculty share strategies for fostering students’ intellectual growth through learning experiences that target “habits of mind.” Classroom applications include community-building strategies and play-based activities that promote engagement and transfer of learning.

Jennifer FletcherProfessor, English
Jennifer is a professor of English at California State University (CSU), Monterey Bay and the author of Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique and Response and Teaching Literature Rhetorically: Transferable Literacy Skills for 21st Century Students, as well as the co-editor of Fostering Habits of Mind of Today’s Students. She serves on the Steering Committee for the CSU Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum, a nationally recognized academic preparation initiative. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU Monterey Bay, Jennifer taught high school English in Southern California. She frequently leads professional learning experiences on reading, writing, and rhetoric for K-12 and higher education faculty.

Adela NajarroProfessor, Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition
Adela Najarro teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at Cabrillo College (CA). She is the author of three poetry collections: Split GeographyTwice Told Over and My Childrens, a chapbook that includes teaching resources. With My Childrens, Adela hopes to bring Latinx poetry into the classroom so students can explore poetry, identity, and what it means to be Latinx in U.S. society. Every spring semester Adela teaches a “Poetry for the People” workshop at Cabrillo College during which students explore their personal voice and social justice through poetry and the spoken word.

Hetty Yelland, Professor, English
Hetty Yelland earned a doctorate in English with an emphasis in American women's literature from the University of Tulsa. She is a tenured English instructor and the Student Success Committee Chair at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. Over the next two years, Hetty will be reassigned as the Guided Pathways Coordinator at Hartnell College.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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What’s the Secret to Creating Classroom Discussions That Work?

While discussions are effective pedagogical tools, they can be frustrating to students, lead to uncomfortable silences, and can be dominated by a couple of speakers. This webinar provides concrete strategies faculty can use to design and facilitate classroom discussions that create an effective and positive learning experience. Topics include principles for guiding class discussions and techniques for getting all students engaged. The presenter shares specific examples of strategies that can be used in a variety of disciplines and in various class sizes. 

Jennifer H. Herman, Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Associate Professor, Practice in Education, Simmons College
Dr. Herman has developed, facilitated, and overseen hundreds of research-based faculty development programs around teaching and scholarship. Her presentations, workshops, and research focus on faculty development programs, course design, teaching strategies, learning theory, teaching for inclusive excellence, student learning outcomes assessment, and online education. Dr. Herman teaches courses on assessment, learning theory, and curriculum development for Health Professions Education. Dr. Herman holds a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Buffalo and a master’s in International Training and Education from American University.

Friday, August 3, 2018

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Brain-Based Teaching and Learning

This webinar provides an overview of brain-based teaching and learning theories and research. Topics include an overview of key findings from Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, a discussion about the triune model of the brain, and an explanation of the role the autonomic nervous system plays in student learning and development. By deepening their understanding of basic principles of neuroscience and neuroanatomy, webinar participants are able to implement programming and teaching on their campuses that begin with the brain in mind.

Learning outcomes include becoming familiar with the triune model of the brain and how the model is evident in teaching methods, learning the differences between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, and strategies that increase brain-based teaching and learning.

Karen CostaAdjunct Faculty, Southern New Hampshire University and Freelance Writer, Women in Higher Education
Karen Costa has over 15 years of higher education experience and formerly served as the director of student success at Mount Wachusett Community College. Karen is currently an adjunct faculty member in the First-Year Experience program at Southern New Hampshire University's College of Online and Continuing Education. Karen writes regularly about higher education and is a staff writer at Women in Higher Education. Karen's writing has also appeared in Inside Higher EducationThe Philadelphia Inquirer,On Being, and Faculty Focus. Karen graduated with honors from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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Integrating Current Events Into Any College Course

Newsworthy events related to almost every discipline occur on a daily basis. There are positive results when people are better educated and have a better understanding of the world around them. Instructors must not only be incredibly knowledgeable about their fields of study, they must also be knowledgeable about current events related to their disciplines. However, the relevant news does not simply fall into our laps. We must seek out useful news and educate ourselves and our students about that information. The webinar facilitator discusses how instructors can easily incorporate current events into their courses. Specific examples are presented that can easily be modified for any course.

During the webinar, the facilitator discusses how she researches articles from the New York TimesEconomistLos Angeles TimesChicago TribuneWashington Post, NISOD, and other sources that relate directly to the topics she covers in her courses. Also discussed is how she assigns articles for students to read for homework and how she incorporates news articles directly into lectures. In addition, the facilitator discusses how she uses various podcasts to supplement her courses. By the end of the webinar, instructors know how to efficiently research articles, videos, and podcasts; create and maintain a central repository of news articles, podcasts, and videos that can be easily integrated into courses; and create unique assignments using news articles, podcasts, and videos.

Kristen L. ZaborskiAssistant ProfessorEconomics, State College of Florida
Kristen Zaborski has been teaching at the State College of Florida since June 2010. She teaches Principles of Macro Economics and Principles of Micro Economics. Additionally, she serves on various collegewide committees. She consistently receives excellent student evaluations each semester because she is passionate about teaching students how the economy works. Kristen was nominated by the State College of Florida’s president to receive the 2015 Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. She was one of 10 award recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious award. Kristen is currently a member of the prestigious American Economic Association, the Southern Economic Association, and the Global Association of Economics Teachers, and she has served as a reviewer of college-level economics textbooks.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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