Please join us in the CTLE to participate in NISOD’s 2nd Annual Virtual Conference.  The sessions offered through this virtual conference were selected from among the best at NISOD’s 2018 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence.  This is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, learn something new, and not even have to leave campus!

We look forward to seeing you in the CTLE for one or more of the following:

8AM:  The Power of Hope
Hope is the belief that tomorrow will be better than today and that you have the power to make it so. Research has concluded that increasing hope in students leads to a 12 percent gain in academic performance. During this session, participants explore how to help students develop the core competencies of hope, goals, agency, and pathways. Best practices for developing hope in others are shared.
Scott Geddis, Faculty, Health Professions and Wellness, Phoenix College; GCC host: Chris Nielson

9AM:  New Wine in Old Wine Skins: The Impact of Mobile Devices in the Classroom
Mobile devices can detract from the traditional lecture format, but they also present opportunities for greater student engagement. Participants examine the lessons one instructor, accustomed to the traditional lecture format, acquired as a result of a mobile devices initiative at his college. These lessons include using online tools and apps to assess in-class student learning of course content, collaborative learning to foster student engagement, and empirical observation of best practices.
David Toye, Professor, History, Northeast State Community College

11AM:  Get on Up! Increasing Student Movement and Engagement in Class
Do you want to get students more engaged in your lectures? Following a quick review of Multiple Intelligence Theory, participants explore collaborative-learning exercises that increase your classroom’s energy level. Be more student-centered in your approach to teaching. Attend this session to learn easy-to-execute college teaching techniques!
Sean Glassberg, Director, Faculty Development, Horry Georgetown Technical College

12PM:   Invisible Man: How to Effectively Deal With Mental Health Issues in the Classroom
This session helps identify triggers and healthy de-escalation models that can be used in the classroom. Discussed are students’ psychological well-being and how to effectively deal with crisis in the classroom. Participants gain knowledge that can be used to provide support and aid in removing the stigma of mental illness in the classroom.
Kamara Taylor, Faculty Lecturer, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Michigan Technological University

1PM:  Using Socratic Teaching: Engaging Adult Students to Think Critically
Traditional methods of teaching are mainly centered on the foundational underpinnings of pedagogical theory. Socratic teaching is the most powerful teaching tactic for fostering critical thinking when teaching adults; student engagement is paramount in andragogy. The focus of this session is on simple progressive methods used to teach adult students how to think instead of what to think, which increases students’ ability to apply subject matter and enhances their overall learning experience.
Preston Rich, Associate Professor, Business, Collin College; GCC host: Brandon Cleworth

2PM:  Engaging Teaching Strategies 101
Have you ever sat through an endless faculty meeting that seemed to have no real purpose? Don’t put your students through the same suffering! Engaging students in the learning process increases their focus, improves their critical-thinking skills, and helps them become invested in their learning. They (and you) will also have a lot more fun. Join this session to build your arsenal of engaging teaching strategies.
Farrell Jenab, Coordinator, Faculty Development, Johnson County Community College; GCC host: Sherry Wangen

* Per NISOD, sessions are subject to change.

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