Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Improving Student Engagement Through Assessment!
eLearning Coordinator & Instructional Designer, Clover Park Technical College
We all understand the importance of student engagement to improve student success in our courses, but we also understand that for many of our students the most disengaging aspect of our curriculum is often our testing strategy, and that too often our students face their next assessment with fear and trepidation. Often this fear is to such an extent that they require accommodations before attempting them. What if our students could look forward to our assessments as a way to prove to us that they know or can do exactly what we said they would be able to in our learning outcomes? What if we could help our students succeed with our assessment strategies, not just measure their level of success?
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Managing Difficult Conversations in the Online Classroom
Dean of Academic Programs, South Seattle College
The anonymity of the online classroom can be liberating. It can also give rise to unintentional and intentional bad behavior including microaggressions and bullying. In this interactive session, we’ll use scenarios to collaboratively explore effective strategies for dealing with difficult conversations and difficult people in the unique environment of the online classroom. The strategies explored will also be useful in the hybrid or face to face classroom and we will examine when it is most appropriate to use which strategies.
Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 2:00 PM
To Lock or Not to Lock: Using Respondus for Secure Assessment
Instructional Designer, Pierce College
Many instructors are concerned with academic honesty in online and hybrid courses. In this session, we’ll explore the advantages and drawbacks of using tools like Respondus Lockdown Browser to create secure online testing environments in Canvas. What are the ethical and privacy concerns to considering when using these tools? When does it make sense to use browser lockdown software? What are alternative methods for assessing student learning without browser lockdown? If you use quizzes, tests, or other online assessment tools, this webinar is for you!
Thursday, May 17th, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Instructional Designer & Associate Faculty, Everett Community College
Information Literacy, an essential skill for student success, can be designed as an overt or discreet element of curriculum. When the goal is to foster a deeper understanding of the information creation process, a personal relationship with the information and the creator(s) of the information can transform student perspectives on research and scholarship. This Humanizing and Personalizing Information Literacy presentation describes an approach in which students are introduced to the nature and structure of academic research, effective search strategies, and the evaluation of search results and materials. Information is synthesized in an annotated bibliography before a video-conference with a journal editor/author that includes a lecture and a Q&A session.
Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Did I Miss Anything Important?: Teaching Students to Communicate Professionally (Regardless of your discipline!)
Professor/Communication Studies Department, Highline Community College
What a conundrum! Most students communicate less face-to-face, yet are expected to interact professionally (or at least respectfully!) in a college setting. Nearly all careers require strong communication skills, yet students typically (maybe!) take just one Communication course in their post-secondary years. What’s the answer? For all faculty, regardless of discipline, to commit, arm-in-arm, to teach students how to properly interact. This session, led by a 17-year Communication Studies professor, and the author of Say This, NOT That to Your Professor: Thirty-Six Talking Tips for College Success (2012, Pearson; 2017, Cognella) will provide easily usable tips for improving students’ communication capital. The session will begin with tangible examples of students’ current interaction habits, as evidenced by self-reflection excerpts. The conversation will expand to include research on how students’ communication deficits in college impact employability. Next, participants will collaborate on how to help students overcome common communication bungles, such as unprofessional e-mail and taking responsibility (blaming, asking for help, managing course “business”—absences, late work, etc.). Small moments assignments around communication issues that are transferable to any course will be provided. Finally, suggestions will include ways for faculty to model confident, competent communication, even during challenging exchanges. Ultimately, participants will gain practical strategies to incorporate seamless communication “instruction,” and also a sense of camaraderie: Though we may be the last front line to teach students critical soft skills, we’re all in it together.