Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emily Suh, Assistant Professor. Texas State University.
Description: In these unprecedented times, the field of developmental education has undergone a series of profound and prolonged changes. This spring, while the nation found itself thrown into disarray resulting from Covid-19 and educators at all levels scrambled to teach students across the PK-20 pipeline, developmental educators were already well accustomed to rapid change: we have a history of positively and proactively responding to reform movements pushing for acceleration, integration, and corequisite instruction. As publishing companies and other for-profit educational resource providers rush to offer products to fill the void left by our exit from the physical classroom, we must first turn to the scholarship and experience of our field. What these for-purchase products ignore, however, is the very heart of our work in providing comprehensive student support that extends beyond instruction. By building from the extensive knowledge of our field and our deep practical knowledge as advisors, tutors, testing center coordinators, librarians, as well as instructors, we can continue to increase equity and access for our students by reaching across our institutional silos—and across multiple modalities.
Presenters: Michele Catterton, Harford Community College,
Debbie Dorsey, Harford Community College
Mark Brock-Cancellieri, Harford Community College
Description: Join us for an interactive session about Collaborative Course Design (CCD). This session includes information on the benefits of CCD to you and your students, challenges and successes from the current CCD subject matter experts, and their sustainability. This gives you an opportunity to ask facilitators questions about CCD. Everyone is welcome, whether you teach online or F2F classes, and it is perfect for anyone thinking about Collaborative Course Design.
Presenter: Erin Nunnally, Howard Community College
Description: Are you wondering how to keep students engaged online? Do you miss having a whiteboard where students can interact? Do you want to know what your students are really thinking about your class?
If you answered yes to any of those, come learn about Jamboard and Google Forms, two tools that will take your online teaching to the next level. Whether you are teaching synchronous or asynchronous courses, both of these tools can help your students succeed. Jamboard is a great way to brainstorm with your class just as you would on a whiteboard in the classroom. Google Forms lets you survey your students and even build in automated recommendations for class and campus resources to help students succeed. These resources are a small way to make you feel more connected to your students and more like you are back in the classroom.
Presenter: Krista O’Brien, Howard Community College
Description: This session will help teachers move from traditional grading to Mastery-Based. It will provide teachers with the necessary skills and tools to implement even one assignment or unit after this session. It will provide evidence that using Mastery-Based learning engages students more and has the students take more ownership of their learning and success.
Presenter: Dr. Darrin Berkley, Frederick Community College
Description: Faculty often have many questions regarding why students disappear from classes or why students don't complete assignments. Why not just ask them? The discussion board gives students opportunities not just to share their concerns with their instructors, but also their peers. Students will open up on discussion questions when they realize that they are not alone in their feelings and if the posts are meaningful for the students. Because many of our classes our virtual, it is vital that students feel connected to the course and gain some sense of closeness to the instructor and peers. In this workshop, attendees will see some relevant discussion posts that were more "thought-provoking" and how students responded to these posts. Additionally, we discuss the level of instructor interaction and how instructors may respond to posts (both those that are unique as well as those that may not be true). Faculty have great flexibility in using these posts to also gather important qualitative data.
Presenter: Heather Greise, Allegany College of Maryland
Description: In the age of Virtual Learning and Livestreaming classes, we have all experienced that dreaded moment where it appears that not a single student is actually out there listening to us. When you look at your laptop screen, all you can see are 15 profile pictures (or names), and when you pose a question into the void, you feel as if you are talking to yourself. You wait…and you wait some more….and finally, you might get one student response. It can be disheartening, but it is not always that your students are not listening to you—sometimes, it is simply that they are not comfortable responding by using their microphones. This interactive session will demonstrate how to utilize the tools in Microsoft Teams to encourage student participation, provide formative assessment, and promote collaboration. Embracing the chat and quick message features of Teams, as well as creating quick surveys and group activities, allows instructors to use students’ familiarity with texting to their advantage.
Presenter: Dr. Becky Moening
Description: Teaching online offers a variety of challenges. Adaptive learning doesn’t have to be one of them! Learn how to incorporate adaptive learning in your online course to best serve your students while helping you deliver quality educational materials. Join Dr. Becky Moening as she discusses tips and tricks she’s learned while teaching with adaptive learning in her online mathematics course.