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Facilitated by CTE Staff
Encountering problems with your gradebook or need help getting started? Do you wish you had someone to help you?
If so, come to the CTE for assistance setting up and using your Gradebook. In addition to answering your Desire2Learn questions, CTE staff will be available to assist with other teaching and learning questions. Registration is not required.
Facilitated by Leslie Johnson
Recently, colleges began seeing an increase in incidents targeting students for reasons such as their race, ethnicity, religion, or gender preference. For faculty members, such incidents spark many questions: If such an incident were to happen in my classroom, how should I respond? Would I be able to say and do the right thing? How do I even know what is the right thing? In this discussion-based session, participants will share their concerns, discuss best practices, and find ways to ensure that their classrooms are safe places for all students.
"Prompt feedback" is one of Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education. However, what makes feedback "timely" or "prompt" and, more importantly, what makes that feedback effective? In this webinar, we’ll explore the best practices for providing students with feedback (in both online and face‐to‐face environments) and methods for actually getting them to use the feedback you provide. We’ll even look at some ways to make the feedback process more efficient for faculty members. Please note: Registrants will receive a link to the webinar through LCC email the day before the session.
Facilitated by Elaine Scribner
Who has time for coping or relaxation? Let alone time to learn a new technique? During this session, participants will learn the "BEST" technique: Breathe, Eat, Sleep, and Tap for stress management. This could be the best hour-and-a-half investment you have ever made!
Facilitated by Jim Luke
Have you ever thought about using a blog or public website to support your teaching? Have you heard how WordPress sites can support student learning, but you need to learn more about the technology used to create such sites? If so, WordCamp 101 is for you! Regardless of whether you currently understand zero, a little, or a lot about WordPress, you'll leave this workshop with your own WordPress site on openlcc.net that you can use for your classes. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to this hands-on session.
Come to this session to learn what options are available to create a digital portfolio. Whether you're a faculty member or a student, you need a digital portfolio of your own. They are not called "blogs" anymore because they function as much more! By creating a portfolio of your own, you can save time, help your students, and improve your teaching. Attend this session and learn how!
Facilitated by Suzanne Sawyer and Fran Krempasky
Looking for videos to help your students understand course concepts? Discover educational videos available in LCC's Library databases, such as Films On Demand, Kanopy, and more! Time will be allotted for participants to find videos that support their courses as well as learn how to embed videos into their Desire2Learn course sites.
Facilitated by Regina Gong and Mark Kelland
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are free and openly licensed which allow users to retain, revise, reuse, remix, and redistribute. A number of LCC courses have already adopted an OER, saving our students almost $500,000. If you are thinking of switching to an OER but finding it difficult to do, let us help you. We'll explore different OER repositories and come up with a few that might potentially replace your current textbooks. You will also hear from faculty who have successfully transitioned to an OER in their courses.
Facilitated by Kara Christensen and Chris Richards
Increase student engagement, instructor presence, and collaboration by incorporating video into your D2L course. This workshop will introduce LCC's video platform, Kaltura, which allows you to create, store, and stream multimedia (e.g., video, audio, screen capture, etc.). Hear how faculty and students have used Kaltura and gain ideas for incorporating video into your course. If able, please bring a laptop with a built-in webcam to this workshop.
Facilitated by Kara Christensen and Regina Gong
Have you selected an OER to replace a costly publisher-driven textbook? Wondering what to do next? This workshop, designed for those who have already adopted an OER, will guide faculty through the process of integrating an OER into their courses. Topics include aligning OER materials with learning objectives, adjusting course assessments as needed, and organizing OER resources in D2L sites for online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.
Facilitated by Kara Christensen
This workshop will introduce the concept of badging via the Awards tool in Desire2Learn. Badging is a great way to encourage students to perform tasks and achieve success in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. Topics will include creating, editing, and deleting badges in D2L, issuing/revoking options, as well as best practices and engagement strategies for using badges in D2L courses. In addition, hear first-hand experience from LCC faculty who have used badging in their courses. Participants are expected to easily navigate within D2L without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Monica Del Castillo
This workshop is intended to help faculty understand the dynamics of veteran students transitioning from the battlefield to the classroom, including the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Classroom best practices will be highlighted to help faculty create a supportive learning environment and campus resources will be provided to support student learning.
Facilitated by Kevin Brown and Anne Heutsche
Over the past year, we developed a team-taught section of History 211, working on fully integrating each other’s sections and merging our two distinctive teaching styles. Participants will hear about opportunities and challenges that we have faced team teaching. Please join us for a conversation about our journey and adventures in team teaching!
Facilitated by Chris Richards
This workshop will focus on best practices for course organization, instructional design, and content delivery, based on current research, student service requests at the college, and daily interactions with faculty. The session will be split between discussion and hands-on practice. Participants are expected to easily navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Leslie Johnson and Tim Deines
Instructors in non‐writing classes often question their role in working with students' grammar and mechanics when assigning essays and other written work. This workshop will offer guidance in determining the role instructors should play, based on their specific discipline, and provide some suggestions for supporting and grading students' sentence level skills without adding much to one's workload.
Facilitated by Kari Richards and Charlotte Steiner
A variety of free screencasting tools, used to capture what's on a computer screen, are available to help faculty and students develop course content and projects. During this session, the facilitators will share examples of assignment descriptions as well as projects created by German language students.
Facilitated by Jean Ramirez
Gamification of the classroom builds student camaraderie, creates a positive learning environment and provides an engaging means of teaching content. In this session, we will discuss how games can be used as an active learning strategy and examine ways to adapt commercial games to teach complex ideas and challenging material. Participants will play some games as well as share their ideas and experiences with gamification.
Facilitated by Christine Conner and Kari Richards
This session will examine the collaboration between LCC's Foreign Language faculty and the Guided Pathways Coordinator to investigate program retention and completion rates. The Foreign Language Program, which included many adjunct faculty, used the backwards design process to find what was working, or not working, for program graduates. Both the challenges and successes associated with this collaboration effort will be discussed.
Who would have thought that oxygen is the fountain of youth? Come to this session to learn the science of breath for focus, job and life satisfaction, stress relief, and health! During this session, participants will gain mindfulness skills to incorporate into their lives and classrooms. Participants should come prepared to do some "genetic engineering." Come breathe with us!
Facilitated by Regina Gong, Mark Kelland, and Kara Christensen
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are free and openly licensed which allow users to retain, revise, reuse, remix, and redistribute. If you are thinking of switching to an OER but finding it difficult to do, let us help you. This session will guide faculty through the process of integrating an OER into their courses. Topics include aligning OER materials with learning objectives, adjusting course assessments as needed, and organizing OER resources in D2L sites for online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. We'll explore different OER repositories and come up with a few that might potentially replace your current textbooks.
Do you have a WordPress site? Do you know how to create a post or page, but want more? If so, this session is for you. During this hands-on session, we'll take your site to the next level. Learn how to change and customize your site, with themes, plugins, and widgets. Bring your vision for your site, and we'll help make it a reality.
Facilitated by Tamara McDiarmid
Are you looking to turn your PowerPoint Presentations into interactive videos to supplement your classes? If so, come to this session and learn how! We will cover the basics of using iSpring and explain how to access the program at LCC.
Facilitated by Arthur Wohlwill
In this workshop, several game activities will be presented that are useful in teaching both skills as well as course material. In addition, we will discuss gamification which enhances learning by motivating students using games. Participants are encouraged to bring their own games.
Facilitated by Christine Conner, Regina Gong, and Kari Richards
Because research indicates that students who use Open Educational Resources (OER) complete more coursework, the adoption and successful use of these free resources can strengthen LCC's Guided Pathways work. Come and learn about LCC's efforts to develop sustainable "Z-degrees," or zero-textbook-cost associate degrees. We'll discuss the support needed and encourage participants to share information presented with their department/program.
Facilitated by Meg Elias
Lansing Community College is dedicated to providing an accessible campus, including access to instruction within both face‐to‐face and online classes. In this session, we will explore and discuss the concept of Universal Design (UD) in the college classroom. Participants will learn practical methods to check their current content for accessibility and ways to ensure that new content is created with UD in mind. All are welcome!
Facilitated by Alyssa Poirier
Are you interested in having some one‐on‐one Photoshop help? Our Photoshop expert can help you with a variety of techniques to improve your images, such as:
Call the CTE at 517‐483‐1680 to reserve your 30-minute time slot today! This session is ideal for beginner to intermediate Photoshop users.
Active learning has been used for many years in face‐to‐face college classrooms. It involves engaging students in meaningful activities that go beyond the traditional lecture. But how do active learning techniques translate to the online classroom? Participants in this webinar will receive (and help generate) ideas to get online students engaged in active learning and problem solving. Please note: Registrants will receive a link to the webinar through LCC email the day before the session.
The Assessment tools within Desire2Learn, Dropbox, Discussions, and Quizzes, include advanced features that enable instructors to enhance their course and streamline their workflow. Experience using Desire2Learn, especially Dropbox, Discussions, and Quizzes is required. Participants are expected to navigate within Desire2Learn without facilitator assistance.
Facilitated by Eva Menefee
Career Communities. Degree Works. We hear all of this new vocabulary at LCC, but students don't often understand it. That's why Advising is important! As faculty members, are we up to the challenge of helping our students navigate degree completion? This session will describe and discuss some basic advising tips from a seasoned advisor. You will leave understanding why Advising is Teaching!
Facilitated by Kara Christensen and Chris Richards
This workshop will introduce advanced features in Kaltura to further enhance the quality and usability of multimedia in your D2L courses. Topics will include advanced edit options, creating video clips and chapters, uploading slides to video presentations, downloading a video from Kaltura, viewing video analytics, and creating in-video quizzes. Participants are expected to have some experience using Kaltura.
Facilitated by Kari Richards and Stephanie Throne
Do you find online office hours challenging? If so, this session is for you! Participants will explore tools and creative ways to make online office hours more beneficial for students during this fun and interactive workshop.
At the OpenEd 2016 conference, Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price, spoke about the lives of community college students. The workshop facilitators will share relevant and impactful information from Goldrick-Rab's keynote and writings. Tactics and strategies that can help make a difference in student performance will be discussed.
Facilitated by Patricia Purol
Do your students complete homework and reading assignments as they should? Do they get out of readings what they should? Through paired practice in several different content areas, participants will learn how to increase homework completion, improve class/group discussions, and activate critical thinking.
Every semester, instructors run into "problems" in the classroom that are separate from the content we teach. How do you handle a student who is asking to be reinstated after being dropped for non‐participation? What do you say to the class after a disastrous exam? Some of our best ideas for problem solving come from discussing these scenarios with our peers, from both within and outside of our disciplines. Participants in this workshop will receive a set of teaching scenarios and there will be time to share experiences and possible solutions in a collegial environment.
Facilitated by Bob Van Oosterhout
Balance is a key factor in learning and health; moreover, it has a significant impact on the effectiveness of everything we do. Participants will learn and practice techniques that restore and maintain physical, mental, and emotional balance while gaining a clear understanding of how and why they work.
Did you know that all LCC instructors and students have access to the Google Apps for Education platform, which includes access to Google Drive and Google Docs? Google Apps for Education are comprised of user-friendly, online tools that come with tremendous potential to increase communication and collaboration both inside and outside of the classroom. This workshop will demonstrate how to create, store, and share Google Docs, Slides, Forms and Sheets with colleagues and students, as well as the integration process for connecting D2L to Google. Participants are encouraged to request an LCC Google Account through the LCC Help Desk prior to the workshop.
One of Lansing Community College's Guiding Principles is to "recognize a special responsibility to young adults, those from lower income brackets, and those requiring developmental academic or entry‐level career skills." Our young and at‐risk students have access to a wide‐range of resources to help them complete their education successfully, but often are unaware of the support structure at the college. This showcase will give a brief introduction to some of the student services that are available at LCC, and provide instructors with a comprehensive resource list to share with their classes.
Interested in service or community‐based learning, but want to hear more about it before you dive in? Come to this session and hear a panel of faculty members discuss how they have successfully implemented service or community‐based learning components into their classes. They will describe their assignments and experiences, including the highs and lows, and explain the work involved in adding such a component to their courses. Time will be allotted at the end of this session for questions.
Reading negative student evaluations can be troublesome and upsetting, even for experienced teachers. In this lighthearted workshop, participants will hear a collection of actual student reviews and discuss how to separate out hurtful statements from constructive criticism.
Facilitated by Melissa DeRosia
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