Center for Effective Teaching
 
 
 
 
 
 

Faculty Workshop Day

Faculty as Leaders in the Classroom and Community
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Bulmer Telecommunications Center

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8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

Registration
BTC Lobby

8:45 - 9 a.m.

Greetings and Announcements
BTC Auditorium

9 - 10 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Verdis L. Robinson
National Director of The Democracy Commitment (TDC), a non-partisan national organization dedicated to advancing civic engagement and democracy in America's community colleges

Verdis was a tenured assistant professor of history and African-American studies at Monroe Community College. He served as Monroe's TDC campus coordinator since the beginning of the organization, as well as on the TDC national steering committee and on the advisory council for its Economic Inequality Initiative.

Verdis is a fellow of the Aspen Institute's Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity, and the National Endowment for the Humanities' Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West. He is also a public scholar with New York Humanities. Additionally, Verdis is the founder of the Rochester Neighborhood Oral History Project, which created a walking tour of the community most impacted by the city's 1964 race riots. The tour has engaged more than 400 members of the Rochester community in discussing and learning about the legacy of Jim Crow Rochester.

Verdis holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Boston University, a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in History from SUNY College at Brockport, and an Master of Arts in African-American Studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.

10 - 10:15 a.m.

Break (Refreshments and Vendors' Showcase)
BTC Meeting Rooms

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

75 min Concurrent Sessions I

Using Public Deliberation in a Time of Transition*
*This workshop will conclude at 1:45 p.m.; participants will receive CET credit.
Presenter: Peter Sawyer
Public deliberation, or deliberative democracy, is an approach to engaging people in discussions about difficult and controversial topics. It creates an opportunity for a diverse group of people to talk about real issues from a personal perspective and to listen to others who may think differently on a particular problem. It is about seeing the values in the choices we all make and understanding the trade-offs of applying one value to an issue over another. This approach is vitally important to coming to shared decisions about very complex problems.

This session will introduce the concept and how it is used at colleges and universities. We will then hold an important deliberation on the future of higher education and what that means for our college. It is important that all of us reflect on where we are and who we are as we face the challenges that confront our society and the role of higher education. It is an important time for us, as a college and as a faculty, to consider our future in light of new leadership at Hudson Valley Community College.

Using Camtasia for Chalk-and-Talk Lectures
Presenters: Linda K. Ryder and Theresa Powers
Many of today's college students are visual learners, which means they understand the material through pictures, diagrams, charts, and other visual examples. One of the programs that has helped these visual-learning students become engaged in an online course is Camtasia screen capture software. Using a tablet or touch screen with Camtasia, faculty members can record "chalk-and-talk" style lectures that resemble what they do in class. Importantly, these videos can be streamed from YouTube with the mandatory ADA-compliant captioning created automatically. This workshop provides an overview and demonstration of Camtasia and chalk-and-talk lectures and workflow.

Facilitating Class Discussions While Avoiding Contention
Presenters: Crystal Heshmat & Dianne Zielinski
The discussion of controversial topics in the classroom can sometimes lead to conflict and contention, yet they create invaluable opportunities for students to learn critical thinking and become a cohesive group. This workshop will feature examples of techniques to foster positive student interactions and manage student discussions.

Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Potentially Disruptive Students
Presenters: Larry Ellis and Ainsley Thomas
As college instructors, we have at one time or another dealt with students who may be disruptive to the class. It is important as instructors that we identify and understand the underlying reason for the disruption. This will help to minimize the effect that the disruption may have on other students. Most people are familiar with the term "work/life balance". With regard to our students, we may need to address the importance of "school/life balance." As college instructors, it is necessary for us to recognize the students who need assistance with maintaining a school/life balance to be successful in their educational pursuits at Hudson Valley Community College.

Word: Beyond Simple Documents*
*This workshop will conclude at 11:45 a.m.; participants will receive CET credit.
Presenter: Sue Clarke
Are you ready to move beyond the simple tasks in Word? This workshop will cover how to easily add comments and track your changes, create tables including using the formula tool, check issues for compatibility and ADA compliance, use styles to create easily modified documents and more. Do you also need a refresher on research paper tools? That topic will also be addressed.

Using Social Media in Academia
Presenter: Casey Ryan
This workshop will introduce social media applications that may be useful for academic purposes. We will explore Twitter and Instagram as ways to organize and connect to course content, as student engagement tools, and for academic research. The workshop will highlight the benefits and drawbacks to using social media in your course or your own research, and discussion will direct attention to the lack of social media policy at Hudson Valley Community College.

11:30 a.m. ‐ Noon

Break (Refreshments and Vendors' Showcase)
BTC Meeting Rooms

Noon ‐1:15 p.m.

75 min Concurrent Sessions II

Being a Student Ally – Best Practices
Presenters: Michelle Bannoura, Katie Jezik, DeAnne Martocci
Many of our students are from marginalized or underrepresented groups, and as such, the challenges they face in college are magnified. This workshop will offer concrete ways you can help these students adjust to college life and know that they have a support system on campus. The workshop will include an interactive discussion so that we can all benefit from the experiences and approaches of everyone in the group.

Cool Tips and Tricks for PowerPoint*
*This workshop will conclude at 1:30 p.m.; participants will receive CET credit.
Presenter: Sue Clarke
Do you wonder what PowerPoint can do besides provide animations and transitions? Come explore tips and tricks that allow you to customize your presentation. This workshop will cover adding videos with style, using the new equation editor options, using the pen and magnifying tools to make presentations more interactive, and other tools. Bring a one of your PowerPoint presentations. (A PowerPoint presentation file will be available if you don't have one.)

Technology in the classroom: Retention and Communication
Presenter: Jamey Thompson
In this panel workshop, faculty and IRC members will present 10-minute segments about retention tools, monitoring student activity using Blackboard, using free apps for texting and messaging, and top ten problems from the ITS Help Desk.

Engage Your Language Learners with Interactive Voice Tools: Blackboard Collaborate and VoiceThread
Presenters: Natasha Anthony and and Sue Gallagher

What is Blackboard Collaborate?
Blackboard Collaborate is a video conferencing tool similar to GoToMeeting, Adobe Connect and WebEx.

Why use Blackboard Collaborate?
Collaborate is fully integrated with Blackboard at Hudson Valley Community College. You can use it from any course or community for which you have instructor/leader access. Since it is a part of Blackboard, your user rosters are integrated making session invites easy. Guest speakers and attendees can be sent email invites. This type of tool can be used to build communication and engage your students. It allows you to move teaching, learning and office hours online from your office or anywhere you have both a computer and high speed internet.

What is VoiceThread?
VoiceThread is a web-based application that allows for asynchronous oral communication and placing images, videos, documents and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation.

Why use VoiceThread?
A VoiceThread allows students to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone or uploaded audio file. It allows instructors to grade and comments on the students' postings.

Active Shooter/Title IX*
*This workshop will conclude at 1:30 p.m.; participants will receive CET credit.
Presenters: Fred Aliberti and Sandra McCarthy
Nobody wants to have to face a crisis situation, but in the event that we ever have one on campus, it is imperative that faculty and staff have a plan of action. In this session, we will discuss campus emergency plans, what faculty and staff can do to prepare themselves, where they can find information, and what actions they can take in specific situations. We will touch on specific scenarios, including building evacuations and active shooter procedures.

In the past couple of years, the federal Title IX legislation and the Violence Against Women Act have been amended to include specific processes, procedures, and resources for the victims of sexual crimes on college campuses. Last year, New York State and SUNY went beyond those requirements, adding more specific procedures to be followed by all college campuses in New York State. We will give a brief overview of these changes and highlight the major points and how we have implemented them at Hudson Valley Community College.

Self Defense
Presenter: Stacey Delaney
In this workshop, Stacey will share some stories and guide you through some basic self-defense techniques. For this session, you will need to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

Team Building Exercises
Presenter: Chrissy Smith
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the characteristics of strong and successful teams through fun and engaging team building activities. Participants will leave this workshop with new ideas about how to establish and maintain a positive work environment that promotes team work and recognition.

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