This year's Faculty Workshop Day - Moving Education Forward: Empowerment and Empathy in Times of Change - will be held in person with some remote workshops on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. All workshops will have a seat cap of 24 participants on the registration form, including remote workshops.

9 - 9:30 a.m.
Sign In/Registration (BTC Auditorium)

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

  • Greetings & Announcements (BTC Auditorium)
    Faculty Workshop Day Committee Co-Chairs, Jennifer Austin and John Peabody
    Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Ronalyn Wilson

9:45 - 11 a.m.

  • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Christine Harrington (BTC Auditorium)
    Christine has been working in higher education for over twenty years, predominantly in the community college sector, and is an expert on student success and teaching and learning. Currently, she is a professor and co-coordinator of the Ed.D. in Community College Leadership program at New Jersey City University. Previously, she worked at Middlesex College for eighteen years in a variety of roles including professor of psychology and student success, director for the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching, first-year seminar course coordinator, counselor, and disability services provider. Christine also served a two-year appointment as the executive director for the Center for Student Success at the New Jersey Council of County Colleges.

    Christine is the author of numerous books and articles related to teaching and learning. Her most recent book, Keeping Us Engaged: Student Perspectives (and Research-Based Strategies) on What Works and Why was written with fifty student contributors. Other books include Engaging Faculty in Guided Pathways: A Practical Resource for College Leaders and Ensuring Learning: Supporting Faculty to Improve Student Success, both co-published by Rowman and Littlefield and the American Association of Community Colleges. Christine is frequently invited to give presentations at national and local conferences, and she has presented at more than fifty colleges and universities across the nation.

11 - 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. & 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
All Day Sessions

My Journey to HVCC: Addressing the Needs of Our Diverse Student Population (BTC 219)
Presenters: Lovern Shadwick, Ainsley Thomas, Shawna-Kay Addison, Andrew Roberts, Jay Deitchman, Tara Bocketti
This workshop examines some of the experiences encountered by our diverse student body and the impact these experiences have on the students’ ability to learn. We will also discuss student assistance that currently exists at the college and inform the faculty of future projects that will complement these efforts.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
75-minute Concurrent Sessions I

Signs and Awareness (Zoom Only)
Presenter: Melissa Kate Adams-Silva
In this workshop, we’ll learn how to bring awareness to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing culture and community. Such awareness helps all to understand other cultures and communities as well. Learn to use these strategies and techniques in your courses both remotely and in person. Beginners are welcome! No skills or previous awareness necessary.
Bringing Self-Compassion to Faculty Experiences (Zoom Only)
Presenter: Susan Walzer
Academic life can be stressful, yet we generally feel okay when we are meeting expectations. But what happens when we are not meeting them—either in reality or in our own internal and sometimes harsh evaluations? This remote workshop explores challenges of academic culture for faculty and introduces mindful self-compassion as a resource for encountering difficult moments.  
Designing a Motivational Syllabus (BTC Auditorium)
CPE Credit
Presenter: Christine Harrington
During this engaging presentation, participants will learn what the research says about the purpose and power of the syllabus. Specifically, we'll focus on how the syllabus can be used as a motivational tool. Research-based ideas on how to construct an effective syllabus will be shared. Participants will walk away inspired to make the most of this important document and will have several practical ideas about how to do so.

Blackboard "Slimdown": Creating Lean and Clean Blackboard Courses (BTC 218)
CPE Credit
Presenter: Linda K. Ryder, Sydney Wilk
Blackboard Course and Organization storage areas fill up quickly, making them too large to export and import. HVCC has exceeded our Blackboard storage limits and will need to impose course and file quotas. Let us help you prepare with "slim" builds and smart content development. Participants will learn how to use cloud storage, streaming platforms, and the Content Collection for efficient, streamlined content, with the added value of interactive tools and analytics.

How to Cope with Pandemic Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in Our Campus Community (BTC 217)
Presenter: Katie D'Arcy, Sara Donnelly
This presentation will address more common concerns surrounding mental health and the impact of the ongoing pandemic on our college campus. Licensed mental health counselors from HVCC’s Wellness Center will discuss the current trends in mental health, ways to cope and develop self-care skills, as well as discuss the campus and community resources available to students, faculty, and staff.
Active Learning in The Online Classroom: Strategies & Teaching Techniques to Foster Student Engagement (BTC 206)
CPE Credit
Presenters: Anthony Podlaski
In this workshop, we'll review a wide range of approaches to engage students as active collaborators in the online classroom. We will examine classroom assessment techniques and assignments that promote individual engagement with course material, questioning techniques that enliven asynchronous discussions, opportunities for active learning in videoconference sessions, feedback strategies that encourage active listening, instructional strategies to motivate critical thinking, and cooperative learning approaches to promote problem-solving. Throughout our exploration, we will emphasize practical, easy-to-implement strategies that will transform your online classroom into an active learning environment.

Video Lectures Made Easy (BTC 204)
CPE Credit
Presenter: Elissa Baker
In this workshop, you will learn about YuJa, the Knowmia replacement tool, for creating interactive and accessible video lectures for remote, online, and hybrid courses. We will explore the similar functions and new features of YuJa. We will also discuss the migration of content from Knowmia to YuJa.

CPR Review (BTC 203)
Presenter: Anthony Caliguire
Have you ever asked yourself, “What would I do if a colleague collapsed in the hall?” It takes time for first responders to get to the scene of an emergency and so it is crucial to know how to help victims in those first few minutes. For those interested in learning the basics of CPR, basic resuscitation methods will be discussed and demonstrated.

12:45  - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (BTC Lobby)

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
75-minute Concurrent Sessions II

Gen Z Revisited: Supportive Pedagogy for Today's Learner in Today's World (Zoom Only)
CPE Credit
Presenter: Casey L. Ryan 
This workshop will be discussion-based, with participants offering their own experiences in the classroom space during the COVID-19 pandemic. The presenter will provide updated data on Gen Z learning and technology use as well as explain approaches to pedagogy that are supportive for all learners. The goal of this workshop is to create a space for colleagues to reflect on their teaching while learning from one another and from evidence-based research.
Meditation and Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and Living in Balance (Zoom Only)
Presenters: Jerald Petell
Tai chi is a Chinese art form of meditation in motion using posture, breath, and mental focus in balancing the body’s energy systems. Tia chi promotes mental, emotional, and physical healing by combining movement, breath, meditation, and relaxation. We begin this practice with a centering meditation using "I AM", our Divine Self. By calling forth "I AM" awareness we align with the Divine. The “I AM” represents the affirmation of not only the Self but also one's Truth. Come join Jerry in this very centering practice.
Signs of Our Time: The Sequel (Zoom Only)
Presenters: Melissa Kate Adams-Silva
As teachers, we need to walk a mile in our student’s shoes. This workshop will provide activities that demonstrate why access for all students is so important. Tips and tricks will be included as a reminder to help all students when teaching in the classroom or on Zoom. Many of us get into a habit of using what works for us as teachers, yet does that methodology work for our students? Sometimes we need to simplify our teaching methods to stay in touch with our audience.
Where's My Stuff?!?!?: Understanding Content Storage, Access, Delivery and Management at HVCC (BTC 218)
Presenter: Linda K. Ryder, William Jojo
HVCC faculty and students have many new options for storing, organizing, and accessing files and multimedia content. Information Technology Services and Center for Distance and Online Learning will explain how these many tools work so you can set them up to meet your purposes. We will explain virtual network drives, cloud storage options, Teams files and Notebooks, streaming platforms, shared folders, and other tools available to you and your students. Participants will leave with handouts and reference materials to use after the workshop.
Faculty Promotion at HVCC (BTC 207)
Presenter: Jennifer Eaton, Tony Podlaski, Jodi Mather, Scott Hathaway
Are You Ready for Promotion? Do you meet the criteria? How is the process initiated? What are the important components of the promotion package? This workshop is designed to provide information and resources for faculty who are considering promotion whether it be soon or several years down the road. The purpose and goals of this workshop are to give a detailed overview of the promotions process at the institution and describe the portfolio required for promotion. Faculty will leave the session with a sense of awareness of what is involved in the promotion process and how to achieve this milestone.
Executive Functioning/Problem Solving: An Overview for College Professionals (BTC 206)
Presenter: Stephen Motto
In this workshop, we’ll learn to familiarize ourselves with strategies for communicating with neurodiverse students both written and spoken. Tips and strategies will be provided for attendees and their students.     
What is the Digital Learning Environment? (BTC 204)
Presenter: Elissa Baker
This workshop will explain the current status of the SUNY Digital Learning Environment (DLE) and explore the impact on Hudson Valley Community College's digital teaching and learning environment including a demonstration of Desire2Learn’s (D2L) Brightspace LMS.
Using the Emergency Defibrillator Effectively (BTC 203)
Presenters: Anthony Caliguire
Many faculty may have seen AED machines around campus, but do they know how to use them? In this workshop, we’ll learn to improve the odds of someone surviving a life-threatening cardiac arrest by properly and efficiently using AED machines.

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