HFC Yuja Demonstration: 10/12/2021 @ 6pm

If you missed the live Teamwork Tuesday demonstration of Yuja, here is the recording that will demonstrate how to get started, manage media using a video editor, and sharing content with direct links and moodle. This will be followed up with a more advanced session on Friday the 5th of November @ 2pm. The CTEI digest will send links before the event.

Passcode: *uc%2U3# 

How Can I Teach Soft Skills to Better Prepare Students for the Workplace?

Start: Monday, October 11, 2021
End: Sunday, October 17, 2021

Employers demand a talent pool armed with both hard and soft skills. Sadly, the focus on the development of soft skills ends somewhere between kindergarten and college. This 20-Minute Mentor (Opens in a new window) discusses core power skills which include: teamwork, communication, positive attitude, critical thinking, professionalism, and time management. You’ll also learn a four-phase approach to integrating soft-skill education into a curriculum and how to design-related activities to unleash the full potential of your students.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Have an increased awareness of the need to integrate soft skills into the curriculum

  • Learn how to infuse curriculum with activities that focus on developing soft skills but complement the hard skills they are teaching in the class
  • Be able to consider ways to integrate soft skill development directly into the curriculum, develop a new, standalone course, or offer as continuing workforce education (CWE) program offering


Password: workplace11

How Can I Ensure Academic Integrity in the Online Classroom?

Start: Monday, October 4, 2021
End: Sunday, October 10, 2021

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new window) discusses “high tech” and “low tech” solutions for ensuring academic integrity in online classes. While “high tech” solutions include strategies like proctoring services and plagiarism detection software, these strategies can be costly and may require institutional support. “Low tech” solutions, however, are ones that individual instructors can employ in their course and assessment design to help to ensure academic integrity in their online classes.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Identify “high tech” solutions for ensuring academic integrity in online classes

• Recognize “low tech” solutions that instructors can employ for ensuring academic integrity in their online classes

• Examine the pros and cons with incorporating different solutions

Link: http://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: integrity21

How Can I Adapt My Teaching So Students Thrive in a Polysynchronous Classroom?

Start: Monday, September 27, 2021
End: Sunday, October 3, 2021

Before March 2020, we were skeptical that a polysynchronous learning platform, which allows face-to-face and online learning to occur at the same time, would be effective. However, not only can students learn in this environment, some may thrive given the flexibility and convenience it allows.

This 20-Minute Mentor shares lessons learned from the expert presenters’ polysynchronous teaching and provides ideas to help create a more effective learning environment. These lessons include: building rapport and encouraging interaction with your students, holding students accountable for their learning, developing different small-stakes assessments, and increasing empathy and flexibility as an instructor.


Password: classroom76

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Become a more effective polysynchronous teacher

• Hold students accountable for their learning

• Increase empathy and flexibility in their classrooms

• Develop and implement small-stakes online assessments

• Cultivate deeper teacher-student relationships

Using Sabbatical Leave Productively

Friday, September 24, at 3 p.m

If you missed Dr. Ryan Showler’s (Philosophy) session on how he used sabbatical leave recently to do academic research, this recording (passcode *@u0S0T4 )will show you how he used his time effectively and productively during the pandemic.  Even if you’re not planning to take sabbatical leave in the near future, this session is of interest to anyone who wants to do academic research or is interested in how to stay focused.  

 Recording: https://zoom.us/rec/share/xZIMB0jKl42rAwjITg_3PTqA85jtyZ-5grbCJvgLLWN5CDPKBF-1zIanWyKlPmo.3z4ey2yOVACRnwRa 

Passcode: *@u0S0T4 

How Can Discussion Responses Give Narrative Shape to an Online Class?

Start: Monday, September 20, 2021
End: Sunday, September 26, 2021

Responding in a discussion forum can be a struggle—for instructors and students alike. At its most challenging, it can feel like you’re filling out aform, skimming along the surface, disconnected from any real sense of the direction of the course

In this 20-Minute Mentor, (opens in a new window) you’ll discover how you can use your responses to create a narrative for the class—a story that inspires students to move forward by kicking things off with an infusion of humanity. Additionally, you’ll receive guidance on making explicit connections to course and career outcomes, and will finish the program with asking the right questions to spark transformational change.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

*Develop strategies to put an indelible and engaging stamp on the discussion forum

*Establish a larger sense of the discussion-based workflow in the class, and create a series of “context windows” which reflect the student- learner journey

*Consider the different types of questions that can be asked of student learners in discussion responses and create a deployment strategy


Password: discussion79

Faculty Focus Live Podcast is here

Feel free to listen to Faculty Focus Live Podcast for the inspiration, energy, and creative strategies that can be utilized in your everyday teaching. These short ’15’minute podcasts can offer tips, tricks, and pedagogy techniques to give instructors an extra boost of creativity and motivation.  They are perfect for your drive to work or can be integrated as a 15-minute think session to get your wheels turning before stepping into the classroom or “zooming” onto the computer screen.

How Can I Increase Exam Security with Custom Question Banks?

Start: Monday, September 13, 2021
End: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Question banks allow instructors to significantly increase the security of their exams while providing an opportunity to create more flexibility. A robust set of question banks can improve question organization and control, thus promoting academic integrity and honesty among students.

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new window) demonstrates how to creatively apply question banks both to increase security, and also to refresh and reinvigorate exams. Participants will receive easy instructions on how to create more secure exams by randomizing questions into a vast combination of options.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the various ways question banks can be incorporated within their courses
  • Realize that using question banks can increase exam security
  • Be motivated to use question banks in their testing


Password: secure932

Engineering/Industrial Technology (Free) NSF Faculty Workshops “Improving the Effectiveness and Access of Technical Courses”

The following workshop is part of an NSF ATE Project to offer professional development and mentoring services to 2-year college Technical Faculty, in an effort to improve the effectiveness and/or access of their technical courses, by implementing instructional elements from successful competency-based/hybrid instructional models used throughout the country. Each of these Faculty workshops will consist of three, 2-hour training sessions delivered across the Zoom platform. Faculty can choose one of the following workshops:

Faculty Workshop #5: September 10, 17 and 24, 2021. Times: 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT.Faculty Workshop #6: October 8, 15 and 22, 2021. Times: 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT. Faculty Workshop #7: November 5, 12, and 19, 2021. Times: 1:00pm to 3:00pm EDT.

For more information, or to register for these workshops contact Tom Wylie (Project PI) at NorthwestStateCommunityCollege, Archbold, Ohio. Email:twylie@northweststate.eduOr Sarah Stubblefield , Project Manager, at Northwest State, Email:sestubblefield@northweststate.edu

  • All full-time and AFO Attendees can qualify for a $300 stipend upon successful completion of the workshop.