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What is the Best Teaching Advice I Ever Received?

Monday, January 23—

Sunday, January 29, 2023

What things can teachers do to become more effective in the classroom?

For faculty who are interested in becoming a better teacher, this 20-Minute Mentor shares the best teaching advice collected from outstanding research professors. Some of their suggestions may be a surprise!

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

• Acquire motivation and helpful advice to improve your teaching

  • Consider new techniques to improve your effectiveness as a teacher
  • Recognize the obligation you have to your students to be the very best teacher you can be

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: teaching812

CTEI DIGEST 1/17/2023

Friends and colleagues,

I hope and trust that you enjoyed a pleasant long weekend, culminating in a thoughtful, reflective, and possibly service-focused Martin Luther King Day.  As we begin this shortened work week, we offer you this relatively brief – but still information-packed –edition of the Digest to help get things rolling.

First, Intel, H.P., and Red Rocks Community College have teamed up to offer a webinar titled “Enabling Effective Teaching and Learning Experiences in an Evolving Hy-Flex World.”  Attendance for this event, which takes place later this month, is free, and you will find more information about it below. 

Next, if you recall, in last week’s Digest, I touched upon the recent evolution in artificial intelligence tools and how they may impact higher education moving forward.  Last week, Rosemary – or maybe not coincidentally in all actuality – discovered a virtual forum on this hot-button topic sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  It is titled “A.I. Tools for Student Engagement” and will take place later this month.  Please see below for further details on this event, which is also free to attend. 

Meanwhile, please remember that Digital Education Days and the LAND conference are taking place next month, which will be here before we know it.  While the specifics for D.E.D. remain the same, please note the recent changes in dates and structure for the LAND conference, which are spelled out below, with more details soon to be forthcoming. 

Finally, as usual, you will find these and a few other upcoming offerings in the schedule-at-a-glance calendar below, and as always, we welcome your suggestions and input.  Please just e-mail us with any recommendations or questions.   

Upcoming Events 

Event  Description  Time/Date Link 
Partner Activity: “Enabling Effective Teaching and Learning Experiences in an Evolving Hy-Flex World”** Intel, HP and Red Rocks Community College Present This Free Webinar on Hy-Flex Teaching and Learning 1/24 @ 2 pm Virtual Event Register Here 
Partner Activity: “AI Tools for Student Engagement”** Virtual Forum Sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education 1/31 @ 2 pm Virtual Event Register Here 
Sponsored Event: Digital Education Days* Conference Focusing on Digital Pedagogy 2/10, 15, and 21 Virtual Event  Register Here 
Partner Event: LAND Conference** Liberal Arts Network for Development Celebrating Student and Faculty Scholarship 2/22-2/24 Virtual Event Registration and Presentation Information Forthcoming 
Partner Event: MCSS/ATD Roundtable Discussion Series** Equity in Gateway Courses and Guided Self-Placement Varying Days and Times – See Below for More Detail 
 
Visit the MCSS Events Page for More Information and Registration Links  
Partner Event: Inaugural HyFlex Collaborative Conference** Collaborative One-Day Event Bringing Together Higher Ed and K12 Educators 6/26 Virtual and In-Person Attendance Options Conference Website 
Partner Activity: ACUE’s Online Micro-credentialing** Open-Enrollment Opportunities to Complete Online Pedagogical Training at Your Convenience Ongoing Find Information Here 
Partner Activity: NISOD Online Professional Development Events**  Wide-Ranging Events on a Variety of Topics Ongoing Find Information Here 
Article Discussion Group* Participate in a Faculty-Led Discussion Group with Colleagues Various and Ongoing E-Mail Scott to Join a Group in Progress 

*Denotes a sponsored CTEI event that qualifies for AFO reimbursement. 

**Denotes a partner activity that may qualify for AFO reimbursement. Please see your area representative for further information.   

Partner Activity: “Enabling Effective Teaching and Learning Experiences in an Evolving Hy-Flex World” 

From the conference registration page:

As teaching and learning practices have evolved with the increase of hybrid and hy-flex learning, it is more important than ever to ensure that the technologies employed and deployed support the community college mission to drive meaningful engagement for faculty, teachers, and students. 

As colleges look to strengthen engagement, focus on practices across the following three areas will become of critical importance: 

  • Importance of standardization across in-person and hy-flex learning modalities 
  • Tools and frameworks for creating, standardizing, and scaling traditional and hy-flex learning modalities across the institution 
  • Recommendations for meeting a threshold for sustainability, security, and resiliency 

Join HP and Red Rocks Community College to unpack best practices that can translate into key takeaways for your community college.

This virtual event takes place at 2 pm on Tuesday, January 21, and you can register for free right here

Partner Activity: “A.I. Tools for Student Engagement” 

This event is sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It will feature hosts Ian Wilhelm, Assistant Managing Editor, and Bridget Burns, Chief Executive Officer University Innovation Alliance, along with several expert panelists.  As the forum promotional materials explain:

Artificial Intelligence already has many uses, including self-driving cars, intelligent assistants, and marketing chatbots. But as it progresses into higher education, how can it be used as a student-centered tool?

There is no longer a question on whether or not colleges and universities will adopt AI. The concern now is how to ethically and efficiently implement AI to improve the student experience.

In the upcoming Virtual Forum, hosted by The Chronicle and University Innovation Alliance, a panel of education, research, and technology experts will discuss how higher ed institutions can benefit from AI.

Sign up to meet the speakers and attend this forum on Tuesday, January 31, at 2 pm by registering online here

Sponsored Event: Digital Education Days 

The Digital Education Days virtual conference will be held on three days in February 2023: Friday the 10th, Wednesday the 15th, and Tuesday the 21st. This year the conference is loosely organized around the theme “Rising and Revising: Rethinking the Future of Digital Education.” The conference brings together faculty from UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint, Henry Ford College and Mott Community College for the first time to share best practices and explore new opportunities that enhance teaching and learning in the digital realm.  More information about the conference, including online registration forms, can be found here

Partner Event: Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) Conference 

As you may recall from our Faculty Organization Meeting earlier this month, this year’s LAND Conference is undergoing some last-minute reorganizing and restructuring.  The following is the latest information on this conference, which I obtained from HFC’s institutional liaison to LAND, Dr. Peter Kim, last week: 

LAND did decide to change the dates to Feb. 22-24, 2023. The conference program has yet to be updated, so please disregard the program. (Note: The website manager stepped down, and the steering committee is still looking for someone to fill that role. The LAND President has been doing it in the interim. Additional note: There was a dearth of proposals and registrants, so the hope is the extra time might lead to more proposals/participation.) 

In addition, the LAND steering committee decided to change the conference to fully virtual and free to encourage more participation; those who paid the registration will have it refunded.  

At Peter’s suggestion, I have reached out to Dr. Becky Roberts at Jackson College, the current LAND President, to obtain further updated details.  I am hopeful that I will have more to share on registering and possibly even submitting presentation proposals for this year’s LAND Conference as of next week’s Digest.  Please “stay tuned.” 

Partner Event: MCSS/ATD Roundtable Discussion Series 

MCSS is partnering with ATD to present “Equity-Minded Teaching Practices for Gateway Courses,” a series of roundtable discussions for faculty teaching foundational courses. The topic for December will be “Equitizing Your Syllabi.” Participants should plan to have a syllabus available for a course they are either teaching or preparing to teach. Please see the MCCA Events Page for registration for all dates. 

  • Monday, March 25, 2024, 4:00-5:30
  • Monday, April 3, 2023, 4:00-5:30  
  • Monday, August 7, 2023, 4:00-5:30  
  • Monday, December 4, 2023, 4:00-5:30   

Partner Event: Inaugural HyFlex Collaborative Conference 

The HyFlex Learning Community team has been partnering with colleagues from AATLAS (Academy for the Advancement of Teaching, Leadership, and Schools) in the School of Education, University at Albany (part of the S.U.N.Y. system) and at Hunter College, New York (part of the CUNY system) to plan the first-ever HyFlex-focused conference for June 2023. The result?  A collaborative one-day event that brings together both higher education and K12 educators to share what they have learned about supporting hybrid and flexible learning over the past few years and to shape plans for research, resources, and faculty preparation across the spectrum of education. 

Please visit the conference website for general information, a Call for Proposals for presentations, sponsorship opportunities, and registration for the June 26 event, which will be offered both onsite in Albany, NY, and online. 

Partner Event: ACUE’s Online Microcredentialing 

As the Association of College and University Educator’s website indicates: “ACUE’s open enrollment courses are designed for all higher education faculty — tenured faculty, adjunct instructors, and even graduate students. Through our unique learning design, each micro credential allows faculty to gain foundational knowledge, implement evidence-based practices, reflect on your implementation, and refine practice based on feedback. Faculty who complete all micro-credentials earn the full ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).” 

ACUE’s site also specifies that these open-enrollment micro-courses are: 

  • Delivered fully online 
  • Offered throughout the year 
  • Short courses that build to an ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction 
  • Endorsed by the American Council on Education 
  • Delivered through a facilitated faculty learning community 
  • Designed for all types of faculty 
  • Suited for an online or classroom learning environment 

You can find more information on this partner resource here

Partner Event: NISOD Online Professional Development Events 

Throughout the fall semester, N.I.S.O.D. will offer online professional development opportunities ranging from webinars to workshops to conferences touching upon topics broadly varying from Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice to Teaching Critical Thinking and Rationality in Science and Math Courses.  You will find more information on how to participate in these virtual events here

As always, you can remain up-to-date with all the C.T.E.I.’s latest events by visiting our blog through this link or by scanning the QR code below. 

CTEI Moodle Hub: Resources for You 

Please remember that this valuable resource is still always available to you too.  This hub is accessible through your HFC Online/Moodle dashboard and contains helpful information on topics as varied as SAFE@HFC to accessibility issues to tech mentors in each school and department.  If you have an instructional question or are curious about support services at HFC, the CTEI Moodle Hub may very well have the answer. 

CTEI Digest: 1/9/2023

Happy new year, and welcome back, friends and colleagues,

Here’s hoping that your semester is getting off to a wonderful start.  Meanwhile, Rosemary and I are excited to share a variety of professional development and support opportunities with you in our first Digest of 2023. 

First, let’s begin with one more expression of gratitude to our Professional Issues Conference Committee for facilitating such an excellent program this year: “Where Are We Now? An Assessment on Mental Health.”  Given the importance of this subject matter, the PIC committee approached us here in the CTEI last semester with the suggestion that we should endeavor to keep this conversation going after the conference, all throughout the winter term – and we fully agreed.  To that end, please scroll down to see how we will follow up and follow through with activities and resources to perpetuate this dialogue in the coming weeks and months.

Meanwhile, though the Monday Morning Mentor will not return for a few weeks, please refer to the at-a-glance schedule below for several other fine upcoming partner activities.  There you will find a few ongoing programs from last semester and some new options that have just been added.  These new offerings include a virtual workshop focusing on metacognition for STEM (but applicable to all) students, the summer Hyflex Collaborative Conference, and February’s Digital Education Days – a multi-day, virtual event jointly sponsored by HFC, University of Michigan – Dearborn, and Flint, and Mott Community College.

Finally, if you’re anything like me, your conversations with friends, family, and colleagues have recently been replete with discussion of the latest AI technology, ChatGPT.  In case you haven’t heard about this new online interface, it can produce writing that can actually pass as human-generated on just about any topic.  This brief New York Times piece discusses ChatGPT further while also linking to an Ezra Klein podcast featuring Gary Marcus, “an emeritus professor of psychology and neural science at N.Y.U.”  Though Dr. Marcus, “has become one of the leading voices of A.I. skepticism,” he is not at all “anti-AI” but has, instead, actually invested in this involving technology himself.  Nonetheless, despite all of the potential benefits that AI may hold for humankind, this technology has drastic and immediate implications for educators due to its tremendous potential for illicit use by students.  With this in mind, you might also want to take a few moments to review this recent Faculty Focus article: What Are We Doing About AI Essays?

In closing, we hope that you will find at least one or two of the offerings presented here to be of interest, and as always, we welcome your suggestions and input.  Please just e-mail us with any recommendations or questions.  In the meantime, again, best wishes for a strong start to the term! 

Upcoming Events 

CTEI Event  Description  Time/Date Link 
Partner Activity: Teach STEM Students How to Learn: Metacognition Is the Key!** Saundra McGuire, Ph.D. Presentation Sponsored by ReBUILDetroit and College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing Professional Development 2/2 @ 12:45 PM -2:15 PM  Virtual Event Register Here  (Deadline 1/31) 
Sponsored Event: Digital Education Days* Conference Focusing on Digital Pedagogy 2/10, 15 and 21 Virtual Event  Register Here 
Partner Event: MCSS/ATD Roundtable Discussion Series** Equity in Gateway Courses and Guided Self-Placement Varying Days and Times – See Below for More Detail 
 
Visit the MCSS Events Page for More Information and Registration Links  
Partner Event: Inaugural HyFlex Collaborative Conference** Collaborative One-Day Event Bringing Together Higher Ed and K12 Educators 6/26 Virtual and In-Person Attendance Options Conference Website 
Partner Activity: ACUE’s Online Micro-credentialing** Open-Enrollment Opportunities to Complete Online Pedagogical Training at Your Convenience Ongoing Find Information Here 
Partner Activity: NISOD Online Professional Development Events**  Wide-Ranging Events on a Variety of Topics Ongoing Find Information Here 
Article Discussion Group* Participate in a Faculty-Led Discussion Group with Colleagues Various and Ongoing E-Mail Scott to Join a Group in Progress 

*Denotes a sponsored CTEI event that qualifies for AFO reimbursement. 

**Denotes a partner activity that may qualify for AFO reimbursement. Please see your area representative for further information.   

Professional Issues Conference: Follow-Up Resources and Activities

On the CTEI Moodle Hub, you will now find follow-up materials related to this year’s conference theme: “Where Are We Now? An Assessment on Mental Health.”  Currently, these include (a) links to videos, readings, and presentations pertaining to the conference, (b) a Wellness Wheel self-assessment instrument, (c) information on student support offered through the SAFE@HFC committee/initiative, and (d) a discussion board on which we invite staff and faculty to continue this dialogue virtually and indefinitely.  In the coming weeks, we invite you to post to this board thoughts and observations occurring to you as a result of the conference and/or if you work in an area of the College for which you would like to further promote mental well-being resources for students, please reach out to us, and we will be happy to grow this repository by sharing your materials there.  

Meanwhile, although the Wellness Wheel activity is one designed to be completed individually if you are interested in following up on this assessment tool and further exploring the topic of mental health in general with a group, the CTEI will be organizing a discussion or two later this semester with one of our very own mental health professionals.  Stay tuned – more information will follow soon.

Partner Activity: Teach STEM Students How to Learn: Metacognition Is the Key!

Presenter Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at LSU. Before joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 400 institutions in 46 states and ten countries. 

All students admitted to an institution can succeed in STEM courses. However, most do not have adequate learning strategies and resort to memorizing information just before tests. This interactive workshop will introduce faculty to cognitive science research-based learning strategies that will help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning. The session will focus on ways to teach STEM students simple yet powerful learning strategies to ensure success in STEM courses.  

These techniques can be used within any content area, so please do not hesitate to attend – even if you are not in a STEM field.  If interested, please register here by January 31.  Questions? Please contact Dr. Jahzara D. E. Mayes, otoojm@udmercy.edu

Sponsored Event: Digital Education Days 

The Digital Education Days virtual conference will be held on three days in February 2023: Friday the 10th, Wednesday the 15th, and Tuesday the 21st. This year the conference is loosely organized around the theme “Rising and Revising: Rethinking the Future of Digital Education.” For the first time, the conference brings together faculty from UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint, Henry Ford College, and Mott Community College to share best practices and explore new opportunities that enhance teaching and learning in the digital realm.  More information about the conference, including online registration forms, can be found here

Partner Event: MCSS/ATD Roundtable Discussion Series 

MCSS is partnering with ATD to present “Equity-Minded Teaching Practices for Gateway Courses,” a series of roundtable discussions for faculty teaching foundational courses. The topic for December will be “Equitizing Your Syllabi.” Participants should plan to have a syllabus available for a course they are either teaching or preparing to teach. Please see the MCCA Events Page for registration for all dates. 

  • Monday, April 3, 2023 4:00-5:30  
  • Monday, August 7, 2023 4:00-5:30  
  • Monday, December 4, 2023 4:00-5:30  
  • Monday, March 25, 2024 4:00-5:30 

Partner Event: Inaugural HyFlex Collaborative Conference 

The HyFlex Learning Community team has been partnering with colleagues from AATLAS (Academy for the Advancement of Teaching, Leadership, and Schools) in the School of Education, University at Albany (part of the SUNY system) and at Hunter College, New York (part of the CUNY system) to plan the first-ever HyFlex-focused conference for June 2023. The result?  A collaborative one-day event that brings together both higher education and K12 educators to share what they have learned about supporting hybrid and flexible learning over the past few years and to shape plans for research, resources, and faculty preparation across the education spectrum. 

Please visit the conference website for general information, a Call for Proposals for presentations, sponsorship opportunities, and registration for the June 26 event, which will be offered both onsite Albany, NY and online. 

Partner Event: ACUE’s Online Microcredentialing 

As the Association of College and University Educator’s website indicates: “ACUE’s open enrollment courses are designed for all higher education faculty — tenured faculty, adjunct instructors, and even graduate students. Through our unique learning design, each microcredential allows faculty to gain foundational knowledge, implement evidence-based practices, reflect on your implementation, and refine your practice based on feedback. Faculty who complete all microcredentials earn the full ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction, endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE).” 

ACUE’s site also specifies that these open-enrollment micro-courses are: 

  • Delivered fully online 
  • Offered throughout the year 
  • Short courses that build to an ACUE Certificate in Effective College Instruction 
  • Endorsed by the American Council on Education 
  • Delivered through a facilitated faculty learning community 
  • Designed for all types of faculty 
  • Suited for an online or classroom learning environment 
  • You can find more information on this partner resource here

Partner Event: NISOD Online Professional Development Events 

Throughout the fall semester, NISOD will offer online professional development opportunities ranging from webinars to workshops to conferences touching upon topics broadly varying from Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice to Teaching Critical Thinking and Rationality in Science and Math Courses.  You will find more information on how to participate in these virtual events here

What are 3 Calendar Hacks Faculty Can Use to Avoid Stress and Burnout?

Monday, December 5—

Sunday, December 11, 2022

It’s no secret that faculty work encompasses much of every day, to the point where it just doesn’t seem like there is any available time for anything else. Add

in grading, meetings, and responding to messages? No wonder it seems never-ending!

Fortunately, there are much-needed, time-saving solutions available. This 20-Minute Mentor provides three simple calendar hacks to help faculty create a daily structure to manage time and reduce stress. Faculty regain control of their schedules by using their calendar to battle burnout.

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

• Understand why it is helpful to actively use your calendar

Identify three things you can do to actively use your calendar

Plan and execute a Term Planning Day to anticipate and alleviate stressors

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: calendar12

How Can I Be My Own Instructional Designer?

Monday, November 28—

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Sometimes, faculty don’t have the support of an instructional designer to help plan their courses. In fact, many faculty never have any help from an instructional designer. So, where do they start?

This 20-Minute Mentor will identify the elements faculty should consider when planning a higher-education course and provide a step-by-step process to follow, resulting in a course plan that is ready to build.

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

• Articulate course objectives and use these objectives to plan assessments, interactions, instructional strategies, and other content

Use course objectives to evaluate existing course content and identify areas of need and improvement.

Create a course plan that can be used to build an online or face-to-face course

Link https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: designer48

How Can You Become More Intentional About Culturally Responsive Teaching?

Monday, November 21—

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Meeting students where they are is essential. Each student in class brings a different fund
of knowledge with them. Deliberate and intentional teaching that promotes interaction and collaboration while recognizing each student’s unique fund of knowledge will create a learning environment that is more culturally relevant.

By embracing the core components of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the strategies of Universal Design for Learning, teaching and learning will improve. This 20-Minute Mentor is a practical guide to implementing Culturally Responsive Teaching, which many educators know that they should do but may not know how to do it. This 20-Minute Mentor also helps educators examine their biases, which may unintentionally interfere with providing the best learning experience for all students.

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

  • Identify and implement methods to increase student success in the classroom.
  • Embrace diversity by recognizing students’ strengths and adapting instruction, classroom design, and materials based on student’s prior knowledge and current needs

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: intentional85

What Brain-Based Techniques Can I Use to Engage Students During Class?

Monday, November 14—

Sunday, November 20, 2022

This 20-Minute Mentor demonstrates several techniques to engage student’s brains in learning. All can be incorporated into either a traditional 50-minute or a more extended class period. Since each student’s brain is unique and may learn differently, the presenters offer specific techniques that help vary the learning experience during a typical classroom time frame. This includes patterning activities, organization and cueing, and creating the emotional impact of the lesson.

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

• Understand what patterning is and what patterning activities you can use in your classroom

• Pinpoint classroom analogies and how you can use them in your class

• Direct patterning in your students

• Learn how to maximize student brainpower to improve student success

https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: techniques64

How Can ICreate Authentic Engagement Through Feedback Dialogue?

Monday, November 7—

Sunday, November 13, 2022

When feedback is offered as an explanation to a grade, most students will focus on the number and not look past it to the reasons why they received that score. Quality feedback can greatly impact student success, but what if we took success beyond just a grade? Feedback that creates a dialogue with students can enhance student engagement while encouraging students to deepen their understanding. By involving students in feedback, students are more likely to buy in and apply their learning beyond a single assignment.

This 20-Minute Mentor imparts proven strategies that get students to listen to and act on instructor feedback, improving student engagement throughout the learning process. Receive practical advice that bridges the gap between instructor and students. This 20-Minute Mentor shows why feedback should be a meaningful dialogue instead of just how to give feedback.

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

• Provide meaningful feedback to students

• Create opportunities for student feedback

• Restructure feedback to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: authentic73