CTEI Book Club Starts Soon!

Fall 2021 Book

We’ll be reading “An Urgency of Teachers: The Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy” (Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel) this semester. The first meeting will take place on Zoom (opens in a new window) on Tuesday, September 21 at 3 p.m. At that time, we’ll decide on a regular meeting day/time for the Book Club. You can RSVP here Bookclubz app

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.

How Will OER Benefit the 21st Century Student?

September 6th to September 12th

Textbooks typically account for one-third of the cost of a college education-but this doesn’t have to be the case. One way to combat the high cost of student learning materials and promote classroom enrollment is through the implementation of open educational resources (OER).

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new window) offers an introduction to OER, including the impact and wide range of OER resources available and how to integrate these materials into the course curriculum while staying compliant with Creative Commons licensing requirements

Password: century16

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

• Explain what OER are and how they benefit students

• Understand how OER differ from traditional learning resources

• Identify different digital repositories where OER can be found

• Understand Creative Commons rules for adopting, adapting, and sharing OER

Early Alerts and Retention

Friday, September 3–2 p.m. on Zoom

“How to Use Early Alerts” with Kat Tucker (Early Alert Manager) and Lorraine Paffenroth (Manager of Academic Advising and Student Success).  This is a timely session with two wonderful colleagues.  They will discuss with faculty when we should use this system to help our students succeed in our classes.

If you missed this very important session, you can access the recording here (opens in a new window)

Passcode: *9UcRAQ+ 

How Can Understanding Group Dynamics Lead to Better Group Work?

Students often complain about group work, even in courses they generally enjoy. As an educator, you are most likely aware of the negative impact that can come from a poorly matched group. However, it’s difficult to easily cultivate better group dynamics within the classroom

Start: Monday, August 30, 2021
End: Sunday, September 5, 2021

This 20-Minute Mentor (Opens in new window) discusses how to use free online assessments and classroom activities to help students learn more about themselves and their classmates which will, in turn, improve group dynamics in the classroom. The presenter will also explore how group dynamics can lead to stronger groups and better group-work results.

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

• Define “group dynamics”

• Describe the findings of studies on group dynamics and group work

• Discuss how to use free online assessments and activities to teach group dynamics

• Recognize that creating groups with dynamics in mind can lead to better results for the group

Link: http://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: dynamics83

Returning to Normal?

What we should keep from pandemic teaching: A Student Perspective

Most students have faced immense learning challenges during the global pandemic. As we return to “normal,” what do our students hope will change and what would they like to see faculty keep from their pandemic pedagogy?

In the second of a two-part series from Macmillan learning, this recorded session (opens in a new window) looks at student perspectives and their findings as they talk about what comes next.

Monday Morning Mentor

How Can I Create a Meaningful Online Learning Experience for Students?

Start: Monday, August 23, 2021End: Sunday, August 29, 2021

Effective online teaching requires more than just transitioning face-to-face instructional strategies into the online classroom; it requires rethinking the teaching-learning dynamic to embrace students’ active role in the learning process. Approaching online teaching with a learning paradigm allows faculty to shift from the content providers and focus on creating and facilitating an engaging learning experience.

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new window) explores the functional and actionable mindset needed to design an effective online learning experience. Instructors will learn to focus on things that have an actual impact on student learning or adopt a mindset that prevents wasting time on teaching tasks that don’t have an impact. Additionally, faculty will gain a better understanding of the philosophy that drives effective learning in the online classroom to help shift their mindset

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

• Differentiate between an instructional paradigm and a learning paradigm

• Grasp the advantages for embracing a learning paradigm in the online classroom

• Understand how a learning paradigm is reflected in online course design

• Appreciate the impact of teaching via a learning paradigm in the modern era.

Access the presentation here (Opens in a new windw) using the following password: meaningful89