2021 Student Success Summit

Registration is open for the 2021 Student Success Summit, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES HEALTHY COLLEGES on September 20-23, 2021.  The Summit is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators at Michigan community colleges for no charge.  All 12 sessions are delivered via Zoom. There are two simple steps to register and add events to your calendar. 

Supercharge Classroom Engagement in a ‘Hy-flex’ Fall

After more than a year of online and hybrid learning, educators and students alike are eager to engage in person this fall. For many educators, preparing for a ‘return to *some* degree of normalcy’ entails ‘super-charging’ student engagement amid a fall reality that may see some students attending classes in person, while others remain online. You can watch this free Macmillan seminar here to learn tips and tools to maximize student engagement, including brief student readiness self-assessments, and to maximize student input before, during, and after class discussions using iClicker. You can also create your free account here

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The MacMillan Learning Webinar

After more than a year of online and hybrid learning, educators and students alike are eager to engage in person this fall. For many educators, preparing for a ‘return to *some* degree of normalcy’ entails super-charging’ student engagement amid a fall reality that may see some students attending classes in-person, while others remain online. Join this webinar for tips and tools to maximize student engagement including brief student readiness self-assessments and maximize student input before, during, and after class discussions.

Registration for the free event here is highly encouraged as seats may be limited for some sessions.

Flipgrid Live

This year at FlipgridLIVE, they announced a new and improved Flipgrid experience including a simplified UI, backgrounds, music and fun new Flipgrid lenses, designed especially for building community in our online classrooms. Check it out here in case you missed it or join the Flipgrid Community Team as they dedicate the month of August to helping educators navigate this new school year, including conversations around digital citizenship and ways to use Flipgrid with family members!

You can watch on demand in YouTube

TGIM!

Thank goodness it (will be) May when the CTEI has its last planned session for the academic year on Tuesday, May 4 from 1 to 2 PM. This is a great chance for you to vent and socialize about the past year. It is also a great chance to let the CTEI co-directors know what programming you would like for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

  • Did you learn something you would like to share?
  • Did you see a software used somewhere and want to know if we have a campus expert?
  • Do you want to improve your assessment of your course?
  • Do you want to improve assessment of ILO’s in your course?
  • Do you want help creating group assignments?
  • Do you want to learn how to support returning students using the Michigan Reconnect grant?
  • Do you want to learn more about a student support area?
  • Have you seen a great speaker we should invite?

The above topics are obviously just a starting point for the many ideas you might have. Drop by and let us know! We promise not to interrupt any rants you may need to have.

Interactive Zoom Classes

This is not the greatest post for any lurkers from outside the College as the resources require HFC logins.

The CTEI with the support and encouragement of the Instructional Technology Committee offered two sessions on making Zoom more interactive. One session coming up this Friday has limited seats and might not be at a convenient time for you.

However, we did record our March 25 session where we worked with Microsoft Forms, Mentimeter, Socrative, Zoom’s internal quizzing, and Google sheets. If yo uare looking for a tool to informally assess what your students think of the class this is a great session to help you decide on what tool to use.

At the CTEI Mentors HFC Online site (login required) you can find links to the software used.

At the College’s Microsoft Stream site you can find a video (login required).

Zoom Break out Rooms Now Allow Participant Choice

I may be the one behind the times here but this surprised me when I learned it last night. (Edit: I am. It is a 5 month old feature). You can now allow Zoom participants to choose their own break out room.

Here is what setting that up looks like (you just have to check one box if you are already used to using break out rooms).

This is a long overdue feature that I can definitely see using in a number of ways. Two come to mind immediately. I can see this being useful at the end of a class to let students work together on different items. Or, if you are hosting a tutoring session you could have areas for quiet study and for collaboration.