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NISOD Live Webinars (Free)

  • 60 Free Software Tools in 60 Minutes - Thursday, December 5, 2019
    During this webinar, discover free, but little-known, technology tools available for faculty, staff, administrators, and students to use for improving student engagement in the classroom, as well the workflow of everyday tasks. Participants leave with at least one tool they can immediately put to use. A total of 60 tools in the following categories will be presented to help increase engagement and efficiency across a variety of workflows: Office productivity, Grammar, Survey instruments, Cloud-based storage, Video and presentation, Image and audio editors, Content management systems, Plagiarism checkers, Communications tools, App development and creation, File conversion, …and more!
  • At the Heart of Retention Programs and Practices: Creating an Environment of Mattering and Validation for Community College Students - Thursday, December 12, 2019
    This webinar presents the connection between community college student persistence and the important roles mattering and validation play in student success. Based upon Schlossberg's (1989) Mattering Theory and Rendon's (1994) Validation Theory, the webinar demonstrates practical and simple ways faculty members can communicate to students that they matter to the institution and that they have the ability to be successful, powerful learners. Calling upon an extensive literature review, as well as data gathered from a qualitative study of community college faculty, this webinar encourages participants to engage in practices that affirm and help students connect to course content and the institution.
  • White Privilege: What is it Really? How Can it Be Used to Help Others Who Lack That Privilege? - Thursday, January 30, 2020
    In this webinar, Dr. Fuller explains the term “white privilege”—who has it and why. Anthropologists use the term “enculturation” to describe how we learn what family, community, and society look like. The norms we enculturate as children may incorporate implicit biases which become invisible to us as adults. Until recently, white men predominantly created institutions and set the agenda in United States government, business, and higher education. For much of the population, there may be comfort in this familiar norm. But this frame of reference chafes and harms many others. The term “white privilege” is used to raise awareness that one person’s norm can be another person’s harm.
  • Dante Meets Einstein at Café Paradiso: Renewing the Vows Between Humanities and Science - Thursday, February 20, 2020
    Dante’s narrative poem The Divine Comedy and Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity were both inspired by the octagonal mosaic ceiling of the Baptistry of Saint John in Florence, Italy. Gazing upward, both Einstein and Dante realized the same beauty in two different but unified worlds: the arts and the sciences. Over time, this union has dissolved into the arts or the sciences. Grab your seat at Café Paradiso and watch Dante and Einstein meet for the first time in this webinar! Participate in a conversation that renews the vows between beauty, art, poetry, science, and mathematics, demonstrating how the humanities and social sciences are a critical component in inspiring curiosity and creativity within the sciences.

    STARLINK Webinars (Free):

    • What Can I Do to Manage and Reduce Academic Job Stress?
      Explore ways that faculty and staff can take care of themselves so that they can continue to do their work effectively.
    • How Can I Encourage the Growth Mindset with Three Simple Tips?
      The student who says “I’m bad at languages” or “I don’t ‘get’ math” is approaching learning with a “fixed” mindset – believing that his or her competence is, and always will be, limited. A student with a “growth” mindset, on the other hand, understands things differently. He or she believes that with diligence and smart work habits, improvement is not only possible, but inevitable. The difference in mindset can make all the difference in performance. This session explains how you can make your students enthusiastic converts to a growth mindset.
    • How Can I Keep Students Engaged with Instructor Presence?
      Distance education is transforming higher education today, and for many faculty members, teaching with technology is the key to a successful career in academia. This video will help you do a better job of being yourself in your online classroom—and you will be able to track your progress from the get-go, thanks to an in-session self-assessment. You will also come away with a host of strategies for managing your online presence to maximize student engagement. This session will help you Understand the importance of faculty presence for student success in distance education, analyze, evaluate, and improve your level of instructor presence in your courses, and model participation as an engaged member of an online learning community.
    • How Can I Assess Critical Thinking with Objective Items?
      The program presenter leads an energetic, dynamic exploration to help educators assess discipline-relevant student learning outcomes that involve critical thinking. The video explains how to assess most critical thinking skills using an assortment of objective items, such as true/false, matching, multiple choice, and multiple true/false tests. General guidelines for writing such items, and the critical thinking skills that objective items cannot assess, are also covered.


    Faculty Council 3rd Wednesday Professional Development

    January 15, 2020
    Teaching with your Mouth Shut!

    Upcoming Training (Free) SIGN UP HERE!

    Excel Basics – Wednesday January 29, 2020 at 3:00pm

    • Basic Tips and Tricks (shortcuts)
    • Formatting
      • Cell features
      • Row and column size
      • Merging cells / Wrap text
      • Page setup
    • Paste features / Format painter

    Introduction to Excel – Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 3:00pm

    • Using and manipulating templates
    • Importing data
    • Sorting and filtering

    Functions in Excel – Wednesday February 12, 2020 at 3:00pm

    • Using cell references
    • Basic formulas and functions
    • Automate spreadsheet

    FHSU Management Development Center (Cost Associated)