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Extend your professional development with the Learning Makes Us Webinar Series

Every learning moment shapes dreams, guides futures, and strengthens careers. Whether you’re taking the first steps down a new path or helping others achieve their goals, it’s important to seek out learning experiences that challenge and inspire you. Attend a session in our Learning Makes Us Webinar Series and be transformed.

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Featured sessions

We recently featured a wide range of sessions on topics designed to interest all instructors. Stay informed across all disciplines by exploring a session or two outside your subject area!

We hope these featured webinars will inspire and give you new ideas as you prepare for next semester.

Business & Economics | Employability | Humanities, Social Sciences, Language, & English | Math & Stats | Science

Business & Economics

Snapchat 101: Engage Your Students through Snapchat

Dr. Wendy Tietz, Kent State University

Snapchat is rapidly gaining users and is currently the number one social media platform used by 16 to 24 year olds. What’s all the buzz about? In this webinar, you will learn the basics of Snapchat, including how to set up an account and communicate with other users. We will also discuss ways that Snapchat can be used to engage your students. A real-life case study of how Snapchat has been used in a class will be shared. Join the Snapchat fun—and learn about a powerful way to engage your students!

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The Top 10 Ways to Save Money in School

Phil Schuman, Indiana University

College can be expensive, but did you know that you control a lot of the costs? From food expenses to emotional spending, this session will cover 10 great ways to save money while in college. Even if you only follow a few of the suggestions, we’re confident you can lower the amount you have to borrow in student loans — making life after graduation much less stressful. Join us as we talk about how to cut costs and minimize debt while getting the most out of your higher education.

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Discover the Top Secrets to Life, Career, and Academic Success!

David T. Conley, Ph.D., Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D.

The stakes are high. Student success, retention, and completion rates are driving many of your institutions initiatives, rightfully so. How can you systematically tackle these challenges differently going forward and in a way that shows measured results?

Join David T. Conley, Ph.D. and Paul G. Stoltz, Ph.D. for an engaging webinar session! As a follow up to their Fall 2015 presentation, Dr. Conley and Dr. Stoltz will delve deeper into how the development of skill set—learning, cognitive, & transition skills—can be connected to a gritty mindset to equip ALL students with the tools to succeed academically and professionally. Based on years of research, Dr. Conley’s “Four Keys to College Readiness” and Dr. Stoltz’s powerful GRIT™ construct provide a precise, actionable program for guaranteeing every student a better chance at academic achievement and career success.

If you’re looking to improve retention, completion rates, or overall student success, then you’ll definitely want to join us and learn about the evolution and synergy of Skill Set and Mindset. One without the other is incomplete, but together, they empower student ownership, engagement, and accountability for sustained success. This 60-minute session will cover:

  • The concepts & value of the Four Keys and GRIT™.
  • A review of the Conley Readiness Index and the GRIT Gauge, two of the leading, research-based indexes available.
  • Guidance on how to interpret the data that each of the indexes provide, along with findings from specific institutions and a national perspective.
  • Discussion and examples of “how to” interventions and resources needed to ensure student success.
  • How deeper analysis in tandem with Labor Market data can inform personal and social capabilities development.

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Lone Star College-Tomball Student Success Case Study Webinar: Strengthen GRIT Mindset, Increase Persistence

Lee Ann Nutt, Ed.D.

If your institution had to counteract declining enrollments and less-than-satisfactory performance on KPIs, what would you do? Lone Star College‑Tomball adopted a strategic focus around GRIT as a means to better prepare students in their pursuit of academic, career, and life aspirations.

Join Lee Ann Nutt, Ed.D. for an engaging webinar session! Dr. Nutt, Lone Star Tomball’s President, considers GRIT to be an essential factor in student success. Dr. Nutt, with the support of faculty and staff, embarked on a “GRIT, Growth, Greatness” initiative to enhance GRIT‑related methods and to measure their impact on student engagement, performance, persistence, and goal attainment. She will tell their story and outline the case study which explores preliminary quantitative and qualitative data, documents the Lone Star College‑Tomball implementation, and describes key lessons learned and next steps such as the Global GRIT Initiative.

If you’re looking to explore how GRIT can impact retention, completion rates, or overall student success, then you’ll definitely want learn about Lone Star College‑Tomball’s experience. They partnered with Pearson to answer key questions. This 60‑minute session will cover:

  • Are higher GRIT scores associated with KPIs like course completion, course load, and re‑enrollment?
  • To what extent does GRIT increase over one academic term?
  • How does an educator’s more intensive infusion of GRIT impact student results?
  • How does exposure to GRIT in multiple classes and over time impact KPIs like GPA and completion?

If you have an interest in helping your students strengthen their GRIT, increase persistence, and ultimately career readiness, then you definitely want to watch this webinar!

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Preparing Students for Successful Careers: The Science of Maximizing Personal Brand

Ron Nash, Career Coach, Interactive Coaching on Demand

We know that student employability is at the top of mind and driving many of your institution’s current initiatives. Tapping into effective career readiness and employability strategies, along with associated tools, can be a challenging endeavor with the new landscape of digital networking.

We invite you take advantage of this webinar with Ron Nash, Interactive Career Coaching and LinkedIn expert. Mr. Nash is a consummate professional who has a passion for personal development and creating strategies that work. In this revealing 60 minute session, Mr. Nash will provide you with the insight and tools that can help you bridge the gap between your students’ academic and career plans. He will provide an overview on the importance of personal brand and how baseline/soft skills need to be communicated via social media.

Regarded as one of the foremost thought leaders on employability with LinkedIn, Mr. Nash will discuss and demonstrate the importance of this critical tool and provide tips and guidance on effective LinkedIn strategies. After this session, you will:

  • Recognize the importance of Personal Branding in the 21st Century
  • Understand Social Media and how it relates to Personal Brand
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate Personal Brand online
  • Reflect on your current transferable and professionalism skills
  • Describe networking strategies
  • Explain the process of building your network

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Humanities, Social Sciences, Language, and English

How To Get Papers From Students That Don’t Suck

Professor Christine Hein, Colorado Mesa University

Scared to read your composition students’ first drafts? What if you had the opportunity to read a first draft that resembled a revised draft or even final draft? Imagine what you would do with you all of your free time that was previously spent reading something that only resembled writing… I’m reading better first drafts, shouldn’t you be doing the same?

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Sabato’s Crystal Ball: The State of American Politics Post-Election and What to Expect Moving Forward

Dr. Larry J. Sabato, University of Virginia

We’ve just experienced one of the most unorthodox presidential elections in American history. But what exactly just happened? And how do we talk about it with our students? Dr. Larry J. Sabato will discuss how to interpret the events of the past election cycle, where we might go from here, and how to build on these current events to continue to engage our students this semester and beyond.

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Using Assessment to Inform Teaching and Promote Student Learning

Dr. J. Noland White, PhD, Georgia College

Assessment can be a powerful ally, and far more valuable than simply being used as a summative tool for assigning grades. One possible strategy is to use assessment as part of a formative approach, which helps both students and faculty alike monitor and improve the learning, or instructional experience. This session will highlight various ways in which assessment may be used in a formative manner to aid instruction, promote student engagement, and improve student learning and development of key skills.

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Math & Stats

Faculty Support = Student Success

Professor Callie Daniels, St. Charles Community College

The only element that we as faculty can control is what we choose to do in our courses, so what we do has to be the best.

This talk will present guiding principles for improving student success by helping faculty to be their best. From providing a mechanism for sharing documents, to using a standard homework assignments course, to providing lecture and note-taking documents for use in and outside the classroom, improved faculty support can lead to greater student success for any math department. Faculty support resources presented will include MyNotes for student use outside the classroom, MyClassroom Examples for use inside the classroom, standard MyMathLab® courses, Concept Preview Assignments, Cumulative Review Assignments, and methods for sharing additional documents among all department members.

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MyMathLab & MyStatLab: Personalizing Learning with Skill Builder Assignments and More!

Professor Diane Hollister, University of Maine/Pearson

Modify your courses to include personalized learning tools. Personalizing your assignments results in individualized question sets to help students better focus on areas of difficulty. We’ll explore several assignment options to help deliver a personalized experience for your students: new Skill Builder assignments, Companion Study Plan assignments and more.

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Teach with Data: How GAISE, Technology, and Twitter Changed My Statistics Course

Professor Rebecca Wong, West Valley College

Easy access to data has changed everyday life as we have known it. And how we teach with data has potential to change the classroom we used to know. Teaching with data can mean many things—how you introduce students to data, how you assess their understanding of data, how students harness the technology and tools at their fingertips to make meaning of data, and how we transform our students into data-literate statisticians for the real world! Using the GAISE guidelines, we will look at how technology and social media can help students make sense of, thrive in, and level the playing field in a data-rich world.

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Science: Life Sciences

The Art of Teaching A&P: Improving Visual Literacy to Increase Learning

Professor Lori Garrett, Parkland College

Research shows that images can promote deeper learning. However, research also shows that students underutilize images presented in their textbooks or in class. They undervalue the artwork, or they simply don’t understand it, which all translates into lost learning opportunities. What challenges do our students face when studying from images? Why are some images more effective than others? In this session, we will explore these questions and examine ways to effectively incorporate images in our classes to promote visual literacy and increase learning.

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Team-Based Learning: Using Teams to Engage Students in Learning

Dr. Rebecca Orr, Collin College

Team‐based learning is an active learning strategy that enhances student learning, understanding, and retention of content while building interpersonal skills. Central to this strategy is training students to be responsible for their own learning so that they come to class prepared to engage in higher level thinking and problem solving. This presentation will show you how team‐based learning can be used in any discipline to create an energizing classroom environment. Team-based learning utilizes peer‐instruction to create a teaching and learning experience that is fun and rewarding for both the teacher and the learner!

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Science: Physical Sciences

Active Learning in General Chemistry

Dr. Nivaldo Tro, Westmont College

In his courses last year, due to the conclusive data on the benefits of active learning, and because of the new digital tools we now have available, Niva implemented a before, during, and after strategy for his students. The idea is simple: engage students in active learning before lecture, during lecture, and after lecture. To that end, Niva assigns a Key Concept Video before each lecture. This video introduces the student to the key concept and gets them thinking about it before they come to class.

During class, Niva expands on the concept and uses Learning Catalytics™ to question his students in class. Instead of passively listening to a lecture, they are interacting with the concept through questions that he poses to them. Some of these questions they answer individually; for others they pair up with a partner.

This has changed his classroom. Students are engaged in the material: they have to think and process and interact. It is incredibly fun for Niva to see his students so engaged. Then, after class, he gives them another assignment, often an Interactive Worked Example with a follow-up question. Now they have to apply what they have learned to solve a problem. The results have been spectacular. His students are enjoying the process and learning more than ever because they are engaged throughout, rather than just engaging the night before a problem set is due.

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Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport: Strategies for Active Learning

Dr. Jill Robinson, Indiana University

Many studies have shown that students in collaborative learning classrooms have higher outcomes than those in traditional lecture settings. However, active learning does not have one clear definition and can greatly vary in the extent of use. A simple and practical framework for implementing active learning in large and small classrooms will be provided.

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