ON COURSE I WORKSHOP (3-DAY)

An in-depth immersion in empowering learner-centered principles and strategies…our most-requested event

Our flagship workshop, this is the same event as the highly acclaimed On Course I Workshops that have been offered since 1996 at conference centers throughout North America. A long list of testimonials reveals the powerful impact this workshop has had on past participants. While this 3-day workshop presents the same foundational principles as the 1- and 2-day workshops, the strategies presented in this workshop are different and the extended schedule provides an immersion in learning-centered education that brings about significant changes in the way participants interact with students. Participants leave with literally dozens of proven strategies that they can implement immediately.

Additionally, participants are provided a source of hundreds of innovative ways that the workshop strategies have been employed by other educators across the curriculum (from Advising to Zoology and all educational roles in between). Another very positive outcome of the interactive nature of the workshop is the creation of community among participants that lasts long after the event has ended. After the workshop, expect workshop participants to be informed, inspired, and rejuvenated!

Graduate Course Option: Attendees who participate in the entire workshop are eligible to enroll in a 3-credit online graduate course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and taught by instructors provided by On Course. For information about the graduate course, click Grad Courses
 

ON COURSE I WORKSHOP AGENDA:

Day 1
Session Descriptions
8:30-10:00 SESSION 1: GETTING ON COURSE
Identifying the characteristics that distinguish students who are successful in college (and beyond) from those who struggle…and identifying the seven domains of influence available to educators.
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 SESSION 1: GETTING ON COURSE (Continued)
Getting students on course to success from their very first day.
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 SESSION 2: GREATER PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
Strategies for guiding students to take greater responsibility for their education and for the outcomes of their lives.
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 SESSION 3: INCREASED SELF-MOTIVATION
Strategies for guiding students to discover intrinsic motivation for academic achievement, thus promoting greater perseverance when they encounter inevitable challenges in college or elsewhere in their lives.

 

Day 2
Session Descriptions
8:30-10:00 SESSION 4: IMPROVED SELF-MANAGEMENT
Strategies for guiding students to make the most of their time, choosing purposeful and persistent actions necessary to stay on course to their goals.
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 SESSION 5: ENHANCED INTERDEPENDENCE
Strategies for guiding students to develop the mutually supportive relationships necessary for achieving most of life’s important goals, including success in higher education.
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 SESSION 6: HEIGHTENED SELF-AWARENESS
Strategies for guiding students to discover and revise limiting beliefs and self-defeating habits, empowering them to make the wise choices necessary to achieve success.
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 SESSION 7: EFFECTIVE LIFE-LONG LEARNING
Strategies for guiding students to use critical and creative thinking that lead not only to academic knowledge and skills but also to the wisdom required to create a rich, full life.
4:30-6:00 Dinner Break for those staying for optional evening session
6:00-9:00 ANOTHER WAY OF KNOWING
This optional session is designed for participants who want the opportunity to improve their own lives, personally as well as professionally. Many participants report this session to be extraordinarily valuable in helping them discover their next steps for creating the rich, full life they want.

 

Day 3
Session Descriptions
8:30-10:15 SESSION 8: GREATER EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Strategies for guiding students to manage their strong feelings wisely: replacing emotional, self-defeating choices with mature, well-considered decisions.
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 SESSION 9: INCREASED SELF-BELIEF
Strategies for guiding students to develop greater self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-respect, and self-worth, thus greatly expanding the possibilities of what they can achieve in their lives.
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:45 SESSION 10: STAYING ON COURSE
In this final session, you will create a personal plan for implementing new educational strategies at your college, strategies designed to empower your students to achieve more of their potential…academic, personal, and professional.
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 SESSION 10: STAYING ON COURSE (continued)

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Testimonial Color
We are thrilled with the feedback from our [3-day] workshop participants. Truthfully, I have been at BCC for many years, and this is the best feedback that I have ever seen! We did a great deal of faculty and staff professional development when I was BCC’s Title III Director, but never have I seen any feedback with 100% in any area, let alone 5 areas. The comments are glowing as well. I do want you to know that the excitement continues with the faculty, even three weeks later. They are emailing back and forth. The faculty are creating products to use within their classrooms and copying each other–sharing–and talking about results. These results are the signs of an effective workshop… I do want to thank you for inspiring our faculty, many of whom had become cynical over the years. They are re-invigorated!–Patricia Hare, Academic Dean, Brevard Community College, (FL)

The workshop last week was a resounding success, and everyone appreciated [the facilitator’s] expertise, willingness to hear and work with varying points of view, and great sense of humor. I’m sure our college will want to host another workshop in a year or so, and we’re already working on identifying people to attend the On Course II Workshops, as well as the On Course National Conference. Everyone who was there wants to be subscribed to the On Course Newsletter–that says it all, doesn’t it?–Diana Babayan, Chair and Faculty, ESL, Santiago Canyon College (CA)

During my nine years at College of the Mainland, I have not witnessed such a successful workshop, embraced with abundant enthusiasm by participants. During the past eighteen months, our College has been through some difficult transitional times, and I believe the 3-day On Course I Workshop made a significant contribution to creating a positive environment for our faculty and staff who participated. College of the Mainland is completing our third year as an Achieving the Dream institution. In my opinion, the workshop succeeded in a significant way by elevating the awareness of AtD concepts fostered in this national initiative.–Katherine Moser, Dean, College of the Mainland (TX)

Message to the Director of Professional Development and the Academic Vice President: Thank you, thank you for offering the 3-day On Course I Workshop to Sierra College educators. What a fabulous experience! Not only did it provide faculty with many meaningful, interactive activities to use in our classrooms, but it also showed us how to empower students in ways that will make them more responsible and productive learners. I hope that this same workshop can be offered again, so that more Sierra College staff can have the opportunity to profoundly change the way they teach, work with colleagues, and–more importantly– live their lives.–Janet Quinlan, Faculty and Co-Chair, Department of Human Development, Sierra College (CA)

Thank you very much for the work that you have done for the Holomua [developmental education] unit at KCC. I cannot tell you how great your impact has been on the faculty. You’ve energized and revitalized even those that I thought would never be able to change. Personally, it’s been a pleasure to work with you. You set a high standard for us all! –Mona Lee, Dean, Kapiolani Community College (HI)

It is incredible to me how we can all be so rejuvenated after three days that seem so short and packed with such fun, inspiring, enriching information about ourselves and our teaching and not be totally exhausted. I hear nothing but glowing statements from all involved and from many of the staff that are hearing the faculty’s excitement about the event. I personally am again inspired and have made many personal commitments based on the experience. Thank you again for the amazing experience.–Rob Jenkins, Professional Development Coordinator, Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education, Santa Ana College (CA)

Since first attending one of the summer workshops, I’ve held nine 3-day On Course staff development trainings for our college, and I plan to offer more. They are invaluable! I strongly recommend this workshop for all faculty, counselors, and administrators. –Philip Rodriguez, Dean, Cerritos College (CA)