“During 30 years of attending workshops, I’ve not spent a more informative, enjoyable, beneficial time than this pre-conference. Time flew. I wasn’t ready to leave. Thank you for the shot in the arm!” –Kathy Tyndall, Wake Technical Community College, NC
PRE-CONFERENCE: Thursday, April 29, 2021
All Pre-Conference workshops have FIVE things in common:
1) Schedule: 8:00 to 3:00 PST on April 29, 2021
2) Location: Virtual through Zoom!
3) Limited Enrollment: Please register early to get the session of your choice
4) The rich experience of working closely with other highly motivated college educators
5) You will leave with practical strategies you can implement immediately with your students
|7:00am-8:00am PDT||Session Check-in and Gourmet Breakfast on your Own (recipe suggestions to come)|
|8:00am-3:00pm PDT||Pre-Conference Workshops|
|11:00am-12:00pm PDT||Gourmet Lunch (recipe suggestions to come)|
|4:30pm-6:00pm PDT||On Course Ambassador’s Dinner – Invitation Only (Dinner suggestions to come)|
2020 Pre-Conference Workshops (2021 Pre-Conference Workshops to come)
Click below to see descriptions of the three Pre-Conference Workshops in 2020.
Option 1: 1-Day On Course Workshop
|The 1-Day Workshop|
|SESSION 1: CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS Identifying eight qualities that distinguish students who are successful in college from those who struggle.|
|SESSION 2: STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT Defining the characteristics of learner-centered education, exploring the evidence from educational neuroscience and classroom research, and experiencing learner-centered structures and strategies that lead to deep and lasting learning.|
|SESSION 3: STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING STUDENT EMPOWERMENT Exploring learner-centered strategies that empower students to become responsible, motivated and effective learners who thrive in a learner-centered environment, helping them reach more of their potential in higher education…and beyond.|
|SESSION 4: ADDING TO YOUR LEARNER-CENTERED TOOLBOX Developing specific plans to implement one or more of the nearly 100 learner-centered strategies provided in the workshop as well as learning about extensive On Course resources for supporting ongoing efforts after the workshop to improve student learning, academic success and retention.|
Option 2: Neuroscience & Learner Effectiveness
This workshop will be led by Deb Poese, a mathematics professor, former STEM administrator, and current Director of Teacher Education Partnerships at Montgomery College in Maryland. She holds degrees in mathematics and education from Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State University), as well as an MA in mathematics from the University of Maryland-College Park. She has twice been honored with a Montgomery College Outstanding Faculty Service Award, and was twice a recipient of a NISOD Teaching Excellence Award. She became intrigued by research on neuroscience impacts on education through her leadership role with three National Science Foundation grants, and since then has been a workshop leader on current understandings of brain research and its implications for teaching and learning in a variety of fields. She has been a regular presenter at the On Course national conference, and she is an On Course facilitator.
Option 3: On Course Online
This workshop will be led by Dr. Jonathan Brennan, the former chair of the English Department at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA, and also served as chair of the Student Success, Learning Outcomes and Accreditation Committees, and Vice President of the Academic Senate. His teaching awards include Faculty of the Year (Mission College) a national NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, the Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award (California State Academic Senate) and the state Hayward Award for Excellence in Education. He holds a BA, MA & PhD in English & Ethnic Studies (UC Berkeley), an MA in Psychology (University of Santa Monica) and an EdD in Educational Leadership and Change (Fielding Graduate University). He served on the Academic Senate Distance Learning group, has taught online for over 12 years, and has led multiple workshops focused on best practices in distance education. His publications include two books from Stanford and University of Illinois Press, a student success textbook for high school students, Choosing a Good Road, and an article on student success in the online newsletter, Tomorrow’s Professor (http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/posting.php).
“The pre-conference workshop offered so many valuable and insightful suggestions for actively engaging students in their education. It is wonderful and well worth taking the extra day. I cannot wait to get the rest of the faculty and staff at my college on board.” –Valerie Pilmaier, University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, WI