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Welcome to the NISOD Webinar Series

Below you will find information about all of our upcoming webinars. NISOD Webinars are offered at no-cost to individuals at NISOD Member Colleges and $25.00 (credit card payment only) for individuals at non-member colleges. You can check the Member College page to see if your college is a NISOD Member. Striving for Excellence webinars are complimentary for all viewers.

Webinar Listing

Please scroll through the list to view all upcoming webinars. Find all past NISOD webinars archived here.

Dynamic Lecturing: Research-Based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness

In the fight against poor teaching, lecturing has been unjustly accused and vilified. If someone describes a lecture as ineffective, the webinar facilitator asks three questions: (1) what kind of lecture is it, (2) how is the lecture delivered, and, (3) to whom is the lecture given? Lectures can certainly be ineffective as a teaching strategy, and certainly should never (or should very rarely) be used for entire class sessions; however, at times, lectures can also be very effective. During this webinar, participants consider ways to make lectures more effective—something that (spoiler alert) is typically done by combining lectures with additional teaching methods.

Todd Zakrajsek, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Faculty Fellowship, Family Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Social Presence in Online Learning: A Critical Literacy for Effective Online Experiences

Recent research suggests that students continue to struggle with isolation and disconnectedness in online courses. This webinar addresses the importance of human connection in online learning and provides participants several easy-to-implement strategies to enhance social presence. The webinar facilitators consider social presence a critical literacy for online learning and, as evidence, they draw from their long-term research with instructors, students, as well as the research from other distinguished experts. Ultimately, because of the connection between student satisfaction and motivation, social presence, and retention rates, it is advantageous for educational institutions to encourage and support their faculty in integrating social presence strategies into their online and blended-learning environments. Webinar participants leave with several examples and strategies they can implement or adapt for their online learning courses and programs.

Aimee L. Whiteside, Associate Professor, University of Tampa; Amy Garrett Dikkers, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Elevating Your Educational "Hotness": Achieving Teaching Excellence

This webinar is the first in a three-part series that focuses on specific attributes exhibited by excellent faculty. In an effort to create a culture of teaching excellence, Broward College has identified specific attributes that its Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning helps faculty cultivate. This webinar series covers (1) pedagogical experts, (2) student-centered faculty, and (3) systematic assessors. The facilitators focus on one topic in each webinar, as they share specific strategies and resources faculty use to achieve teaching excellence or, for those familiar with RateMyProfessors.com, educational "hotness." By the end of the three webinars, participants will be able to (1) define the attribute in the context of teaching excellence, (2) identify specific strategies and techniques to use in the learning environment, and (3) apply strategies and techniques in the learning environment.

Barbara Rodriguez, Associate Vice President, Broward College
Dr. Barbara Rodriguez serves as the Associate Vice President for Broward College's Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Leadership and a Master of Arts degree in English. Dr. Rodriguez has 22 years of experience in higher education at community and state colleges in North Carolina and Florida. She started her career as a community college English Instructor and has served in administrative positions within Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Rodriguez continues to teach as an adjunct English and Humanities professor. Her research and publication areas are outcomes-based assessment, student learning, and accreditation. Dr. Rodriguez will facilitate this three-part webinar series; however, each webinar will also have a second facilitator—an exemplary Broward College faculty member who exhibits the specific attribute being discussed.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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Teaching Techniques: Beyond Lectures

Are you tired of lecturing semester after semester? Learn how to revitalize your classroom by using active learning to facilitate interactions between you and your students. This webinar introduces teaching techniques that have multiple benefits, including being more efficient than typical lectures in keeping your students attentive and engaged. Included is information about critical thinking, small group work, and guided questions. The webinar facilitator models the active-learning strategies you can use to keep students attentive and engaged.

Chessica Cave, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Education, Lincoln Memorial University

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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California’s community colleges’ new push to improve graduation and transfer rates

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Community Colleges Take It On the (Budget) Chin

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NASFAA | Study: Year-Round Pell Boosts Enrollment, Completion for Community College Students

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Envisioning a New 21st-Century Higher Education Model

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As many as 1 in 5 accepted students don't arrive on campus

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