Upcoming Faculty Development Opportunities

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Thursday, July 11, 2024
12 – 3:15 pm
Top Hat Summer Camp Webinar Series:
Starting the Term

The first day of class sets the tone for everything that follows. At Top Hat Summer Camp, Dr. James Lang, featured speaker and author of Small Teaching, will share four key principles to make your opening session as memorable and effective as possible, whatever your discipline.
12 – 12:45 pm What’s New with Top Hat
1 – 2 pm Teaching a Great First Day of Class  – Presenter: Dr. James Lang
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Faculty Insights: Launching the Learning Journey
Register for Top Hat’s Free Summer Camp Webinar Series

Friday, July 12, 2024
1 pm – 2 pm
NSCC 1010 Training – D2L Topics I Should Know for NSCC 1010

Target audience – NSCC 1010 instructors that are not faculty
Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rabb
Zoom

Wednesday, July 17, 2024
11 am – 11:30 am
New Adjunct Faculty Orientation to The Teaching Center (L, E, A, D, S, CRTP)
Presentation
Adjunct faculty are essential at Nashville State Community College, and The Teaching Center thanks you for being a part of the faculty at NSCC. Please join The Teaching Center for a virtual welcome to teaching at Nashville State Community College. We are looking forward to meeting you.
This presentation is focused on new adjunct faculty at NSCC. 
Presenter: Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Thursday, July 18, 2024
1 – 3 pm
Top Hat Summer Camp Webinar Series:
Engaging Students In and Out of Class

1 – 2 pm Creating a Dynamic Lecture Experience
2 – 3 pm Crafting and Customizing Content with Top Hat
Register for Top Hat’s Free Summer Camp Webinar Series

Friday, July 19, 2024
1 pm – 2 pm
NSCC 1010 Training – What is YouScience? Why is it important? 

Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rabb
Zoom

Tuesday, July 23
Volunteer State Community College 2024 Summer Institute: Let’s Try Something New
The 2024 Summer Institute will encourage us to become students of teaching as we learn from our colleagues about new ways of engaging students, using class time effectively, assessing learning, and more.
Registration is open to faculty from Vol State and other TBR institutions. Register here!

Tuesday, July 23
The 2024 Quizlet Unconference: The Agile Educator
In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, agility is key to fostering effective learning environments. Learn about Quizlet’s new features that will save time and boost engagement, explore critical media literacy in the classroom, and gain access to unique student perspectives. 
Free Registration

Thursday, July 25
1 – 3 pm
Top Hat Summer Camp Webinar Series:
Setting the Stage for Student Success
1 – 2 pm Strengthening Student Learning Skills in the Age of AI
Most students are unaware of how learning actually works. They’re even less informed when it comes to developing the self-regulation needed to thrive in the classroom, let alone in the age of AI. In this special presentation, Dr. Linda Nilson shares an array of proven strategies you can use to get students to reflect on, monitor, and improve their learning skills. These low-lift techniques are exactly what’s needed to help students realize their potential, in the classroom and in life.
Presenter: Dr. Linda Nilson
2 pm – 3 pm Faculty Insights: Assignments and Assessments that Motivate and Engage
Register for Top Hat’s Free Summer Camp Webinar Series

Friday, July 26, 2024
1 pm – 2 pm
NSCC 1010 Training – How to make an Academic Plan in Degree Works

Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rabb
Zoom

Friday, August 2, 2024
1 pm – 2 pm
NSCC 1010 Training – Mindset GPS

Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rabb
Zoom

Fall Flourish: Refreshing Our Teaching Toolbox
August 16 – 22, 2024

As we embark on this journey together, our theme, “Fall Flourish: Refreshing Our Teaching Toolbox,” resonates deeply with the essence of what we aim to achieve throughout this conference. The changing seasons bring with them opportunities for renewal and growth, mirroring the evolution and adaptation essential to effective teaching practices.

Throughout the duration of this conference, we invite you to immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of innovative ideas, practical strategies, and collaborative dialogue. Together, we will explore approaches to pedagogy, embracing new technologies, pedagogical methodologies, and evidence-based practices that empower us to flourish in our roles as educators.

This conference serves as a platform for sharing insights, fostering connections, and igniting inspiration that will enrich your teaching journey. Through engaging workshops, enlightening presentations, and interactive discussions, we aim to cultivate a vibrant learning community dedicated to continuous improvement and excellence in education.

Badging: 

NSCC employees who engage in 8 professional learning sessions presented by the Teaching Center and Online Learning between August 16 – 22 will earn the Fall Flourish badge. 

Conference Schedule:

Friday, August 16
8 am – 8:25 am
Welcome to Fall Flourish: Refreshing Our Teaching Toolbox

Open Forum 
Join us for an open forum to welcome you to Fall Flourish. We will connect, catch-up, and prepare for an exceptional time of learning together during the Fall Flourish professional learning conference.
Register for this open forum
Zoom

Friday, August 16
8:30 am – 9:20 am
All things Access Center (L, E, A, D, S)
Presentation  
During this session the Access Center will review all things Access Center to include but not be limited to Faculty Notification Letters, Accommodations and the process for accommodations, what to do if….,and testing along with any other questions or concerns. Participants are welcome to email elizabeth.jerrolds@nscc.edu
Presenters: Elizabeth Jerrolds and April Delagrave
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Zoom

Friday, August 16
9:30 am – 10:45 am
From Reporting to Resolution: A Faculty Guide to the Student Conduct Process (A, S)
Presentation  
This session equips faculty with the knowledge and tools to effectively address student misconduct in the classroom by ensuring they know and understand Nashville State’s policies and procedures regarding conduct. Participants will gain an understanding of the different types of academic misconduct and ways to mitigate it.  And, explore best practices for creating clear expectations for classroom behavior and strategies for responding to misconduct while maintaining positive relationships with students.
Presenters: Sarah Roberts, AVP of Academic Affairs, & Julie Williams, AVP of Student Affairs
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Zoom

Friday, August 16
11 am Lunch Break

Friday, August 16
12 pm – 12:50 pm

Updates and FAQs about the Promotion and Tenure Process (L, A, D)
Presentation  
Join us to learn about the promotion and tenure processes at NSCC. New faculty are encouraged to come to this session to learn what they need to do NOW to be ready for a future application. Even if you aren’t pursuing promotion or tenure this year, come ask questions and learn about all of the things that you are already doing that would make you a great candidate! 
Presenters: Dr. Sarah Roberts and Dr. Eli Nettles
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Zoom

Friday, August 16
1 pm – 1:50 pm
Introduction to TILT (L, E, A, D, S, CRTP)

Presentation  
If you have never attended a TILT workshop, join The Teaching Center for the Introduction to TILT workshop. Research indicates that transparent assignment design significantly enhances students’ success, with even greater gains for historically underserved students. This presentation will cover the key principles underlying the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework and provide evidence for its efficacy.
Presenters: Neely Ann Sheucraft, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Fellow, The Teaching Center; and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Friday August 16
2 pm – 2:50 pm 
Universal Principles of Teaching (part 2) (L, E, S, CRTP, ACUE)
Presentation
This session is especially relevant to new instructors and those curious about helping students to set goals (and achieve them) as well as what we know about motivation in teaching and learning. Universal Principles of Teaching Part 1 was offered in January 2024 and can be viewed online.
Presenter: Kurstin Bush, Assistant Professor of Education and Fellow, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Monday, August 19
8 am – 8:50 am

Building Better Connections and Conversations: Supercommunicators Professional Learning Community (L, E, A, D, S)
Professional Learning Community
How can we build better connections with our students and colleagues? How can we engage in better communication? Join us this fall for a professional learning community (PLC) where we will discuss Supercommunicators, by Charles DuhiggWe will learn how every conversation is a negotiation, the three types of conversations, and how we can recognize these types of conversations to allow us to better match with others for supercommunication and connection. A limited number of books will be available for PLC participants.
Moderators: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and English, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Monday, August 19
9 am – 9:50 am
First Week Pathway Reflection (S, CRTP)
Workshop
The courses we teach connect to a student’s degree plan and career plan. Help students see that connection as soon as you meet them. In this workshop, you’ll participate in a discussion activity that may be done in-person, virtually or online in your first week of classes, taking as little as fifteen minutes. All it takes is a slight modification of the introduction discussions you probably already do. 
Presenter: Jessica Rabb, Professor of Biology, NSCC 1010 First Year Experience Course Lead
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Zoom

Monday, August 19
10 am – 10:50 am
How I do Chemistry Lectures (L, E, A, D, S, CRTP, ACUE)

Presentation
This presentation is for all Adjunct and full-time instructors at NSCC. Goal is to help others to make a great lecture for their subject areas.
Presenter: Jesmin Akther, Associate Professor
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Zoom

Monday, August 19
11 am – 11:50 am
Yuja Panorama Training and Updates: Elevate Your Accessibility Skills

In this training session, we will cover how to access the accessibility scores for your documents, understand the reports, and improve the files using the remediation engines. Additionally, we will explore each alternative format available to students and delve into the reporting for your courses.
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Zoom

Monday, August 19
12 pm – 12:30 pm
New Adjunct Faculty Orientation to The Teaching Center (L, E, A, D, S, CRTP)
Presentation
Adjunct faculty are essential at Nashville State Community College, and The Teaching Center thanks you for being a part of the faculty at NSCC. Please join The Teaching Center for a virtual welcome to teaching at Nashville State Community College. We are looking forward to meeting you. This presentation is focused on new adjunct faculty at NSCC. 
Presenters: Neely Ann Sheucraft, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Monday, August 19
12:30 pm – 1 pm
Infinite Games (L, E, A, D, S, CRTP, ACUE)
Workshop
I’m excited to invite you to a unique 30-minute workshop where we, as a team, will dive into the fun challenge of turning a specific finite game into an infinite game. This isn’t about tweaking how we teach; it’s about reimagining the game inspired by James P. Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games. Our mission? To take a game that traditionally ends with winners and losers and creatively morph it into a continuous play with endless possibilities. This workshop is about collaboration, creativity, and, most importantly, fun. Let’s come together and see how we can make learning an endless adventure.
Presenter: Robert Ladd, Assistant Professor, and Fellow, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Monday, August 19
1 pm – 1:50 pm
Learning from NSCC’s Watermark Results (L, E, A, D, S, CRTP)
Presentation
Join us as we analyze our NSCC college-wide Watermark survey report from Spring 2024. We will use the college-wide report to allow us to see a big-picture perspective of the Watermark survey results for faculty to use the college-wide results and own individual results for planning for the upcoming semesters. Note: The workshop will focus on college-wide results, only. No individual’s results will be shared.
Presenter: Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center 
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Zoom

Monday, August 19
2 pm – 2:50 pm
The Future of Faculty Support: AI Integration to Enhance Teaching and Learning (L, S)
If you have been working in higher education for even a year, you will have heard two familiar and sometimes scary words, artificial intelligence (AI). The Office of Online Learning decided to make it our mission to remove the scary part of AI out of the equation and, instead, focus on making instructors familiar and comfortable with using AI. We did this by integrating AI tools into our Quality Course Review Certification program and our OER training. Instructors are guided through the process of using AI tools to create and align learning objectives, assignments, and rubrics as well as locate relevant open educational resources for their courses. The goal of this session is to help instructors become more comfortable using AI as a positive tool to aid in teaching and learning. Faculty do not need to bring anything to the workshop; however, they should be prepared to create an account with an AI tool in order to practice prompt creation and AI tool implementation.
Presenters: Hannah Hurdle, Instructional Designer, and Maryellen Nash, Instructional Designer
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Zoom

Tuesday, August 20
8 – 8:50 am
Motivational Stacks, the Brain in Flow (L, D, S, CRTP, ACUE)
Presentation
This presentation focuses on the utilization of intrinsic motivators—curiosity, passion, purpose, autonomy, and mastery—to boost student engagement and learning outcomes. We’ll dissect the theory behind motivational stacks and present evidence of their effectiveness in educational settings. Attendees will learn practical strategies for embedding these principles into classroom practices, supported by case studies and actionable insights. The goal is to equip educators with methods to activate student motivation intrinsically, tailoring learning experiences to drive engagement and mastery in their academic pursuits.
Presenters: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and English, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Robert Ladd, Assistant Professor of English, and Fellow, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Tuesday, August 20
9 am – 10 am 
Keynote Session: HIPs and the Launch of Learner Records: Lessons Learned from a Five-Year Effort in Tennessee

The Tennessee Board of Regents made a commitment to the implementation and expansion of High Impact Practices (HIPs) across the System in 2014. Since the launch of the HIPs Initiative, the TBR System has received national recognition on not only scaling efforts, but also data collection on student outcomes from participating in HIPs. As the final bookend piece to the HIP scaling work, TBR is leading the nation in the development and scaling of a comprehensive learner record to be launched in Fall 2024. This session will recap the history and momentum leading up to the launch of the learner record and the future possibilities for its use with students, employers, and for assessment.

Keynote Session Presenter: Dr. Heidi Leming, Vice Chancellor for Student Success, Tennessee Board of Regents

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Zoom

Tuesday, August 20
10:15 – 11:10 am 
Quotable Quotes (L)
Open Forum 
Come together with your colleagues for a moderated discussion focusing on this idea: 

“For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth.” ~ Plutarch

How do we create this kindling?  Is it different for concepts and for knowledge that needs to be assimilated through memory?  Can we start a lifelong fire for learning in our subject matter?  For learning in general?  
Moderator: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and English
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Zoom

Tuesday, August 20
11:10 am Lunch Break

Tuesday, August 20
12 – 12:50 pm
Understanding and Implementing the Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (L, A, D, S, CRTP)
Professional Learning Community
Join The Teaching Center this fall for a professional learning community focused on The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. In today’s fast-paced work environments, expressing appreciation and recognition for colleagues’ efforts is essential for fostering a positive and productive workplace culture. During this professional learning community, participants will delve into the core concepts of Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White’s renowned book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, and explore how these principles can be effectively applied. Through interactive discussions and practical exercises, attendees will:

1. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the five languages of appreciation: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Acts of Service, Tangible Gifts, and Physical Touch (appropriate in professional settings).

2. Learn how to identify their own primary and secondary languages of appreciation, as well as those of their colleagues, to enhance communication and relationship-building.

3. Explore strategies for effectively expressing appreciation that align with each individual’s preferred language, ensuring that recognition efforts are meaningful and impactful.

4. Discuss best practices for integrating appreciation and recognition initiatives into existing organizational structures and practices.

5. Address common challenges and barriers to implementing appreciation strategies and collaborate on solutions to overcome them.
Moderators: Neely Ann Sheucraft, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Tuesday, August 20
1 – 1:50 pm
What’s [emotion] got to do with it anyway? (L, E, S, CRTP)
Presentation
This presentation is for anyone curious about how emotions impact learning.
Presenter: Kurstin Bush, Assistant Professor of Education and Fellow, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Tuesday, August 20
2 – 2:50 pm
Leveraging Fair Use, Creative Commons, and the Public Domain for developing Open Educational Resources (OERs) (L, E, A, D, S)

Workshop
Would you like to adapt and use Open Educational Resources (OERs) for your course, but are confused by the maze of copyright laws, fair use, public domain, and Creative Commons? This 50-minute workshop will help instructors differentiate between various licensing types and provide some tools for identifying resources to enhance your course materials without the worry of infringement. After completion, participants will be able to:

-Distinguish between copyright, fair use, public domain, and creative commons open licensing

-Apply fair use guidelines to example works

-Recognize criteria for classifying works within the public domain

-Distinguish between different types of Creative Commons open licenses

-Locate resources for obtaining  public domain and open educational materials

-Discuss strategies for adapting OER materials for courses
Participants are invited to bring curricular elements from their courses that they would like to modify or adapt with OERs.
Presenter: Maryellen Nash, Instructional Designer
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Zoom

Wednesday, August 21
8 – 8:50 am
You Can Observe a Lot Just By Watching (L, S, CRTP)
Presentation
The goal of this session is to inform and persuade faculty of the value in observing the teaching of other faculty members by looking at research and anecdotal evidence. In addition, methods for effective observation will be covered.
Presenter: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor, Communication Studies and English, and Fellow, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Wednesday, August 21
9 – 9:50 am
OER, Co-creating a textbook with my students: Tokyo in Film (L, E, A, D, S)
Presentation
In this presentation, we will first look at the research behind the cocreation of material with students and its impact on their overall success, as well as the specific success rates of my 2024 study abroad course; for a more hands-on approach, I would like to let faculty help review and decide on students’ work and whether/where the student work should be incorporated, making this a truly NSCC textbook.
Presenter: Robert Ladd, Assistant Professor, and Fellow, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Wednesday, August 21
10 – 10:50 am 
Exploring the Integration of Learning Badges: Enhancing Student Success (L, E, S, CRTP)
Presentation
Join us for an engaging discussion on the innovative use of learning badges to foster student success in higher education. This forum will delve into the practical applications of incorporating badges into course curriculums and the benefits they offer in promoting student achievement and motivation.

Piper Sesnan and Beth Youngblood, will share their experiences in designing and implementing learning badges within their courses. Piper Sesnan has developed a wellness badge aimed at promoting students’ holistic well-being, while Beth Youngblood has crafted an NCLX test prep badge to support students in their preparation for licensure exams.

During the discussion, Piper and Beth will provide insights into the rationale behind their badge initiatives, the criteria for earning badges, and the impact they have observed on student engagement and learning outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating badges into their own courses and to brainstorm ideas for badge design and implementation.
Presenters: Piper Sesnan, OTD, OTR/L, and Beth Youngblood, EdD, RN, WHNP-BC
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Zoom

Wednesday, August 21
11 am Lunch Break

Wednesday, August 21
12 pm – 12:50 pm
D2L and Students: Addressing Learners most Common Questions (L, S)
This open forum invites instructors to share their perspectives on common issues, challenges, and questions students encounter while using D2L. This collaborative session provides an opportunity for instructors to exchange strategies, ideas, insights, and best practices in addressing these problems effectively. The goal of this session is for participants and hosts to gain a deeper comprehension of student needs and experiences to better serve student learning within the D2L environment. 
Presenters: Hannah Hurdle, Instructional Designer, and Maryellen Nash, Instructional Designer
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Zoom

Wednesday, August 21
1:30 – 2:30 pm ACUE Effective Online Teaching Practices Cohort Course Launch (L, E, A, D, S, CRTP, ACUE)

This session is limited to ACUE 2024-2025 Effective Online Teaching Practices Cohort participants. ACUE 2024-2025 Cohort participants, please check your email and Outlook Calendar invitation for the Zoom meeting information.
Zoom

Thursday, August 22
8 am – 8:50 am
Ideas that Stick (L)
Presentation  
This session will share ideas from Chip and Dan Heath’s book Made to Stick, with a focus on how we can apply them to teaching.
Presenter: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor, Communication Studies and English, and Fellow, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Thursday, August 22
9 – 9:50 am
Coping skills and resources for Access Center students (L, E, A, D, S)
Presentation  
This training will focus on coping skills and resources to meet the whole needs of our student’s campus wide. Scenarios will be presented along with a conversation related to what to do when. A resource guide with plain language suggestions will be provided to participants and can be requested by those unable to attend by emailing elizabeth.jerrolds@nscc.edu after the training. 
Presenters: Elizabeth Jerrolds and April Delagrave
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Zoom

Thursday, August 22
10 am – 10:50 am
Open Forum 
Helping Each Other Be Successful (A, S)
As we embark on a new semester, it’s vital to foster a supportive environment where we can learn from each other’s experiences and insights. This forum serves as a platform for faculty to come together and share strategies, tips, and resources to make this semester a success.
Presenter: Piper Sesnan, OTD, OTR/L, OTA Program Director/Assistant Professor, Teaching Center Fellow
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Zoom

Thursday, August 22
11 – 11:50 am

YuJa Video Platform Training Webinar (L, E, A, D, S)
Presentation  
Join colleagues to learn about the YuJa Video Platform. This webinar will include:

  • Getting Started
  • Overview of My Media
    • Uploading Content
    • Media Details
    • Video Editor
  • How to Create a Recording
    • YuJa Software Capture
    • Browser Capture
  • Content Distribution
    • Share with users in YuJa
    • Shared Folders
    • Post to a Course Channel
    • Post into a Course
  • YuJa Support

Presenter: Diana Hernandez, Client Success Manager, YuJa
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Zoom

Thursday, August 22
12 – 12:45 pm
LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor Training for Nashville State Community College (L, E, A, D, S)
This comprehensive training webinar is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The training will cover: 

  • How to use LockDown Browser to prevent digital cheating in proctored testing environments 
  • How to use Respondus Monitor in non-proctored environments, to protect exam integrity and confirm student identity 
  • Advanced settings including combining proctored & non-proctored settings and using external tools in quizzes without compromising exam integrity
  • The student perspective using each application 
  • Efficient review of the assessment data collected, including the Review Priority system, timeline, and milestone features 
  • Best practices and tips for success with both applications

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Thursday, August 22
2 pm – 3:30 pm
Open Office Hours for D2L Help
Join the Office of Online Learning for D2L help. Get help with gradebooks, dates, videos, accessibility, Respondus, and more. The Office of Online Learning will be available to answer your questions related to D2L to help faculty start the semester successfully.
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Zoom

Thursday, August 22
2 pm – 2:50 pm
Why You Should Consider Teaching at a Nashville State Prison Campus!

Panel Discussion
Teaching at a Nashville State prison campus can be an exceptionally rewarding experience. We strive to be student-ready and that includes ready for our justice-impacted students in and out of our prison campuses. Join a panel of faculty who have taught a variety of classes in these settings and keep going back. We’ll share our experiences and then open up to questions. If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like and considered doing it, come get your questions answered. 
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Zoom

Friday, August 30
10 am – 10:50 am

The impact of student engagement (attendance reporting) for Financial Aid (L, A, S)
Presentation
This is a session to go into the importance and impact of timely and accurate engagement reporting to student’s Financial Aid.
Presenter: Jennifer Byrd, Financial Aid Director
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Zoom

Friday, August 30
11 am – 12:15 pm
Two F’s and a P (L, E, A, D, S, CRTP, ACUE)

Presentation
This will be a presentation of selected research on the topics of fear, failure, and progress framed within the experience of Nashville State students and their instructors. Audience participation during and after the presentation is solicited and welcomed. Cultivating a growth mindset is messy, uncomfortable and sometimes overwhelming for our students. The ultimate goal of this presentation/interactive session is to have faculty share experiences and strategies that they have used to teach their students that fear can be leveraged positively, failure can mean growth, and most progress is born from discomfort, anxiety, and uncertainty. 
Presenter: Gracie King
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Zoom

Friday, August 30
12:30 pm
Building Rapport: Connecting with Students  

Panel Discussion
Join colleagues for a panel discussion sharing tips for building rapport and connecting with students. A Q&A session will occur after the panel discussion, if time is available.
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Zoom

Friday, September 6
8 am – 8:50 am
Building Better Connections and Conversations: Supercommunicators Professional Learning Community (L, E, A, D, S)
Professional Learning Community
How can we build better connections with our students and colleagues? How can we engage in better communication? Join us this fall for a professional learning community (PLC) over Charles Duhigg’s Supercommunicators. In this session, we will be discussing the Three Kinds of Conversations (pages 1-34.) A limited number of books will be available for PLC participants.
Moderators: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and English, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Friday, September 6
9 – 9:50 am
Understanding and Implementing the Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (L, A, D, S, CRTP)
Professional Learning Community (PLC)
Join The Teaching Center for the second PLC meeting focused on The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. In today’s fast-paced work environments, expressing appreciation and recognition for colleagues’ efforts is essential for fostering a positive and productive workplace culture. During this session of the professional learning community, participants will delve into Chapters 1 – 3 of Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White’s renowned book, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace,” and explore how these principles can be effectively applied. Please read chapters 1 -3 (pages 17 – 55) prior to the session.
Moderators: Neely Ann Sheucraft, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Friday, September 6
11:30 am – 12:20 pm
Meeting Students Where They Are: An Individualized Approach to Outcomes Assessment Examination (D, S)

Presentation
This presentation will outline how I use a personalized, data-driven approach to aiding students’ success in both the classroom and on their national certification examination. I will also tie this to its impact on our programmatic accreditation requirements.
Presenter: Michael R. Glenn, BA CST
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Zoom

Friday, September 13
8 am – 8:50 am
Building Better Connections and Conversations: Supercommunicators Professional Learning Community (L, E, A, D, S)
Professional Learning Community
How can we build better connections with our students and colleagues? How can we engage in better communication? Join us this fall for a professional learning community (PLC) over Charles Duhigg’s Supercommunicators. In this session, we will be discussing the What’s this really about? Conversation (pages 35-76.) A limited number of books will be available for PLC participants.
Moderators: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and English, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Friday, September 13
9 – 9:50 am
Understanding and Implementing the Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (L, A, D, S, CRTP)
Professional Learning Community (PLC)
Join The Teaching Center for the third PLC meeting focused on The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. In today’s fast-paced work environments, expressing appreciation and recognition for colleagues’ efforts is essential for fostering a positive and productive workplace culture. During this session of the professional learning community, participants will delve into Chapters 4-8 of Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White’s renowned book, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace,” and explore how these principles can be effectively applied. Please read chapters 4-8 (pages 57-115) prior to the session.
Moderators: Neely Ann Sheucraft, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center
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Zoom

Friday, September 13
10 am – 10:50 am
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) – All you need to know (L, A, S) 
Presentation
A beginner session on what SAP is, why it is important, and how we can assist our students. We will go over our SAP policy, discuss appeal options/processes, and discuss how we can assist our students.
Presenter: Jennifer Byrd, Financial Aid Director 
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Zoom

Friday, September 13
12 pm
Engaging Strategies: Making your College Classroom Come Alive 

Panel Discussion
Join colleagues for a panel discussion sharing tips for engagement strategies. A Q&A session will occur after the panel discussion, if time is available.
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Zoom

Friday, September 20
8 am – 8:50 am
Building Better Connections and Conversations: Supercommunicators Professional Learning Community (L, E, A, D, S)
Professional Learning Community
How can we build better connections with our students and colleagues? How can we engage in better communication? Join us this fall for a professional learning community (PLC) over Charles Duhigg’s Supercommunicators. In this session, we will be discussing the How do we feel? Conversation (pages 77-165.) A limited number of books will be available for PLC participants.
Moderators: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and English, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
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Friday, September 20
9 – 9:50 am
Consequences of Drops/Withdrawals to Students’ Financial Aid (L, S)
Presentation  
A session for beginners focusing on the impact drops and withdrawals have on students’ financial aid. Also, includes best way to ensure students get the correct information. 
Presenters: Jennifer Byrd, Financial Aid Director, and Keri LaPrairie, Assistant Director Financial Aid 
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Friday, September 27
8 am – 8:50 am
Building Better Connections and Conversations: Supercommunicators Professional Learning Community (L, E, A, D, S)
Professional Learning Community
How can we build better connections with our students and colleagues? How can we engage in better communication? Join us this fall for a professional learning community (PLC) over Charles Duhigg’s Supercommunicators. In this session, we will be discussing the Who are we? Conversation (pages 169-234.) A limited number of books will be available for PLC participants.
Moderators: Harlan Pease, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and English, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director, The Teaching Center
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Friday, September 27
9 – 9:50 am
Understanding and Implementing the Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (L, A, D, S, CRTP)
Professional Learning Community (PLC)
Join The Teaching Center for the fourth PLC meeting focused on The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. In today’s fast-paced work environments, expressing appreciation and recognition for colleagues’ efforts is essential for fostering a positive and productive workplace culture. During this session of the professional learning community, participants will delve into Chapter 9 of Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White’s renowned book, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace,” and explore how these principles can be effectively applied. Please read chapter 9 (pages 117-125) prior to the session.
Moderators: Neely Ann Sheucraft, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center
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Friday, September 27
12 pm
Tips for staying motivated during the semester 

Panel Discussion
Join colleagues for a panel discussion sharing tips for staying motivated during the semester. A Q&A session will occur after the panel discussion, if time is available.
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Friday, October 4
9 – 9:50 am
Understanding and Implementing the Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (L, A, D, S, CRTP)
Professional Learning Community (PLC)
Join The Teaching Center for the fifth PLC meeting focused on The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. In today’s fast-paced work environments, expressing appreciation and recognition for colleagues’ efforts is essential for fostering a positive and productive workplace culture. During this session of the professional learning community, participants will delve into Chapters 10 – 14 of Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White’s renowned book, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace,” and explore how these principles can be effectively applied. Please read chapters 10 – 14 (pages 127 – 198) prior to the session.
Moderators: Neely Ann Sheucraft, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center
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Friday, October 4
12 pm – 12:50 pm
All things Access Center (L, E, A, D, S)
Presentation  
During this session the Access Center will review all things Access Center to include but not be limited to Faculty Notification Letters, Accommodations and the process for accommodations, what to do if….,and testing along with any other questions or concerns. Participants are welcome to email elizabeth.jerrolds@nscc.edu
Presenters: Elizabeth Jerrolds and April Delagrave
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Friday, October 11
9 am – 9:25 am
Presentation  
Financial Aid Resources and Updates (L, S)

A session that focuses on Financial Aid Resources and gives an update on any upcoming Financial Aid changes. 
Presenters: Jennifer Byrd, Financial Aid Director, and Keri LaPrairie, Assistant Director Financial Aid
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Friday, October 11
10:30 am – 12 pm
Demystifying AI: What It Is and Why It Matters in Higher Education – K-163, White Bridge Road Campus, and via Zoom 

This session peels back the layers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education. We’ll break down key concepts, explore its potential to personalize learning, automate tasks, and revolutionize research.  Join us for an interactive discussion on the ethical considerations and practical applications that are shaping the future of higher education.
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Friday, October 25
9 – 9:50 am
Understanding and Implementing the Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (L, A, D, S, CRTP)
Professional Learning Community (PLC)
Join The Teaching Center for the final PLC meeting focused on The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. In today’s fast-paced work environments, expressing appreciation and recognition for colleagues’ efforts is essential for fostering a positive and productive workplace culture. During this session of the professional learning community, participants will delve into Chapters 15-18 of Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White’s renowned book, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace,” and explore how these principles can be effectively applied. Please read chapters 15-18 (pages 200 – 245) prior to the session.
Moderators: Neely Ann Sheucraft, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Fellow, The Teaching Center, and Amy Bryant, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Director of The Teaching Center
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Friday, October 25
12 pm
Utilizing Case Studies and Real-World Examples in Teaching

Panel Discussion
Join colleagues for a panel discussion sharing tips  for using case studies and real-world examples in teaching. A Q&A session will occur after the panel discussion, if time is available.
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Friday, November 8
10:30 am – 12 pm
Empowering Academic Success: AI-Driven Tools for teaching, learning, and academic support – K-163, White Bridge Road Campus, and via Zoom
Get hands-on with the latest AI-powered tools designed to personalize learning journeys. You’ll explore adaptive platforms, intelligent tutors, and data-driven feedback systems that empower students and optimize learning outcomes.  This session is packed with practical exercises where you’ll design personalized learning scenarios and create engaging AI-powered assessments.
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Friday, November 8
12 pm
Strategies for Reducing Student Stress: Balancing Rigor and Well-Being

Panel Discussion
Join colleagues for a panel discussion sharing strategies for reducing student stress while balancing rigor and well-being. A Q&A session will occur after the panel discussion, if time is available.
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Friday, November 22
12 pm
Strategies for Effective Time Management in Grading and Feedback

Panel Discussion
Join colleagues for a panel discussion sharing strategies for effective time management in grading and feedback. A Q&A session will occur after the panel discussion, if time is available.
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Friday, December 6
10:30 am – 12 pm
Pioneering and Forecasted AI Use Cases in Advising, Career Services, and Student Success – K-163, White Bridge Road Campus, and via Zoom
This session delves into the cutting-edge of AI, showcasing pioneering use cases and forecasting future applications. We’ll explore how AI can optimize student success through personalized learning pathways, streamlined processes, and data-driven decision making. Responsible implementation and ethical practices will be central to the conversation, ensuring AI fosters student engagement, retention, and a thriving academic environment.
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Friday, February 21, 2025
10:30 am – 12 pm
From Blank Page to Masterpiece: AI-Powered Creative Exploration (writing, research, and creativity) – K-163, White Bridge Road Campus, and via Zoom

AI is transforming the way we approach writing, research, and creative projects.  This session dives deep into the world of AI writing assistants, research tools, and creative generators to support and supplement writing skills. You’ll learn how AI can enhance your writing, accelerate research, and spark new artistic ideas.  Prepare to experiment with popular platforms and unleash your creativity with AI-powered tools.
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Friday, March 28, 2025
10:30 am – 12 pm 

AI and Accessibility: Ensuring Inclusive Education in the AI Era – K-163, White Bridge Road Campus, and via Zoom
AI has the potential to revolutionize education, but ensuring accessibility is paramount.  This session explores how AI can empower all learners while identifying potential biases and barriers. We’ll delve into accessible design principles and frameworks, empowering you to ensure no student is left behind in the AI era.  Engage in hands-on exercises, group discussions, and connect with peers to build a network for accessible and inclusive AI implementation.
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