Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020: The Evolution of Learning Landscapes in 2020 and Beyond

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
BTC Lobby

8:45 - 9 a.m.
Greetings and Announcements

BTC Auditorium

9 - 10 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nan L. Travers, director of the Center for Leadership for Credentialing Learning, SUNY Empire State College
BTC Auditorium
Dr. Nan L. Travers focuses on research, policies and practices of the recognition, validation and credentialing of learning, including prior learning assessment, competency-based learning, and micro-credentialing. Widely published nationally and internationally, Dr. Travers has worked with many institutions to develop and improve their learning recognition processes. She led the development of the Global Learning Qualifications Framework to assess college-level learning acquired outside of the traditional academic setting, serves on the board for the Prior Learning International Research Consortium, is a lead contributor to the Learning Recognition Collaborative in conjunction with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), and has served on the core team for the national Connecting Credentials Initiative. Dr. Travers serves as co-editor for the journal: PLA Inside Out: An International Journal on the Theory, Research, and Practice in Prior Learning Assessment ( Prior to SUNY Empire State College, Dr. Travers served in various administrative and faculty roles at community colleges in VT and NH. Contact:

10 - 10:15 a.m.
Break (Refreshments and Vendors’ Showcase)
BTC Meeting Rooms

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
75-minute Concurrent Sessions I

Learning Recognition and the Future of Higher Education
Presenter: Nan Travers
Learning recognition is critical to credential knowledge and signal employers and other educators as to what students know and can do. But once all learning is recognized, the traditional educational model is cracked right open. This session will explore ways in which higher education is evolving, the role of learning recognition in this development, and how institutions and industries, as partners, can help shape these changes.
Trends in College Student Mental Health
Presenters: Kathleen Weeks and Sara Donnelly
This session is designed to increase knowledge regarding current mental health trends amongst college students. In addition, we will discuss how to most effectively help a student while maintaining the integrity of your role. As an instructor, often times you are exposed to a variety of student stressors, it is important that you make sure you are taking care of yourself. Included in the presentation are self-care and coping strategies for managing student disclosures. Role playing activities will be included.
Meet OSCQR: Open SUNY Course Quality Review
Presenter: Elissa Baker
Hands-on work with the SUNY rubric for online courses, including where to find resources, how to contribute to best practices across SUNY, and how to use the tools and web site to improve your online or hybrid course.
NOTE: Participants in this session will receive CET credit in Teaching and Learning Certificate: Integrating Technology OR Technology in the Classroom: Emerging Technologies
APA, MLA, and Chicago Styles: Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask
Presenters: Carol Hammond and Jim LaBate
The main goal is to demonstrate the various citation styles. We will highlight the most frequently asked questions, and we will discuss issues related to research writing, citing of sources, and formatting. We also plan to review the most typical misunderstandings students express regarding paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting when they are working on research papers. This workshop will mainly involve discussion, with a bit of lecture, and then hands-on work at the computers.
How to Openly Share your Faculty-Created Materials Using Creative Commons
Presenters: Brenda Hazard and Sarah Romeo
This session will introduce faculty to Creative Commons alternative licensing that provides both copyright and permission for others to access, share, and modify. Creative Commons allows faculty to take the next step from adopting existing open educational resources (OER) to participating in open repositories or blending their works with other open sources. The workshop will introduce Creative Commons options and provide practical examples of how to assign Creative Commons to written, visual, and other materials.
Approaches to Gen Z Pedagogy
Presenter: Casey L. Ryan
The workshop will be part lecture and part discussion. The goal of the workshop is to share information about the educational and technological challenges Generation Z face, and facilitate a discussion about our shifting pedagogy to adapt to these challenges. Generation Z are known as digital natives, but their computer literacy levels are very low. Audience members should have some knowledge of working with students, but no prior knowledge of Generation Z and technology are required.
Building Community: The Sexual Assault & Crime Victims Assistance Program for Trauma Prevention, Response and Recovery
Presenter: Laura Sprague
This workshop will address trauma definitions and impacts, emerging trends in trauma prevalence and response, and the innovative and collaborative programming the Sexual Assault & Crime Victims Assistance Program (SACVAP) uses to address this community-wide issue. We will discuss community programming and collaboration in trauma response and recovery, the current relationship between SACVAP and HVCC, and options for expanding our collaboration as needs become more complex and effective trauma response an increasingly important concern.

11:30 a.m. - noon
Break (Refreshments and Vendors’ Showcase)
BTC Meeting Rooms

Noon - 1:15 p.m.
75-minute Concurrent Sessions II

Guided Pathways: Where Are We, Where Are We Going?
Presenters: Tyler Kessel, Ronalyn Wilson, Julie Panzanaro, Gayle Healy, Christine Miller and Jennifer DeWeerth
Last March, the college was accepted into SUNY Guided Pathways Cohort II, and the process of implementing has already begun. This workshop will provide the fundamental ideas of Guided Pathways, an idea of where the college stands in its implementation of Guided Pathways, and a glimpse into the experience of Guided Pathways at Mohawk Valley Community College.
The Faculty Guild Fellowship: Taking Your Pedagogy to the Next Level
Presenters: Nicole L. Arduini-VanHoose and Jaya Dasgupta
Has your teaching style changed over the years? Are you looking for a different perspective or feedback from the teaching community? The Faculty Guild helps faculty critically analyze the learning outcomes of their activities using their model of “Describe, analyze, reflect, advise, and consider.” The methodology for the Faculty Guild Institute model is largely based on Taking College Teaching Seriously: Pedagogy Matters! The Faculty Guild workshop will introduce attendees to the model and online platform. Faculty interested in becoming a Faculty Guild fellow will be prepared for the next circle that SUNY offers.
Retention Strategies Roundtable: Coordinating and Setting a Goal Based on the Study of Student versus Institutional Characteristics Responsible for Attrition
Presenters: Shalini Varma, Karen Ferrer-Muniz, Josh Kohan and Peter Sawyer
This workshop will discuss the institutional characteristics that are responsible for student retention. What topics seem relevant to retention? What is currently being done? What does the data tell us? The goal of the workshop is to have a dialog between faculty and administrators with the purpose of developing useful strategies for student retention.
ASD Roundtable: Teachers Talk About Tricks to Manage Classrooms with Students on the Autism Spectrum
Presenters: Dianne Zielinski, Shawna-Kay Addison and Stephen Motto
This workshop will address the concerns of students with ASD in our classrooms. The discussion will include specific classroom management techniques and practices.
Video Lectures Made Easy
Presenter: Elissa Baker
Learn to use the new campus-wide TechSmith Relay tool to create interactive and accessible video lectures for flipped classes, online and hybrid courses, and web-enhancing. Learn about the TechSmith Relay tools for adding assessments and analytics to video, linking your video assessments to the Blackboard grade center, creating video on your phone, mobile devices and computers, and pulling in video from your picture libraries or YouTube. Hands-on, so bring a PPT or other digital lecture material. Mics and headsets provided.
NOTE: Participants in this session will receive CET credit in Teaching and Learning Certificate: Integrating Technology OR Technology in the Classroom: Emerging Technologies
Navigating through Student Crises
Presenters: Sandra McCarthy, Fred Aliberti and Kelly Sweener
Whether a student presents with a mental health crisis, discloses they are the victim of domestic violence, cannot contain their behavior or some other emergency situation, it is important for faculty to understand the law around some areas and the resources we have on campus for others.
Active Learning in the STEM Classroom and Laboratory
Presenter: Donna Barron
Many skills that are important for success in employment opportunities (oral and written communication, ability to work with others, problem solving skills) are not emphasized in traditional teaching methods. Inquiry and problem based cooperative learning can promote student engagement and skill development. This workshop will describe strategies to effectively incorporate active learning in the STEM classroom and laboratory. An active learning exercise that demonstrates key elements will be modeled.
What Comes First, the Student or the Athlete?
Presenters: Jennifer Moran and Adam Sopris
If you ask any faculty or staff person on any college or university campus about student athletes, they will tell you that working with student athletes can be pretty challenging. As faculty we see them as student first, athlete second - after all, why are they even a student if academics aren't going to take a front seat to a sport? The workshop’s main goal is to gain a deeper understanding of HVCC’s student-athletes.

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