Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019: The Pulse of the 21st Century Classroom

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

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

BTC Auditorium

9 - 10 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: David R. Katz III, Executive Director of Organizational Development at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC)
BTC Auditorium
David Katz has been in a college classroom for 32 years teaching just about every conceivable higher education cohort there is, from adult learners to traditional college students, athletes in intercollegiate competition, and inmates within New York State correctional facilities. For his work as a professor of Political Science and History, Katz has received numerous honors, including MVCC’s Excellence in Teaching award. Katz has also received Mohawk Valley Community College’s Excellence in Faculty Service Award and the State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service.

As executive director of organizational development at MVCC, Katz creates, implements, and oversees programs aimed at the development of a vibrant culture of personal and professional enrichment that reinforces organizational goals focused around student success and empowerment. Katz is a mentor to faculty and staff on pedagogical, motivational, and leadership issues at MVCC, at community college campuses throughout America, at national educational conferences, and for public and corporate audiences.

Katz holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Camden County Community College, NJ; a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Secondary Education; and an M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University, Penn.

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

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

“Effectively Engaging the 21st Century Student”
Presenters: Ainsley Thomas, et al.
NOTE: This workshop will conclude at 1:30 p.m. and participants will receive CET credit.
In our efforts to fulfill the mission of the college, we must thoughtfully examine several factors that influence our work and develop new skills for engaging our students in the learning process. This three-hour presentation will be broken into two parts. Part one will address local and national demographic changes in student populations, strategies to increase student enrollment, and approaches for promoting the success of underprepared students. During the second part of the workshop, participants will practice implementation and assess the effectiveness of the aforementioned tips, techniques, and strategies.

“Academic Language: What It Is and What We Should Know About It”
Presenter: Carol Meyer
Academic language refers to the specific vocabulary and communication skills students need to be successful in school. All students come to school with social language, but for some, learning academic language is not always smooth. As educators, we need to know what academic language is and be able to support our students in learning it. In this workshop you will be introduced to what academic language is in general, why it matters to anyone who works in an educational setting, and get an overview of both discipline-independent and discipline-specific language that students need to learn.

“SUNY OER: Beyond Adoption”
Presenter: Brenda Hazard
This session is aimed at faculty who are already using OER course materials and wish to discuss the challenges and successes they have faced this year. A panel of adopters will discuss their experiences, including how OER have facilitated innovations, what student response has been, and their experiences arranging for print versions. One participant will describe the two-day SUNY Center for Professional Development workshop on creating OER. The session will be moderated by Brenda Hazard and attendees will be encouraged to identify support needed in the future and share their perspective on plans to continue, expand or cease adoptions.

“Cool PowerPoint Tips and Tricks”
Presenter: Sue Clarke
NOTE: This workshop will conclude at 11:45 a.m. and participants will receive CET credit.
Do you wonder what PowerPoint can do besides provide animations and transitions? Come explore tips and tricks that allow you to customize your presentation. This workshop will cover creating custom slide shows from one master presentation, animating equations, customizing your videos, and other tools. Do you have specific questions? Bring a PowerPoint presentation that has been started and we will work together to finish it.

“Retention and Student Success Roundtable”
Presenters: Karen Ferrer-Muniz, et al.
This roundtable discussion will provide an overview of retention strategies in higher education, a summary of present practices, and a deeper discussion on Hudson Valley’s retention approaches, best practices, and future opportunities. Moderated by Dean of Retention and Instructional Support Services Karen Ferrer-Muniz, the discussion will explore potential pathways for future retention initiatives. Faculty will walk away with a background on best practices at peer institutions, references for future approaches at Hudson Valley, and—perhaps most importantly—practices that can be immediately implemented in the classroom and beyond. Panelists include current faculty members, the department chairperson of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences, and administrators within the division of Academic Affairs.

“How to Handle Disruptive Students and Parents”
Presenter: Larry Ellis
Outbursts and behaviors. What role do diagnoses, experience and environment play? Personality types, what students will bring to the classroom? What perspective do the parents bring? Are we obligated to speak to the parents? FERPA? How can we help?

“Step into the Future of Blackboard”
Presenters: Linda Ryder and Elissa Baker
As you may have heard, there is a new look coming to Blackboard. Throughout the past couple of years, Blackboard has been working on a new responsive, modern, and accessible design interface for called Ultra. The path to the Ultra experience starts with moving to the SaaS deployment of Learn, which we completed in August 2016. The next step is choosing whether to immerse in the full Ultra experience or first enable the Ultra Base Navigation, which provides the same original course view with the benefits of the new modern, intuitive, and responsive environment. In this hands-on workshop, we will dive into the full Ultra experience using Blackboard CourseSites. Faculty will have the opportunity to explore the new modern design by importing a course into CourseSites and learn about both new tools and changes to existing ones.

“Micro Credentials for Hudson Valley”
Presenter: Joe Schneider
SUNY, along with many other higher education organizations, has begun the development and implementation of micro-credentials. Micro-credentials provide a mechanism for recognizing and documenting student achievement at a more granular level than the attainment of a certificate or a degree. This talk will familiarize attendees with several SUNY resources concerning these credentials and, more particularly, the vision for Hudson Valley implementation. The Hudson Valley policy for micro-credentials is currently being drafted by a subcommittee of the Academic Senate.

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

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

“Technology and Generation Z”
Presenter: Casey Ryan
Traditional age college students are now members of Generation Z, the first generation to grow up and be educated in a completely digital world. While we expect students to have a native mastery of technology, their understanding of technology is very different from “digital immigrants” like faculty and staff. The goal of this workshop is for faculty to identify gaps in student technology knowledge, such as typing ability and utilizing research search terms, and work together to share pedagogical approaches for improving outcomes for students. The goal is to have a formal discussion among faculty, facilitated by the presenter, from which participants will leave with a better understanding of Generation Z and their educational and personal technology use, and the tools needed to incorporate this knowledge into their courses.

“A Brief Introduction to MS Excel”
Presenter: Sue Clarke
NOTE: This workshop will conclude at 1:30 p.m. and participants will receive CET credit.
Functions, formulas, and formatting! Come learn some basics that will help you become more comfortable with Excel. You’ll learn how to enter formulas as well as simple functions that allow us to quickly calculate sums, determine the minimum and maximum values, and find an average. You’ll learn how to easily add charts, change the position of the legend and add axis labels.

“Trends in College Students’ Mental Health”
Presenters: Sara Donnelly and Katie Weeks
This session is designed to increase knowledge regarding current mental health trends amongst college students. We’ll discuss how to most effectively help a student while maintaining the integrity of your role. Role-playing activities will be included in the workshop.

“Hudson Valley’s Behind-the-Scenes Efforts to Reduce Carbon and How it Applies to Your Teaching”
Presenters: Joanne Coons, Maxine C. Ortiz and Laurie Vivekanand
Though many may not be aware of it, Hudson Valley’s TEC-SMART community has worked hard to reduce the college’s energy and carbon footprint. In this session, we will touch on how these programs can be applied across several disciplines. Activities include an overview of the TEC-SMART facility, an exercise on how to size a PV system for your home or business, information on how you can reduce your carbon footprint, and a multitude of ideas that you can take back to your classroom and labs.

“Can Games be Useful to Learning in College Classes?”
Presenter: Dianne Zielinski
The goal of the workshop is to demonstrate how games can be used to illustrate concepts and reinforce learning in the classroom. Games will be played to illustrate how they can be tailored to be used in class. Both whole group and small group games will be played. It is expected that participants will have familiarity with the full group games, but not necessary the small group ones. This session is a combination of lecture/participation and hands-on learning.

“Published Professors”
Presenters: Megeen Mulholland, Sandra Hutchison, James LaBate, Richard Hartshorn and Paul E. Calarco, Jr.
This presentation will highlight the written and/or published work of faculty authors. The authors will share a short reading of their work, followed by a Q&A.

“Integrating Library Streaming Video Collections into Your Instruction”
Presenter: Sarah Romeo
This is a panel presentation by faculty who use library streaming video resources either in the classroom or in Blackboard. The panel will describe video content available from the library, including large collections like Films on Demand and Academic Videos Online, as well as feature films from Swank, and stage productions in Digital Theatre+. Faculty using the new streaming DVD service will describe how this service contributed to their course resources.

“Engage Your Students with Service Learning”
Presenters: Catherine Willis and Joseph Stenard
Service learning is an opportunity for students to give their service for a community partner as part of their coursework, helping them bridge the gap between life learning and classroom learning. We will present the different types of service learning assignments, relating those to the course’s learning objectives. By way of the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement and some of our community partners, we will discuss how the center can help you and your students develop lifelong skills. We hope that you will leave with an understanding of the benefits of service learning and a strategy for implementing it in your course(s). Be sure to bring a syllabus from a course that you think might benefit from service learning!

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