Summer Teaching Institute

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The 2021 Summer Teaching Institute will be held July 28-30, 2021. The format and location are to be determined.

Summer Teaching institute  - 2020

View recordings from our 14th Annual Summer Teaching institute which was held last July 29-31, 2020 and access available session materials.

Wednesday, July 29th 

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks & Keynote Presentation: Best Practices in Blended Learning

  • Facilitators: Dr. Norman D. Vaughan and Garry Brand 
  • Description: Following brief Opening Remarks to kick off the 2020 Summer Teaching Institute, participants will hear about the latest blended learning techniques and will also have a chance to experience them. Dr. Norman D. Vaughan, Professor of Education at Mt. Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada will be our guest speaker. He is co-author of several books and journal articles on blended learning, including: Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines and Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry. Please note this is a two-hour session and will include small group interaction using Zoom Breakout Rooms.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.: GRCC Library: Services and Support for Your Online, Hybrid, and Virtual Classes

  • Facilitator: Steven Putt
  • Description: GRCC is well positioned to support your online, hybrid, and virtual classes. This session will include an overview of online library collections, a summary of our approach to virtual services, and specific instructions for faculty, students and staff to connect to everything the library has to offer remotely.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Prepping Media for Your Course

  • Facilitators: Klaas Kwant, Noah DeSmit and Ian Matthews
  • Description: From pre-recording demonstrations to creating simulations, there are a variety of things you can do IN ADVANCE of your course starting to reinforce learning, whether that is occuring online or in-person or some kind of hybrid approach.

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Hungry to Learn: Film Discussion about #RealCollege Students

  • Facilitators: Lina Blair, Sandy Gregory, Holly Christopher, Stacey Heisler and Sheila Jones
  • Description: This session is a follow up to the 2020 Learning Day keynote address by Sara Goldrick-Rab and continues our #RealCollege discussion. Prior to the session, attendees will be given access to view the documentary, Hungry to Learn, as well recent survey data about GRCC students during the pandemic. We will discuss these sources and how they relate to our students' college experiences and ways we can support their basic needs and mental health during this time.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: GRCC's COVID-19 Response and Fall 2020

  • Facilitator: Vicki Janowiak and the COVID-19 Response Team
  • Description: Members of GRCC's COVID-19 Response Team will provide a brief overview of the College's Re-Opening Plan and safety protocols for Fall 2020, including students, faculty and staff requirements; communication plans; and campus notifications. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

Thursday, July 30th

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Great Online Teachers Sessions (G.O.T.S.)

  • Facilitators: Deb Vilmont, Ian Matthews, Meg Lockard and Jermaine Reese
  • Description: Whether you are new to remote or online teaching, looking for tips and tricks to spruce up your online courses, or are a seasoned online instructor, we invite you to join our Great Online Teachers Session (GOTS)! This is designed to give faculty an opportunity to connect with colleagues to discuss the "lessons learned and silver linings" in regard to teaching in an online, hybrid, or virtual format. Fueled by the spirit of what we do at our annual GRCC Great Teachers Seminar, we invite participants who attend the session to be prepared to share:
    • One innovation from their online, hybrid, or remote teaching experiences
    • One struggle or problem area related to online teaching
    • One non-astounding teaching device -- a tried and true, quick tip or trick that anyone could use in an online course

A Great Teachers Seminar is built on the belief that practicing teachers are the experts in teaching, and that they learn best from one another. This is a two-hour session and will include small group interaction using Zoom Breakout Rooms.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.: Beyond Blackboard Basics

  • Facilitator: Chad Sytsma
  • Description: This session will take a deeper dive into Blackboard and look at tools and resources available beyond just basic use of Blackboard. Some topics examined could include Blogs/Journals, Rubrics, Partner Content (publisher content integration), Customizing course menu and Using Google Drive files

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: The Urgency of NOW: Teaching and Supporting Underserved Students

  • Facilitators: Sonya Hernandez and Jennifer Smith
  • Description: Students with depleted "bandwidth" are vulnerable to leaving college. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center confirmed the urgency of this reality. The student revealed that 36 million Americans left college without a degree or certificate and reported, "Community colleges were the starting and last-enrolled institution for two-thirds (67 percent) of the (study's) respondents". Under a new model that is evidence-based and transformative, ODEI facilities three student engagement programs that move burgeoning scholars toward the goal of academic completion. This session will provide tangible ways to teach and support underserved and underrepresented students.

4:00 to 5:00 p.m.: Where Do I Put This Video:

  • Facilitator: Garry Brand
  • Description: Are you already recording your class with Zoom? Maybe you've just started to look for a recording tool. Either way, you need a place to store the video and share with your students. This session will explore the advantages and disadvantages of putting that video in Blackboard, YouTube, and Techsmith Knowmia (formerly Relay).

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Teaching & Learning with Zoom

  • Facilitator: William Knapp
  • Description: This workshop will focus on using Zoom Tools and features for engaging learners in the virtual learning space. Tools and techniques will include Polling, screen sharing, whiteboard, break-out rooms for active learning, as well as recording and sharing video in Blackboard via Techsmith Knowmia.

Friday, July 31st

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Yoga for Stress Relief

  • Facilitator: Jodi Gee
  • Description: Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and lower your heart rate. Join us for this 45-60-minute live session as we move and breathe together.

11:00 a.m. to Noon: Knowledge Sharing During a Pandemic

  • Facilitator: Lauren Woolsey
  • Description: UNESCO has recently put out a Call for Joint Action called Supporting Learning and Knowledge Sharing through Open Educational Resources (OER). In this session, we will discuss the flexibility that OER can provide, and as you rebuild your course in a new modality, consider this an opportunity to explore free resources to support your curriculum. From the UNESCO Call: "The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a paradigm shift on how learners of all ages, worldwide, can access learning. It is therefore more than ever essential that the global community comes together now to foster universal access to information and knowledge through OER".

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.: What's an Honors Project?

  • Facilitators: Leigh Kleinert and Michael Schavey
  • Description:  Attendees will be provided a general overview of GRCC's Honors Program and specifically Honors Projects. You will learn about the process of facilitating an Honors Project, examples of projects as well as best practices and tips for supporting Honors students in online, hybrid and virtual courses.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks & Attendee Roundtable on Remote Teaching and Learning

  • Facilitators: Sheila Jones, William Knapp, Garry Brand and Summer Teaching Institute Session Leaders
  • Description: Our final Summer Teaching Institute Session will offer brief closing remarks followed by an open forum discussion where attendees can share what they heard throughout the programming, what they learned, and what they plan to do in the fall.