Faculty Learning Day 2018

Faculty Learning Day will take place on the GRCC campus on January 4, 2018. 

Registration is closed - if you have not registered, you may attend any session with available seats (which is most of them).

Learning Day Activities


Morning Session Categories and Descriptions

Afternoon Session Categories and Descriptions


  • 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast - Ford Fieldhouse
  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Opening/Keynote - Ford Fieldhouse
  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Morning Session 1 - Calkins Science Center
  • 11:00 a.m. to Noon - Morning Session 2 - Calkins Science Center
  • Noon to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch - Ford Fieldhouse
  • 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Afternoon Session 1 - Calkins Science Center
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Afternoon Session 2 - Calkins Science Center

Keynote Speaker

Strategies for Student Success: a Statewide Perspective
Erica Lee Orians, Ph.D.
Executive Director - Michigan Center for Student Success

Morning Session Descriptions

Student Success

  • (138 Sci) Help me help you: Making the most of academic advising - Facilitators: Erin Busscher, Vicki Maxa

In this interactive session, GRCC Academic Advisors will demonstrate how to access and use tools and resources to advise students. Participants will discuss how faculty can support students through advising.

  • (139 Sci) Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Facilitators: Sarah Rose, Jenna Hess

Come and learn from Disability Support Services what the typical characteristics for students with ASD as well as strategies that you might use to be effective with this increasingly bigger population.

  • (201 Sci) How to Create E-mail Communication that Students Will Read - Facilitator: Ryan Nausieda

An overview of the CRM and techniques for writing effective mass e-mail communication to students.  You will walk away with the beginnings of an e-mail template and the process to send that communication to enhance student success. 

  • (202 Sci) Leaning in to the hard places:  Restoring hope in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey - Facilitator: Stacey Heisler

This presentation will address how "leaning in to the hard places" can restore hopefulness and self-efficacy for the volunteers who provide disaster relief as well as for the recipients’ of “food, comfort, and shelter.” This session focuses on one faculty member’s experience serving with the Disaster Mental Health team of the American Red Cross after Hurricane Harvey devastated the greater Houston and Coastal Bend communities of Texas. This session will also address the ways a volunteer experience can provide opportunities to both identify and express core life and career values for both faculty and students.

  • (204 Sci) Knock Knock... Who's there?.. FERPA... FERPA Who?.. I can't tell you that! - Facilitators: Valerie Butterfield, Amanda Kruzona, Bryan Vliem

This session will provide an overview of GRCC's FERPA policy and discuss how to practically apply FERPA and best practices in handling student information (grading, advising, and electronic communication). There will also be time set aside for open question and answer.

  • (205 Sci) Conversational Ethics (or, "I probably shouldn't have said that!") - Facilitators: Kimberly DeVries, Deven Swanigan

This session will focus on common ethical concerns raised by students regarding faculty comments, including how to communicate difficult messages effectively, keeping your classroom conversation relevant, and how our process works regarding student concerns of this nature. We'll discuss examples of straying off the path of positive communication and think about alternative ways to challenge students' thought processes.

  • (302 Sci) Curriculum  Tools - Facilitators: Deb DeWent, Lynnae Selberg (2-hour session)

My Degree Path and the Online Catalog are powerful tools when advising students and helping them from a Guided Pathway to degree completion. This training will go through these tools and how you can help students to utilize and understand these resources.  There have been some changes to the look and function of the tool which we will review how these changes impact the various functions of My Degree Path so that you can talk to students about how to use all this new functionality.


    • (303 Sci) Isn’t there a grant for that? - Facilitators: Judith Larsen, Lisa Dopke

    Have you ever wondered if external grant funding is available to support your classroom innovation? This session will introduce you to GRCC’s grantseeking process and offer a panel of experienced grant seekers who will share their experiences and answer your questions.

    • (305 Sci) Community of Inquiry (CoI) and Distance Learning - Facilitator: Bill Knapp

    In this session we will consider the Community of Inquiry Framework (CoI) and its application to online and hybrid teaching and learning. How is the CoI model used to foster a sense of community, learner engagement, and discourse in the virtual classroom?

    • (306 Sci) Faculty Members Sharing Sabbatical Experiences: Facilitators: Matt Douglas, Paul Krieger (2-hour session)

    Matt:  Faculty Research Aids Student Success  -- Although community colleges often do not emphasize faculty research, a sabbatical designed to enhance a faculty's expertise and experience can often be used to stimulate student learning because it comes directly from the professor and his/her personal experiences.

    Paul:  Helping Students Succeed in Scientific Illustration The Gordon Art Fellowship at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute (PCCI) offers students wonderful summer opportunities to produce artwork and work with researchers in the field.  During my sabbatical at Kendall College of Art & Design, I was able to create my own scientific illustrations while helping a student who was awarded the Gordon Art Fellowship.

    • (402 Sci) Take The Marshmallow Challenge! - Facilitators: Katie Daniels, Dan Sullivan

    This session will give participants an opportunity to engage in a team-building exercise (constructing towers with pasta and marshmallows) and then see how they compare to various and esteemed groups such as captains of industry, professional engineers, and precocious kindergartners. Participants will also discuss how such hands-on team-building activities connect with both course goals and GRCC's Institutional Learning Outcomes, and reflect on if or how they might incorporate this activity into their course.

    • (406 Sci) Give Them A Chance: Facilitating Student Success by Crafting Policies with an Ethic of Care - Facilitators: Christina McElwee, Rachel Lutwick-Deaner

    It’s easy to administer the policies on our syllabi from an Ethic of Justice rather than an Ethic of Care. This workshop will consider the varied experiences and circumstances of our GRCC students and critically examine how our classroom policies can set up our students for success or failure. Discussion will begin with the philosophical and end with the practical application of this perspective.


    • (425 Sci) Leveraging Google Drive and Documents in the Classroom - Facilitator: Chad Sytsma

    All students enrolled at GRCC are provided a CC email account that is really a Google Gmail account.  What does this mean to you?  It means that you and your students have access to powerful tools that you can learn to leverage  - using the built in Google Drive and Google Docs components of Gmail.  This session will explore ways that you can use Google Docs and Drive in your course for both delivery and receipt of student information.

    • (219 ATC) Creating Accessible Documents - Facilitators: Leigh Jajuga, Patrick LaPenna, Bettye Nellett

    This session will review how to create accessible Word and PDF documents.

    • (140 LRC) GRCC's Lightboard: Version 2.0 - Facilitator: Garry Brand

    GRCC's Lightboard is a "glass chalkboard pumped full of light. It's for recording video lecture topics. You face toward your viewers, and your writing glows in front of you." http://lightboard.info/ Now, it has a dedicated space with enhanced features. Learn how many faculty have already used this tool in the campus and online classroom. Once you see how it improves interaction, you will want to use it too!


    Afternoon Session Descriptions

    Student Success

    • (138 Sci) Help me help you: Making the most of academic advising - Facilitators: Patrick Kamau, Rosario Montes-Sutton

    In this interactive session, GRCC Academic Advisors will demonstrate how to access and use tools and resources to advise students. Participants will discuss how faculty can support students through advising.

    • (139 Sci) Help! Implementing the Attendance Flexibility Accommodation - Facilitator: Sarah Rose

    Disability Support recognizes that the Attendance Flexibility Accommodation is one that requires instructor input. Learn how to follow the guidance of the Office of Civil Rights in considering whether attendance is truly negotiable for each of your courses.

    • (201 Sci) Student Behaviors of Concern - Facilitators: Lina Blair, Rebecca Whitman

    Who do you talk to when a student shares information or exhibits behavior you find troubling or concerning? What is the process to follow when you've had to remove a student from your classroom for disruptive behaviors? This session will provide answers to these questions and many more in regards to the Student Code of Conduct and related teams and services available on campus.

    • (202 Sci) Orientation - The Student Experience - Facilitators: Evan Macklin and Fred Zomer

    GRCC welcomes more than 5,000 new first-time students each year between Fall, Winter, and Summer.  This workshop will provide an overview of the new student orientation experience.

    • (204 Sci) Graduation and My Degree Path - Facilitators: Amanda Kruzona, Bryan Vliem, Lakisha Beck (2-hour session)

    The recent Academic Pathways initiative at GRCC is intended to help students toward successful graduation. This session is meant to help answer questions about graduation, My Degree Path, and any other Student Records graduation-related processes (such as subs and waivers, test credit, and transfer credit applying toward a student's program) so that GRCC Faculty are equipped to effectively advise students in this way.

    • (205 Sci) The Future of Title IX - Facilitators: Kimberly DeVries, Deven Swanigan

    This session will briefly review Title IX basics, and move forward with a discussion of future expectations around Title IX regulations, as well as how that affects our practices at GRCC. We'll discuss trends at GRCC, and how faculty can effectively respond in those situations. We'll work through some scenarios and offer an opportunity to ask questions about our process.

    • (302 Sci) QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) - Facilitators: Lynnae Selberg, Ennis Young, Drewyn Talley

    QPR is used to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training- the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

    • (502 Science) Building Belonging on Campus - Facilitator: Tamber Bustance (2-hour session)

    Come connect with people from different departments to discuss thought provoking topics focusing on building inclusion and belonging on campus.  In this session, participants will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive tools, as they discuss social and cognitive empathy, the neuroscience of belonging and strategies for building connectedness on campus. 

    • (503 Science) Open Educational Resources Faculty Panel - Facilitator: Lauren Woolsey

    High quality Open Educational Resources (OER) are available for many subjects that can significantly lower costs for students.  This session will offer the participants an opportunity to hear from faculty about the benefits and challenges of incorporating open resources into their curriculum.


    • (305 Sci) Human Literacy: What Global Educational Practices Can Teach Us - Facilitator:  Mursalata Muhammad (2-hour session)

    This interactive presentation will share information gleaned from the following sources: research on global education, my educational tour of Cuba, and the results of a survey completed by other participants on that trip.

    • (303 Sci) What is the IIPD program? - Facilitators: Judith Larsen

    Attend this session to learn about Institutional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) grants that are available to faculty. Ask questions, pick up a brochure, learn about funded projects, and discover where to find the deadline and how to download your application.

    • (425 Sci) Making Copyright Compliance Work for You and Your Students - Facilitator: Nan Schichtel

    This session covers some of the basics of Educational Fair Use, an introduction to the Copyright Clearance Center's Annual License, and when to use permalinks from Licensed Library Resources.

    • (306 Sci) Thinking with Multiple Viewpoints - Facilitators: Brian Morris and Kevin Dobreff

    This session will explore the Thoughtstorming technique as a way of helping people to appreciate multiple viewpoints, improve critical thinking skills, and learn to problem solve creatively with a group.   Many people experience greater mental acuity during and after Thoughtstorming sessions.

    • (402 Sci) Is this really Math? Exploring the Mathematical Literacy/Math for Liberal Arts Sequence - Facilitators: Shanna Goff and Meghan VanderMale

    Experience some of the inquiry based learning students play with in the courses and learn more about the role Mathematics Literacy and Mathematics for Liberal Arts play in helping students complete the MTA math requirement.

    • (406 Sci) GOTS: Great Online Teachers Session - Facilitators: Deb Vilmont, Lisa Gloege, Luann Keizer,  Mike Light, Kate Byerwalter (2-hour session)

    Are you an online instructor?  Want to hone your online teaching skills?  If so, GOTS is here for you!  

    Our Great Online Teachers Session (GOTS) is specifically designed for faculty who are currently teaching in an online or hybrid format. We invite you to share one innovation from your online or hybrid course as well as come prepared to share one struggle or problem area related to online teaching. This session is fueled by the spirit of what we do at our annual GRCC Great Teachers Seminar.


    • (219 ATC) Securing the Instructor for Student Success - Facilitator: Andrew Rozema

    Oxford, Cambridge, New York University, Edmodo, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the US Air Force, the CIA, the NSA, Verizon, Deloitte, Equifax – all hacked; odds are, your personal information is available on the dark web. Is your lack of operational security endangering your finances, or your students FERPA protected information? Join me to find out if they are, and what you can do about it.

    • (351 Main) Adding Images and Video to Your Course Using SnagIt and Camtasia - Facilitator: Tony Dykema-VanderArk (2-hour session)

    This hands-on session will introduce two powerful tools for adding visuals and video to your course content. SnagIt allows you to mark up screenshots and to create short videos and GIFs, while Camtasia offers professional-level video editing capabilities.