Faculty & Staff Learning Day 2019

Faculty & Staff Learning Day will take place on the GRCC campus on January 3, 2019. 

Learning Day Activities

Agenda

Morning Session Categories and Descriptions

  • Completion & Transfer
  • Equity
  • Infrastructure Sustainability
  • Mindfulness/Wellness
  • Teaching & Learning

Afternoon Session Categories and Descriptions

  • Completion & Transfer
  • Equity
  • Infrastructure Sustainability
  • Mindfulness/Wellness
  • Teaching & Learning

Agenda

  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Light Refreshments/Breakfast & Registration
  • 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Dr. Pink's Opening Day Address
  • 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Shaun Harper
  • 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Learning Day 2019 Welcome
  • 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Walk to First Session
  • 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Morning Session
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Walk to Lunch
  • 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 to 1:15 p.m. Walk to Afternoon Session
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Session 1
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 2 Hr. Afternoon Sessions
  • 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Walk to Afternoon Session 2
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session 2

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Shaun Harper

Morning Session Descriptions

Completion & Transfer

  • (139 Sci) Schedule and Program Optimization: An Overview of College Action Plan 1.1 ~ Facilitator: Eric Mullen

As we plan for future enrollment, national forecasts predict continuous declines in higher education attendance through 2030. The forecast for Michigan college attendance is even more dire. This session will present an overview of College Action Project 1.1, which is focused on anticipating these decline and finding opportunities to stabilize and grow enrollment through the optimization of our condition of classes and our portfolio of academic programs.

  • (202 Sci) Sexual Assault, Gender Discrimination and #Me Too: Navigating Title IX ~ Facilitators: Deven Swanigan and Kimberly DeVries

Deven Swanigan, Labor and EO Generalist and Kimberly DeVries, Title IX Coordinator, team up to review Title IX policies and practices at GRCC, as well as current issues in Title IX. We will discuss scenarios and how to navigate them, common issues that arise, as well as the future landscape of Title IX. We will look at these issues through the lens of students that experience them, and discuss way in which faculty and staff can help students navigate these issues in our various roles on campus. We will also walk through GRCC policies with respect to transgender students and pregnant students, both falling under Title IX protection.

  • (304 Sci) How to Help Students Transfer Successfully ~ Facilitators: Erin Busscher and Dan Nyhof

What are the requirements for the degree? What courses is the transfer school interested in students taking? How can students satisfy both requirements? Now, how does incoming transfer credit factor into the equation? This presentation will help faculty members guide students through the transfer process with discussion, scenarios, and complications that might arise.

Equity

  • (133 Sci) Our Changing Community ~ Facilitator: Art Johnson

GRCC is a vibrant, changing community. A community of diverse voices and perspectives that benefit our faculty, staff, and our students. Creating a culturally enriched learning environment. In this session, we will: ~ Explore our GRCC community and culture. ~ Engage in activities that examine our sense of belonging and growth zone. ~ Compare GRCC's community to the global community. ~ Discuss how to provide safe spaces for conversations that may help all of us thrive in diverse environments.

  • (305 Sci) Addressing Student Hunger, Homelessness and Funding Issues ~ Facilitators: Lina Blair and Lyttron Burris

An overwhelming number of our students face food, housing and funding insecurities on a regular basis. When these issues arise for our students, they often don't have resources or support beyond the GRCC campus. The CAP 3.3 team will talk about resources available to our students and you'll hear from students about their experiences.

  • (306 Sci) Steps to Building an Inclusive Campus ~ Facilitator: Dr. Shaun Harper

Dr. Harper will lead a workshop on building an understand of the experiences of students from underrepresented groups on campus. He will share some key ideas and steps for making the classroom and campus more inclusive.

Infrastructure Sustainability

  • (204 Sci) Accreditation/Strategic Planning at GRCC ~ Facilitator: Donna Kragt

This session will provide an overview of the strategic planning process at GRCC and it's relationship to accreditation. Topics covered will include College Action Projects, Department Planning, Board Monitoring Reports, Systems Portfolios, Accreditation Criteria and more!

Mindfulness/Wellness

  • (123 Sci) Take a Breath: Meditation & Yoga in the Classroom  ~ Facilitators: Leigh Kleinert, Emily Nisley and Jodi Gee

You see many students in your classes who are distracted, sleepy, over stressed, and/or anxious, and they probably aren't learning or performing at their best. Brief mindfulness meditation and yoga activities in the classroom are promising approaches for promoting students' relaxed alertness. In this session, participants will learn about the impacts of meditation and yoga on the brain, mind, and body, experience simple and quick meditation and yoga activities and leave with ideas for incorporating them into their own classes.

  • (223 Cook Hall) Why Develop Mindfulness Skills? ~ Facilitator: Werner Absenger

In this session, you'll learn about the latest scientific research on mindfulness and it's potential to reduce stress and anxiety. Through an experiential focused attention breathing exercise, Dr. A will introduce you to mindfulness' potential to make your life calmer, more serene, kinder, compassionate, joyful and balanced. With continued practice, the skills learned in this session may help you deal better with stress, and sharpen your ability to concentrate.

  • (308 Main) Nourishing Your Body During Winter Months ~ Facilitator: Rachel Lutwick-Deaner

This session is an ideal exchange focusing on the food we crave and prepare during Winter. Please come with links to a few of your favorite cold weather recipes. We'll also share other ideas about how to stay healthy in the winter, when we'd all just rather hunker down under the covers with some hot chocolate (right)?

  • (347 Main) Tranquility Lounge ~ Facilitator: Traci Nichols

Come enjoy an hour of relaxation in GRCC's own tranquility lounge. We will have massaged and aromatherapy, as well as soothing activities. This session is sure to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Presentation times: All sessions  (For Faculty & Staff)

Teaching & Learning

  • (127 Sci) Take the Marshmallow Challenge! ~ Facilitators: Dan Sullivan and Katie Daniels

Ever wonder how your critical thinking and teamwork skills compare to that of Fortune 500 CEO? Or how about a chemical engineer, or TED Talk impresario, or precocious kindergartner? If so, then the Marshmallow Challenge is for you. This hands-on workshop gives participants the opportunity to test both their EQ and IQ in a fun, dynamic, and collaborative environment that involves building free-standing structures with everyone's favorite delectable treat!

  • (138 Sci) Establishing a Virtual Presence: Synchronous Tools for Distance Learning and Student Support ~ Facilitators: Bill Knapp and Meg Lockard

This session is for faculty and staff who support students in any way. Join us as we explore the research on adding synchronous, virtual components to your student-support routine. In particular, we will look at Zoom and TechSmith Relay and share examples of faculty and staff who use these tools effectively. Attendees will leave with ideas and resources for adopting synchronous, virtual approaches to teaching, advising, tutoring, student support, and college work.

  • (201 Sci) Understanding General Education at GRCC ~ Facilitators: Dillon Carr and Sheila Jones

What does "general education" mean? How do we explain general education requirements to students? How do general education requirements relate to the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)? How are courses selected for our general education/MTA offerings? How do we assess general education learning outcomes? If you've ever found yourself asking these questions, then this session is for you! Attendees will learn about general education at GRCC in a presentation framed around answering and discussing these questions.

  • (218 Cook Hall) Academic Freedom ~ Facilitator: Jim Hayes

Discussion of the parameters of academic freedom, it's definitions, and the legal challenges.

  • (351 Main) Google Drive, Docs and Hangouts ~ Facilitator: Chad Sytsma

All students enrolled at GRCC are provided with a CC email account that is really a Google Gmail account. Additionally, your GRCC email account can access Google Drive and Docs as a type of Google account as well.  This means that you and your students have access to powerful tools that you can learn to leverage - using the built in Google Drive, Google Docs and Hangouts component of Gmail. This session will explore that you can use Google Drive, Docs and Hangouts in your course for both delivery and receipt of student information.

  • (425 Sci) Creating Accessible Word Documents ~ Facilitators: Bill Faber and Tim Periard

Getting into the habit of creating accessible documents from the beginning will save you time later. In this hands-on session, we will look at how to structure an accessible documents using Microsoft Word. We will also cover how to use GRCC's Accessible Syllabus Template. Some of the steps that you will learn can also be applied to Excel and PowerPoint files. Plus, once you have an accessible Word document, you can convert it to other formats while retaining it's accessibility.

1st Afternoon Sessions

Community Impact

  • (205 Sci) CAP 4.1 Establishing a Career Resource Center ~ Facilitator: Amy Mansfield

Please join to provide feedback and ideas on what a Career and Resource Center should consist of when serving our students, employers and community partners.

Equity

  • (115 Cook Hall) Workforce Statistics Report ~ Facilitators: Cathy Kubiak and Rachel Paulucci

We will provide an overview of our most recent workforce statistics report (focusing on counts of workforce, new hires, promotions and separations). We will review our hiring process. Round table discussion will look for feedback and suggestions to improve our process and hire a more diverse workforce.

  • (133 Sci) Our Changing Community ~ Facilitator: Art Johnson

GRCC is a vibrant, changing community. A community of diverse voices and perspectives that benefit our faculty, staff, and our students. Creating a culturally enriched learning environment. In this session, we will: ~ Explore our GRCC community and culture. ~ Engage in activities that examine our sense of belonging and growth zone. ~ Compare GRCC's community to the global community. ~ Discuss how to provide safe spaces for conversations that may help all of us thrive in diverse environments.

  • (204 Sci) Building Equity by Articulating Your Positionality ~ Facilitator: Mursalata Muhammad and Will Osmun

Using inquiry, we'll make connections between equity and positionality. For example, why do discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion flounder? Why does visual evidence often measure diversity? What restricts our understanding that building equity requires time because the process must undo systematic inequalities? What barriers keep us from turning behaviors that sustain culturally inclusive environments into habitual practice? Providing answers requires you to articulate your positionality and it's contribution to building sustainable, equitable social environments.

  • (205 Sci) Addressing Student Hunger, Homelessness and Funding Issues ~ Facilitators: Lina Blair and Lyttron Burris

An overwhelming number of our students face food, housing and funding insecurities on a regular basis. When these issues arise for our students, they often don't have resources or support beyond the GRCC campus. The CAP 3.3 team will talk about resources available to our students and you'll hear from students about their experiences.

Mindfulness/Wellness

  • (347 Main) Tranquility Lounge ~ Facilitator: Traci Nichols

Come enjoy an hour of relaxation in GRCC's own tranquility lounge. We will have massaged and aromatherapy, as well as soothing activities. This session is sure to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Presentation times: All sessions  (For Faculty & Staff)

Teaching & Learning

  • (123 Sci) Lab Instructor Round Table ~ Facilitators: Julie Sizemore and Andrew Wolinski

We will use this time to discuss issues to being a lab instructor. Specifically looking at student feedback along with pros and cons of the methods we use. Participants will walk away with ideas on how to approach students in the moment along with how to deliver feedback so that it is heard in various situations.

  • (127 Sci) Take the Marshmallow Challenge! Facilitators: Dan Sullivan and Katie Daniels

Ever wonder how your critical thinking and teamwork skills compare to that of Fortune 500 CEO? Or how about a chemical engineer, or TED Talk impresario, or precocious kindergartner? If so, then the Marshmallow Challenge is for you. This hands-on workshop gives participants the opportunity to test both their EQ and IQ in a fun, dynamic, and collaborative environment that involves building free-standing structures with everyone's favorite delectable treat!

  • (139 Sci) The Beauty Behind Visual Learners ~ Facilitator: Rachel Whitmore

The State of Michigan has recently passes a new regulation that requires Sign Language Interpreters to gain more specific information in particular fields they are choosing to work. Such as, medical, mental health, deaf blink, legal and K-12 education. This has had an impact on the amount of qualified interpreters available for Deaf or hard of hearing individuals in need of interpreting services. How can we address this community issue? How can we sustain working interpreters and is there something we can do here at GRCC?

  • (201 Sci) Understanding General Education at GRCC ~ Facilitators: Dillon Carr and Sheila Jones

What does "general education" mean? How do we explain general education requirements to students? How do general education requirements relate to the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)? How are courses selected for our general education/MTA offerings? How do we assess general education learning outcomes? If you've ever found yourself asking these questions, then this session is for you! Attendees will learn about general education at GRCC in a presentation framed around answering and discussing these questions.

  • (202 Sci) "Can I Say That"? Awareness and Resources for the Stickiest Classroom Conversations ~ Facilitators: Kim DeVries and Keri Davis

Child Development and Education Department Faculty member Keri Davis and Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance, Kimberly DeVries will team up to talk through how to navigate difficult classroom content with confidence and sensitivity, while being aware of issues which may arise. We'll talk about the realities of monitoring the words and phrases we use, including thinking about their background and how students may respond. We'll also explore how to tackle difficult subjects in the classroom (race, gender, violence, etc.) in a way that is inclusive and educational. With a focus on awareness of student concerns, we'll also address how to deal with student complaints if they come forward, and GRCC's processes in those areas. We'll walk through a few scenarios, discussing ways to help students work through difficult content, issues that may arise and how to navigate the student complaint process if necessary.

  • (351 Main) Google Drive, Docs and Hangouts ~ Facilitator: Chad Sytsma

All students enrolled at GRCC are provided with a CC email account that is really a Google Gmail account. Additionally, your GRCC email account can access Google Drive and Docs as a type of Google account as well.  This means that you and your students have access to powerful tools that you can learn to leverage - using the built in Google Drive, Google Docs and Hangouts component of Gmail. This session will explore that you can use Google Drive, Docs and Hangouts in your course for both delivery and receipt of student information.

  • (425 Sci) Making Your Blackboard Course Accessible ~ Facilitators: Garret Brand and Matt Mekkes

Maybe you've learned to make your syllabus accessible. You've even added it to Blackboard - an accessible platform. Did you know that what you upload into Blackboard and how how you use it's tools can impact its overall accessibility? This session will explore common errors and how to fix them. If you have a student who needs an accommodation, we'll show you what to check. We'll also share support resources.

2nd Afternoon Sessions

Community Impact

  • (138 Sci) Writing for the Web: Universal Accessibility and Best Practices in UX ~ Facilitators: Leigh Jajuga and Patrick LaPenna

This session focuses on best practices in user experience, accessibility and creating content that make an impact.

  • (202 Sci) How Teaching and Learning Impacts the Student Experience ~ Facilitators: Hillery Haney, Leigh Kleinert, Melanie Schiele-Gady and Michael Schavey

Session attendees will be provided an overview of the Honors Program, Study Away and Academic Service Learning. Attendees will learn the teaching benefits, additional skills, knowledge and attitude students acquire as well as an understanding of how to bring these high impact experiences into your teaching and learning repertoire.

Completion & Transfer

  • (205 Sci) Academic Pathways Update ~ Facilitators: Tina Hoxie and Jennifer Batten

This session will provide an update on the recent work of the Academic Pathways Steering Team. Participants will learn about how they can use the Pathways model to support students and how to become more involved with this work.

Equity

  • (303 Sci) Building Equity by Articulating Your Positionality ~ Facilitator: Mursalata Muhammad and Will Osmun

Using inquiry, we'll make connections between equity and positionality. For example, why do discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion flounder? Why does visual evidence often measure diversity? What restricts our understanding that building equity requires time because the process must undo systematic inequalities? What barriers keep us from turning behaviors that sustain culturally inclusive environments into habitual practice? Providing answers requires you to articulate your positionality and it's contribution to building sustainable, equitable social environments.

  • (305 Sci) Our Changing Community ~ Facilitator: Art Johnson

GRCC is a vibrant, changing community. A community of diverse voices and perspectives that benefit our faculty, staff, and our students. Creating a culturally enriched learning environment. In this session, we will: ~ Explore our GRCC community and culture. ~ Engage in activities that examine our sense of belonging and growth zone. ~ Compare GRCC's community to the global community. ~ Discuss how to provide safe spaces for conversations that may help all of us thrive in diverse environments.

Mindfulness/Wellness

  • (139 Sci) Why Poetry Matters to all Majors ~ Facilitator: Sean Mackey

Poetry takes all aspects of the human condition and condenses it down to a perfect essence. Life, death, joy, work, family, career, etc., are all explored in great pieces of writing. This session will explore how the study of poetry can help deepen our engagement in all the business of life.

  • (347 Main) Tranquility Lounge ~ Facilitator: Traci Nichols

Come enjoy an hour of relaxation in GRCC's own tranquility lounge. We will have massaged and aromatherapy, as well as soothing activities. This session is sure to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Presentation times: All sessions  (For Faculty & Staff)

  • (402 Sci) Why Develop Mindfulness Skills? ~ Facilitator: Werner Absenger

In this session, you'll learn about the latest scientific research on mindfulness and it's potential to reduce stress and anxiety. Through an experiential focused attention breathing exercise, Dr. A will introduce you to mindfulness' potential to make your life calmer, more serene, kinder, compassionate, joyful and balanced. With continued practice, the skills learned in this session may help you deal better with stress, and sharpen your ability to concentrate.

Teaching & Learning

  • (127 Sci) Take the Marshmallow Challenge! Facilitators: Dan Sullivan and Katie Daniels

Ever wonder how your critical thinking and teamwork skills compare to that of Fortune 500 CEO? Or how about a chemical engineer, or TED Talk impresario, or precocious kindergartner? If so, then the Marshmallow Challenge is for you. This hands-on workshop gives participants the opportunity to test both their EQ and IQ in a fun, dynamic, and collaborative environment that involves building free-standing structures with everyone's favorite delectable treat!

  • (201 Sci) Gamification of the Classroom ~ Facilitator ~ Tim Periard

Playing games in a classroom can have several benefits. They motivate students to think about the course content, help students zero in on material they need to study more, help students learn the material, and best of all, they are fun! Come to this session to learn about several games you can employ in your classrooms. You will also be asked to share your experiences with using games in the classroom.

  • (204 Sci) Engaging Ideas ~ Facilitator: Rachel Lutwick-Deaner and Brandy Springstubbe

Do you want to get new and exciting ideas for your classroom? If so, this session is for you. Join us as we share thought-provoking best practices and critical thinking activities that can be incorporated into any discipline.

  • (306 Sci) Academic Freedom ~ Facilitator: Jim Hayes

Discussion of the parameters of academic freedom, it's definitions, and the legal challenges.

  • (351 Main) Google Drive, Docs and Hangouts ~ Facilitator: Chad Sytsma

All students enrolled at GRCC are provided with a CC email account that is really a Google Gmail account. Additionally, your GRCC email account can access Google Drive and Docs as a type of Google account as well.  This means that you and your students have access to powerful tools that you can learn to leverage - using the built in Google Drive, Google Docs and Hangouts component of Gmail. This session will explore that you can use Google Drive, Docs and Hangouts in your course for both delivery and receipt of student information.

2 Hour Afternoon Sessions

Equity

  • (138 Sci) Introduction to Inter group Dialogue ~ Facilitators ~ Sophia Brewer and Mansfield Matthewson

Dr. Harper will lead a workshop on building an understanding of the experiences of students from underrepresented groups on campus. He will share some key ideas and steps for making the classroom and campus more inclusive.

Mindfulness/Wellness

  • 125/127) Introduction to the Alexander Technique/Moving with Awareness ~ Facilitator: Brian Morris

 

This session is an introduction to the Alexander technique. The Alexander technique is a study of movement that has been used worldwide for over a 100 years. By improving awareness and overall use of the mind/body in movement, mobility, performance, and alertness are improved. The Technique can also be used for relief of stiffness, tension and stress. Athletes, musicians and dancers use the Technique to improve breathing, vocal production and other skills specific to each endeavor, but anyone can benefit from learning the Alexander Technique. The Technique is taught through simple everyday movements, like sitting, standing, and walking. Once learned it can be applied to more specific and complex tasks.

Teaching & Learning

  • (123 Sci) Bridging the Gap ~ Facilitators: Geoffrey Beene and Brandi Miller

What are they thinking…How do students want faculty to use Blackboard? How do our students feel about group work? How much feedback do students want from their instructors? Does this match what instructors are thinking? Let’s bring students and faculty together! This session will allow faculty and students to build connections and engage in a meaningful dialogue to discuss best classroom strategies for teaching and learning.

  • (139 Sci) Assessing College Students Writing: How We are Preparing Them for the World Beyond Our Classroom ~ Facilitator: Kim Bolt

Please kindly engage this English teacher as she grapples with the concept of assessment, why we must do it, what students gain from it, and how ultimately our percentages and grades begin to prepare them to write and present successfully in a world beyond our content classrooms. Many questions will be asked; hopefully a few will be answered.

  • (308 Main) Assignment Charrette ~ Facilitator: Deb Vilmont

The charrette model has been used successfully across a wide range of disciplines to encourage thoughtful development of materials that align with course level and program level objectives. As a participants in the assignment charrette you will work in facilitated teams to review one assignment from each participant. You will have time to present your assignment, get verbal and written feedback from other participants as well as to provide feedback to others. Please bring an assignment you would like to improve, or a new assignment that you like to develop with the help of your peers.

  • (351 Main) Microsoft Overview ~ Facilitator: Jeff VanderVeen

Session will cover tips and tricks, and basic functions within Word and Excel. We will also cover basic conversion methods for using Office products interchangeably with Google Drive applications.

  • (425 Sci) GRCC Accounts and You ~ Facilitator: Rachel Bower and Laura DeVries

Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk- through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.