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2020 Professional Development Institute

Frankenstein - Frighteningly Relevant

Frankenstein - Frighteningly Relevant
Presenter: Jay Englebrecht, Communications Department

Though published 200 years ago, Frankenstein is still shocking, still relevant, and still scary.  Mary Shelley was only 19 years old when, on a dare, she created the lasting tale of an ambitious scientist and his Creation.  Shelley's novel explores questions that haunt us today: what is the obligation of a parent to a child?  What is the human cost of unbridled scientific progress?  We shall look at how Frankenstein combines science fiction with Gothic horror and explore how the book intersects with popular culture and current technology.

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This Old Course

This Old Course: The Renovation of College Success
Presenters: Royce Bass, Library & Social Science adjunct; Mike Keller, Arts & Sciences; and Meghan Deputy, Dual Enrollment Department

Come learn about the how SJR State’s College Success Skills course is being renovated into “Academic Pathways for College Success.” We will walk you through the building process and timeline of the new General Education required course, its curriculum, and free OER instructional materials. We will also discuss the current Dual Enrollment cohort pilot program of the Pathways course.

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Shared Vision- Vikings Against Violence

Shared Vision- Vikings Against Violence

Presenters: Jeff Gatlin, Kenlie Kubart, and Lindsay Thompson, Betty Griffin Center Room

Green Dot is a bystander intervention strategy that plays a key role to permanently reduce rates of violence and mobilize and empower all faculty, staff, and administrators at SJR State. Learn how we can engage and interrupt situations that are imminently or potentially high-risk for violence, increase self-efficacy and provide skill building. According to the CDC, this strategy has a greater than 50% reduction in frequency of sexual violence perpetration and has been implemented at Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, and the University of Kentucky. Join this national movement today by coming to a brief overview and seeing what your role is in within your sphere of influence!

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Tips & Strategies for Building Community in the College Classroom

Tips & Strategies for Building Community in the College Classroom

Presenter: Dr. Mary Ann Kester, Teacher Education Department

Building classroom community requires that faculty engage with students in intentional and meaningful ways with the goal of increasing positive interactions among students and between students and faculty.  Feeling a sense of community is associated with increased motivation, greater enjoyment of class, and more effective learning. Students engage more frequently in a classroom where they feel they are welcomed and valued.  In this session, participants will learn and practice tips and strategies that build classroom community in the college classroom.

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The Palatka Campus Library Presents: A Student Success Book Tasting

The Palatka Campus Library Presents: A Student Success Book Tasting

Presenters: Dr. Brittnee Fisher, Joyce Smith, Ann Spinler, and Jennifer Anderson, Palatka Library

Visit the Palatka Campus Library to partake in a student success book tasting! Allow our five-star library staff to serve you a full course of student success resources! Discover new professional development resources about mindset,    study skills, time management, motivation, and stress management. Book tastings are a popular readers’ advisory tool which could easily be adapted to engage your students with library resources. Dine with us and we promise that you’ll leave full of great ideas!

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Promoting Student Engagement and Learning through Active Learning, Informal Assessment, and Timely Feedback

Promoting Student Engagement and Learning through Active Learning, Informal Assessment, and Timely Feedback

Presenter: Dustin Latta, Social Science Department 

The primary purpose of the session is to provide examples of how simple active learning strategies can be integrated to promote student engagement and a deeper understanding of course content. One strategy used to teach interdependent decision making will be demonstrated during the session. The session will also discuss the relevant literature that uses empirical evidence to support the use of active learning for introductory college courses. The session will conclude with ways to informally assess the effectiveness of the learning activity and strategies to provide timely feedback using technology.

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