Winter Conference 2021

Winter Conference 2021 will take place virtually on Wednesday, January 6th


  • 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.      Meet and Greet
  • 9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.      Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together: Planning, Navigating, and Guiding Students to Success
  • 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.  Keynote with Dr. Chike Akua
  • 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.     Concurrent Sessions
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.      eLearning Minute Clinics
  • 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.            UFF Update

Concurrent Sessions

Select the workshop title(s) to be taken to the registration page on the SignMeUp calendar.

Workshop TitleDescription

Session A Workshops ~ 11:00am - 11:50am
A1-A2 Education for Transformation: The Keys to Releasing the Genius of African-American StudentsDuring this workshop, Dr. Akua outlines the African-centered and culturally relevant instructional strategies he utilizes to meet the needs of his most challenging students. Additionally, he will discuss the promising practices of exceptional teachers from around the country.
A3 Compassion Fatigue: Help Me Help YouCompassion fatigue symptoms are features of stress resulting from the care giving work you perform routinely. Signs of this can often be unsettling, depressive, and perplexing.  An understanding of this condition and its significance in your life can lead to personal growth and a new resiliency. This presentation will examine healthy ways to recognize and manage compassion fatigue as we continue to help students, support each other and cope with the new landscape we are managing through.
A4 Building Community & Connections VirtuallyIn this presentation, we will discuss opportunities for students to connect with you, opportunities for students to connect with one another, and share strategies for active learning in the  virtual learning community.
A5 “Inside the mind of a student” (aka “It’s right there in the instructions”) In this workshop, Prof. Nicole Copemann, Program Manager for HIT, and Mr. Michael McCurdy, Instructional designer present how sensory memory affects student learning and how instructors can use various instructional strategies to address students learning needs. Specific topics include: answering “obvious” questions, redirecting students to instructions, and connecting non-academic skills to academic skills.

Session B Workshops ~ 12:40pm - 1:30pm
B1 Becoming an Anti-Racist EducatorCreating racially equitable teaching and learning environments is an important goal for all educators.  But how exactly do we treat race and racism in our classrooms? What do we personally know about systemic racism and our role in it?  In this workshop, facilitators will share resources on anti-racism and antiracist pedagogy, ranging from “Where to Start” books to discussions/collaborations (through Teams) for those interested in ongoing dialog/reflection.
B2 Using SPOI Results to Improve TeachingDuring this presentation, attendees will receive suggestions on how to use SPOIs to improve teaching. Additionally, we will consider how to address SPOI results and comments in your annual evaluation.
B3 I Am Not a Woodworker... Yet: Teaching Students Multiliteracies in a Multiliterate WorldHow often do teachers try new skills? Are our skills Instagram worthy, or do we close our camera app and admit defeat? Taking a “multiliteracy” approach to teaching can help us empathize with students who are also learning new skills. Building from Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, and Norman (2010), this presentation discusses strategies to help students overcome defeat and get back into the classroom/studio/workshop where they can develop their skills in confidence.
B4 Intentional Design:  Make your Canvas Shell Sell Your Classroom CultureNew to Canvas?  Set up a shell that maximizes student success.  Arrange your content clearly so students know where they are and what’s coming up. Put orientation and resources one click away.  Ensure students have navigated your shell with a low-stakes quiz. Emphasis will be given to connecting new dual-enrollment students to college-level expectations and processes as well as Seminole State’s resources.  We're building a module just for them.
B5 Transform Teaching & Learning Through Authentic AssessmentsAre you looking for innovative ways to increase student engagement and deepen learning? Have you experienced challenges with using proctored testing? Ever wondered how to infuse individualized learning that is inclusive and equitable? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then, please join us for this Winter Conference session in which we explore authentic assessments, and how they could be leveraged as a powerful tool for teaching and learning in your courses. We will define the practice of authentic assessments, unpack the process of strategically using assessment to drive instruction, improve learning and discuss how this might be applied across multiple disciplines.
B6 TurnItIn UpdateTurnItIn update.

Session C Workshops ~ 1:40pm - 2:30pm
C1 Recruit and Retain StrategicallySustainable change happens when educational systems are revised to fit people, rather than changing people to fit systems that are often biased. Institutions of higher learning know that diversity and inclusion are instrumental in helping all students realize their full potential. Diversity and inclusion must become central to departmental culture, not merely peripheral activities. Come hear how NCWIT helped assist us in making lasting transformations that bring new voices to the table and change what’s possible.
C2 TENURE:  How to Create a Proper Continuing Contract DossierFaculty who are on track to earn continuing contract must put together a tenure portfolio or dossier as part of the process. This is a chance for faculty members to craft their narrative and make the case for earning continuing contract. Professor Rachel Braaten and Dr. Van Quach will share tips, advice and desired formats for what your documentation should include. This workshop is geared toward faculty who will be under consideration for continuing contract during the 2021-22 academic year.
C3 Teaching through Role-Playing GamesThis presentation will address the benefits and challenges of role-playing games as a tool to encourage active learning. The presentation will also address the unique challenges of running a game in a fully online environment in terms of both teaching strategies and technology.
C4 Implementing a Course Communication PlanLeveraging a well-designed course communication plan can contribute to elevated student engagement, increased participation with course assignments, and elevated learning outcomes and course completion rates. Embracing research on choice theory, this session will explore how to develop and implement a course communication plan that is aligned to your course goals and customized to promote students to engage in research-backed behaviors that contribute to deeper learning and higher rates of successful course completion.
C5 Student Conduct ProcessesDr. Jan Lloyd Lesley and Student Conduct Director, Mercedes Bermejo will discuss the College’s philosophical approach to student conduct and the process for student conduct referrals.

Session D Workshops ~ 2:40pm - 3:30pm
D1 Plug & Play Resources for Information LiteracyMeeting the college's information literacy student learning outcome can be challenging! Get a leg up on teaching this important skill for life-long learning by taking advantage of the SSC Library's ready-made modules, tutorials, and videos. We'll explore the foundations of what information literacy is and its relevance across the curriculum.  Then, we highlight ways to "plug and play" librarian created and curated content in your course to meet this essential learning outcome.
D2 Learn about the SSC Entrepreneurship Culture - the Vision, Opportunities, and ChallengesProf. Moradian, PM Entrepreneurship and Prof. Miranda, BIM Baccalaureate Program will talk about current activities in entrepreneurship to instill an Entrepreneurship Culture at SSC.  Discussions will highlight the mission and activities in the Entrepreneurship Club, Integrating BIM Capstone with SSC's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), efforts to fund and advice student business ideas for incubation at SBDC, SSC's annual entrepreneurship competition, and examples of student entrepreneurs.
D3 Get Your HIP in Motion!During this session, participants will discover or re-discover several high impact practices that can be utilized to increase student engagement.
D4 Remote Proctoring SurveyThis session provides attendees an opportunity to provide input/feedback on the upcoming Remote Proctoring survey. Faculty who utilize remote proctoring (or are considering it) can hear from members of the Remote Proctoring Taskforce in advance of the survey distribution.

eLearning Minute Clinics ~ 3:30pm - 4:00pm
eLearning Minute ClinicsJoin the eLearning team for overviews of hot topics and technologies.

UFF Update ~ 4:00pm - 5:00pm
UFF UpdateDr. Scott Freeman, UFF President and Professor of Psychology, will provide an update for bargaining unit faculty.


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