Virtual Sessions 2

1:40 - 2:40 p.m.


Faculty One Stop

Presenter: Jenny Wakefield

Don’t know where to find the resources you need to teach online? Is it daunting? Not sure what is available to support your students learning virtually? This session is for you! Participants will learn how to navigate through Dallas College's Faculty One Stop SharePoint site to find useful resources for online teaching and learning. We will review how you can prepare yourself and your students for online learning. Resources and colleges websites will be covered, and ideas for how to set up your course for best online teaching practice will be explored.

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Building Authentic Relationships in a Virtual Classroom Through the Lens of SCARF

Presenter: Jennifer Hills

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants can expect to explore ways to build authentic relationships in the virtual classroom.
  • Participants can expect to utilize SCARF strategies to build relationships with virtual learners.
  • Participants will learn about and apply SCARF, a neuroscientific model for social experience, to help instructors create and enhance authentic student/teacher connections.
  • Participants will learn about online teaching tools and strategies that align positively with SCARF, in order to increase social connection among students and between students and instructor.
Activities will be interactive, as we will use a variety of online collaboration tools to help explore how to create authentic relationships.

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How Dallas College Can Address Systemic Racism: A Beginning Conversation

Presented by: African American Employees Resource Group Human Resources Taskforce (AAERG-HR Taskforce) — employee, faculty, administrator and local community

Moderators: Dr. Charlene Dukes, Retired President June 2020, Prince George’s Community College and Dr. Helen Benjamin, Retired Chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District

Panelists: Dr. Janice Franklin, Faculty Humanities; Dr. Jose Adames, President, El Centro; and Dr. Justin Lonon, Executive Vice Chancellor

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Tackling Cheating in an Online Environment

Presenter: Ann Farley-Parker

Cheating is a common temptation for students. It has proliferated due to increases in technology and shifts in social norms. What can faculty do to address cheating in college classes? Is there any hope to avoid cheating in the online environment? This session looks at current data on cheating in college classes and offers practical suggestions for faculty.

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Allyship in the Academy: Understanding and Confronting Systemic Inequities at Dallas College

Presenters: Katy Launius and Anand Upadhyaya

In recent months, the U.S. has seen a sustained period of social unrest, emerging from renewed attention to systemic racial injustices. This awareness has highlighted how inequities stemming from differences in race, ethnicity, gender, religion and other forms of social identity permeate institutions – including public and post-secondary education. In this interactive session, participants will refine and deepen their understanding of systemic inequity and diversity issues in higher education, broadly, and at Dallas College, specifically.

This session assumes a baseline understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion. Presenters will define concepts such as the opportunity gap and introduce tools for analysis including critical race theory. The conversation will then shift to application, helping attendees understand how students and employees are affected by systemic inequities. In an interactive format, attendees will learn how to apply a critical analysis to programs and activities at Dallas College. Lastly, we will offer a philosophical framework for staff, faculty and administrators to confront these barriers and gaps. The presenters will provide real world scenarios for participants to explore and identify possible resolutions. The session will also role model cultural humility as a necessary component for the open discussion that is essential when approaching topics like diversity and equity.

As a result of attending this session, attendees will:

  1. Understand systemic inequities common in higher education
  2. Identify systemic inequities that may be present at Dallas College
  3. Apply introduced concepts (e.g., opportunity gap, inclusive excellence) to reduce inequities within the scope of influence (e.g., hiring, curriculum and program development)

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Communicating With Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Presenter: Villa Vance

Blackboard (BB) Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets you add files, share applications and have live (synchronous) interactions with your students similar to MS Teams and MediaHub. It is available directly within eCampus (Blackboard Learn). Using Collaborate, instructors can hold online office hours, host online lectures, test reviews or question-and-answer sessions, record video lectures or live sessions to view later and allow students to communicate with each other. In this presentation, participants will learn some of the communication benefits and features of BB Collaborate.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the communication benefits of BB Collaborate Ultra.
  • Provide a quick overview of the Collaborate dashboard.
  • Learn how to create a session, set-up settings, record/retrieve sessions and add BB Collaborate Ultra to the course menu.

A question-and-answer session will be allotted at the end of the presentation to give participants the chance to engage and a resource will be provided.

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Building Capacity for Student Success in the School of Education

Presenters: Dr. Rob DeHaas, Betsy Rivas and Tania Wittgenfeld

In collaboration with Vice Provost DeHaas, this session will feature ideas for building capacity for student success in the School of Education generated from staff and faculty feedback and provide you an opportunity to share your ideas during the session.

Participants will:

  • know primary themes that support a partnership approach to holistic student success in the School of Education.
  • be able to locate and connect students with resources that support their success.
  • contribute to a plan for one of the recommended action items.

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