Thursday, October 7th

8:30 – 8:55 am  Welcome and Opening Remarks – Dean Robyn Schiffman, President Brian Caputo


9-9:45 am  Creating Engagement and Community in Your Composition Courses
                        Ashley R Ott, Alye Prentice, Laura Seeber, and Jason Snart (College of DuPage)

This panel will present tools and techniques for Composition instructors to enable student engagement: we’ll cover how to use open educational resources as collaborative and immersive reading environments, how to facilitate peer workshops, especially in the asynchronous online delivery mode, and how to use technology to build classroom community, filling the virtual “space” with student presence.


10-10:45 am  Increased Productivity and Engagement Using Symbaloo and Slido
                           Patti Tylka (College of DuPage)

How can you centrally warehouse the various links you need and/or recommend to your students? How can you increase student engagement in your online or face-to-face classrooms? This workshop will introduce you to Symbaloo, a website that allows you to organize your links so that they are immediately available, and Slido, an online audience response tool that can engage your students in any class through live polling, quizzes, questions and answers, and surveys. Devices are welcome!


11-11:45 am  Integrating a Community of Inquiry into Virtual Language Courses to Enhance Student Engagement
                          Raekyong Kang (College of DuPage)

The unique challenges posed by COVID-19 both triggered and allowed educators to explore new and innovative ideas to deliver instructions in an online setting. This presentation examines ways in which the theoretical framework of a Community of Inquiry (COI) can be applied and used in implementing instructional methods and practical teaching strategies to achieve effective language learning and teaching in both online and blended classroom environments.


12-12:45 pm  Flex Success: Experience the Modality of Choice
                            Sara Gregory and Ryan Maloney (Waubonsee Community College)

Experience the multitude of teaching and learning benefits through the lens of Waubonsee Community College’s premiere Flex modality! Whether you call it Polysynchronous or HyFlex, this modality features the best of online and in-person platforms. We will discuss pedagogical benefits of this exciting platform and share lessons we learned during the pandemic to support innovative ideas for the future of higher education.


1-1:45 pm  Post-Pandemic Employment: The Classroom-Career Connection
                      Pierre Michiels and Rebecca Rivers (College of DuPage)

The pandemic forced many of our students to re-think their career plans and forced many employers to re-think what they look for when hiring recent graduates. With these changes, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has updated their list of top competencies employers look for in new graduate hires. Join COD’s Career Services for a discussion of how the skills we naturally teach relate to the jobs and futures our students want.

2-3:00 pm  Keynote Address – Josh Eyler

3:30 – 4:15 pm   Music Videos as Texts for Discussing Identity and Social Justice
                                   Cathy Oswald (Columbia College, Wilbur Wright  College)

“Please put away your headphones” is a tired statement most of us have had to enforce in the classroom. However, is this really necessary? How can we leverage student interest in music and music videos to critically discuss concepts of identity, social justice, and civic engagement?


4:30 – 5:15 pm  Fostering Flexible Education in a Post-Pandemic World and Beyond
                               Jen Propp and Sonia Watson (College of DuPage)

Join Dr. Sonia Watson and Jen Propp from the Adjunct Faculty Support Office at COD to discover how educators can take the flexibility in instruction they achieved during the pandemic and continue that mindset as we begin to venture back into the face-to-face college classroom. The presenters will share different perspectives and experiences from a wide range of faculty as they encourage attendees to share their own triumphs and struggles in engaging students while also remaining receptive to their needs.


Friday, October 8th

9-9:45 am  3 Quick Strategies to Engage the Tech Student
                        Jay Fulgencio (Roosevelt University)

Engaging students in the Zoom environment is not easy but not impossible. In this interactive, hands-on session, I will present three strategies to engage with the tech student. The strategies are based on real-life experience in the zoom classroom, where I had to get blank screens of students to engage in the Zoom classroom and with one another.


10-10:45 am  Noticing Elements of Academic Style Through Writer-Created Databases
       Joshua Ruddy (University of Chicago)

For both novice and experienced writers, knowing what constitutes a “style” appropriate for academic writing can be a challenge.  In this presentation, considerations about helping writers set up a small, searchable article database will be explored.  Examples of how writers can be encouraged to notice both lexical and structural features of writing styles through scaffolded searches and how they can share their findings both synchronously and asynchronously will be discussed.


11-11:45 am  Don’t Go Back: Bringing the Strengths of Remote Instruction Forward Into  the Face-to-Face Classroom
                          Carrie Mocarski (Wilbur Wright College)

The move to remote instruction during the pandemic required instructors to bring to the  foreground flexibility, innovation, empathy, balance, engagement, and grace.  As we move into a post-pandemic world, our instruction can bring many of those lessons forward into face-to-face classes, rather than “going back” to old pedagogy and praxis.  This interactive session will ask participants to reflect on the strategies and tools that were effective for students during remote classes and present ways to bring those practices into their in-person instruction.


12-12:45 pm  From Speculative to Argumentative Writing: Leveraging Pandemic Visual  Literacy and Multimodal Communication in a Writing Course
                           Isaac Ewuoso (William Harper College)

In this interactive presentation, I discuss practical ways I used images from recent socio-political events coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic to augment visual literacy and various forms of argumentation in my asynchronous writing class last spring semester. This session is designed for program participants who are using or are interested in developing visual analysis activities and assignments to engage students in speculative and argumentative writing.


1-1:45 pm  Coaching Hesitant Writers Toward Confidence
                       John Hayward (Waubonsee Community College)

Post-pandemic students need you to provide seven simple elements in your writing instruction. The results will not only elevate and simplify the process but will also improve the final products students compose. We don’t just teach writing; we teach writers and these tips will honor them as such.


2-2:45 pm  A Conversation Regarding Our Return to the Classroom
                      Clare Foland and Eric Tan (College of DuPage)

After a brief presentation on the difficulties we faced during the previous year, we will have an informal discussion on issues that concerned us before and continue during the current semester, online or on campus. We will address how any fears, challenges, or new developments have actually affected our lives. Obstacles can include, but are not limited to, students’ lives and issues, teaching methods and challenges, one’s position at the college, and/or any topic of interest in the culture at large.  The goal of this session is to have an open, honest, and informative conversation among the participants and brainstorm ideas for moving forward.