OTC15 Workshop: Community is Key to Online Success!

Today I am honored to be presenting at the 2015 Online Teaching Conference in San Diego.  My presentation is focused on the students’ experience in the online classroom and how we as faculty can provide a positive engaging experience.  This is an interactive session in which attendees will be actively participating through small group discussions.

Link to Presentation:  http://tinyurl.com/OTC15-communityiskey

Link to presentation notes sheet: http://tinyurl.com/communityhandout

Collaborate by sharing your best practices- Form:  http://tinyurl.com/OTC15-Community

Learn from your peers- Form Responses:  http://tinyurl.com/communityresponses

If you have any questions/comments please connect with me by adding a comment!

#OCNC15 Interactive Technologies Workshop

Today I presented a double workshop at the On Course National Conference.  What an awesome experience!!!  Although there were multiple technical difficulties (as expected), and we ran out of time (also something to expect with tech), the energy and enthusiasm was still contagious.  I would say the Engagement and Empowerment did lead to Learning!

Below is ALL the information and links from the session.  Please pass on the information and let me know in the comments if you have any comments or questions.  I am happy to help!!!

Part 1- Session 6D, 8:15-9:30 AND Part 2- Session 7D, 9:45-11am

“Bring Your Own Device”, or “BYOD”, is what you will be doing in this interactive active-learning workshop on using technology in the classroom. You will be building a blog, using web-based students response systems, and incorporating the collaborative power of Google Drive.  You will leave this workshops with multiple tech tools for immediate use in the classroom along with a Personal Learning Network of fellow On Course Bloggers.

Here’s all the information from today’s workshop:

Padlet.com Attendee Introductions and Blog sites: http://padlet.com/kfalcone1/oncourse2015

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 Workshop Presentation Link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rFXxY1xfxzfDhPTxaHX1IDLLKvtKhhAYb_rvpOM1kDA/edit#slide=id.p13
Homework from today’s session- Our Collaborative Presentation:  tinyurl.com/oncourse15

Please stay connected!  I am here to help!

#OCNC15 Lessons Learned From On Course National Conference 2015

Skip Downing’s keynote address was amazing as expected. What a wonderful start to the 2015 conference. We were reminded of the power of Engagement and Empowerment and the need to focus on developing the student from the inside. My favorite quote from the morning: “Professional Development is only worth what happens next”.  Absolutely Skip!

Today will be a day of adding tools to my toolbox!IMG_0616.JPG

Session 2E: Maximizing Quadrants and Potential: Active Learning Strategies for Time Management

In this breakout session we participated in a jigsaw activity to further understand the difference between what is urgent versus important. The attendees counted off in A’s and B’s around the room and paired with a person with the same letter. With our fellow experts we learned about two of the four quadrants. Then we paired with a person with the other letter and taught each other what we learned. We as students then wrote down things that we do in their daily life on index cards. We then placed the index cards on the important/urgent quadrant. This helped us to see how many people have daily activities they place into each quadrant. From this a great discussion started about the effect of each quadrant on the health and success of the student. For example, quadrant 1 is very stressful and bad for their health! Quadrant 2 is bad for their health and has no value, what a horrible place to be. Quadrant 4 are the time wasters (time sinks), their is no value or urgency. We need to be creators who focus on activities with importance (value) and have a plan.


Session 3B: From Case Study to Talk Show: Powerful Peer Led Learning Experiences

First off, who has LPI’s at their school??? Because I am jealous!! What is an LPI? It’s a Lead Peer Instructor. I would be happy to just have PI’s, Peer Instructors. The PI’s in UC Merced’s success program help in the development and leading of On Course lessons.  What an amazing learning experience to get to lead classes while still in college.

For this workshop the student LPI’s lead us through their awesome activity of creating skits and “Jerry Springer” type talk shows from the On Course case studies.  They said using case studies, involves students, has them participate, and lets them practice without fear of failure. Case studies are like scrimmages,you get to try out your skills and strategies without fear of failure. Case studies use play, which is an important element for engagement and learning

UC Merced has Peer Instructors for their college success class. They are student who successfully took the On Course class. They work 3-4 hours per week and are paid for by their department budget. The PI’s undergo one full day training for the entire staff,  which includes stuff like, the role of a peer instructor, mastering On Course principles, communication and active listening, and how to establish connection with students.

This was a very fun breakout session!IMG_0617.JPG

Session 3: Encouraging Interdependence in the Online Classroom

This workshop had attendees identify ways to have students identify college resources to help them be successful. Within the workshop we had an opportunity to talk as a group about our online teaching experience, which was great! San Juan college has embedded in tutors in their online classes, it would be interesting to find out more about how they do this.

Here are two assignments developed interdependently to help online student identify school resources:



Session 5I: Got Grit? Start With Mindset

Final session for the day… What a great way to end the day with a new mindset for tomorrow!  GRIT= “choosing a particular goal and choosing to give up a lot of other things in order to achieve it.”

How GRITTY are you? Take the Grit survey: https://sites.sas.upenn.edu/duckworth/pages/research

Research says gritty teachers have more successful students!  So, can we learn to be gritty? Are our abilities fixed traits?  If they are why would be ever try to learn new things?  Having a fixed mindset keeps us stuck, afraid to take risks.  How sad to have a fixed mindset believing that “failure means I am not smart, or I’m a loser.” Versus a growth mindset where we believe that challenges and mistakes will bring learning and motivation.

Grit requires a Growth Mindset

When you hear someone say they cannot do something reply with “YET”!

ALL conference 2015: Interactive Technologies

Thank you for attending my workshop today on using interactive technologies in the classroom!  I hope you found the workshop inspiring and informational!

Here is a link to the presentation from today’s workshop:


I would love to hear about your use of technology in the classroom.  Please leave a comment below if you’d like to share your infusion of technology!


ALL conference 2015: Gagne’s 9 Events

Thank you to everyone who attended my workshop on using Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction to create engaging instructional lessons.

Here is the link to the presentation:


If you have any questions or would like to share your experience with using these 9 events to transform your classroom please feel free to share in the comments below!


NCHEA Workshop: Google Drive

The NCHEA Tri-Campus Teaching Conference is such a wonderful event to bring together faculty from the three north county colleges.

Below is the presentation for the session titled “Google Drive for Collaboration”. I hope you find the information not just useful but also inspiring!

Please use the comment field to share any additional thoughts or share your experiences:


Palomar College Learning Communities!

Palomar Learning Communities are an excellent way to help build classroom community!

Students:  enroll today!

Faculty: Link with a class in the future, you won’t regret it!

PD Workshop: Student Response Systems

This presentation introduces you to several tools you can use in the classroom for communication and collaboration. Please keep in touch and let me know if you try out one of these interactive tools!

PD Workshop: Google Drive in the Classroom

Thank you to everyone who attended my PD workshop today!

Here is the presentation:

Please let me know if and how you use Google Drive!

You can easily share your experiences right here by adding a comment.

MSJC Academy: Blogging to Increase Student Engagement and Community

Today I presented a workshop at the MSJC Academy on using student blogs in the classroom.  Below are the presentations.

If you attended this session please leave me a comment and let me know what you learned, what you still have questions on, or if you choose to use blogs I would love to hear how you implemented them in your class!