Innovation Abstracts week of October 15, 2015





This Week’s Issue

Large-Scale Faculty Development: A Taxonomy of Faculty Perspectives on Teaching Men of Color examines common challenges facing organizational change to enhance outcomes for historically underserved students and offers a strategy for unveiling a large-scale, equity-based faculty professional development initiative.


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Past Issues

·      Using QR Codes as Communication and Documentation Tools in Higher Education

·      Tests Are Not Enough

·      Don’t Tell Me I’m Not “College Ready”

·      Striving for Enhanced Understanding and Retention (Contextualized Learning)




NISOD is proud to announce its Student Art Contest. One winning student artist will receive $1,000 award; five poster-size copies of the winning artwork; receive the honor of having their artwork serve as the front cover of the 2017 Conference Program; and receive up to $400 in airfare, three nights lodging, and a complimentary conference registration to attend the 2016 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. The winning student artist’s college will receive a complimentary NISOD membership.


One submission per NISOD member college is permitted. It is at each member college’s discretion how it determines which student’s work will be submitted to NISOD for consideration. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact their college’s president’s office regarding how to participate in this contest.




Webinars are free to all employees at NISOD member colleges by using the following information to log in and register:


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Accelerating College Readiness and Student Completion

In response to state-level changes in Texas, Clarendon College set out to change the way developmental education is offered to students by creating TSI Success Camps and combining developmental and academic coursework. This approach effectively eliminates developmental education in the traditional sense, reduces time to completion, and provides significant cost savings to students. Participants are provided with the framework, results, and sample curriculum to help them develop a similar program at their institutions.

Linda Rowland, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Jeremy Sain, Associate Professor, Mathematics, Clarendon College


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If you are not able to attend the live event, the webinar will be archived here.




NISOD’s 2016 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is the place to be for community and technical educators passionate about teaching and learning! NISOD is currently accepting presentation proposals that address important issues facing today’s community and technical colleges. Share your experiences and best practices with colleagues from across the nation and internationally. Conference presenters receive a $50 registration discount! Submit your proposal today!



Faculty members from NISOD member colleges can apply for a scholarship to attend our annual conference. See details here.



Check out the archived videos of keynote and special session presentations from the 2015 NISOD Conference.



Scott Wright Student Essay Contest

Community College Week and NISOD are proud to announce the annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest. Student authors are invited to describe a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged him or her to reach their goal. Three winning students will each receive a $1,000 check. The faculty members, staff members, or administrators featured in the winning essays will also each receive a $1,000 check. Find complete details here.




November 5 and 6, 2015, Illinois Central College

November 13, 2015, Virtual Conference

This year’s conference with the theme, Constructing Our Future: Workplace Strategies for Community College Librarians, celebrates construction, creativity, and innovation in community college librarianship. ForwardFocus is specifically designed with community college librarians and Library Information System students interested in community college librarianship in mind. Don’t miss this opportunity to share successful ideas, programs, and workplace strategies with colleagues from around the country. Registration closes on October 19, 2015.




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