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Spring 2019 Teaching and Learning Sessions

OCCC has had a focus on teaching and learning since 1972.  The introduction of the adjunct observation instrument this semester allows for our focus to be realigned to the practices that we know support students as they learn.  

Using Questioning to Engage Students

Time: 50 minutes

compassWe all know that questioning skills are essential to good teaching, right?  But do you know how to ask good questions?  Attend this workshop and get your questions about questioning answered!


Date Time Room
1/23/2019 12:30 PM SEM 2E2
1/24/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2
3/11/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2


Book Discussion

Small Teaching:  Simple Changes Can Make a Big Difference

This study is an informal time of discussion and contemplation of the suggestions of small changes that can make a big difference in student learning. Sessions meet weekly on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in SEM 2E2 beginning January 31, 2019 and will conclude on March 14. Contact Susie Stear with questions at or 682-7838.


Active Learning Techniques Made Simple

Time: 50 minutes

students collaboratingYou’ve probably heard the phrase “Active Learning” but you may not know exactly what it means.  In this workshop, we will take a close look at what “Active Learning” is, and we’ll also help you examine where your teaching falls on the continuum.  From there, suggestions will be offered to assist you in making simple changes that will create carefully crafted learning experiences for your students.  

Date Time Room 
1/30/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2
1/31/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2


Scaffolding Student Learning:  How to Get Started

Time: 50 minutes                      

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Scaffolding is an important learning strategy that, when utilized, can support students as they learn new concepts and skills in your course.  This session discusses the concept of scaffolding and the steps to begin using it in your classes. 

Date Time Room
1/29/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2
1/30/2019 12:00 PM SEM 2E2


Small Teachings:  Simple Changes Can Make a Big Difference

Did you see the title of the book but can't commit to the entire book discussion?  Want a taste of what's discussed in the book? Come join this session to learn about very small things you can do that make a big difference in student learning. 

Date Time Room
1/23/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2
1/25/2019 10:00 AM SEM 2E2


The Hardest Students to Teach

Time: 50 minutes

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Let’s face it.  We’ve all had them.  The students who are just “difficult” to teach.  This workshop looks closely at the various types of “difficult” students and their characteristics and provides an opportunity for discussion about how to reach them.

Date Time Room
2/6/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2
2/7/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2


Helping Students Overcome Illusions of Fluency

Time: 50 minutes

glasses and highlighterHave you ever heard students say after a test, "I really thought I knew it!  I really did! I don't know what happened!"  The brain is an amazing organ.  It can create an illusion for a person that allows a person to feel as if they know something but they are merely familiar with it because they have seen it.  This session discusses how to overcome those illusions and help students cement their learning to allow for better recall on exams and in situations for application.  

Date Time Room 
2/5/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2
2/6/2019 12:00 PM SEM 2E2


Understanding Community College Learners

Time: 50 minutes

Adults CollaboratingAs educators, it is important to know as much as possible about our student population in order to better serve it. So, what makes community college students so unique, and what does this mean for various methods of instruction? In this session, we will discuss some distinctive characteristics of the community college learner and uncover ways to use this information to improve the learning process for all involved.

Date Time Room 
2/11/2019 3:00 PM SEM 2E2


Providing Student Feedback

Time: 50 Minutes

pencil and paper Feedback plays an important role in student achievement, and this workshop will deliver insight regarding best practices for providing feedback.  Discussion will focus on what feedback should direct and develop as well as key elements to providing effective feedback to students.

Date Time Room 
4/8/2018 3:00 PM SEM 2E2


Creating Activities For Learning

Time: 120 Minutes


paintbrushes Activities are an essential part of any successful class.  However, sometimes activities are focused on teaching rather than learning.  How can instructors create activities that really help students learn?  In this session, we will focus on the aspect of learning and with that in mind, work together to create activities that will help improve student success and increase engagement in the classroom.

Date Time Room 
4/5/2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM SEM 2E2


Poll Everywhere

Time: 50 minutes

poll everywhere Poll Everywhere is a student response system which requires no extra hardware. Students can respond to your questions using their smartphones, tablets, laptops, or classroom computers and real-time results can be displayed in a PowerPoint. This sessions will help you get started using Poll Everywhere.



Date Time Room 
1/31/2019 12:30 PM SEM 2G1A


H5P and Creating Interactive Moodle Courses

Time: 120 minutes

fireworksMoodle provides two great tools for creating interactive content in your courses. This session will explore H5P Interactive content, which allows for the easy creation of content such as interactive videos, flashcards, quizzes and more. We will also explore the Lesson activity in Moodle which can be used to create branching scenarios or display content based on student responses., and some resources available outside of Moodle which can be embedded in your courses, including interactive maps, 3D models, and more.

Date Time Room
2/7/2019 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM SEM 2G1A
4/26/2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM SEM 2G1A