Selection from Volume 31
Since 1978, the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success. More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD-members, including almost every large community college district, the majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada, and more than 200 small, rural colleges around the world. NISOD is the outreach vehicle and service arm to the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP). The CCLP, at The University of Texas at Austin, is a doctoral-level program training community college presidents, vice presidents, and deans for 60 years. More than 15 percent of the nation's presidents, vice presidents, and deans, as well as a healthy proportion of other college administrators, are UT-CCLP graduates.
Barbara Adams, Program Director, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting, at Wallace State Community College (AL), describes a mentoring process that has improved instruction and student learning at every program level. First-year and second-year students are "big" and "little" sisters who collaborate for success.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 31, No. 10 - Adventures in Learning: Beyond the Classroom In "Adventures in Learning: Beyond the Classroom," Richard Marranca, Assistant Professor of English, at Passaic County Community College (NJ), offers suggestions to students for ways to become more well-rounded, work toward a more liberal education, and become more connected to society and the planet, further expanding students' views of their situations and their world.NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 31, No. 9 - It's in the Wind...From Rural Canada to the World Stage By Tracy Edwards, President and CEO, Lethbridge College, Canada, describes cutting-edge programming to meet growing industry needs. Training wind turbine technicians has become a phenomenal program, making Lethbridge the lead college in North America for training instructor and students in this high-demand technology.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 31, No. 8 - The Virtual Frontier: Engaging Students in a Three Dimensional Online Learning Environment
By Chris Gibson, Associate Vice President Student Learning; Mary Burrows Associate Professor, English; and Troy Williamson, Master Instructor, Philosophy and Mathematics, at Texas State Technical College-West Texas, describe a fascinating strategy for engaging students in online courses, specifically in its Digital Media program. Second Life®, an Internet-based online user-developed community, complements traditional online management systems, but also provides its own unique approach to learning.
In "Integrative Learning for Under-Prepared Students," Kimberly Post Rowe, English Instructor, at Southern Maine Community College, describes strategies for applying integrative learning activities and service-learning to developmental instruction, linking basic skill development with meaningful experiences, within the course and across disciplines.
NISOD Innovation Abstracts Vol. 31, No. 3 - Engaging Students: Strategies for Connecting High School Graduates to Their First Year in College
In "Engaging Students: Strategies for Connecting High School Graduates to Their First Year in College," Barbara R. Jones-Kavalier, Vice President for Student Services, and Joi L. Blake, Dean of Student Development and Matriculation, San Diego Mesa College, (CA), describe the Freshmen Year Experience (FYE), including some promising and effective strategies for increasing the success and retention of first-year students
In "Transformation Via the (Re)Written Word," Danny Smith, English Instructor, South Louisiana Community College, describes a strategy for avoiding "doing the students' work for them," by assigning students major responsibilities for rewrites, seeking tutoring support, and submitting new work for a changed grade.