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Friday 5 Live: Higher Education Podcast

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Innovative Educators offers Friday 5 Live, where Meg Foster, Online Learning & Design Specialist, with over 20 years of experience in higher education, interviews experts in the field on a variety of timely topics. Each session will be 30 to 60 minutes of engaging content packed with practical information and allowing for interactive Q&A.
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How can we take all that this year has delivered (pandemic, protests of systemic racism, a national election, economic instability, wildfires, hurricanes) and gain insights that will guide us into 2021? Dr. Denise Swett shares reflections on 2020 as we look towards a new year.  Please refer to the chat from our 12/4 recording for a robust discussion about topics impacting higher education professionals in 2020.
Much has been written in the last year examining whether we are at a crossroads in higher education. How has the pandemic contributed to a re-envisioning of higher ed, and will pandemic-fueled change last? In this episode, Phil Hill and Kevin Kelly of MindWires and the PhilOnEdTech blog share what the future of higher education might look like, the role technology plays, and lessons we have learned from our year of pandemic learning.
In our inaugural episode of our "Don't Sweat It: Denise Swett Conversations on Leadership" series, Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie, founder, and director of Leadership Institute for Tomorrow (LIFT) at CSU Fullerton joined us. LIFT aims to cultivate and develop leaders who will make a social impact on justice, equity, and inclusion from the ground up.  Dr. Currie reflected on her growth as a leader, offered advice on how we can develop in leadership roles, and shared her philosophy on leading with love.We will continue our leadership discussion each month this fall semester in an effort to recognize Dr. Denise Swett and her love, commitment and service to higher education.  As a seasoned professional and dear friend, Denise has touched the lives of thousands of students and administrators.  
As we have discussed in previous episodes, the start of the 2021-2022 school year is hardly a return to “normal.”  Recently highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a team at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has taken a trauma-informed approach to crafting the start to this new academic year - an approach that honors the last year of pandemic learning and life.  Dr. Scott Gonert, Dr. Adam Jussel, and Dr. James Topitzes discuss what they’ve learned about their own community’s COVID experiences and how their research has informed their reopening plans for students, staff, and faculty. This promises to be a critical conversation you won’t want to miss!Check out the Campus Cares website of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Dean of Students Office.
The concern about student learning loss in a year of pandemic learning is both significant and real. We know the benefits of consistent use of learning support resources like tutoring, supplemental instruction, and writing centers. How can we get students to engage with these critical success resources? Listen in as M.E. McWilliams and James Gapinski share their recommendations and insights into how we can maximize student usage of our learning support centers!
Let's hear from our students! In so many of our Friday 5 Live conversations this year, we've discussed the importance of listening to our students. We convened a panel of students representing institutions across the U.S. to share their perspectives on the fall semester and learning in this year of transition. Listen in to hear what students' hopes and concerns are for this academic year as they reflect on a year of COVID learning!
Students have spent a year plus learning online and in hybrid environments. How will this shift in learning adjust student expectations of what the “classroom” experience involves?  How can faculty and student services staff adapt to student expectations now that institutions have shifted outside the traditional time, space and location of college learning? Join us as Jean Mandernach shares new research on the changing landscape of student expectations and dives into how we can create flexible and diverse learning opportunities for today’s college students. This Friday 5 Live promises to be an insightful conversation into bridging the space between faculty/staff and student learning expectations.  
How can we ease our students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester while addressing transition and learning loss concerns? Jean Mandernach, an online learning expert and frequent Innovative Educators speaker, shares her insights into how we can best support our students in their return to campus this fall. Jean provides practical tips and recommendations for addressing student learning loss and considerations for bringing in students who may have spent significant time out of the formal classroom environment in the last year-plus of pandemic learning. Resources provided by Jean Mandernach, Ph.D.
Andrea Harris and Tyler Vuillemot shares their insights into making the transition back to campus. Many of us have spent over a year working from home, but now as we prepare to return to our offices and our teammates, how can we make the best possible transition back? As team leaders, Andrea and Tyler have facilitated the return of staff to campus. They share their tips, tricks, and insights filled with warmth and sense of humor for how we can dust off our “real” clothes and make the transition back to the office.
This year has been incredibly challenging, and we focusing in June on how staff and faculty can take care of themselves as they prepare for the upcoming school year. In this episode, Alina Haitz of Molloy College shares her insights into practicing self-care, including what she refers to as functional mindfulness. Alina's warm spirit is guaranteed to provide a mental boost! Listen in to learn practical tips for how we can make sure we are resting, renewing, and recharging from a year that has left many of us spent!
Innovative Educators is dedicated to supporting our LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty. To honor Pride Month, we were fortunate to host Quincy Jenkins, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Chattanooga State Community College (CSCC) on a recent episode of Friday 5 Live.  Quincy shares his insights, as a higher education professional and gay man, on how we can be allies for our LGBTQ+ colleagues and students.  Quincy provides takeaways for tangible practices our institutions can implement to provide support. 
Naomi Sigg, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Case Western University, shares her critical insights into how we can best support AAPI students, colleagues, and neighbors.  Naomi is a nationally recognized speaker on topics of race, inclusion, and equity.  May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and at Innovative Educators, we want to celebrate AAPI communities while also learning how we can be allies by educating ourselves, listening, amplifying AAPI voices, and being an upstander (sharing Naomi's terms).  Join us for an opportunity for critical conversation and learning with Naomi Sigg.  Resources shared:Stop AAPI HatePeter Ho DaviesVincent WhoPBS AAPI Documentary titled Asian AmericansYellow by Frank WuAAAJ, OCA, CAPAL
Karen Oehme from Florida State University shares her thoughts about supporting students and teaching resilience. At FSU Karen coordinates the Student Resilience Program, and nationally Karen chairs the Steering Committee of the Academic Resilience Consortium.  Listen in to learn ways to support students to understand their strengths and how that translates into success.Additional Resources:Components of ResilienceThe Happy Chemicals
Join us as Dr. Maria T. Poindexter examines how our institutions can create spaces that address access, equity and inclusion. Maria’s extensive background in Instructional Systems and her career in teaching and training give her a unique perspective on how we can create programming for faculty, staff and students. We're grateful for her insights!
How can we intentionally design content that is accessible for our students? How can we help faculty and staff know how to proactively build content that meets accessibility standards? Cliff Nelson, Director, Instructional Technologies and Academic Support at WSU Tech shares his approach to his students first philosophy and practical recommendations for how we can create accessible content for our students. Check out the Accessibility Summer Camp that Cliff and his team coordinate each year for faculty and staff from across the country and other resources for building accessible content below:WSU Tech’s Accessibility Summer Camp (June 18): https://www.accessibilityict.org/WSU Tech’s Faculty Training: https://www.itas-innovationcafe.com/accessibility-training Ally (an online tool that assess accessibility - integrates with LMS platforms such as Blackboard and Canvas) https://www.blackboard.com/teaching-learning/accessibility-universal-design/blackboard-ally-lms Professional Organizations: OLC: https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/ Quality Matters: https://www.qualitymatters.org/ AHEAD: https://www.ahead.org/home WebAIM: https://webaim.org/ Kansas Accessibility Resource Network: https://ksarn.org/ 
In this episode of Friday 5 Live, Rob Bowers from Berea College shares his insights into critical considerations for student success this year and moving forward. Rob's extensive experience in education focuses on how we best communicate with students and how we encourage resiliency.  We're grateful for Rob's recommendations, his communication strategy, and the deep care and concern he exhibits for students.
Looking for new ways to connect with students and create engaging content to support success?  In this episode of Friday 5 Live, Edward Coronado III shares his insights into how all of us (no matter our skill level!) can develop video content for student success.  Edward's YouTube videos have garnered thousands of views and focus on practical recommendations that students can incorporate to succeed in this year of pandemic learning.  We appreciate Edward's open approach, encouragement to try new things, and the great resources he shares in this episode! Edward's 5 Tips for Video Creation
We were so fortunate to have Dr. Daniel Maxwell join us to share his insights into the job search process and staying engaged professionally during COVID. Dan has extensive experience in hiring entry and mid-level professionals, supporting leadership development through the NASPA Institutes for New AVPs, and is an active member of NASPA, ACUI and ACPA.  Listen in for valuable advice on how we can continue to develop professionally, continue to stay energized as we work to support students, and considerations for the 2021 higher ed job search.
In this episode, Denise Swett, Ed.D., shares her insights into technology tools and resources that can support our students’ success in this new year. Denise provides her recommendations for budgeting for new technologies and advice for how to assess technology vendors.Denise Swett's Top 5 Technology RecommendationsDenise Swett's Checklist for Assessing Technology VendorsTechnology Trends and ResourcesBudget Resource Information
Sylvia Dorsey-Robinson joined us on this episode to discuss the critical challenges facing our students of color this semester.  She encouraged us to consider how 2021 could be the Year of L's: Listen, Love and Leadership.  Ms. Dorsey-Robinson provided resources and strategies  institutions can put in place to ensure we support and retain our students of color.
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