Spring 2021 Institute Week


Leland Melvin

Friday's Keynote Speaker Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on mission STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station. Upon hanging up his space boots, he led NASA Education and co-chaired the White House’s Federal Coordination in STEM Education Task Force, developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan. 

After 24 years with NASA as a researcher, astronaut and Senior Executive Service leader, he shares his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue STEAM careers.  In May 2017, Leland released his memoir, "Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances." In "Chasing Space," Leland shares his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, and examine the intersecting roles of community, perseverance, and grace that align to create the opportunities for success.

Updated: 1.6.21
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Please complete a survey for each workshop you attend.  Thank you.
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Monday, January 4, 2021

Remote Considerations for Faculty (FLEX# 6201)
Via Zoom - Jacquelyn Forte
Maintain a supportive learning environment for students during online and remote work. Develop flexible learning environments for all students, including considerations for accessibility, disabilities and age will be discussed. A brief overview of Proctorio as a remote proctoring system is featured. Triggers for screen shots and other responses will also be discussed.
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Using Sway and Prezi for Presentations (FLEX# 6202)
Via Zoom - Jeremy Wilson
For many educators, PowerPoint has been the tool of choice to present content to our students. It provides a relatively easy method of sharing facts, figures,and various forms of media. It’s also easy to overwhelm our students with information and most of them will attest to experiencing “death by PowerPoint.” Even well-prepared PowerPoint sets may cause glazed over eyes due to the familiar structure. In order to provide our students with a fresh look and engaging experience, this workshop will provide an introduction to Sway and Prezi. Examples of presentations used in MJC engineering courses will be shown and there will be demonstrations of how to get started with each.
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Creating a Liquid Syllabus (FLEX# 6203)
Via Zoom - Mike Smedshammer
What is a Liquid Syllabus? It’s a website where you greet your students and introduce them to the course. A key feature is a short video of you (it doesn’t need to be perfect!) welcoming students and talking about the term ahead. Save the policies, procedures, and other details for the course syllabus; with your liquid syllabus, convey a warm, welcoming first impression of you and your course.
In this presentation, we will go over how to use Google Sites to create a free liquid syllabus website, as well as how to create a welcome video for your liquid syllabus. Liquid syllabus examples will also be shown.

Zoom Link 
Passcode: 577315

Adding Fun to Asynchronous Online Classes with Kahoot, Emojis, Bitmojis, and Blogs (FLEX# 6204)
Via Zoom - Nita Gopal
We'll learn to engage students with Kahoot challenges in asynchronous online classes, inspire students to manage their own discussion streams with blogs, and use emojis and bitmojis for course design and communication.
Zoom Link 
Passcode: 986013

Spring Cleaning for Canvas Course Imports (FLEX# 6205)
Via Zoom - Ashli Bumgardner
In this workshop, we'll go over the best practices for completing a course import as well as the best steps to take before and after to keep your courses clean and organized for students.
Copying course content from one semester to another takes just a few clicks, but sometimes we end up with duplicate pages, extraneous content, or broken links. Join us for some tips on cleaning up course imports.
Zoom Link 
Passcode: 291226

Behavioral Intervention Team Reporting Guide (FLEX# 6206)
Via Zoom - Eric Garcia and Natalie Hassell
This workshop reviews reportable behaviors as well as demonstrates how to access and file a BIT report. We will also highlight distinctions between mild, moderate, and critical reports based on the the report. We will also highlight distinctions between mild, moderate, and critical reports based on the NABITA risk rubric. Then with case vignettes demonstrate how the team would respond accordingly.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Understanding and Supporting International Students at MJC (FLEX# 6207)
Via Zoom - Emily Pack and Vie Champa
*Learn about the process of how international students come to study at MJC
*Learn who our international students are, what countries they come from, the regulations they must follow, and what challenges they face.
*Identify ways to support international students in and out of the classroom.
*Identify ways to advocate for international students.
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Creating a Wisdom Wall with VoiceThread (FLEX# 6208)
Via Zoom - Mike Smedshammer
A great way to help students is to have students help each other. A Wisdom Wall lets your current students write or video record messages to future students about being successful in your course. The prompt for this activity is usually something like, “What do you wish someone had told you when you started this course?” VoiceThread is a multi-modality discussion tool built right into Canvas that serves as great platform for the Wisdom Wall. Students who want to video record can do that. Others can record just their voice or choose to type their answers. In this presentation we will go over how to use VoiceThread to create a simple Wisdom Wall in your course.
Zoom Link
Passcode: 787193

So...What is Really Going on in that Co-Requisite Stats Class Anyway?! (FLEX# 6209)
Via Zoom - Tina Akers-Porter and Angelica Cortes
Join your colleagues to experience the engaging hands-on virtual activities that co-requisite stats students participate in during out Zoom class sessions. You will experience what it's like to effectively work in small groups, use your own (non-Zoom) virtual whiteboard, and conduct an online simulation/experiment to determine if it is possible for a human to diagnose a disease through smell. No prior experience required! Counselors are especially invited to attend.
Special Note: We will need participants to use laptops or computers where they can have multiple browsers open for the best experience. Chromebooks and cell phones on their own are not recommended.
Zoom Link
Passcode: 452806

Let's Address FOOD INSECURITY on Our Campus! (FLEX# 6210)
Via Zoom - Jonathan Arias, Marie Elisaia, Eddie Martinez, and Evelin Simon
Let's address FOOD INSECURITY on our campus! This session will introduce the issue of food insecurity within our community and how it has settled in our classrooms. Learn what Pirates' Pantry is doing to strive for a hunger-free MJC and hear from students' testimonies and how we can all do our part.
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Embedding Films in Canvas Courses (FLEX# 6211)
Via Zoom - Mike Leamy and Ashli Burmgardner
Looking for films you can easily include in your Canvas courses? This workshop will provide an overview of the film repositories Films on Demand, Docuseek 2 Essentials, and Kanopy available through the MJC Library. We’ll also go over how to embed these films in Canvas
Zoom Link
Passcode: 479078

Safe Zone 101 (FLEX# 6212)
Via Zoom - Ryan Amaral and Alynna Martinez
The purpose of this session is to gie participants an introduction to LGBTQ+ information to provide an overview of what is the LGBTQ+ community, understand what is a safe zone, ow to be an ally, and understanding the difference between gender, sex, and sexuality to enhance the student experience at MJC.
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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Video Quizzes with Canvas Studio (FLEX# 6213)
Via Zoom - Ashli Bumgardner
Canvas Studio is a one-stop video tool that can be used for video recording,storing, and captioning as well as measuring student interaction and embedding quizzes that are automatically scored in the Canvas gradebook.
Canvas Studio allows insight into how many students have watched your videos,and you can even embed questions to check for understanding.
Join this workshop to see how it works and create your own!
Zoom Link
Passcode: 101055

Demystifying AB1460: New Ethnic Studies Requirement for CSU (and CCCs) (FLEX# 6214)
Via Zoom - Letitia Senechal, Eva Mo, Chad Redwing, and Rob Stevenson
Are you aware that CSU-GE will have a new "Area F" requirement soon? Join us for a short presentation on AB1460 and its impact on policy and regulation for CSU and CCCs, followed by a panel discussion on how MJC can and should proceed in responding to the new requirement to ensure transfer success for our students.
Zoom Link
Passcode: 376810

YFA General Meeting

Via Zoom - Shelley Akiona
12:00noon - 1:30pm
The YFA General Meeting will be held via Zoom.
Zoom Link
Passcode: 770171

Using Proctorio to Proctor Online Exams (FLEX# 6215)
Via Zoom - Jesus Navarro
Proctoring exams can be challenging online. Concerns have been raised about privacy and equity. In this demonstration, MJC Mathematics Instructor Jesus Navarro will show how he uses Proctorio to ensure exam integrity in courses, and how he helps his students be successful using this powerful tool.
Zoom Link
Passcode: 145586

Improving Your Multiple-Choice Test Questions (FLEX# 6216)
Via Zoom - Jim Sahlman
This workshop will review relevant research about multiple-choice test questions, identifying assessment barriers, and suggesting best practices for multiple-choice test question designs. Participants will bring samples of their own multiple-choice test questions to share and evaluate in breakout rooms with the intent of improving these assessment tools.
Special Note: Participants will need to bring a multiple-choice question exam which they can share and evaluate in breakout rooms with group members.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Spring 2021 Institute Day Via Zoom (FLEX # 6217)

Please complete a survey for Friday's program.  Thank you.
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8:30am - Program Begins - ZOOM Link
Passcode:  980080

Welcome Back
Chancellor's Welcome
President's Welcome
Instruction Update
Student Services Update
Vision Resource Center
College Administrative Services Update
Cardoza Award


10:15am - Keynote Speaker, Leland Melvin

A Q&A session is scheduled immediately after Leland Melvin's presentation.  If you would like to ask a question, please use the Chat Feature in Zoom during, or immediately after the presentation.  Please invite your family to join you during Leland's presentation.

Link to Leland Melvin's Web Page

Additional Friday Activities

Department and Division Meetings (FLEX# 6218)
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Contact your supervisor for exact times, Flex number, and ZOOM link information.

Open Q & A for Canvas (FLEX# 6219)
Via Zoom - Mike Smedshammer, Ashli Bumgardner, and Cheryl Chavez
Drop in at any time during this open Q & A to work with us one-on-one to get your Canvas questions answered! This one's for you!
Zoom Link
Passcode: 496130