Brave Heart, Guest, Ginn and Palomino to share best teaching and learning practices

NFCC professors selected to present at national teaching conference

NFCC Professors Palomino, Ginn, Guest and Brave HeartMADISON, FL (April 2019) – Four North Florida Community College professors – Sharon Brave Heart, Marie Guest, Michelle Ginn and Dr. David Palomino – are sharing best practices with college and university educators and administrators from across the nation in June at The Teaching Professors Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The conference represents the best thinking on issues related to teaching and learning today. Presenters are selected through a rigorous review process. NFCC was invited to lead three separate 20-minute mentor sessions during the conference.

“The honor of being chosen is a culmination of our in-depth research in preparation of offering our Associate in Science Degrees in Accounting Technology and Business Administration completely online,” said Brave Heart.

Business professors Sharon Brave Heart and Marie Guest are leading two presentations in the Super Track: Teaching and Learning with Technology topic area. Their first presentation is entitled “How can I use learning management system tools to increase instructor presence and student engagement in an online component of a course in any teaching modality?” The presentation includes best practices for keeping students and instructors connected through quality course design and effective use of learning management systems in an online course. Their second presentation is entitled “How can adaptive learning increase student success in an online component of a hybrid, face-to-face or completely online course?” and includes an introduction to adaptive learning, discussing the background and future in higher education; a discussion on how to use adaptive learning tools to increase student success; and a demonstration of adaptive technological learning tools in a college-level accounting course.

Social science professor Michelle Ginn and psychology professor Dr. David Palomino are presenting in the Student Engagement topic area. Their presentation is entitled “How can board games help facilitate traditional lecture by promoting student engagement?” and shares how the use of various board games in a traditional classroom can help facilitate student engagement in a variety of subject areas. With the use of board games, students are inspired to use critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and to identify concepts covered in the framework of the course.

The fast and focused mentor sessions that NFCC’s professors will be leading are designed to tackle a specific classroom challenge or issue, and provide conference goers with a wealth of practical, ready-to-implement solutions. The overall goal is to give participants actionable ideas and insights that they can start implementing right away that help advance teaching and learning.