On Course Workshops

On Course National Workshops

On Course Workshops


This has been, without a doubt, the best workshop I have attended during my 35 years of professional life. I wish I had discovered the On Course I Workshop years ago. –Jan Reed, Counselor and Coordinator, First Year Programs, Piedmont Virginia Community College, VA

Since 1996, more than 50,000 college and university educators have attended On Course professional development events. If you want innovative strategies for empowering students to achieve greater success—academic, personal, and professional—these are the workshops for you!  Backed by extensive research, On Course strategies are proven to have a positive impact on student academic success and retention. (View data)

Based on proven theories of student engagement and empowerment, On Course professional development events provide participants with new educational strategies they can implement immediately to improve student learning and retention. At the end of all On Course workshops, participants develop a specific plan to implement the strategies experienced and learned in the event. Participants also receive access to an online resource of hundreds of innovative ways the workshop strategies have been used or adapted by other educators across the curriculum (from Advising to Zoology and all educational roles in between). In short, the highly interactive experience of On Course Workshops and the extensive toolbox of strategies provide educators with innovative ways to help students achieve more of their potential in higher education…and in life.

The Engaging & Empowering Learners Workshop (On Course I) is our flagship event. In these four-day retreats, you'll learn dozens of proven learner-centered strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible and successful learners. These strategies represent best practices from innovators in higher education, psychology, business, sports, and personal effectiveness.

This workshop kept me on the edge of my seat for four consecutive days. It has really been an eye-opener for me as an instructor, and also helped me grow as a person. I can't thank you enough for your commitment to educators and students.  Robert Quinn, Faculty, Mathematics, Jamestown Community College, NY 

The Designing & Facilitating Learning Experiences Workshop (On Course II) is an intensive workshop in designing and facilitating engaging, learner-centered education. You'll not only add more than 100 learner-centered approaches to your repertoire of student-empowerment strategies, you'll also learn to design and deliver learner-centered educational experiences that help students move from superficial to deep learning. The skills you will learn are drawn from best practices in academic curriculum design, brain research, learning preferences, active-learning principles, corporate training methodology, and personal development strategies.

I didn’t think you could exceed the experience of On Course I. However, On Course II built on On Course I in ways that I never could have dreamed of. I experienced another transformation on an even deeper, more personal level. Thank you for the gift of a once-in-a-lifetime experience–again! – Cara Gubbins, Faculty, Biology, Butte College, CA

The On Course Workshops ARE ideal for:

  • Instructors and Coordinators of Student Success courses who want effective strategies for empowering students to achieve greater success in college and in life.

  • Faculty from all academic disciplines who would like learner-centered instructional methods for engaging students as active learners and full partners in their education.

  • Counselors, retention specialists, TRIO personnel, and student support services staff who desire innovative strategies for helping students overcome personal and academic barriers to their success.

  • Administrators who seek a comprehensive program for improving retention and academic success across the curriculum, one with extensive data to prove its effectiveness.

  • This workshop was absolutely wonderful. The content is right on the money for where we want our college to go....This is most definitely the best workshop I have ever participated in.  – Larry G. Bailey, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jackson State Community College, TN

    Earn Graduate Credits

    You can earn 3.0 Graduate Credits for full participation in On Course I or II Workshop and completion of an online course after the workshop. These graduate credits - offered by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville - are transferable to most master’s or doctoral programs. For information about these courses click here

    So many times I've attended workshops and left wondering how I could implement the theories presented. But this workshop answered the "What shall I do on Monday morning" in hundreds of different ways. – Adrienne Peek, Faculty, English, Modesto Junior College, CA 

    upcoming workshop dates and locations
    all national workshops are open to the public

    Engaging & Empowering Learners Workshop: 
    • May 21-24, 2019, near San Francisco, CA with Dr. Jonathan Brennan
    • June 9-12, 2019, near Baltimore/Washington D.C. with Dr. Skip Downing
    • June 25-28, 2019, near San Francisco, CA with Dr. Jonathan Brennan
    • October 10-13, 2019, near San Francisco, CA with Dr. Jonathan Brennan

    Designing & Facilitating Learning Experiences Workshop: 
    • October 31-November 3, 2019, near San Francisco, CA with Dr. Jonathan Brennan

    For information about bringing an On Course professional development workshop (1 - 4 days) to your campus, Click Here.

    This is the best workshop on teaching and learning I've ever attended. Sarah Clemmons, Senior Vice-President of Instructional and Student Services, Chipola College, FL

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    meet the facilitators: click here

    Before attending this workshop, I was excited to attend.  Now I want my colleagues to attend.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I score this workshop a 15. –Lisa Flowers-Clements, Coordinator, Developmental Education, West Virginia University-Parkersburg, WV

    I won the Minnie Stevens Piper Teaching Award at my college this year (Teacher of the Year). I'm convinced that your On Course I Workshop helped me get there. I've always loved teaching, but you gave me some tools that helped me be more than intuitive in my contact with students. I appreciate you more than you know.
    Nita Drescher, Faculty, Developmental Reading, Brookhaven College (TX)


    This workshop kept me on the edge of my seat for four consecutive days. It has really been an eye-opener for me as an instructor, and also helped me grow as a person. I can't thank you enough for your commitment to educators and students. --Robert Quinn, Faculty, Mathematics, Jamestown Community College, NY 


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