2011 On Course National Conference

Long Beach, California
Friday, April 01, 2011

Pre-Conference Workshops

During 30 years of attending workshops, I've not spent a more informative, enjoyable, beneficial time than this pre-conference. Time flew. I wasn't ready to leave. Thank you for the shot in the arm! -Kathy Tyndall, Wake Technical Community College, NC


All pre-conference workshops have FOUR things in common:
1) Schedule: 8:45 to 4:15 on March 31, 2011
2) Location: Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center (conference hotel)
3) Limited Enrollment: Please register early to get the session of your choice
4) The rich experience of working closely with other highly motivated college educators

OPTION 1: The One-Day On Course Workshop

If you're new to On Course, this full-day workshop will provide a foundation to help you get even greater value from your experience at the On Course National Conference. If you've already attended the On Course I Workshop (and even the On Course II Workshop), you'll get a great review of On Course Principles plus a whole new batch of empowering learner-centered strategies to add to your tool box. If you are interested in innovations that promote active, responsible learning across student success courses, all academic disciplines, and student services...then this is the session for you! Led by a certified On Course Facilitator, this is the same one-day On Course Workshop presented on college and university campuses across North America! To see a detailed agenda for this pre-conference workshop, click HERE

OPTION 2: The Great Teachers of On Course Seminar

Designed for educators with previous experience using On Course strategies, this special session, modeled on the Great Teachers Seminar, is designed to: celebrate good teaching; guide educators to look beyond their own discipline for effective best practices; promote an attitude of introspection and self-appraisal; develop realistic, creative, learner-centered and empowering approaches to instructional challenges; stimulate the exchange of information and ideas among educators who have been using On Course strategies with their students (and themselves!). Participants will share successes and challenges, develop focused topic sessions, brainstorm innovative solutions and reflect on their discoveries. This seminar will be led by Dana Murphy, Chair for Learning Acceleration at National Park Community College (AR). For the past ten years she has directed and trained instructors for the college's First Year Experience Program, which uses the On Course text. Since 2001, she has been a facilitator for the Arkansas Great Teachers Workshop. This seminar session will be guided by both the eight On Course principles for empowering students and the four premises of the Great Teachers Seminar:

  • Teachers learn best from other teachers.
  • The greater the diversity of the group, the more creative the thinking will be.
  • The collective wisdom of the group far surpasses that of any one individual expert.
  • The key to good teaching is simplification (less is more).

OPTION 3: On Course, Learning and the Brain [SOLD OUT!]

This workshop is designed to explore the synergy between the growing body of research on brain-based learning approaches and the On Course principles of learner centered teaching and student empowerment. As a participant you will review key findings of educational neuroscience (and explore several "neuromyths" born from applications of the early research findings). You will also experience, examine and develop a variety of teaching strategies supported by these key findings and congruent with the On Course developmental model. On Course offers educators numerous tools that promote the type of positive learning outcomes evidenced by the latest educational neuroscience. This workshop will be led by Deb Poese, a certified On Course facilitator. As a Mathematics teacher, STEM administrator, and current Director of the School of Education at Montgomery College in Maryland, Deb has presented on current understandings of brain research and its implications for teaching and learning in a variety of fields.

OPTION 4: On Course and Diversity

Colleges and universities have more learners than ever before whose diverse perceptions and ways of creating meaning vary, and may differ from those of the instructor. The resulting differences create challenges for educators in meeting the needs of all students. In this workshop, participants from across disciplines will learn concepts and tools that will help sustain the cultural integrity of each learner in your classroom as s/he moves toward educational success. You will have the opportunity to increase your own awareness about concepts related to cultural and learning diversity through discussion and interaction, as well as identify the conditions necessary to create relevant and engaging lessons that enable diverse students to learn well together. You will learn how to use the On Course success principles and learner-centered instructional strategies to strengthen your culturally responsive teaching skills and learn more tools for the design of curriculum that addresses the strengths of a wide diversity of learners.

This workshop will be led by Eileen Zamora and Jonathan Brennan. Zamora has a Masters Degree in Linguistics with an emphasis on the impact of culture and life experience on the acquisition of English as a Foreign Language. She is also a certified On Course facilitator, a faculty member at Southwestern College, CA, and has worked with learners and leaders from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, religious, linguistic, and generational backgrounds for more than 30 years. She has conducted research in culture and diversity, and been trained in its application in racial reconciliation, conflict resolution, & cross-cultural communication, most recently at The Summer Institute for Reconciliation at Duke University.

Jonathan Brennan, a certified On Course facilitator, is an English instructor at Mission College in northern California. He has a PhD in Ethnic Studies, and has researched, taught and published in the fields of African American, Native American and Irish culture and literature. He also has an EdD in Educational Leadership and Change with a research focus on motivation and learning theory, diversity in leadership, and retention and success programs.

This pre-conference workshop offered so many valuable and insightful suggestions for actively engaging students in their education. It is wonderful and well worth taking the extra day. I cannot wait to get the rest of the faculty and staff at my college on board. -Valerie Pilmaier, Marian College, WI


Contact Information

  • email: oncourseconference@comcast.net

    61 Renato Court, Suite 21A
    Redwood City, California 94061

The On Course Steering Committee would like to acknowledge our
  hosts for the 2015 On Course Conference in Costa Mesa, CA:

El Camino College | Cal State Fullerton | Long Beach City College

Santiago Canyon College | Riverside City College | Moreno Valley College 

 | Norco College | Copper Mountain College

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