"Moving Ideas, Not People"                                              October 2013
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Programming Schedule
Teaching Tip
Featured Article
October Program
Leadership & Success
Monthly Featured Program
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Encouraging Student Participation: Why It Pays to Sweat the Small Stuff

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

A recent classroom observation reminded me that student participation can be encouraged and supported by attention to small but important presentational details. In this article I have highlighted these details in the form of questions, and I hope that you'll use them to reflect on the behaviors you're using when seeking, listening, and responding to student contributions. 
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Tips and Tricks

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October Recipe

Jack-O-Lantern Cheese Ball


This is a festive Halloween 

appetizer that everyone will love. It looks like a pumpkin but has delicious pumpkin and cheese flavor. 



  • 2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 C. solid pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 C. pineapple preserves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 pretzel rod, broken in half
  • Decorations: Dark rye bread, red pepper, black olive slices, parsley sprigs
  • Assorted crackers



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October Program


"What the Best Teachers Do in Class and Online"

Showing online Oct. 21 - Nov. 4, 2013 
(membership or purchase required)



What do the best teachers do to motivate and excite students, to help them reach high levels of accomplishment? To answer this question we asked a number of award-winning and highly successful teachers to share their insights and practices. Successful practices will be presented for both online and the classroom.


Presenters Include:


Dr. Katheryn C. Wetzel

Department Chair of Mathematics, Sciences and Engineering

Amarillo College

Carnegie Foundations' National Teacher of the Year (2011)


Norita Youngblood

Professor of Psychology  

West Kentucky Community and Technical College


Dr. Ken Bain

President, Best Teachers Institute

Author of the ground-breaking What the Best College Teachers Do


Dr. Glenn Ellis          

Professor of Engineering

Smith College

Carnegie Foundation's U.S. Professor of the Year (2007)


(Other Master Teachers Included)


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Leadership & Success Program


"Chasing Greatness and Leading the Way"

Showing online Oct. 21 -Nov. 4, 2013 
(membership required)



Kevin Bracy


Kevin is an internationally renowned speaker, author and entrepreneur. He has spoken to more than 600,000 students at approximately 900 high schools and colleges across the country. Kevin was voted the number one youth speaker in the country six years in a row by students and counselors. He has spoken before employees and executives at Hewlett Packard, AT&T, Farmers Insurance, Disney, The U.S. Army, The U.S. Air Force, and The March of Dimes. 


Highlights Include:

  • Overcome your limiting beliefs, and achieve the impossible
  • Discover the requirements for greatness
  • Learn the 5 Cs of Effective Leadership
  • Eliminate negative mind chatter

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Monthly Featured
"Strategies for Classroom Engagement"
Showing Oct.1-Oct. 31, 2013
(membership required)
Why do we want students to be engaged in learning? Students' success and their learning experience are proven to be two of the greatest factors effecting retention. This program focuses on instructors seeking to learn proven strategies to positively affect their students' learning persistence. Program viewers will learn what other faculty are doing to help students persevere and how to implement these strategies on their own campuses. 




Dr. Tracey McKenzie
Professor of Sociology
Collin College
2009 Carnegie Foundation's U.S.Prof.of the Year


Dr. Jose Gonzalez

Professor of English
U.S.Coast Guard Academy
2009 AAHHE Latino Faculty of the Year  


Dr. James Yount
Professor of Life Science
Brevard Community College
2-time NISOD Award Winner

Dru Bookout

Professor of Speech
Richland College
Richland's Excellence in Teaching Award 



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