NC employees now have access all six concurrent sessions from this year’s Day of Reflection, thanks to videos that are available from the event.
Whether you are interested in viewing a session you could not attend, or would like to revisit one that you did, videos from the sessions are now available on the College’s G Drive at: G:\InterDept\Day of Reflection\2018
A description of each session is included below.
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS
Speaker: David Laude, PhD, Chemistry professor at the University of Texas, Austin
Our speaker makes the argument that the collaborative partnership between administrators, faculty and students to improve student success on a college campus should have as its starting point the expectation that every student will succeed in the classroom. Our speaker describes the initiative undertaken at his school that employed predictive analytics, incentive-based scholarship programs, tools for pedagogical and curricular reform and success programs geared to student mindset and have resulted in historic highs in student persistence and graduation rates.
WHY THEY WON’T PUT DOWN THEIR PHONES; UNDERSTANDING THE DIGITAL CULTURE OF GENZ
Speaker: Jeanette Herrle, PhD
Changes in how we store and share information have always resulted in major cultural impacts. Print, telecommunications, and now the digital revolution have each spawned a new worldview that is easiest to recognize among the young. Our speaker is a historian who has studied adoption of technology and she helps us to put today’s digital changes in the context of other information revolutions. We also explore the way social networks and the DIY ethic of modern life online have created a distinctive set of strengths and vulnerabilities amongst our learners that impacts them inside and outside the classroom. Through this, she helps us understand the historical context for how our irreverent, free-thinking students effortlessly consume and produce sophisticated online content in one minute and, in the next, can fall down the rabbit hole of skepticism, self-doubt, FOMO, and paralyzing perfectionism.
SUPPORTING STUDENT MENTAL WELLNESS
Speaker: Michael Condra, PhD, retired director of the Counselling, Health and Disability Services Department of Queen’s University and a national leader in student mental health.
The prevalence and impact of mental illnesses is at an all-time high among postsecondary students. In this session, our speaker explores the continuum of mental health and why there is an increase in concern in the postsecondary sector. He’ll also explore how faculty and staff can effectively and compassionately respond to students with mental health problems to support their success both inside and outside the classroom.
Mike Condra’s handout, Responding to Students in Distress; Advice for Working with International Students, may also be accessed on the G drive.
UNDERSTANDING OUR NC STUDENTS
Speaker: Katerina Gonzalez is Director of NC’s Institutional Planning and Research
Our speaker is an NC insider who understands our Niagara College GenZ students; who they are, where they’ve come from, and what they want from their experience at NC. In this session she explores the myths and truths of GenZ and help us to understand how this generation of learners is different from GenY. She also explores the profiles of our NC students to help us understand how we can continue to support their needs within the classroom and throughout the College
TRUTH BEFORE RECONCILIATION – STORIES OF RESILIENCY
Moderator: Jamie Warren, NC’s Indigenous counsellor, incoming Indigenous director for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s National Board of Directors
In the era of truth and reconciliation, the educational gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous postsecondary students continues to persist due to the longstanding effects of colonization. Despite this gap, more and more Indigenous students are enrolling in postsecondary studies. This panel of Indigenous students from Niagara College share their successes, challenges, and recommendations for faculty and staff to support their continued success in the spirit of reconciliation.
LIVED EXPERIENCE OF NC INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ON THEIR PATH TO SUCCESS
Moderator: Shawna Luey, manager of NC International Student Services
This panel of international students share their fascinating stories of choosing Niagara College, coming to Canada, their transition to NC life, and the factors that have made a difference to them throughout their transitions. They also share the challenges they’ve encountered along the way and offer advice for faculty and staff on how to support their success.