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Friday 5 Live: Higher Education Podcast

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Innovative Educators offers Friday 5 Live, where Meg Foster, Online Learning & Design Specialist, with over 20 years of experience in higher education, interviews experts in the field on a variety of timely topics. Each session will be 30 to 60 minutes of engaging content packed with practical information and allowing for interactive Q&A.

Innovative Educators offers Friday 5 Live, where Meg Foster, Online Learning & Design Specialist, with over 20 years of experience in higher education, interviews experts in the field on a variety of timely topics. Each session will be 30 to 60 minutes of engaging content packed with practical information and allowing for interactive Q&A.


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Innovative Educators offers Friday 5 Live, where Meg Foster, Online Learning & Design Specialist, with over 20 years of experience in higher education, interviews experts in the field on a variety of timely topics. Each session will be 30 to 60 minutes of engaging content packed with practical information and allowing for interactive Q&A.








Social Impact In Justice, Equity & Inclusion: Conversations On Leadership

In our inaugural episode of our "Don't Sweat It: Denise Swett Conversations on Leadership" series, Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie, founder, and director of Leadership Institute for Tomorrow (LIFT) at CSU Fullerton joined us. LIFT aims to cultivate and develop leaders who will make a social impact on justice, equity, and inclusion from the ground up. Dr. Currie reflected on her growth as a leader, offered advice on how we can develop in leadership roles, and shared her philosophy on leading with...


How The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Is Using A Trauma-Informed Approach To The Fall Semester

As we have discussed in previous episodes, the start of the 2021-2022 school year is hardly a return to “normal.” Recently highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, a team at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has taken a trauma-informed approach to crafting the start to this new academic year - an approach that honors the last year of pandemic learning and life. Dr. Scott Gonert, Dr. Adam Jussel, and Dr. James Topitzes discuss what they’ve learned about their own community’s...


Get Thee to Tutoring! How to Increase Student Usage of Tutoring & Learning Support Resources

The concern about student learning loss in a year of pandemic learning is both significant and real. We know the benefits of consistent use of learning support resources like tutoring, supplemental instruction, and writing centers. How can we get students to engage with these critical success resources? Listen in as M.E. McWilliams and James Gapinski share their recommendations and insights into how we can maximize student usage of our learning support centers!


6 Students Share Their Perspectives On The Fall 2021 Semester

Let's hear from our students! In so many of our Friday 5 Live conversations this year, we've discussed the importance of listening to our students. We convened a panel of students representing institutions across the U.S. to share their perspectives on the fall semester and learning in this year of transition. Listen in to hear what students' hopes and concerns are for this academic year as they reflect on a year of COVID learning!


The Changing Landscape of Student Expectations: Teaching & Learning Post-Pandemic

Students have spent a year plus learning online and in hybrid environments. How will this shift in learning adjust student expectations of what the “classroom” experience involves? How can faculty and student services staff adapt to student expectations now that institutions have shifted outside the traditional time, space and location of college learning? Join us as Jean Mandernach shares new research on the changing landscape of student expectations and dives into how we can create...


Addressing Student Learning Loss: Planning For The Fall 2021 Start

How can we ease our students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester while addressing transition and learning loss concerns? Jean Mandernach, an online learning expert and frequent Innovative Educators speaker, shares her insights into how we can best support our students in their return to campus this fall. Jean provides practical tips and recommendations for addressing student learning loss and considerations for bringing in students who may have spent significant time out of the formal...


Returning To Campus: Tips, Tricks & Things To Consider As We Transition Back!

Andrea Harris and Tyler Vuillemot shares their insights into making the transition back to campus. Many of us have spent over a year working from home, but now as we prepare to return to our offices and our teammates, how can we make the best possible transition back? As team leaders, Andrea and Tyler have facilitated the return of staff to campus. They share their tips, tricks, and insights filled with warmth and sense of humor for how we can dust off our “real” clothes and make the...


Rethinking Our Self-Care: Mindfulness & Health For Faculty & Staff

This year has been incredibly challenging, and we focusing in June on how staff and faculty can take care of themselves as they prepare for the upcoming school year. In this episode, Alina Haitz of Molloy College shares her insights into practicing self-care, including what she refers to as functional mindfulness. Alina's warm spirit is guaranteed to provide a mental boost! Listen in to learn practical tips for how we can make sure we are resting, renewing, and recharging from a year that...


Celebrating Pride Month: 3 Recommendations for Supporting LBTQ+ Students and Colleagues

Innovative Educators is dedicated to supporting our LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty. To honor Pride Month, we were fortunate to host Quincy Jenkins, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Chattanooga State Community College (CSCC) on a recent episode of Friday 5 Live. Quincy shares his insights, as a higher education professional and gay man, on how we can be allies for our LGBTQ+ colleagues and students. Quincy provides takeaways for tangible practices our institutions...


Supporting Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Students & Colleagues

Naomi Sigg, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Case Western University, shares her critical insights into how we can best support AAPI students, colleagues, and neighbors. Naomi is a nationally recognized speaker on topics of race, inclusion, and equity. May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and at Innovative Educators, we want to celebrate AAPI communities while also learning how we can be allies by educating ourselves, listening, amplifying AAPI voices, and being an...


Teaching Resilience To Students: How Institutions Can Support Students For Success

Karen Oehme from Florida State University shares her thoughts about supporting students and teaching resilience. At FSU Karen coordinates the Student Resilience Program, and nationally Karen chairs the Steering Committee of the Academic Resilience Consortium. Listen in to learn ways to support students to understand their strengths and how that translates into success. Additional Resources: Components of Resilience The Happy Chemicals


Access, Inclusion & Equity In Higher Education: Cultivating Critical Discussions

Join us as Dr. Maria T. Poindexter examines how our institutions can create spaces that address access, equity and inclusion. Maria’s extensive background in Instructional Systems and her career in teaching and training give her a unique perspective on how we can create programming for faculty, staff and students. We're grateful for her insights!


Creating Accessible Content & Connecting With Students

How can we intentionally design content that is accessible for our students? How can we help faculty and staff know how to proactively build content that meets accessibility standards? Cliff Nelson, Director, Instructional Technologies and Academic Support at WSU Tech shares his approach to his students first philosophy and practical recommendations for how we can create accessible content for our students. Check out the Accessibility Summer Camp that Cliff and his team coordinate each year...


Communication & Resiliency: Critical Topics For Impacting Student Success

In this episode of Friday 5 Live, Rob Bowers from Berea College shares his insights into critical considerations for student success this year and moving forward. Rob's extensive experience in education focuses on how we best communicate with students and how we encourage resiliency. We're grateful for Rob's recommendations, his communication strategy, and the deep care and concern he exhibits for students.


Creative Content & Approaches to Support Student Success

Looking for new ways to connect with students and create engaging content to support success? In this episode of Friday 5 Live, Edward Coronado III shares his insights into how all of us (no matter our skill level!) can develop video content for student success. Edward's YouTube videos have garnered thousands of views and focus on practical recommendations that students can incorporate to succeed in this year of pandemic learning. We appreciate Edward's open approach, encouragement to try...


Higher Education Hiring Trends, Networking Strategies & Job Search Tips During COVID-19

We were so fortunate to have Dr. Daniel Maxwell join us to share his insights into the job search process and staying engaged professionally during COVID. Dan has extensive experience in hiring entry and mid-level professionals, supporting leadership development through the NASPA Institutes for New AVPs, and is an active member of NASPA, ACUI and ACPA. Listen in for valuable advice on how we can continue to develop professionally, continue to stay energized as we work to support students,...


The Changing Landscape Of Higher Education: Building To The Fall Semester

In this episode, Denise Swett, Ed.D., shares her insights into technology tools and resources that can support our students’ success in this new year. Denise provides her recommendations for budgeting for new technologies and advice for how to assess technology vendors. Denise Swett's Top 5 Technology Recommendations Denise Swett's Checklist for Assessing Technology Vendors Technology Trends and Resources Budget Resource Information


Supporting Our Students Of Color: Addressing Health & Resources

Sylvia Dorsey-Robinson joined us on this episode to discuss the critical challenges facing our students of color this semester. She encouraged us to consider how 2021 could be the Year of L's: Listen, Love and Leadership. Ms. Dorsey-Robinson provided resources and strategies institutions can put in place to ensure we support and retain our students of color.


Supporting Staff & Student Mental Health

We were fortunate to have Dr. Jena Morrison join us to discuss how we can support the mental health of our students, faculty and staff. What are some tangible practices we can use this new year to keep ourselves as healthy as possible? Jena shares resources she built at Richard Bland College focused on meditation and yoga practices and provides insight into what she finds works with students and staff. We've provided additional support tools Jena shared.


The Higher Education Landscape: Lessons Learned & Planning For 2021

How can we take all that this year has delivered (pandemic, protests of systemic racism, a national election, economic instability, wildfires, hurricanes) and gain insights that will guide us into 2021? Dr. Denise Swett shares reflections on 2020 as we look towards a new year. Please refer to the chat from our 12/4 recording for a robust discussion about topics impacting higher education professionals in 2020.