Workshop Archive

Creating an Effective Peer Mentor Program: Recruitment, Selection & Training to Increase Persistence & Academic Success of Mentees

April 30, 2019


Effective peer mentor programs serve as an integral part of an institution’s ability to promote the improvement of academic success, persistence and successful graduation of students. Program development from recruitment, selection, training and retention are essential components to ensure a successful peer mentor program on your campus.

Limited resources and increasingly complex student demographics and issues require institutions to rely on peer mentors to enhance the support that faculty and staff already provide.  Peers are in a unique position to role model how to succeed both academically and socially and know how students actually navigate our colleges and universities. Peer mentors help to improve success for all students — particularly diverse and traditionally disadvantaged college populations by increasing their engagement, retention and graduation rates.

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Communicate the value, benefit, and impact of effective peer mentor programs to students who need additional support — increase retention, academic success, engagement, and graduation rates across diverse student populations by reducing barriers to seeking help.
  • Identify key and practical program decisions you will make while designing a successful program — deepen your pool of peers seeking to help others, develop a matching process that increases student and mentor fit, and design a comprehensive training program for mentors.
  • Model the mentoring skills you want your team to employ beginning with your selection process — use behavioral interviewing and appreciative questioning techniques to find the best team and identify previously untapped student leaders.
  • Develop a training program that is grounded in a strengths-based approach and deepens peer helping skills — ensure mentors role model how to succeed both academically and socially so their mentees thrive on campus.
  • Motivate and support volunteer or paid peer mentors — understand how their needs differ and provide the encouragement, additional guidance, and critical knowledge they need to support other students and to grow themselves.
  • Assess the impact and the benefits of two frameworks for mentoring relationships — the GROW model & the Appreciative Education model — meet their individual needs, help them achieve their goals and transform their academic, personal and professional lives!
Portfolium for Early Adopters
April 8, 2019

At this workshop, Renee Hicks will discuss how we’ll be using Portfolium to collect Freshman and Sophomore reflections, a few of its many other features, and how your majors can take advantage of everything it has to offer. She’ll be joined by Nicole Cotten, who will demonstrate the process for linking Moodle to Portfolium assignments.

G Suite for Education

March 26 & 27, 2019

Participants will learn:

  • How to access and utilize a variety of Google Tools inside and outside of the College Classroom;
  • Ways Google Tools can help to easily bring more of the 21st century to your classroom; and,
  • How Google Tools can be used to provide a more interactive and engaging classroom experience to students.
Surviving vs. Thriving Students

March 12 & 13, 2019

In preparation for the workshop, please plan to view Laurie Schreiner’s presentation at the National Symposium on Student Retention (NSSR) in 2016, “Beyond Grades and Graduation: Thriving as a Retention Strategy “

Participants will

  • be able to describe social connectedness and list ways to foster a sense of belonging and make students feel valued on campus.

  • be able to identify students who may benefit from guidance or mentoring.

FERPA Refresher

March 12, 2019

The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences hosts this special session on FERPA led by Kelly Rodrigue, who will review the basics of FERPA — including the background of the Act — and discuss its application in light of 21st century tools and practices.

All are invited. Registration is unnecessary, but space is limited.

Matching Today’s Technology Tools with Proven Instructional Strategies

February 28, 2019

Participants will leave with a wealth of web-based and software-based tools that will modernize popular instructional practices like discussions, student modeling, and text analysis.

Participants will learn:

  • how to host engaging class discussions with backchannels and video commentary;
  • how to facilitate student-led instruction with wireless casting screen recording tools; and,
  • how to use Google Apps to make text analysis and research more engaging, collaborative, and efficient.
Creating and Reviewing Exams in ProctorU
February 26, 2019

PC Lab, Ellender Library

Participants will learn:

  • how to create an exam in ProctorU
  • how to review exams, including:
    • how to access test-taker videos
    • how to view behaviors flagged by the AI
    • what the different touchpoints in the session timeline mean
Advising with Career Success in Mind

February 20 & 21, 2019

A Comprehensive Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OERs)

February 12, 2019


Attendees will receive an all access pass to understanding what is an OER, what makes them unique, and how to find the right one for your course. Q & A to follow presentation.

Participants will learn:

  • What an open education resource (OER) is;
  • Where to find peer-reviewed OERs;
  •  Why adopting an OER is important for your students; and,
  • How Nicholls can help in transition to an OER text adoption.

Using Moodle to Identify At-Risk Students

November 13 & 14, 2018

For this SAM workshop, faculty participants will learn:

  • How to identify and message students who have not responded to a forum
  • How to identify and message students who have not submitted an assignment for grading
  • How to view a course participation report to identify students that are at-risk to fail or drop your class
  • How to set up completion tracking to help your students stay on task (especially useful in an online course).

Active Learning

November 2, 2018

Introducing Moodle 3.4

October 10 & 11, 2018

Participants will be able to

  • Navigate Moodle 3.4 efficiently
  • Add navigation and administration blocks to a course
  • Enroll and unenroll students from a course
  • Use newly added configuration settings in various Moodle activities
  • Move multiple items in the gradebook to a category
  • Configure notifications

Personalized Online Instruction with Video Discussions

October 1 & 30, 2018

Participants should bring their own devices to this session.

For this workshop, faculty participants will:

  • learn how to create screen recording videos using any computing or mobile device; and,
  • learn how to deliver and manage personalized video discussions using FlipGrid.

Advising Scenarios: Panel Discussion

September 19 & 20, 2018

For the Tuesday session, panelists will include Dr. Michele Theriot, Dr. Paul Wilson, and Dr. Lori Richard.

For the Thursday session, panelists will include Betty LeBlanc, Dr. Heather Gamel, and Dr. Jennifer Plaisance.

For this SAM workshop, faculty participants will:

  • Be prepared to initiate intrusive advising;
  • Know where and how to send students for academic support;
  • Know where and how to send students for non-academic (i.e., Financial Aid, Counseling Services) support; and,
  • Be able to articulate the impacts of student support services on the long-term educational and career goals of their advisees.

High Impact Practices: Panel Discussion

September 10 & 11, 2018

For the Monday session, panelists include Dr. En Mao, Dr. Shana Walton, and Dr. Aimee Hollander.

For the Tuesday session, panelists include Don Kasten, Dr. Shahriar Gias, and Dr. John Doucet.

In this SAM workshop, faculty participants will:

  • Develop a sketch of a ‘High Impact Practice’ appropriate for their own course(s);
  • Anticipate the challenges – curricular, budgetary, scheduling, etc. – of implementing HIPs; and,
  • Be able to explain the benefits of HIPs to students

Demystifying the Moodle Gradebook

August 27 & 28, 2018

This workshop will be hosted in a PC Lab, but feel free to bring your own computer.

Workshop participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between Moodle created grade items and manually created grade items
  • Add, delete or edit grade items and categories in the Moodle gradebook
  • Configure a course gradebook correctly based on the syllabus
  • Create extra credit items in a course
  • Drop the lowest grade in a course
  • Edit what is visible to students in the  gradebook
  • Enter grades efficiently