Improving Student Success in Online Courses

Where: Canvas for asynchronous sessions and Zoom for synchronous meetings

When: Synchronous meetings from 2:00-2:30 PM on the following days:

  • Workshop #1: Tuesday, October 20 - Self-Regulated Learners
    • Complete 1-hour asynchronous session prior
  • Workshop #2: Thursday, November 5 - Sense of Belonging
    • Complete 1-hour asynchronous session prior
  • Workshop #3: Tuesday, November 17 - Active Learning
    • Complete 1-hour asynchronous session prior

Who: Yakima Valley College Faculty in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, nutrition, and physics (we hope to expand access to other disciplines in future quarters!)

Stipend: We will offer a $180 stipend to faculty that complete both the synchronous and asynchronous portions of all three workshops.

Registration: Please complete this form to register for the workshop(s). Please register by October 12th so that we can provide you access to the Canvas course for the workshops.

Workshop Description

Online teaching and learning is challenging, regardless of whether you are a beginner or have been teaching online for years. In this series of workshops and discussions, we will share pedagogical techniques for developing self-regulating learners, fostering a sense of belonging, and promoting active learning in your online classrooms. Come share your own ideas and experiences with your colleagues as we all work to improve student success in online courses. You will leave each of the synchronous meetings with at least one strategy you can implement tomorrow in your online class.

Workshop Conveners

  • Jamie Hansen
  • Hillary Goodner
  • Zach Schierl

If you would like further information about the workshop, please contact Zach Schierl (

This workshop is part of the Supporting and Advancing Geoscience in Two-Year Colleges: Faculty as Change Agents project and is supported by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education through grants DUE 1525593, 1524605, 1524623, and 1524800.




Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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