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Webinar: Student Presence in Remote Instruction
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM CDT
Category: Professional Development

We will examine how an online learning environment affects the way to which a student feels personally connected with other students and the instructor in a virtual environment and ways instructors can create a personal connection with students.

There are only 100 spots available for the live webcast.
Not available? Register anyway, we’ll send you the recording!


Grace Moser
Associate Professor, History
St. Charles Community College
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Grace is a history professor and veteran online instructor, having taught online since 2014. She recently became certified as a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and is involved in the peer review process at SCC. Even though she never took online classes as a college student, Grace really loves the flexibility of online instruction to reach students that may never be able to attend a traditional classroom. She finds online instruction to be exciting and rich, giving students an opportunity to engage with the material in ways not possible in face to face classrooms. As a product of a community college herself, Grace loves to engage with students of all backgrounds and education abilities and views community college as one of the best kept secrets of higher education.

Anna Blackford, MSN-Ed, RN
Assistant Professor of Practical Nursing
Moberly Area Community College
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Anna Blackford is an Assistant Professor at Moberly Area Community College. She teaches full-time doing classroom and clinical instruction in the practical nursing program on the Moberly campus, instructs as an adjunct teaching maternal-child nursing in the accelerated ADN program, and also teaches online sections of medical terminology for both dual-credit and health sciences students.

Anna received her Associate Degree in Nursing from MACC in 1998, a diploma in Legal Nurse Consulting from the College for Professional Studies in 2003, a BSN from the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing in 2009, and a MSN-Ed degree in 2019 from Central Methodist University. Her experience in nursing extends from many years spent in labor, delivery, and postpartum care of mothers and newborns to several years in emergency services and general medical-surgical care. Prior to coming to MACC in 2013, Anna spent almost eight years as the Director of Med-Surg Nursing and Skilled Nursing Coordinator at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.

Melissa Wittmer
Math Instructor
Ozarks Technical Community College
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Melissa Wittmer is a Mathematics Instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) in Springfield, Missouri. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida, and a M.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Missouri State University. She has taught for over nineteen years with Springfield Public Schools, Cox College of Nursing, and OTC combined. Melissa is a 2018 recipient of the Governor’s Excellence in Education Award.
Throughout her career, Melissa has led professional development on best practices, using technology and engaging online students. At OTC, she serves as President of Faculty Senate, and on various Strategic Initiative Planning Committees. Melissa is also serving as Chairperson during her third year on the Board of Directors for MCCA (Missouri Community College Association).

Lauren Dickens
Associate Dean Workforce and Industry Programs
St. Charles Community College
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Lauren Dickens is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Workforce & Industry Programs at St. Charles Community College. She holds a M.A. in Economics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Before moving to administration, her teaching experience over the last 14 years includes both secondary and post-secondary education with positions at St. Louis University High School, University of Missouri- St. Louis, The Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Education, and St. Charles Community College. Throughout her career, Lauren has instructed and developed a variety of classes in the online environment. As an administrator in CTE and workforce programs, she has had the opportunity to mentor both new faculty and industry professionals acclimating to positions in higher education.


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Special Accommodations Request

All participants are welcome. If you need special accommodations please contact MCCA Professional Development at [email protected].

About MCCA Webinars

MCCA's free webinars bring experts in the field of higher education and workforce development to a screen near you. We focus on timely and relevant topics, so you're bound to find something of interest to your organization. Past webinars are archived via the MCCA Digital Repository for streaming on-demand. 

MCCA has developed a webinar series, Adapting to COVID-19: Higher Ed and the Transition to Online Learning, for college and university faculty and staff to learn tips, tricks, and best practices for this accelerated transition to teaching online and working remotely. Thought leaders are from a range of institutions and businesses and will share their strategies and experiences. This webinar series is provided to all at no cost.

Contact: MCCA Professional Development, [email protected]