2018 Conference Schedule

The MDEC 2018 Conference was held at
Lansing Community College West Campus October 18-19, 2018!

Lansing Community College, West Campus

MDEC’s 2018 conference, Telling Our Story: Holistic Reforms in Developmental Education, is scheduled to be held October 18-19, 2018, at the Lansing Community College’s West Campus in Lansing, Michigan.


Hotel Information

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson in Lansing, Michigan

Country Inn and Suites by Radisson
6511 Centurion Road
Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 827.7000

For those interested in obtaining hotel reservations, please visit Country Inn and Suites by Radisson or call: (517) 827.7000.


Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Vendor tables will be in the main lobby. See below for list of vendors.

12:00 – 1:00 pm On-Site Registration and Check-In (Click here to register now)
Main Lobby

1:00 – 3:30 pm Pedagogy Workshop 
Room: Main

Susan Henderson

How Universal Design for Learning Can Help Us Improve Student Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for thinking about removing or reducing barriers to learning. By shining a spotlight on predictable barriers and proactively incorporating UDL solutions, not only can we come closer to our goal of no one being left out, but if our solutions are truly universal, then everyone benefits. After a brief introduction to UDL, we will explore ways we are already working to remove barriers, identify some barriers that still flummox us, and look to the principles of UDL to work together to increase our understanding of hidden barriers.

Susan Henderson, Lansing Community College

3:30 – 4:00 pm Coffee and Snack Break
Room: Main

4:00 – 5:30 pm Collaboration Presentation and Workshop
Room: Main

Coffee and Collaboration: “You Have an Effective Reform, but How Do You Collaborate with Decision-Makers to Implement It?”

Alexandros M. Goudas

All too often educators have an effective idea that will improve student success, yet they encounter problems collaborating with others to get it implemented. This presentation will focus on several lessons I have learned, based on both successes and failures, that we can use to improve the process of collaboration for effective reform. Come, have hot coffee and a treat, and share a story, too!

Alexandros M. Goudas, author of communitycollegedata.com

5:30 pm Dinner

Friday, October 19, 2018

Vendor tables will be in the main lobby.

7:30 – 9:00 am
On-Site Registration and Check-In
Main Lobby

8:00 – 9:00 am
Breakfast and Welcome
Room: Main

9:00 – 10:00 am
Keynote Address
Room: Main

Keynote Speaker Dawn Coleman

“Telling Our Story”: Using Data to Communicate Details Related to Our Programs and Students

Keynote speaker Dawn Coleman is an educational researcher and evaluator who has spent the last decade working primarily with community colleges to support the very important work they do. Her areas of focus include program evaluation, implementation research, and data reporting and visualization. She is especially passionate about making these topics accessible to practitioners and building their own evaluation and data capacity.

Description: There is a great deal of focus in higher education on data-driven decision making. However, many practitioners find data to be intimidating and feel overwhelmed by the prospect of presenting data about their successes and challenges to administrators and other audiences. The goal of this presentation is to reframe the process of collecting, analyzing, and presenting data so that it is less daunting and instead approached as storytelling. Dawn Coleman will present a simple model for effectively telling your story with data, including how best to illustrate that story with appropriate data visualizations and other data reporting strategies.

10:10 – 11:00 am
Breakout Session I
Rooms: M119, M120, M121, M122 (See link above for presentation descriptions)

11:10 – 12:00 pm
Breakout Session II
Rooms: M119, M120, M121, M122 (See link above for presentation descriptions))

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch, Elections, and Awards 
Rooms: Main

1:30 – 2:20 pm
Breakout Session III
Rooms: M119, M120, M121, M122 (See link above for presentation descriptions)

2:30 – 3:00 pm 
Raffle, Prizes, Coffee, and Desserts
Room: Main

3:00 – 3:30 pm
MDEC Leadership Meeting
Room: Main

Thank you to our sponsors:

McGraw-Hill Education 
Hawkes Learning
Townsend Press
Sam Houston State University