Presentations

PUBLIC SPEAKING

My thoughts about public speaking.

PRESENTATION TOPICS

Presentations based on a submitted RFP.

PRESENTATIONS

I was invited to give these presentations.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

My wife and I have a philosophy about public speaking, everyone does it better than us. No matter how we receive compliements, our continuous improvement mindset seek ways to enhance the next presentation. 

I chose not to present in 2019 for several reasons. Reasons include finalizing my dissertation to prepare for its defense and the successful admission into the North Carolina Community College Leadership Program.

Now that 2019 is behind me, my desire is to get back into the habit of presenting. I am also seeking opportunities to return to teaching online, face-to-face, or hybrid classes. 

On this page, you will find a list of presentations I led or was part of since 2013. Presentations include keynote addresses, invitations to present, and those that were done based on a successful submission of request for proposals. If you are inserestd in having me present a topic for your institution or organization, please feel free to reach out to me.

EXAMPLE PRESENTATION TOPICS

My life, career, and hobbies have led me to choose diverse presentation topics. Here are examples of some of my favorite subjects.

PRODUCTIVE FAILURE

I am a fan of the reasearch Manu Kapur conducted on productive failure (PF). It is my favorite topic to discuss and very relevant for learning and knowledge retention. I focus on the design process for incorporating PF in practice activities no matter the learning environment.

OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

My research focused on open educational resources (OER) for nearly a decade. My dissertation focused on library involvement in the support of OER and the idea that they influence mainstream adoption 

PRODUCTIVITY WITH OFFICE 365

Office 365, in my opinion, is one of the best tools for any student that is blessed enough to enter an institution where a subscription is part of their enrollment. I educate individuals on the effective and efficient use of various apps within the Office 365 package 

OPEN EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES

I separate this topic from OER, even though OER is an open educational practice. I am currently focusing my research on open pedagogy so I can introduce it to community college faculty. Open educational practices, when done successfully, invites the learner to be curators of instructional content, but also, enhances the professional community among faculty.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN STRATEGIES

I educate on evidence-based research on instructional design strategies and how they can impact diverse learning environments. Throughout my career, I have led workshops or presented on these strategies and how they can steer learners in the right direction.

LEARNING DESIGN STRATEGIES

Ever since I took a learning and cognition course, I have immersed myself in learning design research. My approach for presenting learning design strategies is to first introduce learning environments that initiates the learning process. I am also a fan of Woei Hung’s research on learning transfer and discuss this in detail.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND PRESENTATION INVTIES

The following section represents speaking engagements where I was personally invited to present.

  • James Cook (2018). Understanding Productive Failure: It’s the Scientific Method in Action. Presented at the Winston-Salem State University North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN)
  • James Cook (2018). Using OER Effectively. Presented at Central Carolina Community College.
  • James Cook (2018). Improving Student Success through OER. Presented at the Community Colleges of the Appalachia Conference
  • James Cook (2018). Assess for the Unexpected in Your Online Course through Formative Evaluation. Will be presented May 1, 2018 at the SLATE conference.
  • James Cook (2017). The End is the Beginning: A Backwards Design Approach that Makes Technology Relevant. Presented at Guilford Technical Community College’s Summer Teaching Academy, Jamestown, NC.
  • James Cook (2016). Ctrl-Alt-DEL: Leveraging Instructional Technology for Student Success. Presented at Guilford Technical Community College’s Summer Teaching Academy, Greensboro, NC.
  • Joshua Moe, Ellen Twomey, Michael Wiseman, and James Cook (2015). Improving Outcomes with Next Gen Learning. Presented at the 2015 North Carolina Community College Associate for Distance Learning Conference, Raleigh, NC.

PRESENTATIONS INITIATED BY AN RFP

The following section represents speaking engagements where I submitted an request for proposal to participate.

  • James Cook (2018). Rapid Fire. Achieving the Dream OER Degree Initiative Update. Presented at the Third Annual Achieving the Dream Open Educational Resources Initiative Summit
  • Joel Welch and James Cook (2018). Improving Student Success and Reducing Costs through OER. Presented at the League for Innovation’s Innovations Conference.
  • James Cook and Joel Welch (2017). Adopting an Open Educational Resource (OER) Degree Pathway. Presented at the North Carolina Community College Associate of Distance Learning conference.
  • James Cook (2017). Our Journey Towards Completing F2F Facilitator Certification was Kind of Like Pneumonia! Presented at the North Carolina Community College Associate of Distance Learning conference.
  • James Cook, Grayson Chell, and Leanne Wieland (2017). Backwards Design. Creating an Open Educational Resource Roadmap for Course Design and Implementation. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community
  • College’s Professional Development Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • James Cook and Grayson Chell (2017). The “R” Factor: Reducing Student Costs for Course Materials. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Professional Development Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • James Cook (2016). Active Learning Strategies to Enhance the Learning Environment. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • James Cook (2015). Using Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction to Strengthen Course Design and Course Delivery. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Summer Instructor Academy, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • James Cook (2015). Unpacking the Requirements of the Course Entry Assignment. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Professional Development Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • James Cook and Torry Reynolds (2015). Some TLC from the CTL. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Professional Development Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Kristin Redfield, James Cook, and Randy Candelaria (2014). These QEP Modules are WAC. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Professional Development Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • James Cook (2014). Sloan’ed…My Experience at the Sloan-C Conference. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Professional Development Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • James Cook (2014). Discussion Bored. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • James Cook (2013). Lead Yourself to the CTL! Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Professional Development Day, Winston-Salem, NC. James Cook (2013). The What and Why of the CTL. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Professional Development Day, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • James Cook (2013). Facilitated Roundtable Discussion 129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms. Presented at Forsyth Technical Community College’s Professional Development Day, Winston-Salem, NC.