National Collegiate Honors Council


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Honors in Practice, 2021, Vol. 17:207–10


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This article describes how one honors leadership team adapted a traditional in-person Forum to a digital platform during the coronavirus crisis. Integrating a variety of asynchronous and synchronous remote technologies created a positive virtual learning experience for honors practitioners and students.

One of the hallmark experiences of honors learning at Frederick Community College (FCC) in Frederick, MD, is participating in the Honors Forum each semester. The Forum is a mini-conference on campus in which students are required to participate whether enrolled in an honors class or attempting to complete an honors contract. There is a registration desk where presenters, faculty moderators, and attendees pick up a name badge and program. In concurrent sessions, presenters, using PowerPoint slides, have eight to ten minutes to share their project findings and five minutes for questions from the audience. The experience mimics an actual conference, and students learn by doing.