This year's Learning & Teaching Symposium will be 100% virtual.
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Flower DarbySmall Changes—Big Impact 

Featuring keynote speaker: Flower Darby

Small Teaching Online: Practical Strategies to Increase Student Engagement and Learning
Whether you’re new or experienced online faculty, you can make small but impactful adjustments that significantly boost student engagement and learning. We’ll discuss brief learning activities, minor course design modifications, and simple changes to your interactions with online students based on the approach outlined in Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (2019). Those teaching in blended and face-to-face formats also will gain LMS strategies that enhance the in-class experience. Together, we’ll discover how rewarding online teaching and learning can be.

Presenter Bio

Small Teaching Online Book CoverFlower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As faculty and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for over 24 years in a range of subjects. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, she loves to apply learning science across the disciplines and to help others do the same. Darby is the author, with James Lang, of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (2019). She is also a frequent columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education and Faculty Focus (peruse her recent work), and her new book, The Spark of Online Learning: How Technology and Emotion Science Ignite Engagement in Every Class, is due out from West Virginia University Press this year.

Thursday, February 4
2:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Welcome by President Gary Olson
  • Keynote Presentation
  • Follow-up conversations & virtual happy hour
Friday, February 5
9:15am - 12:15pm
  • Welcome by Senior VPAA Michael Brogan
  • Student & faculty panels
  • Staff- & faculty-led breakout sessions