Keynotes & Plenaries

Currently, I offer the following keynotes and plenaries:

What Do We Know?: An Overview of Research on and Best Practices for the Blended Modality
(40 minute interactive talk)

Blended courses and programs are a pervasive phenomenon in higher education, but many faculty and administrators may not be familiar with the research and best practices behind this teaching and learning modality. In this interactive session, based on The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide, we will explore up-to-date research on blended classrooms and how they impact student learning. Participants will learn the most important evidence-based best practices for designing successful blended courses and programs.

Helping Students Learn in an Age of Digital Distraction
(40 minute talk or 1.5-2 hour interactive session)

Our students are inundated with an overwhelming amount of information each day as they navigate social media, peruse various websites, listen to the radio, read print media, and flip through innumerable television channels. Unfortunately, very little of this information is directly connected by our students to their interactions with us in the classroom. In this session, we will explore how to break through the cognitive overload that our students experience on a daily basis and discuss how we can help our students develop effective strategies for learning in the midst of this Age of Digital Distraction.

How Does Learning Work?: Research-Based Principles and Ideas to Enhance Your Teaching
(40 minute interactive talk)

What do novice learners need? How can we best support knowledge transfer between courses? What kinds of assessment are best for motivating our students? How do we keep more advanced students engaged? Keeping up with all of the research on learning can be a challenge. In this session, we will explore foundational principles of learning and make connections between these principles and best practices for teaching.

Coming Together: Collaboration as a Tool of Change for Teaching and Learning
(40 minute talk or 1.5-2 hour interactive session)

Hybrid pedagogy. Interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship. Internationalization. Cross-institutional funding. These recent trends are evidence of the constantly changing landscape of higher education, one in which collaboration is now a necessity as never before. Despite the fact that many of us were trained to work in isolation as academics, it is now a requirement to collaborate with administrators, academic technologists, students, and other faculty on a constant basis. In this plenary, explore the benefits and challenges of these new collaborative relationships and find out how collaborative ventures may be the answer to the most pressing issues in higher education that are impacting teaching and learning. Together, we will discover the possibilities for enrichment that collaboration can bring to our teaching practices and discuss concrete strategies for how to prepare for collaborative efforts.

Backward Design for Student-Centered Learning
(half or full day highly interactive session)

Many of us instinctually design our courses with content coverage as our primary objective. In this session, participants apply backward design principles to the creation of a specific course. Specifically, we practice translating course outcomes into class activities that foster active student participation, begin creating engaging assignments with clear expectations for student learning, and integrate best practices of assessment throughout our courses. Through a backward design focus, we will ensure that learning, rather than coverage, guides our design.