eLearnX - Experiential Training for Digital-Age Teaching

eLearnX Event Agenda

May 15-17, 2022 
9:00am - 4:00pm

*Enrollment cap of 30

The eLearnX event is cosponsored by the Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence (ETE) and by the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI). This three-day event provides a hands-on deep dive into the teaching tools and methodologies of online, broadcast, and blended instruction.

  • Day 1: Sessions on digital pedagogy and instructor presence.
  • Day 2: Breakout sessions on edtech teaching tools and practical applications of instructional approaches from USU instructors and instructional professionals.
  • Day 3: Culminates in each participant designing an activity for their own course, and access to other useful resources than can be immediately implemented.

Daily Schedules

Day 1

9:00-9:15am Welcome & Roadmap Neal Legler   
9:15-9:45 Quality Assurance Card Game Travis Thurston  
9:45-10:35 Course Planning Neal Legler  
10:35-10:45 Break
10:45-11:20 Pedagogy Primer: The Cognitive Science of Learning    
Social Learning Strategies    
11:20-11:30 Break (Move Outside to the Quad)
11:30-12:00pm Teaching Approaches Teaching Environments Travis Thurston Quad
12:00-1:00 Lunch  
1:00-1:45 Canvas Breakouts: Canvas Grading    
Canvas Building    
Canvas Student Management    
1:45-2:15 Group Recap  
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Ideas for Creating Final Projects    
3:30-4:00 Roadmap Refection Neal Legler  

Day 2

9:00-9:15am  Roadmap & Expectations Travis Thurston
9:15-9:45 Getting to know USU Online Students & Resources Daniel Allred
9:45-10:15 Teaching Interventions Melanie Chambers
10:15-10:30 Break

Breakout Session A:  Let's Chat: How to Facilitate More Meaningful and Thought-Provoking Online Discussions Jennifer Grewe; Rachel Robison; Rose Judd-Murray; Marlene Graf
Making Digital Media for your Online Courses Trent Hunsaker

Breakout Session B: Badging in Canvas   
Interactive Quizzing with Atomic Assessments  
Quizzing in Canvas  
12:00-12:30pm Group Recap Reports
12:30-1:00 Lunch

Breakout Session C:

Accessibility Christopher Phillips
Classroom Management   
2:25-3:00 Group Recap Reporting  
3:00-3:30 Project Brainstorming  
3:30-4:00 Takeaways & Roadmap Travis Thurston

Day 3

9:00-9:15am Roadmap & Goals Travis Thurston  
9:15-10:00 Group Feedback    
10:00-12:00pm Project Creation & Design Consultations Neal Legler  
12:00-1:00 Lunch  
1:00-2:00 Explore & Award Melanie Chambers  
2:00-2:30 Wrap-up & ETE10 Badging  Shelley Arnold  

Who Should Attend

  • Instructors who want to improve the quality and efficiency of their course.
  • Instructors looking for new and innovative approaches to eLearning.
  • Instructors who want to become E-Learning leaders in their field.
  • Instructors on the Digital-Age Teaching track in ETE10.

eLearnX Contact

Travis Thurston
(435) 797-4950

I learned so many practical things and got a chance to think about some of the big issues as well. It is really encouraging that the university clearly values this kind of teaching by its regular faculty; I feel it signals an important way in which USU is different from a lot of higher-ed institutions in its commitment to giving faculty the tools they need and the opportunities they want to progress in their careers as teachers (even when they are research-primary in their appointments).
Alexa Sand, Professor, Art History

Just bending my head around the demands of a non-traditional classroom was the biggest thing I got out of the workshop, especially what to import from the face-to-face version of my class, and more important, what not to. What I learned was that online and distance students need my time and attention the same way students in a traditional classroom do...but having experts sitting next to me, listening to my goals and struggles, and showing me how to surmount obstacles helped enormously.
Mark Damen, Professor, Department of History