eLearnX - Experiential Training for Digital-Age Teaching

eLearnX Event Agenda

May 17-19, 2021 
9:00am - Noon with Asynchronous Afternoon Activity 

*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 virtual 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.

Dr. Tazin Daniels

Assistant Director, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Dr. Tazin Daniels is a Bangladeshi-American educational developer, consultant and coach. She has lived all across the country from New York to California, and is currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tazin Daniels hold a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from Michigan State University where her dissertation work, funded by The Wenner Gren Foundation, explored at the use of Adderall as a performance enhancer among college students. As a result, she is intimately familiar with the pressures of academic life and has made it her mission to improve how we teach and learn in higher education. In her current role as an Assistant Director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, Dr. Daniels provide professional development for instructors across STEM, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and the Humanities. She is also a “Equitable Digital Learning Expert” with the Every Learner Everywhere Network.

Daily Schedules

Day 1

9:00am Welcome - John Louviere, Assistant Vice President Zoom  
9:10am Roadmap Introduction Zoom Travis Thurston
9:30am Keynote  Principles for inclusive online teaching Zoom Dr. Tazin Daniels
10:00am Break
10:15am Workshop Strategies for equitable engagement in online classes Zoom Dr. Tazin Daniels
11:45am Afternoon Instructions   Zoom Travis Thurston
Afternoon Asynchronous Afternoon Activities

Day 2

9:00am Roadmap Plan for Day 2 Zoom Travis Thurston

Simple, Systsematic Course Changes to Improve User Experience Zoom Erin Wadsworth-Anderson
Getting Started with Atomic Assessments Zoom Elisa Taylor
Engagement Slacking? Use Slack to Bolster Student Participation & Learning in the Classroom Zoom Julia Gossard
10:00am Break

Responding to Student Writing through Equity-Based Feedback Zoom Beth Buyserie
Let’s Chat: How to Facilitate More Meaningful and Thought-Provoking Online Discussions Zoom Jennifer Grewe; Rachel Robison; Meredith Wang; Rose Judd-Murray; Marlene Graf
Making Digital Media for your Online Courses.  Zoom Jason Twede; Irina McLaughlin
11:00am Break

Session Options
Empowering Equitable Learning Experiences with Open Educational Resources Zoom Nick Gittins 
Retrieval Practice as a Learning Strategy Zoom Neal Legler
Librarians are here to help: Identifying Opportunities for Integrating Online Library Instruction Zoom Katie Strand; Niki Fullmer
Building Trust and Helping Students Persist with Online Tools Zoom Marlene Graf
Noon Break
12:15pm Afternoon Instructions   Zoom Travis Thurston
Afternoon Asynchronous Afternoon Activities

Day 3

9:00am Roadmap Plan for day 3 Zoom Travis Thurston
9:15am Group Check-in & Planning   Zoom  
10:00am Activity Design & Creation      
Noon Final Reflections & ETE10 Badge

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tazin Daniels

Tazin Daniels

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