eLearnX - Experiential Training for Digital-Age Teaching

eLearnX Event Agenda

May 15-17, 2023
9:00am - 4:00pm

*Enrollment cap of 30

The eLearnX event is cosponsored by the Empowering Teaching Excellence (ETE) and by the Center for Instructional Design and Innovation (CIDI). This three-day event provides a hands-on deep dive into the teaching tools and methodologies of online, virtual, and hybrid 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 Dr. Paul Barr, Ph.D.
Neal Legler 
9:15-9:45 Neuro-Myths Shelley Arnold HH126
9:45-10:35 Course Planning Neal Legler HH126
10:35-10:45 Break
10:45-11:35 Pedagogy Primer: The Cognitive Science of Learning Amy Carpenter HH130
Social Learning Strategies Neal Legler HH126
11:35-12:00pm Practical Application of Learning Strategies  Neal Legler  HH126
12:00-1:00 Lunch Shaw88
1:00-1:45 Canvas Breakouts: Canvas Grading Neal Legler HH130
Canvas Building Gretchen Blackburn HH126
Canvas Student Management Amy Carpenter HH120
1:45-2:15 Group Recap  
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:30 Ideas for Creating Final Projects

Spencer Spotted Elk

Paul Mickelson
Basic Concept Atomic Assessments

Kelsey Hall
Peer Review Proposals

Melissa Spencer
Using #PowerUps as part of a Digital Learning Journal

3:30-4:00 Roadmap Refection Neal Legler HH126

Day 2

9:00-9:15am  Roadmap & Expectations Shelley Arnold HH126
9:15-9:45 Getting to know USU Online Students & Resources Daniel Allred HH126
9:45-10:15 Teaching Interventions Melanie Chambers HH126
10:15-10:30 Break  

Breakout Session A: 

Creating Truly Meaningful Online Discussions

Matthew LaPlante HH130
Keeping Viewers Focused on the Right Stuff  Trent Hunsaker HH126
A Vibrant and Dynamic Classroom in Digital Age Danjue Shang HH120

Breakout Session B: Badging in Canvas  Neal Legler HH126
Interactive Quizzing with Atomic Assessments Gretchen Blackburn HH130
Quizzing in Canvas Jennifer Paskett HH120
12:00-12:30pm Group Recap Reports  
12:30-1:30 Lunch Shaw88

Breakout Session C:

Inclusive and Accessible Canvas Content Christopher Phillips HH120
Pedagogical Approaches to ChatGPT in the Classroom. Beth Buyserie,
Rachel Quistberg, Russ Winn

(N)etiquette: Creating a policy for safe and respectful online learning environments

Angela Montague HH126
2:05-32:15 Break    
2:15-3:00 Group Recap Reporting   HH126
3:00-3:30 Project Brainstorming   HH126
3:30-4:00 Takeaways & Roadmap Shelley Arnold HH126

Day 3

9:00-9:15am Roadmap & Goals Melanie Chambers HH126
9:15-10:00 Group Feedback   HH126
10:00-12:00pm Project Creation & Design Consultations   HH Study Rooms
12:00-1:00 Lunch Shaw 88
1:00-2:00 Explore & Award Melanie Chambers HH126
2:00-2:30 Wrap-up & ETE10 Badging  Melanie Chambers HH126

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

Shelley Arnold
ETE Instructional Coordinator

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