Center for Faculty Innovation

Maximizing Student Learning…at a Distance (Online Workshop)

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

This online workshop will be offered on Thursday, January 28 from 2:15-3:30 PM, and Friday, January 29 from 11:20 AM-12:35 PM. Register for either using the link below.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all still active faculty members, committed to teaching, scholarship, and service at JMU. That will never change. For most of us, the move from teaching in classrooms to teaching from our living rooms created unexpected challenges in how we taught our courses. These challenges continue. However, the unexpected transition to remote learning doesn’t mean we no longer know how to teach. We can still impact the lives of our students and know that we made a difference. First, let’s commend ourselves: how in the midst of a pandemic we stepped up at record speed to teach in such a different learning environment. Try we did, adapt we did, and learn we did. But, to be clear, and we already recognize this, this past spring was less about distance learning and more about crisis teaching. This time around we have the opportunity to be much more purposeful and intentional in our courses. This workshop mobilizes decades of research to reveal how evidence-based strategies work best in an online environment. Participants will walk away with ideas that can be immediately applied to their courses this semester.

Facilitator: John Almarode, College of Education

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Identifying research-based practices for teaching and learning at a distance;
  • Applying those practices into a distance learning environment; and
  • Evaluating the impact of those practices on student learning.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this teaching outcome:

  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a graduate student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)568-4846.

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