Small Teaching Online: Practical Strategies to Increase Student Engagement and Learning

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Online via Zoom

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Whether you’re new or experienced online faculty you can make small but impactful adjustments that significantly boost student engagement and learning. If you teach in the Faculty of Business and Economics, you’ll gain practical strategies and example approaches that can help your students focus and achieve better learning outcomes in online environments. We’ll discuss brief learning activities, minor course design modifications, and simple changes to your interactions with online students based on the approach outlined in Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (2019). Those teaching in blended and face-to-face formats will also gain Learning Management System strategies that enhance the in-class experience. Together, we’ll discover how rewarding online teaching and learning can be.

Bio: Flower Darby is part-time faculty for North Arizona University (NAU) and Estrella Mountain Community College. In the past, Flower has been an instructional designer, Director of Teaching for Student Success, and Assistant Dean of Online and Innovative Pedagogies at NAU.

Flower promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As faculty and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for over 25 years in a range of subjects including English, Technology, Leadership, Dance, and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines, and to help others do the same.

Flower speaks, writes, presents and consults on teaching and learning theory and practice both nationally and internationally. She has helped educators all over the world become more effective in their work. She is the author, with James M. Lang, of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes, and she’s a columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book on emotion science and teaching with technology is forthcoming from West Virginia University Press.