By David Simpson

The 2021 Faculty Summer Conference on May 18 promises to be a lively day of virtual learning about how to support our online students.

Presented by the Center for Learning and Teaching, the event will gather scholars from Old Dominion University and other institutions to address the timely theme "Transforming the Online Student Learning Experience." The conference lasts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When you register at the FSC website, you can plan your day by choosing the programs you want to attend.

Available sessions, offered via Zoom, include:

  • A Winning Recipe for a Successful Online Learning Experience
  • The Case for Authentic Assessments
  • Improving First-Year Students' Research Through Online Community Building
  • Creating Course Assignments to Encourage Reflection via Virtual Reality, Web Design and More
  • Strategies for Activating Equity and SEL in Lessons
  • Expanding Expression and Reflection in ePortfolios
  • The Zoom Room Atmosphere and Our Humanity
  • U.Va. Wise: Big Challenges and Great Rewards in Rural Appalachia
  • Reviving the Chalkboard for Online Students
  • Alternative Teaching Methodologies: Bridging the Gap Between Virtual and Face to Face Learning
  • Using Kahoot! and Menti to Engage, Assess and Build Community in the Online and Face-to-Face Class
  • Student-Centered Flexible Course Design Strategies
  • Bringing National Professional Development to the Department
  • Engaging Students as LeADERS via High-Impact Practices Online
  • Using Pair Programming to Teach Computer Programming for Students With Learning Disability via Zoom
  • Universal Design - Strategies to Foster Equity, Accessibility, & Inclusion in Teaching and Learning
  • Reflection and Responsibility in the Virtual Writing Classroom ... and Beyond
  • How to Make an Asynchronous Course Feel Synchronous with Technology!
  • Impact of COVID on Remote Learners
  • Transformative Thinking: Tracking Down Online Learning Engagement Trends, Strategies and Assessment
  • In My Shoes
  • Transforming the Community: Enhancing Online Engagement Through Client-based Service Learning
  • Learning Is Messy - The Trial and Error of Moving to Online Training
  • Incorporating Puzzle Rooms in a Nursing Pharmacology Course

Read session details and sign up at the conference website. If you have questions, please email

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