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The Office of Distance Learning will hold a live, virtual event Feb. 14-16 aimed at highlighting faculty innovations aimed at increasing student engagement and improving learning outcomes. 

During Innovative Teaching & Learning Week, University faculty, staff, and members of the Distance Learning Instructional Support Team will present on emerging topics in education that support all students, online and in the classroom. 

Interested faculty can register for sessions ahead of Innovative Teaching & Learning Week to receive a Zoom link and session reminders. 

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Innovative Teaching & Learning Week

Tuesday, Feb. 14

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Competency-Based Education: What Is It and Why Is It Good for Students?
Presenters: James Kimball, Department of Mathematics, and Francesco Crocco, Office of Distance Learning
Competency-based education is a common buzzword in higher education today. Join us to learn what it is, how it differs from traditional education, and why it can help us teach our students.
2 - 3 p.m.
Microlearning - Learn More in Less Time
Presenters: Megan Breaux, Department of Educational Curriculum & Instruction, and Diana Wu, Office of Distance Learning
Learners digest and remember information better in a tightly-focused piece. Microlearning is the solution. Join us to learn different types of microlearning and discuss the best practices and tips to create effective microlearning.


Wednesday, Feb. 15

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Students in Crisis: Practical Steps for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
Presenters: Gregory Zerangue, Student Affairs; Lorraine Hebert-Palmer, Counseling & Testing; Ashley Fontenot, Counseling & Testing; and Andrea Leonard, Office of Distance Learning
Join our discussion on the different types of post-COVID crises within the student population, what to say and do when interacting with students, and some strategies and resources available for support.
1 - 2 p.m.
Informed by Pedagogy: Designing Effective Online Learning Experiences
Presenters: Aimee Barber, Department of Educational Curriculum & Instruction; Douglas Williams, Department of Educational Curriculum & Instruction; Marietta Adams, Department of Educational Curriculum & Instruction; and Alise Hagan, Office of Distance Learning
Three faculty will share their experiences transitioning a course online during the pandemic, and the key lessons learned on the pedagogy of high-quality teaching regardless of modality.


Thursday, Feb. 16

11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Why use a 360 Virtual Tour?
Presenters: Penny Powell, Department of Biology, and Reneé Fiser, Office of Distance Learning
Learn how a Virtual 360 Tour can incorporate interactive elements to help your students understand an actual environment. This tour uses a 360 camera with videos.
2 - 3 p.m. 
Putting Video Best Practices into Action
Presenter: Mike Williams, Office of Distance Learning
Hear fellow faculty experiences in creating instructional videos, and learn basic tips to improve your own videos. Topics will include basic video editing, inserting closed captions, and breaking long videos up into smaller chunks.