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Fall 2021 Schedule

Grab your lunch and join us for the Online Teaching and Leadership Series Brown Bag Fridays in which UT instructional faculty share strategies, tips and recommendations for successful teaching and learning online.

Brown Bag sessions run from 12-1pm EST. See below for details.
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Creating Student Interaction in an Online Synchronous Classroom

Brian Stevens
Senior lecturer in Business Analytics
Haslam College of Business

Practices that Enhance Student Success in an Online Class

Dr. Bob Dubois
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in Psychology 

Looking to improve student learning and success? Dr. Bob DuBois, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Psychology, will describe some of the best practices that he employs to enhance student learning and success in his online and on-campus courses, including actions that help students learn, stay motivated, and be productive (e.g., lifelong learning workshops), promote compassion and resilience (e.g., Three Wishes Policy, learning assessments), active learning (e.g., jigsaw activities, Flipgrid discussions), and supportive communication (e.g., Remind, check-in surveys) 

Setting Up Your Online Course From A Feminist Pedagogy Perspective 

Kate M. Chaffin
Director of Online MSSW Program
Associate Professor of Practice

Theoretical perspectives can often be helpful when designing our online courses; this brown bag lunch series will consider feminist perspectives in online pedagogy as an engagement tool for students. Overall, feminist frameworks center the student and are inclusive, considering intersections of race, gender, sex, ability, ethnicity, and religion. Additionally, a feminist pedagogy values empathy and social responsibility to enhance critical thinking while considering that students learn best when interacting, collaborative, and empowered. Strategies will be discussed to develop online courses with these values in mind so that students are fully engaged and intellectually curious while in their online classes.

“Not Another Speech?” Designing Innovative Opportunities for Effective Student Communication 

Suzy Prentiss 
Distinguished Lecturer 

We all know how important oral communication skills are for our students and may wonder what other options there are besides traditional speeches. In this workshop, we will engage, explore, and envision opportunities for students to develop effective oral communication skills in innovative, safe, and inclusive ways that develop their skills, build confidence, and empower each to share their story. We will discuss different types of presentations, in class activities and online resources targeted to reduce anxiety, support skill development, and build community while helping our students feel empowered and ready to share their talents. Please join us! 

Stress Management: Addressing Your Health Through Nutrition And Wellness 

Lee Murphy 
Distinguished Lecturer & Registered Dietitian 

Have you been stressed lately?…  Who hasn’t?! … Food can be a coping mechanism during stressful times.  The substances we consume can both positively and negatively affect our overall health and wellness.  Join Lee Murphy, Registered Dietitian from the Department of Nutrition, as she outlines healthful tips for eating & wellness, along with a discussion of how stress affects our food choices, metabolism, and overall health.

On the Use of ePortfolios for Evidence-based Learning and Teaching  

Peiling Wang
Professor in the School of Information Sciences

An electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) is a valuable tool for learning and teaching. Working on an ePortfolio, learners reflect on learning experiences and select exemplary learning outcomes to showcase their integration of knowledge and mastery of skills. Instructors can adopt ePortfolio as a pedagogical tool in course design, programs can adopt ePortfolio as a capstone for evaluating learning outcomes, learners can use ePortfolio for lifelong learning, and graduates with an ePortfolio can increase their professional opportunities. 

Although using Web platform to deliver, ePortfolio is not a personal Webpage. This talk will present a process-to-product model for designing ePortfolio as a course assignment or as a program capstone option. 

How I Flipped My Classroom (and why I was glad I’d done it when Covid hit) 

Eric Kelley 
Goodner Professor, Associate Professor, Finance PhD Program Co-Director

After devoting more than a decade of his career to becoming a good lecturer, and succeeding by at least some measures, Dr. Kelley was frustrated. His students didn’t seem to learn at the level he desired, and he wondered if there was some other way to approach this “teaching” thing. In his search, he stumbled upon discussions of flipped classroom models and became curious. So he tried it. And he loved it. Student feedback was positive, and learning improved. In this session, Dr. Kelley discusses what a flipped classroom looks like for him, various things that worked (and others that failed), and how the structure he had in place facilitated a smooth transition into the online learning environment during the Covid pandemic. 

Faculty Panel: Lessons Learned from Teaching Online for the First Time

In this session, panelists will share their experiences of teaching online for the first time. They will discuss lessons they learned, what worked, and what they would do differently. The panelists include: Dr. Andy Puckett , Paul and Beverly Castagna Professor of Investments, Haslam College of Business; Dr. Eric Kelley, Goodner Professor, Associate Professor, Finance PhD Program Co-Director; Dr. Jenny Macfie, Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training, Psychology Department ; Dr. Erin Hardin, Professor, Associate Department Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Psychology; Dr. Todd Freeberg, Professor and Director, College Scholars Honors Program, Associate Head, Department of Psychology .

Applying UDL Principles to Online Teaching 

Michael Camponovo
GIS Outreach Coordinator
GIS Outreach and Engagement Laboratory

What do curb cuts and closed captioning have in common? Both were originally intended to support people with some form of impairment but are beneficial beyond their original intent. Within the Universal Design Framework we use this same approach through Multiple Means of Representation.  

Utilizing multiple means of representation like written text, audio, video, closed captioning, and graphic organizers will support all your students, not just those with impairments. In this session we will explore the practical steps necessary to creating these resources, hardware and software to make the job easier, and best practices developed over several years of learning the hard way. 

Using virtual reality for experiential learning in a language classroom 

Laurent Zunino
Distinguished Lecturer
French and Francophone Studies

Laurent Zunino, a Distinguished Lecturer in French, will share how his experiential learning journey took him from a regular French 212 course to a 212-gaming course, and ultimately to a 212 service-learning course. Innovative class formats and experiences helped diversify students’ learning opportunities, allowing learners to live the language in engaged environments 

Incorporating Activities to Foster Soft Skills

Miriam Larson
Instructional Designer/Developer
OIT & Adjunct Assistant Professor
Instructional Technology Program CEHHS

Incorporating activities to foster soft skills. 

Soft skills, sometimes referred to as interpersonal skills, are increasingly listed as desired competencies in job ads across all career environments and sectors. What ARE these skills and how can they be fostered at the course and program level to better prepare our students for a competitive global job market? This session will address the range of competencies categorized as soft skills, the most commonly-cited soft skills desired by employers across career environments and sectors, and will highlight tools and learning activities that have proven successful in fostering the development of those skills. 

Engaging and Supporting Adult and Nontraditional Learners in Distance Higher Education: An Application of Andragogy in Online Teaching 

Mitsunori Misawa
Associate Professor and Associate Department Head,  Co-Coordinator, EdPsych Online Master’s Program, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling

Dr. Misawa will focus on how to use some andragogical teaching approaches to engage and support adult and nontraditional learners in distance learning in contemporary higher education. Participants of this session will also have opportunities to examine their own current teaching practices. This session has three components. First, it will address some characteristics of adult and nontraditional learners in the current landscape of higher education. Then, it will briefly introduce andragogy by discussing six key components of adult learning. Last, this session will focus on some applications of andragogy in online teaching practices. After attending this session, the participants should be able to: (1) understand characteristics of adult and nontraditional students; (2) gain some knowledge about andragogy in general; and (3) strategize their own online teaching using andragogy. 

Brown Bags begin at noon. If you are trying to register for a session that has already started, please email Cris Emberton at for access.