Fall 2020 Teaching & Learning Symposium

Teaching Symposium

Friday, October 23, 2020

Online via zoom

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and the Center for Transformative Teaching are pleased to sponsor the fall 2020 Teaching and Learning Symposium on October 23 hosted via Zoom. This symposium provides an opportunity to engage in conversations about teaching and learning and to hear from experts on emerging issues in improving student outcomes to improve teaching at Nebraska.

Schedule of Events

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Asynchronously browse posters and learn about methods and techniques University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty are using.

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Welcome from director Nick Monk, Center for Transformative Teaching, and introduction of keynote speaker Jesse Stommel.

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Interactive Keynote

Start by Trusting Students: Active Learning and Inclusive Pedagogies in Moments of Crisis

Jesse Stommel

We need to be thinking about how we respond in the moment to this emergent crisis, but it’s just as important that we talk about sustainable ways forward. What we are facing right now will influence education for years, and it’s exposing inequities and systemic injustices that many students have faced all along. In a piece we wrote for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Sara Goldbrick-Rab and I wrote,

"We need to design our pedagogical approaches for the students we have, not the students we wish we had. This is not a theoretical exercise — it is a practical one."

Inclusivity on a college campus starts with small, human acts. What does it look like to do this kind of work online? How do we walk our virtual campuses to address accessibility concerns? Where do we hold the necessary town hall meetings to address hard questions about inclusivity? How do we connect students learning on-ground to students who can only learn online?

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Jessie Stommel

Jesse Stommel

Digital Learning Fellow and Senior Lecturer of Digital Studies at the University of Mary Washington

Read Jesse Stommel's full bio

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Townhall moderated by Nick Monk and Jesse Stommel

In this town hall meeting, participants will hear answers to some of the most asked questions by faculty regarding online learning, student engagement, and more.

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1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Lunch break* and browse posters.

*Please note, there is no in person lunch provided this year

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Building Community in Online and Hybrid Courses with Jesse Stommel

Educational institutions are spaces for learning, but more specifically, they are spaces for social learning. So, our role as educators and administrators of educational institutions has to be focused on building community in addition to offering courses, designing curriculum, and credentialing. There is no one-size-fits-all set of best practices for building a learning community, whether on-ground or online. And there is no secret mix of ingredients that create the perfect hybrid strategy. There has been much talk over the last several months about maintaining ‘continuity’ of instruction and assessment, but less discussion about how we maintain the communities at the heart of our educational institutions. This is the design challenge before us.

In this workshop, we will explore practical solutions for building inclusive learning communities online. We will talk openly about the challenges we face, look to models for guidance, and brainstorm ways to implement new (and revised) practices.

4:00 p.m.

Symposium Adjourns

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