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Agenda and Recordings

Synchronous keynote presentations and panel sessions are detailed below.  These conference sessions will be hosted in Zoom. Please click on the presentation title to register for the session(s) in which you have an interest.

Monday, May 24

12 - 4:30 p.m.  

12-12:50 p.m. / Keynote: Reflecting on Teaching & Learning in 2020

Presenters: Alice Donlan (Director of Research, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center) and Megan Masters (Director, DIT Academic Technology Experience)

What a Year! Join us to reflect on Teaching & Learning this year. We will share insights into the student and instructor experiences, and some of the incredible instructional advances that were made possible by the Teaching Innovation Grants.  

Constraints and Creativity (presenter slides PDF)

1-1:50 p.m. / Creative Assessment Strategies

When instructors cultivate an environment of respect and trust with flexible and differentiated assessments, students often produce surprising and creative ways of demonstrating learning. Often the assessment becomes the vehicle for deeper learning. Join this panel of instructors who have worked to find new and innovative ways to assess students.
Panelists: MaryBeth Furst and Roxanne Lefkoff (Marketing, R.H. Smith School of Business), Alice Donlan (College of Education and Teaching and Learning Transformation Center), and Doireann Renzi (College of Education and Office of Transformational Learning)
Moderator: Marni L. Blachowicz, Office of Transformational Learning, R.H. Smith School of Business


2-2:50 p.m. / Leveraging Technology to Support Experiential Courses

We have pivoted to 100% online; now figure out how to provide a meaningful science lab experience, rehearse and produce an opera, or lead students in contextual foreign language conversational experiences. Panelists will discuss the challenges they embraced, the strategies and technologies they employed, and feedback they received from their students on their teaching innovations.
Panelists:  Amanda Consol (School of Music), Swarna Mohan (College of Computer, Math & Natural Sciences), Mary Ellen Scullen and Clara Danos (French, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
Moderator: Deborah Mateik, DIT Learning Technology Design


3-3:50 p.m. / Engaging Learners in Classes Big and Small

Engaging students to increase motivation and learning has always been an important challenge. Join us for a panel of UMD instructors to hear about practices and techniques they used this past year to help students feel connected, engage fully with the content, or just simply to stay focused during learning.
Panelists: Ira Chinoy (Philip Merrill College of Journalism), Kyle Dorsey (Criminal Justice, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences), Pam Duffy (iSchool), Jennie Lee Kim (Human Development & Quantitative Methodology, College of Education)
Moderator: Mary Warneka, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center

Engaging Learners in Classes Big and Small - Google Slides


4-4:30 p.m. / Birds-of-a-feather and Q&A session (recordings were not made of the BOF sessions)


Tuesday, May 25

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

9-9:50 a.m. / Keynote: Promoting New Learning Experiences at UMD

Presenter: Dr. Marcio Oliveira, Assistant Vice President, DIT Academic Technology & Innovation,  Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center

2020 brought us a chance to explore different ways to teach and learn. The next chapter will require that we cultivate a culture of learning that champions creativity and innovation. The challenges here are twofold: how to adjust our practices  and how to choose the risks that we are willing to take.

Promoting New Learning Experiences at UMD (presenter slides PDF)

10-10:50 a.m. / Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator

In this synchronous online panel, you will hear experiences and strategies from instructors on campus who are exploring what it means to be an anti-racist educator.
Panelists:  Michelle Magalong (Historic Preservation Program, School of Architecture), Alana Hackshaw (School of Public Policy), Jasmón Bailey (Sociology, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences)
Moderator: Louisa Nkrumah, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center

PDFs of presenter slides


11-11:50 a.m. / Designing for Accessible and Equitable Learning

In this synchronous panel, we will discuss designing learning using Universal Design for Learning and other methods of ensuring accessible and equitable learning.
Panelists:  Sandra Saperstein (Behavioral & Community Health, School of Public Health),  Jo Ellen Barnhart (Institute of Applied Agriculture, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources), Katharina Boser (EDSP UMD Shady Grove)
Moderator: Susan Johnston, DIT Learning Technology Design


12-12:30 p.m. / Birds-of-a-feather and Q&A session (recordings were not made of the BOF sessions)

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