Innovation in Online Learning
Transitioning our courses online has provided opportunities for innovation. Have you tried a new technology? Created videos for a flipped classroom? Discovered a new way to engage students in a difficult topic? Changed your content to respond to the realities of the pandemic? In this session we will hear about online teaching innovations from APRU teaching experts. Using the breakout rooms, we will then have time for discussion in small groups and return to the large room for the full group discussion. Join us for this opportunity to learn from our network as we continue to adapt our courses to remote instruction.
A certificate of completion is available to people who participate in all three sessions.
Session I: Supporting Students Beyond the Classroom
Date & Time:
March 3 at 6-7:30 pm (Pacific time)
March 4 at 10-11:30 am (Hong Kong time)
In addition to adapting online teaching methods, universities have focused on creating opportunities to support the full student experience beyond the classroom In this session our faculty experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Catherine Zhou, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) will share examples of programs designed to support the full educational experiences for students.
Session II: Creating an Active Learning Environment
Date & Time:
March 29 at 6-7:30 pm (Pacific time)
March 30 at 9-10:30 am (Hong Kong time)
Research has demonstrated that students have improved learning gains in an active learning environment. How can that be achieved in a remote or online course. Our faculty experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Maria Vassileva, Nagoya University) will share examples of active learning applicable to online and in person courses.
Session III: The Imperative Need for Collaboration During COVID for Higher Education
Date & Time:
April 26 at 6-7:30 pm (Pacific time)
April 27 at 9-10:30 am (Hong Kong time)
As faculty and students have settled into teaching and learning in remote environments, it has become clear the numerous ways that students and faculty benefit from collaborative experiences. In this session our faculty experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Claudia Tobar, Universidad San Francisco de Quito) will share experiences in developing and maintaining collaborations over the past year that have continued to provide benefits across higher education.
APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the APRU Global Health Working Group Webinars: Teaching in Virtual Environments (Part III) are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees. APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.
Eleanor “Elly” Vandegrift is the program director for Global Science Education Initiatives in the Division of Global Engagement at the University of Oregon. Trained as an ecologist, Elly has taught university-level life sciences courses, led STEM education professional development programs, and supported curricular and pedagogical reform to make science interesting, engaging, and relevant to improve students learning experiences. She has facilitated STEM education and communication workshops with US and global partners. As recognition of her teaching excellence, Elly has received four university and national pedagogy awards. She is the author of several articles about STEM education reform and professional development.
Catherine Zhou, PhD is a Teaching Associate at the Office of the Dean of Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Prior to this she worked at the Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has a PhD degree in computer science and engineering and currently focuses on research postgraduate student education. Her teaching and research interests include research integrity, emotional resilience and intelligence, and mentorship. She is in charge of the research postgraduate student professional development program within the School of Engineering. Catherine is interested in student-centered teaching and learning strategies, such as e-learning, blended learning, flipped classroom, and experiential learning.
Maria Vassileva is an associate professor at Nagoya University (Japan), teaching at the university’s English-language-based international program. Trained in veterinary medicine, she has pursued a research career with a PhD in molecular epidemiology. Her current research interests are in health education and biology science education. She teaches genetics and physiology courses to both biology majors and non-major students. Her teaching interests are focused on methods to stimulate conceptual learning in science courses, using active learning approaches and technology as tools. Her efforts in teaching innovation and internationalization of STEM higher education has earned her the Nagoya University t Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching award.
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Claudia Tobar directs the Insititute for Teaching and Learning (IDEA) at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador. She is the founder of SHIFT Academy where she leads innovation projects for higher education.
Claudia teaches in the Department of Education, undergraduate program. She is editor-in-chief of Para El Aula magazine, a quarterly publication resource by and for teachers. She runs a children’s library for the community in Quito and develops educational innovation projects using technology. Claudia is a Doctor in Education and has a master’s degree in Special Education and Preschool.