Remote Learning: From Survival to Exceptional

University Departments Unite to Help Faculty Go From Survival to Exceptional

Remote Learning: From Survival to Exceptional Featured Faculty
Some of the featured faculty at the Remote Learning: From Survival to Exceptional Extravaganza

Starting on May 11, 2020, University departments from across campus will join together for two days of webinars and workshops to help faculty take their courses to the next level. At the Remote Learning: From Survival to Exceptional Extravaganza, SMU Libraries, SMU Global and Online (SMU GO), Office of Information Technology (OIT), and select faculty from a variety of disciplines will offer workshops and panel discussions to motivate faculty for the upcoming May and Summer sessions.

These sessions include unique Zoom panel discussions, workshops, and sessions covering topics such as fostering student interactions in remote learning, how to keep students from cheating, using easy templates for Canvas, and much more! Featured speakers include Ann Batenburg, David Jacobson, Jim Linck, Eva Oberdörster, Bivin Sadler, Brandy Schumann, Steve Sekula, Brian Zoltowski, and more.

Here a just some of the sessions featured over the two days:

Fostering Student Interactions

Engaging students is a critical component of student learning, and mastering student engagement in a remote setting can be a challenge. Join the panel discussion on methods to maintain engagement, interaction, and learning interest in the remote learning world.

The Role of An instructor in Remote Learning

A day in the life of a professor looks different when teaching remotely versus face-to-face. Join this panel as they discuss how they shift their time to meet the student’s learning needs in the remote learning world.

How to Keep Your Students From Cheating on Assessments?

Join the panel discussion on what faculty have done to keep students honest. Learn what worked, what did not, and what was a headache for faculty to manage.

Faculty Champions: The Bad, the Good, and the Ugly

Teaching remotely has been a unique experience for everyone. Join this panel discussion as they share their bad, good, and ugly experiences. See what helped them overcome challenges, learn things to avoid, and things that are a must.

Wellbeing in Isolation and Remote Instruction

Come and listen to a faculty member from SMU Counseling provide some tips for overall wellbeing during remote instruction. You will hear about the services available for you and your students during this time.

Action-based Assessments

Multiple choice, true and false, is that measuring learning outcomes? This panel will discuss alternative methods to assess student learning.

All of the sessions are free to the SMU community, but you must register for each session you wish to attend. To see the complete line up of sessions and to register, please visit

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.