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March 29, 2018 | Teach Smarter: Maximize Your Impact in the Online Classroom

Presented by B. Jean Mandernach, Ph. D., Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University

The online classroom offers a plethora of instructional opportunities. The ubiquity of the online classroom combined with an ever-evolving list of instructional technologies, limitless educational resources and a plethora of pedagogical tasks (facilitating discussions, grading, feedback, content development, one-to-one communication, etc.) often leaves faculty struggling to prioritize their limited teaching time. While research supports the value and relevance of fostering an engaging, personalized, interactive online classroom, it stops short of explaining HOW to create this experience.

To be effective, faculty need to know more than WHAT to do; they need the skills, abilities and tools to implement pedagogical strategies in an efficient and effective manner. Mandernach’s presentation will examine the use of learning analytics and instructional technologies to:

  • Prioritize teaching tasks
  • Streamline repetitive instructional activities
  • Guide content development
  • Foster more meaningful student interaction
  • All without further burdening faculty workload

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM (CST)
University of Nebraska at Kearney

About the Speaker

B. Jean Mandernach Portrait

B. Jean Mandernach is executive director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. Her research focuses on enhancing student learning in the online classroom through innovative instructional and assessment strategies. She explores strategies for integrating efficient online instruction in a manner that maximizes student learning, satisfaction, and engagement. In addition, she has interests in the development of effective faculty evaluation models, perception of online degrees, data analytics, and faculty workload considerations.

Mandernach is an active presenter and consultant in the field of online education and serves on various editorial boards including the Journal of Educators Online, eLearn Magazine, InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, and Journal of Instructional Research. In addition to authoring numerous journal articles and chapters, Mandernach co-authored (along with Tobin and Taylor) the book, Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices.

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