9:30: Welcome and Preview: Josef Brandauer

9:45: Course Design in Uncertain Times: Sharon Birch.

We know we have a lot of course redesign in front of us, and we know it is going to take a lot of time to do this work. We don’t want to waste time developing materials, activities and assessments that we won’t be able to use.  This talk covers:

-Teaching modalities and the uncertainties of the 20-21 academic year

-Lessons from blended design as a way to be ready for any variety of in-person and online scheduling

Powerpoint for talk

Google Doc:

10:30: Break

10:45: Break into small groups for discussion

11:15: Regroup for for quesions and answers

12:00: Lunch

Optional Afternoon Sessions:


Session A: Universal Design for Learning Wherever You Are Learning:
Divonna Stebick, Clint Baugess. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all students based on scientific insights into how humans learn ( Please join us for an interactive session led by Divonna Stebick (Education Dept.) and Clint Baugess (Musselman Library) to review and identify simple changes to apply UDL practices in your classroom. The 45-minute interactive session will be appropriate to people with all levels of experience with UDL. The final 15 minutes will be used for discussion.

Session B: Plenary Followup: Sharon Birch.
For questions raised during the morning session that couldn’t be handled in the available time.


Session A: Lab classes – distanced, online, or a mix?
Shelli Frey, Lauren Klabonski, James Puckett. Shelli, Lauren, and James will briefly outline scenarios for designing a lab infrastructure with maximal flexibility while still addressing learning outcomes followed by working breakout sessions. Bring your syllabus and ideas!

Articles list:

Traditional labs vs. virtual

Session B: Creating effective hybrid courses in the studio and performing arts:
Chris Kauffman, James Day and Tina Gebhart. Join James Day, Tina Gebhart, and Chris Kauffman for an informal discussion on questions of creating effective hybrid courses in the Studio and Performing Arts


Session A: Accessible, Adaptable, Affordable: How OER and Low-Cost Materials can Future-Proof Your Courses:
Janelle Wertzberger, Mary Elmquist, Sarah Appendu. Sarah Principato (Environmental Studies), Alecea Standlee (Sociology), Mercedes Valmisa (Philosophy) When COVID-19 caused an emergency pivot to online teaching and learning, students and faculty suddenly needed course materials that were accessible and adaptable in that context. Open educational resources (OER) offer flexibility and resiliency in any mode of instruction, while simultaneously reducing inequities among students. Faculty can employ other strategies to reduce student costs, as well. Hosted by the Musselman Library Scholarly Communications team, this session will include a short presentation, testimonials from faculty who are already teaching with OER and other low-cost materials, and time for questions and discussion.

Takeaway document

Session B: Flipping the Classroom:
Tim Funk, Meg Blume-Kohout. Meg Blume-Kohout and Tim Funk will be discussing their experiences with active learning through a flipped classroom approach. A short presentation will be followed by Q&A and open discussion with a goal of providing tangible, practical tips and strategies.