9:30: Welcome and Preview: Eric Remy

9:45: Connecting at a Social Distance: Strategies for Keeping Students Engaged. Melissa Forbes and Kevin Moore. Last semester we had the benefit of doing distance learning with students who were already comfortable with us and with each other; this fall, we may not have that advantage. In this session, we will discuss situationally flexible approaches to helping students connect with instructors, course content, and each other. We will provide suggestions for building rapport with and among students who may be in disparate locations and helping students adapt to learning in an environment when their usual practices for staying informed, organized, and engaged may not be sufficient. We will also touch on some strategies for managing a workload that may be demanding in ways that are different from previous semesters.


Q&A Google doc

10:30: Break

10:45: Break into small groups for discussion

11:20: Regroup for for quesions and answers

12:00: Lunch

Optional Afternoon Sessions:


Session A: Creating Effective Online Content: Kevin Moore and Carrie Szarko. ​Getting comfortable with Screencast-O-Matic was the first step. Carrie Szarko and Kevin Moore can help with the next one by covering strategies for developing pedagogically sound lecture recordings, screencast videos, and other online learning content. A 25-minute presentation of best practices will be followed by time for Q&A.​


Session B: Teaching with Primary Sources from Special Collections: Carolyn Sautter, Amy Lucadamo. This office hour is open to all faculty members interested in sharing primary sources from Special Collections with their students. Carolyn Sautter and Amy Lucadamo will discussion how original posters, maps, rare books, documents, art, photographs, objects, and other unique historical items can be incorporated into both in person class sessions and digital assignments.


Session A: Lessons Learned From Online Summer Teaching: Achieving Your Learning Goals Online: Amy Evrard, Bill O’Hara. Amy and Bill will discuss some of the lessons they have learned in teaching Gettysburg’s summer hybrid courses including how to structure your course based on learning goals and how to keep Zoom discussions exciting

Session B: Motivating students in remote language learning environments: Henning Wrage, Junie Luo. Junjie Luo and Henning Wrage will introduce some tools helpful for motivating students and keeping them engaged in a remote-learning environment. A short presentation that is specific to language classed will be followed by Q&A and open discussion.

Session C: Designing Digital Projects for Your Courses: R.C. Miessler, John Dettinger.  R.C. Miessler (Systems Librarian) and John Dettinger (Assistant Director of User Services) will deliver a 30-minute workshop on how to design digital project for your courses. They will provide a model for digital project assignment design, including planning, instruction, and assessment strategies, as well as address how to successfully negotiate copyright concerns. A 15-minute Q&A and open discussion session will follow.


Session A: Helping Students From Different Backgrounds Thrive in STEM: Monique Gore, István Urcuyo, Darren Glass, Ryan Kerney. In this session, we will discuss strategies and general advice for helping students to thrive in STEM fields.  We will have brief comments on topics such as inclusive course design, pedagogical principles, and strategies for dealing with a range of cultural and academic backgrounds in the classroom, and then we will open it up for a general discussion of related issues.

Session B: The Shared Work of Difficult Conversations: Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams , Brenda Reyes-Lua, Paul Miller. This experiential and participatory session will offer an opportunity for everyone to bring their questions, expertise, skills and wisdom around navigating difficult conversations.

Resource guide

Session C: Plenary Followup: Melissa Forbes, Kevin Moore. For questions raised during the morning session that couldn’t be handled in the available time.