What Are Practical Solutions for Managing My Online Teaching Workload?

Monday, March 7—
Sunday, March 13, 2022

Instructor workload is a definite concern for instructors teaching online courses. Both the development and facilitation of online courses can be work-intensive; however, the workload related to developing and teaching online courses doesn’t need to be overwhelming.

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new window) will explore a variety of practical solutions instructors can use to manage the workload of online teaching.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Identify ways they can take into account workload considerations while they are planning and developing online courses

• Explain how the strategy of assigning less work could have a significant impact on instructor workload

• Describe how using certain feedback strategies to assess student work can positively influence instructor workload

• Pinpoint course development and facilitation practices that may be consistent “time stealers” and explore how to rectify those

• Understand the benefit of not “recreating the wheel” when developing and teaching online courses


Password: practical73


How Can I Assess Students in My Online Classes Through Student-created Videos?

Monday, February 28—
Sunday, March 6, 2022

This 20-Minute Mentor examines the technical, practical, and pedagogical aspects of assessing students through student-generated videos. By incorporating student videos into online classes, students can feel connected to their classmates and more engaged with course content. Online instructors may encounter some challenges when incorporating student videos initially. This session provides practical ways to avoid them.

In this 20-Minute Mentor, (opens in a new window) you’ll learn how to incorporate student-created video to broaden assessment in their online classes. They will learn how to avoid common obstacles and how best to structure assignments to leverage student videos.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Identify the technical, practical, and pedagogical aspects of assessing online students through student-generated videos

• Examine common obstacles for incorporating student-created videos in online classes

• Outline ways to structure assignments to leverage student videos


Password: videos747


How Can Disruptive Innovation Impact STEM Education?

Monday, February 21—
Sunday, February 27, 2022

Much of STEM education is focused on sustaining technologies, which get more complex and expensive over time. However, many customers are actually best served by solutions that are simpler
and cheaper, opening up opportunities for disruptive innovations.

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new window) discusses concepts and examples related to disruptive innovation, including how they can be used to help train students to become more customer-focused. Our expert presenter will provide some basic background information, examples, and an activity to help viewers learn and apply the concepts to their own teaching.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Describe the difference between disruptive and sustaining innovations

• Identify different customer segments, including under-served, over-served, and not-served

• Recognize historical examples of disruptive innovation

• Complete an activity intended to explore a particular industry, technology, or product for potentially disruptive innovations, which can also be used to teach disruptive innovation to students


Password: disruptive96


What’s Different About Teaching Online, and How Do I Change So My Students Succeed?

Monday, February 14—
Sunday, February 20, 2022

In some ways, it is absolutely true that ‘good teaching is good teaching’. However, teaching in unique modalities, especially online vs face-to-face, is different. These two modalities require some unique and intentional instruction and faculty must be purposeful with teaching is approached in these different modalities.

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new window) will address the main differences between F2F and Online Instruction while providing some practical tips for making minor changes to help students succeed.


Password: different41


How Do I Create a Class That Support First-Year Students?

Monday, February 7—
Sunday, February 13, 2022

There are several things that can be done in the design, facilitation, and assessment of a course to foster the skills and mindsets necessary for success in first-year students. These methods, which can be used in any class modality and will benefit all students, can help you support first-year students and give them the structure necessary to be successful in all of their courses.

This 20-Minute Mentor presents several design-based first-year supports, how to create opportunities in the facilitation of your courses to create and build classroom skills, and how to plan/implement evaluations to continue to support students in their educational journey.


Password: Password: students27


Bearing Witness as an Act of Love, Resistance, and Healing

Bearing Witness as an Act of Love, Resistance, and Healing

Friday, February 4th
10 am -11 am Keynote
11 am -12 pm Interactive Follow-up
The CTEI with the U of Mich, Hub, and Digital Education is inviting you to attend our first keynote of Digital Education Day (DE Day). This year DE Day is completely virtual and will actually span 3 days. Our first keynote is none other than UM-Dearborn philosophy alum and Wayne State University School of Medicine graduate Mays Imad, a nationally recognized expert on trauma-informed teaching and learning. Dr. Imad’s presentation will explore the neuroscience of toxic stress and how understanding its effects can empower us to support ourselves and our students as we cope, engage, connect, and learn. 

Together we will examine the principles and practical examples of equity-centered trauma-informed approaches and reflect on the connections between trauma-informed education, healing, and restorative justice. Participants will walk away with concrete strategies they can use in their own courses and contexts to help their students’ learning and success. 
Register for both using this link but please feel free to join as you are able

How Do I Structure Virtual Office Hours to Promote Student Use?

Monday, January 31—
Sunday, February 6, 2022

Despite the value inherent in office hours, students cannot benefit from office hours if they don’t attend. Consequently, faculty waste time creating office hours that students do not use. It is essential
to create and implement office hours with the unique needs of online students in mind so that faculty
time is not wasted. The challenges of office hours are intensified in the remote, isolated context of the virtual classroom, but fortunately, current technology offers an array of solutions that allow faculty to adapt traditional views of office hours to meet the needs of online students more effectively.

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new window) provides concrete strategies for designing, scheduling, and facilitating online office hours to maximize students’ use. The presenter will provide the most useful ways to utilize office hours and align them with students’ needs, preferences, and perspectives.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Understand the reasons why students don’t attend traditionally structured office hours

• Design virtual office hours in a manner that increases student use

• Facilitate asynchronous virtual office hours

• Integrate technologies to create and implement synchronous virtual office hours


Password: structure331


How Can I Plan (or Revise) My Courses More Efficiently?

Monday, January 24—
Sunday, January 30, 2022

Do you have a system or standard process for prepping a course you’ve taught before? Where do you start? Often, planning revolves around syllabus revision, closing loopholes, and adjusting dates. What most of us need is a strategic, instructional sound set of steps to help guide our decision-making.

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new window) provides just that, a four-step model considering the big picture goals, major content areas, calendar implications, and assessments. Learn how to set up your courses with the emotional ebbs and flows of the semester.


Password: plan542


Digital Education Days 2022 Virtual Conference

Friday, February 4, Wednesday, February 9, and Tuesday, February 15.

The UM-Dearborn Office of Digital Education, the Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources, and our colleagues at Henry Ford College and the University of Michigan-Flint are proud to present the sixth annual Digital Education Days Conference.  

For 2022, Digital Education Days has been expanded to a 3 day series of shorter virtual events spread over a couple weeks in February. This year’s virtual conference event is open to and will include presenters from UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint, and Henry Ford College (HFC).  

The full conference schedule, including Zoom registration links for each session, is found in this link:


​MCO OER: Faculty Conversations: Hassan Nameghi

1/21/2022 @ 12:00 to 12:45 PM

Join us for the 2021-2022 series of MCO Faculty Conversations on Open Educational Resources (OER). These conversations feature faculty who are currently using an open textbook or other free or low-cost materials in their courses. Tomorrow’s session will feature our very own, Hassan Nameghi, who will share his own experience from the Engineering department, Henry Ford College.