Faculty Forum 2023

Conference - May 9

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:00 - 9:45 Session 1

Practical tips on advising and supporting Ecampus students [in-person]


Whether juggling a full-time job or a family, advising for distance students is far from what's needed for an on-campus student's experience. Armed with best practices from the leading national advising conference and knowledge on working with active duty and veteran students, this panel of advisors is ready to share what they've learned.

Andy Edwards, College of Liberal Arts; Jen Edwards, College of Liberal Arts; Erica Johnson, College of Agricultural Sciences; Liz Kelly, College of Agricultural Sciences

Room: Elle/Burlingham 111

How to implement academic integrity as a course touchstone [in-person]

Ready to move beyond the required syllabus section for academic integrity? Open the door for students to gain an appreciation for this crucial element of learning by applying it throughout your course. These instructors share how they're implementing academic integrity as a core tenet of their courses.

Danielle Safonte, College of Engineering; Inara Scott, College of Business; Michael Scott, College of Engineering

Room: Trysting Tree 114

Energize your students with active learning [hybrid]

Enthusiasm and consistent energy can be hard to come by in an asynchronous, online course. A panel of Ecampus instructors explores how to give students the power to amp things up with active learning activities like experiential learning, lab work and real-world simulations.

Daniel Andersen, College of Liberal Arts; Dawn Anzinger, College of Forestry; Onan Demirel, College of Engineering; Rorie Solberg, College of Liberal Arts

Room: Willamette Room 115 & online

9:45 - 10:00 Break

10:00 - 10:45 Session 2

Course design scaffolding to give extra support [in-person]

If you find your students needing some additional support when it comes to course content, consider how your design choices could better build students up for success. Specifically geared toward supporting transfer and stopout students, these instructors have developed courses that engage all learners, not just those who immediately grasp a concept.

Amanda Blaisdell, College of Science; Bill Jaeger, College of Agricultural Sciences; Jie Zhang, College of Science

Room: Trysting Tree 114

Push the boundaries of multimedia with video and animation [in-person]

This approach is far from your basic introduction video, so buckle up for adventure. Explore exciting new video and animation techniques developed in partnership with the Ecampus multimedia team. Speakers will share personal experiences and the impact these videos have had on their course engagement.

Dan Faltesek, College of Liberal Arts; Mykl Nelson, College of Agricultural Sciences; Paul Wanke, College of Liberal Arts

Room: Elle/Burlingham 111

Mix up your learning materials with interactivity [hybrid]

Bland learning materials can lead to lowered appetite for learning, so spice up your course by exploring engagement-focused content. Through creative content for students, you can reimagine the student experience and what it means to engage in an online course. Hear firsthand how these instructors leveraged innovation and new tools to do just that.

Eliza Barstow, College of Liberal Arts; Mark Edwards, College of Liberal Arts; Samina Ehsan, College of Engineering

Room: Willamette Room 115 & online

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:45 Session 3

Intro to Ecampus: A closer look at how course development happens [in-person]

Considering developing an online course? There has never been a better time to learn why more than 1,000 OSU faculty members collaborate with Ecampus every year. Innovative approaches like co-developing a course with another instructor means this high touch collaboration is always evolving. Learn about the online course development process from experienced faculty, gain insights from Ecampus instructional designers and discover how you can get started in this collaborative work.

Michael Curry, College of Engineering; Jonathan Kaplan, College of Liberal Arts; Rebekah Sinclair, College of Liberal Arts; Phil Chambers and Meghan Naxer, Ecampus

Room: Elle/Burlingham 111

Morning course design lightning talks and roundtable [in-person]

Start by selecting one of five lightning talks on important aspects of online teaching through the lens of hot topics like ChatGPT, then join in a roundtable discussion with pros and peers on what's next for online education. Topics include: academic integrity, creative student engagement, experiential, applied, and active learning, affordability, RSI and our "test kitchen" roundtable.

Moderated by the Ecampus instructional design team

Room: Trysting Tree 114

Practical tips for implementing Universal Design for Learning [hybrid]

Universal Design for Learning can seem overwhelming at first glance, from getting started to grading. This panel shares the essentials of how to approach incorporating UDL in your courses, instilling a sense of choice and agency for students as they progress through their learning.

Jennifer Creech, College of Liberal Arts; Kelsey Emard, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences; Blake Hausman, College of Liberal Arts

Room: Willamette Room 115 & online

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch and Keynote

From innovation fatigue to invigoration: Grounding yourself within the ever-changing landscape of online education [in-person]

In reality, innovation can be exhausting... whether it's responding to innovation or being asked to innovate ourselves. Coupled with a pandemic-fueled burnout, the continual emergence of new technologies, and the creation and resurgence of different online modalities and learning environments, faculty (and staff!) are faced with responding to innovation during a time of immense stress and change. And yet, to face familiar and emerging challenges, we will continue to need innovative ideas and approaches. How can we respond in a way that recharges and renews our teaching and our connection to students? Together, we'll explore practical strategies focused on foundational research and practices, such as interacting and engaging with online learners, responding to emerging modalities and technologies, and tackling continuous improvement in doable ways, that will provide grounding, continuity, and renewal as we continue to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Dr. Bethany Simunich, Vice President of Innovation & Research, Quality Matters

Room: Ballroom 

1:30 - 2:15 Session 4

The case for personalizable content [in-person]

Ever wondered how you can make your course content meaningful and personal to each of your students? Through opportunities for integrating personal perspectives into assignments, students can take key learnings with them when they graduate. Speakers will spark ideas for discussions, activities and projects in your courses.

Daniel Bradford, College of Liberal Arts; Mary Nolan, College of Liberal Arts; Amanda Terhes, College of Business

Room: Elle/Burlingham 111

Afternoon course design lightning talks and roundtable [in-person]

Not able to attend our morning session? Join this afternoon iteration by selecting one of five lightning talks on important aspects of online teaching through the lens of hot topics like ChatGPT, then participate in a roundtable discussion with pros and peers on what's next for online education. Topics include: academic integrity, creative student engagement, experiential, applied, and active learning, affordability, RSI and our "test kitchen" roundtable.

Moderated by the Ecampus instructional design team

Room: Trysting Tree 114

Answering essential questions about alternative grading [hybrid]

Are you interested in "ungrading" your students but unsure of where to start? Before you give up the task because of institutional limitations, sit in on this discussion with instructors who are using labor-based grading approaches. Hear firsthand how they are able to emphasize effort and learning progress to help promote an equitable experience for students.

KJ Joseph, College of Agricultural Sciences; Kristy Kelly, College of Liberal Arts; Arien Muzacz, College of Education

Room: Willamette Room 115 & online

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:15 Session 5

Charting new territory with custom media builds [in-person]

Looking to integrate immersive experiences that pull students in from the first interaction? Your courses will never be the same. From custom apps to virtual reality and interactive lessons, Ecampus web developers have helped build it all. Panelists will share the basics of creating bespoke student experiences in collaboration with the Ecampus team of pros.

Bryony DuPont, College of Engineering; Jonathan Leong, College of Business; Nicole Kurth, College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Room: Elle/Burlingham 111

The Ecampus student experience [in-person]

Have you ever wanted to learn what it's like to be an Ecampus student? In this moderated session, hear firsthand from current Ecampus students about their experience with online learning at OSU, what's working, and what they'd like to see more (or less!) of.

Ecampus Students; Kyle Whitehouse, Ecampus moderator

Room: Ballroom East

Meet the Ecampus research fellows [hybrid]

The Ecampus Research Unit funds an annual cohort of faculty fellows to research teaching and learning in online and hybrid courses. In this interactive panel, fellows from recent cohorts will report on their projects, share what they learned and answer questions about their research and experiences.

Lauren Dalton, College of Science; Kathryn McIntosh, College of Education; Jeremy Rose, College of Science

Room: Willamette Room 115 & online