Teaching Excellence + Technology Innovations: Empowering Students to Engage and Learn

Online education affords more people more opportunities to earn a college degree. The steady growth of online enrollments shows the value and importance of making online learning experiences as effective and impactful as we can. When we combine excellent instruction in digital environments with the affordances of emerging technologies, we create a synergistic opportunity to support all of our learners in their educational journeys. Let’s focus in on the potential we have to combine great teaching with great technology to help our students engage more fully and learn more effectively.

Flower Darby celebrates and promotes excellent teaching for the sake of our students and their learning. She’s the Director of Teaching for Student Success at Northern Arizona University, where she’s taught for over 23 years in English, Educational Technology, Leadership, Dance and Pilates. Flower teaches face-to-face, blended and online classes at NAU, and she also teaches online classes at Estrella Mountain Community College. She loves to apply effective teaching principles and practices across the disciplines and to help others do the same. She’s the author, with James M. Lang, of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (2019).