A Wizard’s Guide to Teaching Online by Design

Concurrent Session 7 & 8 (combined)
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Brief Abstract

You don’t have to be a wizard to make magic happen in an online course. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of teaching online by designing a virtual environment to engage learners and bring your content to life. Universal Design for Learning, magical media techniques, and best practices in online pedagogy will be outlined as we cast spells over dull teaching methods and produce captivating educational experiences. Grab your wand and broom for an enchanted time of creativity and exploration into the world of online wizardry.


Melody Buckner is the Director of Digital Learning and Online Education for the Office of Digital Learning, and the Interim Dean of UA South. In her role as director, she oversees the design, development and maintenance of over 700 courses within almost 80 fully-online programs the UA Online campus. She began at the UA almost a decade ago as an Instructional Designer, charged with helping faculty create online courses that reach out and engage students in an online UA experience. Before coming to the University, she served as an Instructional Designer in Professional Development and as an adjunct faculty for Pima Community College. Her educational background includes, a Bachelor of Science from the College of Architecture at Arizona State University and a Masters in Educational Technology at Northern Arizona University. She is earned her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona in 2015. Her informal education consists of living in over 40 different places including several countries overseas.

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