Weaving the Threads of Teaching Excellence: A Connected Plenary with Flower Darby

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Brief Abstract

Moving beyond the mere transactional sit-and-get conference experience, OLC Accelerate brings together educators from across the globe to engage in critical change work in supporting the modern learner, anywhere and anytime. Part fireside chat and part active design sprint, this session will connect Flower Darby’s opening keynote to the collective findings amassed throughout the conference. Using a curated set of notes collected by numerous conference attendees, session participants will first hear Flower reflect on how the discussions and themes from the conference presentation connect to our collective role in empowering students to engage and learn. Then, we will collect in groups aligned to different tracks of the conference, further reflecting on how we might each amplify our efforts in combining teaching excellence and technological innovations to support student success. We’ll close with a brief share out and call to action in support of our future discussions, collaborations, and advocacy.

Join us for a transformative session that will not only weave together the threads of OLC Accelerate 2020 as a closing activity, but will provide you with a road map and continued momentum for the shared path ahead of ensuring access and impact of our online, blended and digital teaching and learning practices.

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Flower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As faculty and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for over 24 years in a range of subjects including English, Technology, Leadership, Dance, and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines, and to help others do the same.

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