Burned Out: Stories Of Compassion Fatigue

Pre-Conference Workshop Session 1
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Brief Abstract

Learning designers are critical to the success of the digital transformation of higher education. This session is designed to support learning designers who have led the charge during COVID to support their campus in the transition to emergency remote teaching and so much more. How do we make use of the momentum gained during COVID times and advance the field of learning design in a thoughtful way? This workshop will allow us to ideate on what’s next for the field.

After a conversation related to the article Burned Out: Stories of Compassion Fatigue authored by the co-presenters, we will engage in an interactive workshop of reflection, problem definition, and solution design.

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the elements of compassion fatigue and burnout, and how it is experienced by those in the learning design field.
  • Identify what factors support or hinder work-life balance.
  • Apply findings to both compassion fatigue and burnout that is experienced by learning designers and other staff that supported the pivot to online learning.

Virtual pre-conference master classes (Friday, September 17) can be added to your conference registration at a price of $125 for one or $220 for a two workshop combo deal.

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Whitney Kilgore, Ph.D. is co-founder and chief academic officer of iDesign, a partner to universities who wish to build, grow, and support online and blended course and program offerings. iDesign provides concierge, white-glove instructional design support to faculty partners. Their designers bring expertise, service, and project structure to bear and ensuring that faculty feel comfortable, informed, and in control throughout the process of creating online learning experiences for their students. Dr. Kilgore has led the development of programs across the U.S., Spain, the Philippines, China, Australia, Latin America, and the U.K. As an academic, Dr. Kilgore has received recognitions for her work, including a research award from UNT and inclusion in the Top 10 Research Articles (co-authored with Aras Bozkurt of Turkey and Matt Crosslin from UTA) for 2017 list produced by Dublin City University for their work on Bot-Teachers in Hybrid Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): A Post-Humanist Experience. Whitney has been a part of the EdTech efficacy research project conducted in conjunction with Columbia University and the University of Virginia on EdTech Decision Making in Higher Education. She is currently working on research related to care theory in online learning and the impact to practice of humanizing online teaching and learning. She edited and published the book Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning and Connecting the Dots: Book: Improving Student Outcomes with Exceptional Instructional Design.
Dr. Prusko has over 15 years of experience developing innovative pedagogical approaches using multiple modalities. She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.), and Business Management (MBA) from Union College, and Curriculum and Instruction (Ph.D.) from University at Albany. As Associate Director of Learning Design within the Harvard Graduate School of Education Dr. Prusko oversees the design, development and project management of online and technology enhanced courses. Prior to her current role, Dr. Prusko worked as an Instructional Designer at Cornell University in the Center for Teaching Innovation, and as a faculty member at State University of New York, Empire State College, Center for Distance Learning and International Programs. Her current research focuses on course and system level structures that support inclusive, transformational learning experiences for all students, especially first generation and underrepresented student populations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. She is passionate about increasing global access to STEM education for all women, and believes by increasing access to education for women we can enable more communities across the globe to thrive and flourish.

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