Global Transitions And Adjustments To Support Teaching In The Pandemic And Plans For Moving Forward

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Tune into a conversation featuring teaching and learning leaders from around the globe about their institution’s efforts to support teaching in the pandemic as well as their plans for the future.  In this session, education leaders at University of Technology Sydney, Ivey Business School at University of Western Ontario, Arizona State University, and Sheffield Hallam University will talk with Tawnya Means, Chief Learning Officer at Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois to share experiences and challenges in making program adjustments to meet students’ needs through the pandemic, how they see leveraging the lessons learned by faculty, and what they hope for the future of teaching and learning in the post pandemic world.


Dr. Tawnya Means is the Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to this role, Tawnya served as the Assistant Dean and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center for the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, leading teaching and learning support and providing faculty development programs and resources for instructional innovation and adoption of pedagogical best practices. With 20 years of experience in higher education, course design, and educational consulting, Tawnya has also taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, technology, and leadership in remote teams. Dr. Means received her B.S. in Education, M.S. in Educational Technology, and Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis on learning systems design, all from the University of Missouri. She completed the AACSB Post-doctoral bridge program in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. Her research interests are in online and blended learning, active learning, learning space design, technology for teaching, access to digital learning resources, and faculty preparation to teach. She has long been a leader in campus initiatives and committees and actively presents at conferences and other institutions and organizations on technology-enhanced learning.
Professor Sara Denize is the Associate Dean, Education at UTS Business School where she has responsibility learning innovation, quality and enhancement for a large portfolio of postgraduate and undergraduate coursework programs. The School has over 10,000 business students and she has overarching responsibility for the learning experience. Sara is known for her experience in large-scale curriculum projects aimed to improve student experiences in both classroom and in online delivery contexts. Other projects have included the development of transdisciplinary courses in collaboration with colleagues in sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as the development and delivery of fully online, hybrid and stackable degree options and microcredentials. Sara has also lead large-scale projects to support remote delivery (including providing online exams) and the transition to new learning management systems.
David Wood is a member of the faculty in operations management at the Ivey Business School and the Executive Director of Ivey Publishing. He spent many years in industry as the director of sales and marketing and then as vice president of manufacturing before becoming president for W. C. Wood Company, a global manufacturer of home appliances. He has written many cases on process design, quality management, and operations strategy. Wood is the coauthor of a series of books on learning with cases and writing cases, and he has won a number of teaching awards, including the David G. Burgoyne Teaching Award and Outstanding Case Teacher from The Case Centre.
Dan Gruber is the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning and Clinical Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Dan provides leadership for the ongoing improvement and enhancement of faculty teaching and student learning innovation throughout the W. P. Carey School’s curricula. Dan’s research on managing unexpected events and organizational resilience has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Organization Science and Academy of Management Annals. His teaching is at the intersection of strategic management, organizational change and communication. Before joining Arizona State University, Dan was the Associate Dean of Innovation and New Ventures and a Professor-Educator in the department of management at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to serving as Associate Dean at the University of Cincinnati, Dan was a faculty member for eight years at both the Medill School of Journalism and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Dan has won teaching awards at the University of Michigan as a doctoral student and Northwestern University as a faculty member, as well as grants for creating teaching innovations and piloting teaching technologies.
Dr. Lucian Tipi has a proven track record of successful senior academic leadership at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) in the United Kingdom, in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering (CBTE), in the Sheffield Business School (SBS). Lucian has extensive experience of delivering strategic, internal and external projects, e.g. Academic Work Planning, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. Lucian is data and facts driven, as evidence based, large scale, decision making is essential to ensure the success of a double digit million pound College. As the Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Lucian leads on strategic and operational activities in CBTE. He takes an active role in the wider SHU through various projects. Lucian has developed a range of international opportunities with partners such as QUT (Australia), UBB (Romania) and IIT Roorkee (India). Lucian has successfully led on product portfolio development, with focus on innovative design, to deliver products in a wide range of Business and Accounting courses with international partners such as VTC (SHAPE) in Hong Kong, TAR UC in Malaysia and BAC in Botswana. Lucian has worked internationally, in a variety of industries including the armed forces, steel industry, IT consultancy and academia. Lucian maintains engagement with business through a variety of projects and focus groups to ensure his professional currency. Lucian’s research interests are in Project Management, Information Systems in Business, and Education. He has published in these areas, mainly at international level, through case studies, books and book chapters, journal papers and conference papers.

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