COVID-19 and Online Teaching: A Fireside Chat with Flower Darby

Concurrent Session 5
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Brief Abstract

COVID-19 had, and is potentially still having, an unparalleled impact on teaching and learning in higher ed. Never before has a single phenomenon caused such a wholescale change in the way we do college classes. Join us to reflect on our experience in Spring 2020, lessons learned, and future imperatives in light of this global pandemic. Darby will share considered insights and entertain audience questions as we seek to better understand what happened this spring and what we need to know to move forward, well, together.


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).

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