OLC Live: Teaching And Learning In A Time Of Uncertainty

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Right now, people around the world are experiencing multiple, interrelated challenges to life and wellbeing: a pandemic, growing economic inequality and uncertainty, various political crises, continuing struggles for equity and justice for all people, global climate change, and a range of local issues. All of this is probably coupled with a lot of internal challenges and struggles within their own homes, whether with parenting, their partners, or self-isolation. How and where do we focus our teaching and learning practices with all this going on? Join OLC Innovate 2020 keynoter Maha Bali to discuss how to balance being human and being an educator and faculty developer in this complex time.

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Nate is an evangelist who connects people, ideas, and technologies to make things better, currently working with Hypothesis (https://web.hypothes.is), the nonprofit organization that stewards open, standards-based annotation technologies and practices. He has worked across a wide variety of public and private institutions, focusing on community development, digital communications, meaningful education, open technologies, and sustainable growth. Nate lives in Portland, Oregon USA with some other cats and humans. Learn more about Nate on his blog (http://xolotl.org) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/xolotl).
Maha Bali is a passionate critical, open and connected educator, writeaholic and learnaholic. She is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, where she has worked since 2003. She has a PhD in Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound (https://unboundeq.creativitycourse.org). Her research interests include higher education, faculty development, critical pedagogy and critical thinking, open and online education, intercultural learning, and citizenship education. She teaches digital literacies in an intercultural context, and has taught educational game design, and educational technology for teachers. She is an editorial board member of 6 journals of educational technology and higher education, including Hybrid Pedagogy and OLC's Online Learning Journal. She was featured in the Uncommon Women Coloring Book 2018 alongside 15 others for her 'unparalleled dedication to connecting researchers, activists and practitioners around the globe' http://uncommonwomen.org/uncommon-women-2018 and was interviewed in the Leaders and Legends of Online Learning Podcast https://onlinelearninglegends.castos.com/podcasts/691/episodes/009-associate-professor-maha-bali. She blogs at http://blog.mahabali.me and tweets @bali_maha

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