Move That Bus! Extreme Makeover - Online Engagement Edition: Mastering creative technologies to increase engagement

Pre-Conference Workshop Session 2

Brief Abstract

Are you tired of seeing the same old dusty, outdated ways of teaching in the online space? Your course doesn’t have to be the worst house on the block - in this workshop, we’ll show you how to update your curriculum with technologies that authentically engage your learners. We’ll start by showing you a “fixer upper” course, and provide inspiring examples of innovations in the digital learning space, along with a tool kit of contemporary technologies that will get your learners collaborating and engaging with your content.


There is a fee of $275 for this pre-conference Master Class. You may also register for this Master Class as part of a special $495 Combo package of 2 Master Classes (1 AM and 1 PM class).

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Stephanie serves as Senior Instructional Designer at the University of Arizona where she brings her science background into online course design. She earned her B.S. in Nutrition Science at the University of Arizona before moving to Boston to complete a Ph.D. in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition at Tufts University. Upon graduation, Stephanie transitioned into education via a postdoctoral fellowship in curriculum design and evaluation. Before becoming an instructional designer, Stephanie was an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine where she co-directed an online graduate-level program that teaches biomedical science to high school instructors nationwide. She also worked with high school teachers to research how partnerships between instructors and biomedical scientists may improve biology courses and student outcomes.
Cathy Russell has over 10 years experience working in higher education. Upon receiving her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and her Master's degree in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University, she began her career. She started as an Instructional Designer for Blinn College, Lonestar College, and Pima Community College before arriving at the University of Arizona. She has worked with multiple Learning Management Systems, including WebCT, Angel, Blackboard, and D2L. Cathy is also in her 9th year of teaching online as an Adjunct for Lonestar College. Being an online student and online instructor has provided Cathy with invaluable perspective to aid in course design. She is interested in researching methods in online course design that will create higher rates of student success and is passionate about making online courses that enhance learning and are interactive.

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