Two-day virtual event will help higher education faculty and administrators design and deliver engaging experiences for learners
COVID-19 has pushed higher education faculty everywhere to learn what it means to educate students at a distance. To help faculty and administrators better understand the pedagogy and best practices of online and remote learning, Arizona State University is hosting "REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit," a free virtual event designed for all faculty preparing courses for fall 2020.
The summit, to be held July 13-14, will provide a forum and support for all colleagues across higher education and help them design the most effective and engaging experiences for learners. Leading educators with extensive practical online and blended teaching and learning experience drawn from across global universities and colleges are being gathered to present immediately useful and evidence-backed practices on both subject-specific and general online teaching techniques.
Over 60 half-hour sessions selected by a group of nationally respected higher education experts will be presented at the summit. There will be two broad categories of presentation — “Disciplines” and “Topics” — all led by faculty members and master practitioners drawn from institutions across the country. The Disciplines sessions are led by faculty who are currently running large successful online courses, and they will share their perspectives on best practices, pedagogy, techniques and tools to provide actionable insights around teaching their discipline to colleagues preparing courses for fall 2020. The Topics sessions will offer intelligence and tips to support all disciplines, and specific issues addressed will include diversity and inclusion in the online classroom, effective assessment, mixed-mode teaching and techniques to promote student engagement and well-being.
The robust virtual environment provides a 3D experience for attendees in an engaging digital venue. Participants can navigate throughout interactive spaces that include a campus-like lobby setting, presentation halls with multiple sessions running simultaneously with live Q&A components, virtual booths to chat with experts and chat lounges allowing for networking and group conversations. The virtual environment accommodates multiple time zones, integrates social media channels and provides opportunities to share virtual business cards.
The summit will also provide a further eight sessions on pressing policy issues for U.S. and international higher educational institutions for university leadership, presidents, provosts, deans, department chairs and senior administrators who are leading their institutions through uniquely complex and challenging dynamics. These will be led by higher education leaders currently grappling with the situation.
Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University, will deliver REMOTE’s opening remarks.
“During this unprecedented time, the fall semester promises to be complex and unusually challenging for educators and administrators,” Crow said. “With technology redefining learning, we are convening REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit to bring together the best of online teaching nationwide and help higher education faculty discover immediate ways to improve online class delivery and to obtain navigation assistance around blended delivery. This is particularly a time when we in higher education need to collaborate and advance creative responses for teaching and learning.”
“Faculty are preparing for the coming year in an environment of uncertainty,” added David Levin, university entrepreneur in residence at ASU and executive producer of REMOTE. “Student needs in this new world are going to be different and courses are going to be hybrid — combining various online and face-to-face elements. We’re excited to offer two days of vital information, networking and interaction that will provide faculty with insights on how to make the most of online and blended teaching.”
REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit is free of charge for faculty and learning practitioners as well as administrators. Attendees can gain best practices through recorded sessions from the summit through the end of 2020.
Summit sponsors include founder partner the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cisco, Every Learner Everywhere and Pearson, Cengage, Chegg, MacMillan, iDesign, Cogbooks and McGraw Hill, among others. Media partners include The Chronicle of Higher Education and Times Higher Education.