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Remote and Online Professional Development

Your community can engage with Michelle and her work anywhere, at any time. Michelle approaches remote engagement with a unique philosophy that grows out of best practices for online learning.

First, just as high-quality online learning goes beyond simply trying to replicate an in-class experience, high-quality online professional development doesn’t have to revolve around a simulated in-person talk. Taking advantage of the flexibility afforded by videoconferencing and discussion tools, online events can break the mold of the typical development event. An online workshop, for example, can extend over several days or even weeks, with multiple opportunities for participation that can engage different groups of faculty differently. Or, the workshop can be concentrated in a shorter time frame, but also include advance questions or common readings. Follow-up activities or application projects can extend the value of the event and encourage participants to put what they’ve learned into action.

Second, high-quality online learning is designed with the end goals in mind. The planning process for Michelle’s remote events starts with an in-depth discussion of your top objectives for the event. She then works to design experiences that directly support those objectives. Content, timing, and format are all selected with your institution’s goals in mind.

Michelle’s remote events feature active engagement and a balance of presentation and application that’s tailored to a given campus and audience. The possibilities are many, but the intention is the same: To inspire participants and move them to action, while developing their ability to apply cutting-edge research and theory to their own teaching.

Topics that Michelle addresses in her remote events include:

  • Going from “good” to “great” in online learning
  • Choosing and using educational technology
  • Designing courses with learning science in mind
  • Developing students’ thinking skills
  • Building knowledge through application of memory theory
  • The role of attention and memory in learning
  • Supporting academic persistence in the first year and beyond
  • Preparedness for emergency and remote teaching: Practical and pedagogical considerations

Contact Michelle to learn more about remote and online options.