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Brown Bag: Faculty Panel on: Lessons Learned from Teaching Online for the First Time.

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Join us for a panel discussion around the lessons learned from teaching online for the first time. Hear from UTK faculty as they share about the many challenges and opportunities related to teaching online for the first time, as well as what they learned along the way. The panelists include: Dr. Andy Puckett , Paul and Beverly Castagna Professor of Investments, Haslam College of Business; Dr. Kelley Eric , Goodner Professor, Associate Professor, Finance PhD Program Co-Director; Dr. Macfie Jenny, Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training, Psychology Department ; Dr. Erin Hardin, Professor, Associate Department Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Psychology; and Dr. Todd Freeberg, Professor, Director, College Scholars Honors Program, Associate Head, Department of Psychology.

Brown Bag: Applying UDL Principles to Online Teaching | Using Virtual Reality for Experiential Learning in a Language Classroom .

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In the first half of this session, Michael Camponovo, GIS Outreach Coordinator in the Department of Geography, explores the practical steps necessary to creating resources utilizing multiple means of representation, the hardware and software to make the job easier, and best practices developed over several years of learning the hard way. In the second half of this session, Laurent Zunino, a Distinguished Lecturer in French, will share how his experiential learning journey took him from a regular French 212 course to a 212-gaming course, and ultimately to a 212 service-learning course. Innovative class formats and experiences helped diversify students’ learning opportunities, allowing learners to live the language in engaged environments.

Brown Bag: Incorporating Activities to Foster Soft Skills in your Online Class | Engaging and Supporting Adult and Nontraditional Learners in Distance Higher Education: An Application of Andragogy in Online Teaching

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Soft skills, sometimes referred to as interpersonal skills, are increasingly listed as desired competencies in job ads across all career environments and sectors. What ARE these skills and how can they be fostered at the course and program level to better prepare our students for a competitive global job market? In the first part of this Brown Bag, Dr. Miriam Larson, Instructional Designer/Developer and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Instructional Technology Program, will address the range of competencies categorized as soft skills, the most commonly-cited soft skills desired by employers across career environments and sectors, and will highlight tools and learning activities that have proven successful in fostering the development of those skills. In the second part of this Brown Bag, Dr. Mitsunori Misawa, Associate Professor and Associate Department Head, Co-Coordinator, EdPsych Online Master’s Program, Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, will focus on how to use some andragogical teaching approaches to engage and support adult and nontraditional learners in distance learning in contemporary higher education. Participants of this session will also have opportunities to examine their own current teaching practices. This session has three components. First, it will address some characteristics of adult and nontraditional learners in the current landscape of higher education. Then, it will briefly introduce andragogy by discussing six key components of adult learning. Last, this session will focus on some applications of andragogy in online teaching practices. After attending this session, the participants should be able to: (1) understand characteristics of adult and nontraditional students; (2) gain some knowledge about andragogy in general; and (3) strategize their own online teaching using andragogy.

Brown Bag: The Use of ePortfolio for Evidence-based Learning and Teaching | How I Flipped My Classroom (and why I was glad I’d done it when Covid hit)

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In the first half of this session, Dr. Peiling Wang, Professor in the School of Information Sciences, will present a process-to-product model for designing ePortfolio as a course assignment or as a program capstone option. An electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) is a valuable tool for learning and teaching. Working on an ePortfolio, learners reflect on learning experiences and select exemplary learning outcomes to showcase their integration of knowledge and mastery of skills. Instructors can adopt ePortfolio as a pedagogical tool in course design, programs can adopt ePortfolio as a capstone for evaluating learning outcomes, learners can use ePortfolio for lifelong learning, and graduates with an ePortfolio can increase their professional opportunities. In the second half of this session, Dr. Kelley Eric, Goodner Professor, Associate Professor, and Co-Director of the Finance Finance PhD Program, will discuss how he flipped his classroom. After devoting more than a decade of his career to becoming a good lecturer, and succeeding by at least some measures, Dr. Kelley was frustrated. His students didn’t seem to learn at the level he desired, and he wondered if there was some other way to approach this “teaching” thing. In his search, he stumbled upon discussions of flipped classroom models and became curious. So he tried it. And he loved it. Student feedback was positive, and learning improved. In this session, Dr. Kelley discusses what a flipped classroom looks like for him, various things that worked (and others that failed), and how the structure he had in place facilitated a smooth transition into the online learning environment during the Covid pandemic.