Release Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2023

“We cannot return to normal”: Digital Education Days

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/10/2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Wed, 02/15/2023 - 1:00pm to 1:50pm
Wed, 02/15/2023 - 2:00pm to 2:50pm
Tue, 02/21/2023 - 2:00pm to 2:50pm
Tue, 02/21/2023 - 3:00pm to 3:50pm
Headshot of Amy Collier

HFC, the University of Michigan-Dearborn Office of Digital Education, the University of Michigan-Flint, and Mott Community College are proud to co-present the seventh annual Digital Education Days Conference in February.

This year’s conference will be a 3-day series of brief virtual events presented by faculty members from all four institutions on the following dates:

  • Friday, Feb. 10
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21

Friday, Feb. 10

Dr. Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury College in Vermont, will give the keynote presentation titled, “We Cannot ‘Return to Normal’” on Friday, Feb. 10, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

As our colleges and universities call for a “return to normal” in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, what can we take away from pandemic-shaped teaching and learning that can improve our students’ experiences and their learning?

  • How can we continue to use some of the digital tools and strategies we developed during the pandemic to support our students?
  • In what ways is “normal” no longer acceptable?
  • How can we advocate for changes that transform teaching and learning at our educational institutions?

Join Dr. Collier to explore reflections and ideas that can move us toward more inclusive and student-centered approaches to teaching and learning.

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Wednesday, Feb. 15

You will have a choice of 1-2 breakout sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m. and 2:00 to 2:50 p.m.

Choose one of the following two breakout sessions from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m.:

“Don’t Fall into the ‘Inclusive Access’ Trap” – In this session, we'll talk about the problems with the recent trend toward "Inclusive Access" (aka automatic textbook billing) sales models put forward by publishers and college bookstores. We will describe a viable alternative model in Open Educational Resources. We'll explore the different creative commons licenses to empower you to select, adopt, remix, and create open resources that students can use free of charge. Sponsored by UM-Dearborn Open Education Committee.

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The Workplace of the Future: A Pedagogy for Digital Group Projects – UM-Dearborn professional writing instructor Pamela Todoroff will talk about project teams in the workplace that require collaborative skills. The project teams our students will encounter in their future workplaces will require skills to interact and collaborate remotely. This session will demonstrate a method for creating a collaborative, multi-week, online research project with equitable evaluation strategies and rubrics.

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Choose one of the following two breakout sessions from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m.:

“Using an Interprofessional Community-Based Approach to Develop Innovative Simulation-Based Experiences for Vulnerable or Underserved Patient Populations” – This panel discussion run by UM-Flint nursing instructors Megan Keiser, Carman Turkelson, and Ronald Streetman will share their perspectives on the development and implementation of a multi-level immersive simulation bootcamp for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program (SANE) created in collaboration with six different community partners and multiple law-enforcement agencies. A variety of simulation-based experiences (SBEs), including mixed reality (MR), were created in collaboration with our community partners focusing on vulnerable or underserved populations representing different cultures or health beliefs.

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“Creating Inclusive Digital Classrooms” – This panel is focused on creating a community atmosphere in the digital classroom from setting initial expectations to handling difficult classroom conversations and recognizing when to involve your campus partners in classroom challenges. Join us to discuss creating identity-affirming classrooms where difficult conversations are held in a productive way that meets people where they are while also holding them accountable to their words and actions.

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Tuesday, Feb. 21

You will have a choice of 1-2 breakout sessions on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m. and 3:00 to 3:50 p.m.

Choose one of the following two breakout sessions from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m.:

“Our Thoughts, Our Voices”: An English Language Learner Podcast – HFC English Language Institute faculty members Melinda DeWitt, Sarah Castillo, and Jessica Shamberger discuss the new student-led podcast for English language learners at HFC.

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“A New Baseline: COVID 19’s Lasting Impact on Enrollment and Student Success Trends” – HFC Vice President of Strategy and Human Resources Dr. Lori Gonko will speak about how higher education institutions have navigated uncertainty since March 2020 regarding enrollment trends, course modality preferences, and student success. Three years later, we have data that shows how student enrollment preferences have shifted and that the effects of COVID-19 did not play out equitably as it relates to access and student success. This presentation will describe post-pandemic enrollment and student success trends, both nationally and at HFC, including variances in trends among demographics.

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Choose one of the following two breakout sessions from 3:00 to 3:50 p.m.:

“Book Presentation: Learning Technologies – Research, Trends, and Issues in the U.S. Education System” – UM-Dearborn technology professor Dr. Mesut Duran talks about his most recent book Learning Technologies: Research, Trends, and Issues in the U.S. Education System. The session will provide information about the author, the strategies for writing a book, and the publication process. Duran will also share the main discussion points addressed in the book and how they relate to the theme of the conference, “rethinking the future of digital education.”

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“Design Your Courses for Accessibility” – UM-Dearborn Coordinator of Digital Education Christopher Casey will talk about ways to design your course with accessibility in mind. From basic strategies like using headings, colors with good contrast, and captions for videos to more advanced items like creating accessible PDF files, you learn about things to look out for as you create a course.

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Questions and More Information

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