Spring Forum on Teaching and Technology
Friday, January 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Zoom (all links can be found on the schedule)

This year's theme, Connection, offers you ideas on ways to promote engagement and stay in touch with students and colleagues while teaching remotely. Choose sessions from these three tracks as you consider new ideas for this spring and beyond. 

  • Supporting Students
  • Enhancing Student Learning and Trauma Informed Teaching
  • Active and Experiential Learning
  • Connecting with Community
spring forum agenda

Spring Forum 2021 Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader

Dr. Courtney Plotts is a Dynamic Keynote Speaker, Author, and Professor.

Dr. Plotts is the National Chair of the Council For At-Risk Student Education and Professional Standards, the country’s only organization that provides standards for working with marginalized and nontraditional students in Kindergarten to College. Her role as National Chair includes training, consulting, and research.

Her subject matter expertise has been used in a variety of book publications. Most recently “Small Teaching Online” By Flower Darby with James M. Lang published in June 2019.

Dr. Plotts was recognized in 2017 by the California State Legislature for a bold commitment to change in education. She is currently in talks with higher education institutions to launch an institute that focuses on diversity and best practices in online teaching spaces to launch in 2021.

Keynote Address: Re-Connecting To Connectedness In Online Spaces: The Importance of People, Culture, and Community

Human connection is one of the most rewarding parts of being a faculty member. The development of students, the love of the aha moment, and the genuine relationships that faculty build so much to the educational process. But what happened to these connections when we moved to online learning? Why does it just not feel the same as face-to-face settings? What is missing and how can we get more of the authenticity back in our faculty and student learning relationships? Join Dr. Courtney Plotts as she presents Re-connecting To Connectedness. This keynote will explore meaningful concepts that will help faculty reconnect with their students and peers in online spaces.

Keynote Workshop: Re-Connecting To Connectedness In Online Spaces: The Working Strategies To Improve Your Connectedness Through Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices In Online Courses

This interactive workshop will give practical solutions for faculty to increase skills for building connectedness through culturally responsive strategies within their courses. Faculty will have the opportunity to work in small groups and learn new and easy strategies based in culturally responsive best practices.  Attendees will walk away with working solutions for common course frustrations and applicable strategies that increase cultural responsiveness in the online space.