How to Build the Future of Teaching and Learning While Growing from the Changes and Challenges of 2020-21
During 2020-21, higher education around the world pivoted in-person teaching and learning online in response to the COVD-19 pandemic. As campuses re-open(ed) with vaccinations, what’s the longer-term positive impact of all of the rapid changes for students, instructors, and staff? How do we take the lessons learned from difficult times and great challenges to transition to a better future rather than just a blind return to the pre-pandemic state of teaching and learning?
In this workshop, we will go beyond just thinking about the transition to more digital but also consider the increased awareness of more student-centered teaching methods during a time of great attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. At the time of this workshop, some participants will have already experienced a semester or two of how this new future is developing at their institute along with the hurdles and early reactions.
Learning Outcomes and take-aways:
- Reflect upon a time of change and challenge to identify beneficial impacts for the future of how students learn and how those those behind instruction work.
- Strategise maintaining the good and stopping the bad practices not working for students or not based on evidence-based pedagogy.
- Build systems to support instructors in higher education continuing some percentage of digital learning.
- Adjust and adapt during a time of transition to the “new normal” of teaching and learning.
Mary Ellen Wiltrout
Lecturer and Director of Online and Blended Learning Initiatives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Mary Ellen Wiltrout, PdD, has led the execution of the digital learning strategy for the Department of Biology at MIT for over eight years. As a Lecturer and Director of Online and Blended Learning Initiatives, she trains and mentors instructors, postdoctoral fellows, and students, manages the digital learning projects for the department including MOOCs and hybrid learning experiences and conducts research on the design of digital learning experiences. She and her team created two of the MOOCs on the list of the best online courses of all time according to ClassCentral. Her group received a silver award in the science of learning category at the 2019 Reimagine Education conference.
Prior to her current position, Mary Ellen earned her PhD in Biology from MIT, and then taught at Harvard University.
Mary Ellen’s broader roles at MIT include being a senior member of the Digital Learning Lab, an organizer of workshops on digital learning and has positions on committees that span all departments at MIT.