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Humanizing Online Teaching (Virtual Symposium)

via Zoom
Organization: AEPL (Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning)
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Pedagogy, Popular Culture, Rhetoric & Composition, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2020-07-22 Abstract Due: 2020-07-21

Humanizing Online Teaching
A Virtual Symposium 
Sponsored by the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

Join AEPL and Register for the symposium at http://aeplevents.org

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
11am - 5:30pm Eastern / 8am - 2:30pm Pacific
via Zoom

Teachers and students have adapted to remote and online teaching in remarkable ways over the past few months. This work has involved intense personal and pedagogical traumas, as well as some moments of inspiration and perseverance. Even as we have learned how to use new teaching tools and techniques, we have also done everything we can to remain connected to our students and one another on a human level. The Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL) invites you to share your experiences, hopes, and challenges about online teaching during this one-day symposium. Featuring dynamic presentations from Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Fabiola Torres, Katie Linder, Doug Hesse, and Kathleen Blake Yancey, the symposium will highlight strategies for humanizing online teaching through practices of healing and interpersonal connections. The presentations will:

  • Articulate the larger context for humane online teaching and offer hope for the future
  • Describe specific practices for promoting social justice through online teaching
  • Explore how we can stay centered in our values as we confront the trauma and challenges facing our communities
  • Advocate for how teaching online can help us refocus on the most promising and humane practices we use when teaching in person

In addition to the presentations, the symposium will include structured opportunities for writing and small-group discussions. Participants will leave with ideas for new teaching strategies and an enhanced sense of belonging in a larger teaching community. 


Registration and Cost

Register for the symposium and purchase your AEPL membership at http://aeplevents.org

The symposium is free for AEPL members. New members can join the organization for $30 for 1 year. Membership rates will increase after July 7. (Discounted rates are available for students, part-time faculty, retirees, and all who articulate a financial need.) In addition to the symposium, your AEPL membership includes access to recordings of the keynote presentations; discounted rates for our 2021 summer conference; and a print copy of the next issue of our peer-reviewed journal, JAEPL. 

Instructions for accessing the Zoom program will be emailed to registrants approximately one week before the symposium. Please contact the organizers at aepl.learning@gmail.com with questions.


Featured Speakers 

Michelle Pacansky-Brock
has helped online instructors across the nation understand how to craft relevant, humanized online learning experiences that support the diverse needs of college students. In her current role as Faculty Mentor for the California Community Colleges CVC-OEI/@ONE, she coordinates professional development in support of quality online teaching and learning and is leading an intersegmental California Learning Lab grant project that will examine the impact of humanized online instruction on diverse students in undergraduate online STEM courses in California.Faculty Mentor, Online Teaching, California Community Colleges.

Fabiola Torres is Instructor and Department Chair of Ethnic Studies at Glendale Community College. Daughter of two Mexican Immigrants, Fabiola Torres was born at the French Hospital in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California, USA. Her newest professional adventure includes co-facilitating for @ONE Equity & Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning and teaching a hybrid Urban Education course for incarcerated women.

Katie Linder is Executive Director for Program Development at Kansas State University Global Campus. An avid writer and researcher, her work has focused over the past several years on blended course design best practices, accessible online learning, and research literacy for scholarship of teaching and learning practitioners and distance education stakeholders. Her latest works include Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (Stylus, 2020; co-authored with Kevin Kelly and Tom Tobin), Managing Your Professional Identity Online: A Guide for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators (Stylus, 2018), High-Impact Practices in Online Education (Stylus, 2018), and The Business of Innovating Online (Stylus, 2019). She is also the author of The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide (Stylus, 2016).

Doug Hesse is founding Executive Director of the Writing Program at the University of Denver and Professor of English. He has served as President of NCTE, Chair of CCCC, President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, editor of WPA: Writing Program Administration, and former chair of the Executive Committee of the MLA Division on Teaching. Hesse is author of over 80 essays, essays, and book chapters, and is co-author of four books, including Creating Nonfiction, co-authored with Becky Bradway (Bedford/St. Martin's) and the Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers (with Lynn Troyka). His scholarly interests are creative nonfiction, writing pedagogy and administration, and national literacy efforts. Hesse previously taught at Illinois State University, where he received the university's Outstanding Researcher Award and the Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award. He sings semi-professionally with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus and enjoys hiking and photography.

Kathleen Blake Yancey is Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English and Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. Her research focuses on composition studies generally; on students' transfer of writing knowledge and practice; on creative non-fiction; on cultural studies of everyday writing; on writing assessment, especially print and electronic portfolios; and on the intersections of culture, literacy and technologies. Yancey is the recipient of several national awards, including the Donald Murray Prize, the CCCC Research Impact Award, the Purdue University Distinguished Woman Scholar Award, and the CCCC Exemplar Award. In 2019, she received the NCTE Squire Award, “given to an NCTE member who has had a transforming influence and has made a lasting intellectual contribution to the profession.” Her current research includes two book projects: The Way We Were: A Cultural History of Everyday Writing in the 20th Century United States; and a second book project, The Art of Composing in Writing: Lessons in Assemblage and Materiality.


About AEPL

The Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL) is an official assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCC). AEPL is open to all those interested in exploring the boundaries of teaching and learning beyond traditional disciplines and methodologies. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: aesthetic, emotional, and moral intelligence; archetypes; body wisdom; care in education; creativity; felt sense theory; healing; holistic learning; humanistic and transpersonal psychology; imaging; intuition; kinesthetic knowledge; meditation; narration as knowledge; reflective teaching; silence; spirituality; and visualization. More information at http://aepl.org.

http://aeplevents.org

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Nate Mickelson