Effective Online Instruction: Welcoming Students to Your Online Environment

In this webinar hosted by the Association of College and University Educators , Flower Darby, Michael Gannon, and Michael Wesch will share practices to effectively welcome students to your online course in ways that support them and let them know that you are committed to their continued success, including the usage of specific methods like video, Q&A and social forums, as well as effective online communication techniques. This webinar is free and open to the public.


Flower Darby

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Director of Teaching for Student Success, Northern Arizona University

Flower Darby, Director of Teaching for Student Success at Northern Arizona University, teaches online courses at the university and at Estrella Mountain Community College. She is the author of “How to Be A Better Online Instructor,” an advice guide published by The Chronicle, and Small Teaching Online, with James M. Lang. An educator with over twenty-three years of teaching and instructional design experience in higher education, Ms. Darby speaks, writes and consults on student learning and success through excellence in teaching.

Kevin Gannon

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Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Professor of History, Grand View University

Dr. Gannon’s teaching, research, and public work centers on critical and inclusive pedagogy; race, history, and justice; and technology and teaching. He writes for Vitae (a section of The Chronicle of Higher Education), and his essays on higher education have also been published in Vox and other media outlets. His book Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, was published by West Virginia University press in Spring, 2020.

Michael Wesch

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Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University

Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Dr. Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the impact of new media on society and culture. His videos on technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic.

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