April 20th @ 12pm – 1pm US Central Time

Free to NMC Members

$125 General Registration

Current approaches to scaling effective pedagogies are too often based on anecdotal evidence, when one success story is amplified with the assumption that it can be simply applied in other learning contexts. Compounding this challenge is the notion that scaling is not synonymous with mere duplication: identifying ways to adapt teaching and learning practices for different learners, course levels, program types, and institutional settings requires analysis of data-driven evidence followed by deep thinking around making appropriate modifications for other courses. Join us to hear from two institutional exemplars who are building strategies that scale evidence-based methods, and then work with peers to develop solutions of your own.

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Meet the Panelists:

Steven Varela (University of Texas, El Paso)
Steven T. Varela is currently an Associate Director with Academic Technologies (AT), and faculty member with the Department of English at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). In his role with Academic Technologies, he specializes in curriculum and instructional design for fully online, blended and tech-enhanced courses, and teaching with technology, and is an expert using multimedia and implementing multimodal approaches to teaching and learning. Steve currently oversees the Creative Studios area of AT, which is responsible for graphic design, software and web programming, multimedia, emerging technologies and professional development. As a faculty member, his research and teaching interests include the areas of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s), Gamification and Game-Informed Learning, Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice, Popular Culture, Graphic Novels and Literacy, and Transformational Leadership, Organization, and Educational Policy, with content expertise in Literature, Literary Theory, Rhetoric and Composition, and Reading Education. Steve was an inaugural recipient of the UT Regents Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Jessica Knott (Michigan State University)
When she’s not wrangling, (or being wrangled by) her two rescue dogs, Jess is the Learning Design Manager for MSU IT and the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology at Michigan State University. She guides a team that helps faculty, staff, and academic programs effectively integrate technology into their teaching and research through consultations, demonstrations, workshops, and hands-on development. She has worked in information technology since 1998, spanning the private and academic sectors.