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Engaging Students Online: Small Ideas, Big Impact (2020)

Engaging Students Online (2020) Friday, December 4th from 11:00am - 12:30pm, Online

The annual Fall Forum on Teaching and Learning typically kicks off the academic year with an event focused on pedagogy, complementing the Teaching and Learning Conference in the spring. This year, event organizers chose to delay the event until Winter Intersession and use the time to give participants a chance to reflect on lessons learned after the rapid switch to online teaching in spring.

This year’s event will focus on Small Ideas for Big Learning. Participants will hear from fellow faculty who have implemented a variety of strategies to address new pedagogical challenges. After each panelist introduces themselves and their strategy, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more in breakout sessions.

After attending this forum, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss strategies for adapting curriculum, pedagogy, or community-building activities for online environments
  • Identify ways to use DePaul technology tools to facilitate teaching and learning
  • Locate resources for implementing new teaching and learning strategies and using DePaul technology tools 


  • Matt Ragas (Communication) - Short weekly videos 
  • Eric Brown (Education) - Google Docs 
  • Katie Martin (University Center for Writing-based Learning) - Asynchronous videos
  • Liliana Zecker (Education) - PollEverywhere
  • Gabrielle Rose Simons (LAS) - Breakout Rooms in Zoom 
  • Bree McEwan (Communication) - Slack
  • Ciera Smith (Center for Teaching and Learning) - Student Advisory Board 

Event Materials


11 - 11:05 am
11:05 - 11:45 am
Faculty Presentations
11:45 - 11:50 am
Breakout Room Preview & Transition
11:50 am - 12:20 pm
Breakout Room Sessions
12:20-12:30 pm