Innovative Teaching and Learning at a Distance:

Engaging Students in Learning

A free, one day conference at the University of Houston

Friday, December 1, 2017
8:00am - 4:00pm


Engaging students in learning activities is one of the most challenging issues facing educators. Even the best teachers will struggle if students are not active participants in the learning process. Research has shown that a student-centered approach to learning has many positive benefits: increased attention and focus, improved motivation, and increased higher-level critical thinking skills. Further, there are many instructional technologies that can promote engagement and active learning in face-to-face, blended, and online environments, and staying up to date on the tools and how to effectively implement them in the learning process can be a monumental task. Join us for a one-day, working conference to hear from top researchers and innovators in the field and explore instructional strategies, technologies, and ideas that can engage students in the classroom and online.


Derek Bruff, PhD

Director, Center for Teaching
Vanderbilt University

Whitney Kilgore, PhD

Co-Founder and CAO

Vanessa Dennen

Professor, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems
Florida State University

Page Dettmann, PhD

Chief Education Evangelist, MeTEOR Education


Time Session Title Speaker Location
8:00-8:45 Check-In,
Continental Breakfast
Kiva, Farish Hall
8:45-10:00 Opening Keynote Kiva, Farish Hall
Welcome Dr. Jeff Morgan
Students as Producers: Creative Digital Assignments for Transformative Learning Dr. Derek Bruff
10:15-11:00 Morning Breakout Sessions
All Skate: Active Learning in the University Classroom Dr. Derek Bruff Farish 217
Using Digital Storytelling to Promote Student Engagement Dr. Bernard Robin Farish 218
Humanizing Online Learning Experiences Leveraging the Affordances of Emerging Technologies Dr. Whitney Kilgore Farish 219
Experience the MeTEOR Classroom of the Future Jeff Thein, MeTEOR Education Farish 336
Video, Voice, and Variety: Ways to Engage Students through Online Course Discussions Susie Gronseth, Haoyue Zhang and Waneta Hebert Farish 307
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 Second Keynote
The Effective Trifecta of High Impact Learning Experiences Dr. Page Dettmann Kiva, Farish Hall
12:15-1:15 Lunch Keynote Ticket required to pick up box lunch Kiva, Farish Hall
Engaging Learners with Social Media Knowledge Activities Dr. Vanessa Dennen
1:15-1:30 Break
1:30-2:15 Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Death by Discussion Board: Tools to Get Students Talking Courtney Wilson Farish 217
Ways to Gamify Your Course George Zhang and Erwin Handoko Farish 218
Social Media: Tools and Activity Frameworks Dr. Vanessa Dennen Farish 219
Experience the MeTEOR Classroom of the Future Jeff Thein, MeTEOR Education Farish 336
Humanizing Feedback: How to Increase Student Interaction with Graded Assignments UH Instructional Designers Farish 307
2:30-3:15 Closing Keynote Kiva, Farish Hall
Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning Dr. Whitney Kilgore Kiva, Farish Hall
3:15-4:00 Door Prizes and Closing Remarks Kiva, Farish Hall

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Contact the ITLD Conference at the University of Houston


3657 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77204