During Spring 2021, the Teaching and Learning Innovations’ Learning Design Team was fortunate to partner with our first-ever TLi Faculty Mentors. Mentors are CSUCI Faculty who are experienced in the art of integrating teaching with technology to enhance student learning. As we get ready to introduce you to the 2021-2022 Digital Learning Mentors, we would like to highlight contributions from our founding Faculty Mentors shared during Spring 2021. As are the words of any influential mentor, the wisdom shared last year can be applied today, and provide food for thought as we look ahead. We hope you’ll find something you can apply this term and beyond.
The following replay features Dr. Maria Ballesteros-Sola from the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics.
Teaching Challenge: The Black Box
If you’ve taught through a video conferencing platform, such as Zoom, you may find yourself teaching to several rows of black boxes. While we understand that being on or off camera is a decision students need to make for many reasons, as an instructor it can leave you asking, “Is anyone there?” If you are seeking creative ideas for connecting with students leveraging non-verbal feedback, take a 50-minute break to watch Dr. Ballesteros-Sola’s Webinar, Are you There? Give Me Some ❤️️ Increasing Students’ Non-Verbal Engagement in Zoom Synchronous Sessions. If you only have a few minutes, read her blog post of the same name.