*Please note that this speaker is scheduled to present from 10:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
The Office of Distance and Extended Learning (ODEL) is proud to present guest speaker, Dr. George Veletsianos, as part of our first annual Summer Institute event! The theme of this event is Texas State Strong: Creating Resilient Courses. For more information about our Summer Institute, go to https://www.distancelearning.txstate.edu/faculty/Summer-Institute0.html.
This keynote session is open to all university faculty and staff.
Dr. George Veletsianos is a professor at Royal Roads University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Flexible Learning. He is widely recognized as a foremost expert in digital education and has been designing, developing, and evaluating digital learning environments for nearly 20 years. Veletsianos aims to understand and improve teaching, learning and participation in digital learning environments. He studies learners’ and faculty experiences with online learning, flexible learning, networked scholarship, open education, and emerging pedagogical practices. His research develops practical solutions to problems facing education, while also being critical of common assumptions and oft-repeated claims about the use of technology in education. His research highlights gaps, inequities and variations that exist in digital learning settings. His most recent book, Learning Online: The Student Experience (2020) presents several case studies that follow individual students while recording and discussing their experiences. Learn more about Dr. Veletsianos and his work at his blog/website, https://www.veletsianos.com/.
Dr. Veletsianos provides the following description for his session, "Student Voices and Resiliency in Post-Pandemic Settings":
“Much of the conversation in higher education at this particular point in time focuses on "building back better" vis-a-vis returning to an imagined "normal" that existed pre-pandemic. To engage in such rebuilding means to recognize that various pre-pandemic teaching, learning, and institutional practices were problematic. "Building back better" invites us to engage in practices that are cooperative and inclusionary, and which value the significance and value of student voices. In this talk, I will discuss research and practices that aim to inform our collective efforts to create digital learning environments that foster effective, engaging, and equitable learning experiences that support student success.