Designed as a professional development Institute delivered entirely online and offered at various times throughout the summer of 2020, the Institute engaged BMC participants in hands-on supported practice aimed at designing key elements of an online or hybrid course.
During the Institute's 2020 iterations, for four days, faculty had opportunities to share, connect, and receive feedback on their course designs, planned assessments, learning materials, and effective use of available technologies. The next iteration of the Institute will take place in July 2021 and will be aimed at graduate student instructors.
The Online Teaching Institute is designed and facilitated by a team of BMC staff and faculty, all of whom bring significant experience designing online learning experiences.
Maria’s experience with online learning began in 2014 as part of her teaching and doctoral work at Arizona State University. There, she piloted, taught and evaluated hybrid and online Spanish courses, served on committees to evaluate and advance the School of International Letters and Cultures’ tech-enhanced and online offerings, and co-founded a community of practice on computer-assisted language learning. With over ten years of experience teaching in low- and high-tech educational contexts, and a strong background in pedagogy, Maria is an educational technology specialist at BMC, and serves as project coordinator for the Online Teaching Institute.
Alex has been involved in the design and delivery of digital learning environments for nearly a decade. As a research and instruction librarian, he has collaborated with faculty and administrators to scaffold and assess information literacy and research skills development in undergraduate and graduate education. Having studied in both hybrid/synchronous and online/asynchronous graduate programs, Alex brings with him years of first-hand experience in online learning and pedagogy. Alex is currently pursuing his MA in Educational Psychology with a concentration in learning assessment from the University of Alabama.
Gina started collaborating with others on creating technology-enhanced learning experiences at UT-Austin in the early ‘90s when the commodity web was new. She has since consulted nationally and internationally with groups of faculty and students, library colleagues, academic technology and other academic resource colleagues on designing curriculum, scholarly projects, and programs that support student learning and faculty research and teaching across multiple contexts. Gina appreciates the chance to explore with others what practices best enable discovery, knowledge creation, and community-building in the digital age. Gina serves as CIO & Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries at BMC.