Recording, slides, and resources shared on the webinar
Recording here:
Slides here.

In this webinar you’ll learn:
– How to design courses that are “remote resilient” and well suited to online delivery.
– How to identify the ‘essential objectives’ of a course and determine what components of a face-to-face course can be adapted to an online course.
– How to build community and maintain student engagement and motivation throughout the term, whether in face-to-face or an online environment.

About the Panelists:

Adam Fein, Ph.D. is VP for Digital Strategy and Innovation at the University of North Texas and an industry leader in online and innovative education with nearly 20 years of experience. He oversees digital strategy and innovation at the University of North Texas as it seeks to become a global leader in online learning experiences and educational technology. He leads the university’s key initiatives in educational technology, online, and blended learning.

Jose J. Vazquez, Ph.D. is a Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where teaches three sections of one of the largest Economics courses in the country (925 students). In addition to his role as an instructor, Dr. Vazquez is also Director of the Teaching Academy for the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a leader in the use and study of technology in higher education; in particular multimedia design. Recently, his research has been in the area of mental attention and student motivation, particularly the role of curiosity as a way to incentivize students. He has published his work in several academic journals and has presented at numerous academic conferences.


Identifying essential course objectives and selection of digital-first exercises

Mastery Learning approaches and the 2-Sigma Problemshared by Dr. Jose Vazquez in reference to focusing on the key objectives that a student should master during the scope of a course, and creating flexible structures for students to try, fail, and retry until mastery is achieved.

Summary of Dr. Adam Fein’s research on how digital intervention methods can support improved course outcomes.
University of North Texas’ research on the impact of AI-based discussion, shared by Dr. Adam Fein in today’s webinar.

Effective communication in digital-first/remote-friendly courses

Robert Mayer’s study on reducing cognitive load in communication, recommended by Dr.  Adam Fein on today’s webinar as being particularly relevant to communication in digital environments.
Mayer’s book, “Multimedia Learning”, recommended by Dr. Jose Vazquez on today’s webinar as being one of the most impactful books that shaped his teaching style.

Building a digital-first community around the course for student engagement

Stanford CEPA study showing that students exposed to (and nominated in the discussion by) highly engaged peers in online discussion perform better in class.

Garrison’s Practical Inquiry Model, outlining the cognitive processes engaged when a learner forms their own open-ended inquiries.

The Community of Inquiry Model for optimizing interaction design in an online discussion community to lead to the best metacognitive and engagement outcomes for students.

Other resources shared

Alternative assessment approaches for online environments, shared by Dr. Adam Fein

Dr. Fein, Dr. Vazquez, and Ms. Tenuta offered to be available for contact for any of today’s attendees for any questions about effective ‘resilient’ courses. Please reach out via LinkedIn to any panelist with questions.