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National Distance Learning Week 2021 Lunchtime Series

Nov. 8-12, 2021: Teaching & Learning in a Hybrid World

One in four students take some of their courses online, and two-thirds do so at a public institution in the same state where they live (Allen, Seaman, Pouline, & Straut, 2016; Allen & Seaman, 2017). Last year, those numbers increased dramatically when the pandemic brought all teaching and learning to the virtual classroom. As life gradually shifts to a different instructional format, we invite faculty, staff, administrators, and students to reflect on new teaching and learning modalities.

Join UMBC in celebrating National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) from November 8 - 12, 2021. Instructional Technology will host a series of panel conversations around our theme, Teaching & Learning in a Hybrid World, as we celebrate the successes and the challenges of adapting, teaching, and working together during a pandemic. Topics include:

Monday, November 8, 2021 @ Noon
Lessons Learned: Online Teaching & Course Design
What We've Learned and How We're Moving Forward

Join us as we talk with faculty about their successes and challenges this past year, both technically and pedagogically. We will explore new practices they plan to continue, navigating a return to campus, and how course design and delivery have evolved. Learn about their experiences adapting to online and hybrid instruction, the courses they developed, and the future of these teaching modalities at UMBC. View the event recording.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ Noon
Student Services:
Library, Career Center, Advising, Classroom AV

Supporting students during the pandemic also required massive shifts across the institution. As we return both in-person and online, join us for conversations with those who have designed, delivered, and innovated their way to success for students. View the event recording.

Friday, November 12, 2021 @ Noon
The Future of eLearning: What Could it Look Like?

Online learning provided flexible opportunities when faculty and students could not come to campus last year and it created successful innovation for students, as seen by the Finish Line campaign. As UMBC invests in technology, support, and outreach for e-learning, we will talk with a program director and staff about the ways our practices have changed and what it may hold for our future. View the event recording.

The final schedule with links to join the live sessions will be posted to myUMBC by early November. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the recording archive

Share your thoughts!

We also invite you to participate in this year’s NDLW conversations by contributing your reflection on lessons learned or what’s next in a VoiceThread box. To share your reflection, you may use this VoiceThread link. If you have not posted to VoiceThread, please refer to the directions for next steps.

Can't make these National Distance Learning Week sessions? Bookmark this post for updates about other virtual events!



Allen, I. E., Seaman, J., Poulin, R., & Straut, T. T. (2016). Online report card: Tracking online education in the United States. Oakland, CA: Babson Survey Research Group. Retrieved from http://onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/onlinereportcard.pdf

Allen, I. E., & Seaman, J. (2017). Digital learning compass: Distance education enrollment report 2017. Oakland, CA: Babson Survey Research Group. Retrieved from http://onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/digtiallearningcompassenrollment2017.pdf

Posted: October 28, 2021, 1:13 PM