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Old Dominion University Hosts 200+ in Virtual Online Education Conference

Chrysoula Malogianni, Associate Director for ODU's Center for Learning and Teaching, prepares for a virtual conference session.
Chrysoula Malogianni, Associate Director for the Center for Learning and Teaching at ODU, prepares for a virtual conference session.

Norfolk, Va. –  In a year marked by a huge online shift in education, Old Dominion University's Center for Learning and Teaching hosted their widely-attended annual conference virtually.

This year's conference, themed "Transforming the Online Student Learning Experience," was attended online by more than 200 people from across the country. Collaborators from major universities joined to share and discuss their experiences as distance educators, as well as successes and development in the 2020-2021 switch to a full time online learning environment.

This year, conference attendees discussed how to:

  • Plan, organize, develop, and deliver an effective online/hybrid course
  • Design effective and engaging assignments and assessments
  • Foster faculty presence, availability, and responsiveness
  • Encourage faculty to embrace online course design as a strategy to rethink their teaching practices

"The collaboration at this year's conference was just outstanding," said Chrysoula Malogianni, Associate Director for ODU's Center for Learning and Teaching. "We were joined by higher education professionals from all over the country, who shared and discussed their experiences and findings in online teaching and learning at their respective colleges and universities. I'm sure everyone who attended walked away with some good ideas, new connections, or plans to transform the online student experience at their practice."

Attendees, speakers, presenters and guests were in great hands. "Our Center for Learning and Teaching is such an asset to ODU's distance learning team," said Andy Casiello, Associate Vice President for Distance Learning. "Their wealth of knowledge in course design, student experience, and technology in education makes us a leader in online learning, and we're so proud of this opportunity to collaborate with our partners and friends in education." 

To learn more about the 2021 faculty summer conference as well as the mission and services of the Old Dominion University Center for Learning and Teaching, visit https://clt.odu.edu.