The following is not a comprehensive list but representative of some of my most popular presentations & workshops; I’m open to other topics as long as they are within my purview. I’ve done singular consultations for individuals, presentations for a handful of people (e.g. a small department) to workshops for upwards of 100 people and everything in-between. I can customize the presentation, workshop, or consultation to meet the needs of the client. Presentations, workshops, and trainings can be run face-to-face, synchronous online video, or through asynchronous online engagement. For more information or to discuss possibilities of collaboration, please contact me.
Topics include but are not limited to the following:
AI-Generative tools and Education
The arrival of ChatGPT in late 2022 has created a stir in education and represents a watershed moment in artificial intelligence. What does it mean when students, faculty, or staff use these tools and how does that challenge our assumptions about authenticity, learning, and demonstrating knowledge. Developing policies and practices in the classroom and at the institution as a whole will be important in the years to come. However, those policies and practices needed to be steeped in understanding the technology, the students, and the world we’re living in. I bring a balance of experiences, research, and understanding about the complexities of higher education and AI-generative tools that can be helpful in talking with faculty, administrators, or others within educational settings to develop effective policies and practices in the deployment of these tools.
His work has been featured in the following places:
- CNN.com (August, 2023)
- Future Trends Forum with Bryan Alexander (August, 2023)
- ShiftED Podcast (August, 2023)
- AI and Academia Substack by Bryan Alexander (July 2023)
- Inside Higher Ed (July 2023) (as well as in June 2023)
- ITHAKA S+R (June 2023)
- Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast (June 2023)
- Chronicle of Higher Ed (March 2023)
- Demystifying Instructional Design (February 2023)
He has also given the following talks and workshops in Generative AI:
- Husson University, August 2023. Keynote Speaker: The Questions to Be AIsking in Education
- Brightpoint Community College, August 2023. Keynote Panel with students: The ConversAItions We Need to Have: Generative AI, Students, and Learning Together
- Massachusetts Colleges Online Annual Conference, June 2023. Keynote Speaker: Ready or Not, Here AI Come: Exploring the Role of Generative AI in Higher Education
- North Shore Community College, June 2023. Summer Institute Invited Speaker: Finding StAIbility in a Shifting LAIndscape
- Harvard School of Dental Medicine, May 2023. Invited Talk: Don’t Believe The Hype AND Don’t Panic: Exploring Generative AI in Educational Contexts
- Post University, April 2023. Invited Talk: It May Not “Change Everything” But It Will Make Ya Think: Navigating Generative Artificial Intelligence in Educational Contexts
- Institutional Policy Development for AI Generative Tools in Teaching and Learning (NERCOMP; March 2023)
- ChatGPT, AI Generative Tools and Your Career: Parallels, Possibilities, and Problems (Rhode Island Career Development Association; Feb 2022)
- The Future’s Already Here: AI Generative Tools and Teaching (NERCOMP; Feb 2023)
Creativity in Course Design and Development
The changing dynamics of information, information delivery, and learning in the 21st century requires new and non-traditional approaches to education, teaching, and learning. I rountinely examine the current trends and work at applying what will be most effective for student engagement and instructor facilitation. If you are looking to create robust courses with dynamic content and meaningful assessment, I have years of direct and proxy experience working on such projects.
Digital Service Learning
Colleges and universities are currently engaged in a rich conversation on service learning, the role of civic engagement within higher education, and how the public good fit into all of that. Meanwhile, the internet and its associative digital tools have been largely an untapped resource in the pursuit of civic engagement and service-learning in higher education. While we have seen the rise of social entrepreneurs using digital technology to help various causes for years now, this is only starting to happen in higher education. Over the past seven years, I have been actively involved in creating and helping others run digital service-learning projects that blend the best of the ethos of service-learning with the possibilities that digital technology. With a view towards making service-learning relevant to every discipline, I can work with faculty and institutions to find ways to expand and enhance the service-learning work at your institution. To learn more about digital service-learning, please check out this resource on the DSL continuums, the DSL listserv, and this co-authored article by Danielle Leak and I on digital service-learning on EDUCAUSE Review.
Hybrid Flexible Pedagogy in Higher Education
With the rise of MOOCs, adaptive learning, competency-based learning and other tools or technologies, higher education needs to think about how it can offer something that AI cannot. Add to the significant disruption that COVID-19 has brought to colleges and universities across the country, and different but smart approaches are needed. That can take many forms by a hybrid-flexible pedagogy that allow students to determine based on their context whether it is advantageous to attend a given class or go online for that day is an effective way of leveraging the brick-and-mortar institute in ways that online environments cannot. I will work individuals, departments, divisions, or the entire college or university to craft a more flexible and dynamic deployment of education to meet your learners where they are and help them achieve success.
Learning Management System Transition
When institutions realize that their learning management system isn’t serving their needs, they need to engage in a lengthy and complex process to figure out whether a transition is necessary and what is the path forward to do so in a way that is manageable by staff, realistic for faculty, and supportive for students. In having been involved and even leading LMS transitions and significant upgrades, I can provide insights, advice, guidance, training, leadership, and support to any part of the process from initial assessment of the current LMS to review and debrief after the new LMS is up and running.
Open Education Initiative
Open Education is a sweeping movement throughout the country. As an extension of the mission of so many colleges, open education is focused on removing artificial barriers to learning for students so that they can focus their time and effort on the learning. With ample classroom use of open educational resources and having worked with dozens of faculty over the years to develop OER materials for their courses, I am skilled in guiding and supporting open education initiatives that are micro or macro in nature. Whether you are launching a small push within your department or looking for a campus-wide kickoff, I can advise and support the growth of OER at your institution.
Evolving from the Open Educational Resources movement, Open Pedagogy approaches learning activities and content through the lens that not only are all things pliable, but things should be repurposed whenever possible. What this means as a pedagogical practice is looking more towards the students creating, editing, or enhancing the learning materials semester after semester or looking at how assignments can meet more than the objectives but be deliverables that can enhance others learning or relevant to future use to the student. Rather than static learning materials and one-off assignments, open pedagogy emphasizes the importance of making such things meaningful and useful to the students and others. If you are looking to get more out of your course materials and empower students to think more broadly about the work they are doing, I can advise and guide you in this approach.
Part-Time Faculty Professional Development and Training
Part-time faculty are often performing with a net. Institutions rarely provide them with the resources they need and as a result, the faculty often do their best but may not be meeting their full potential. In my various roles over the years, I have been routine involved in professional development programs for part-time faculty to not only help them become more effective instructors but also to help them to become a more included and recognized part of the institution. I can help plan, design, launch, and facilitate professional development workshops or ongoing trainings that will improve the part-time faculty connections to the students and to the institution.
Profession Development for Online Faculty
As more classes end up online, how do you get faculty up-to-speed on the latest trends in teaching and learning in this ever-changing environment? I can provide a range of workshops, trainings, and online courses to support faculty as they learn about, explore, and test out the new tools of the digital age. More importantly, I can structure such learning in the language of pedagogy to help faculty think more about how to deploy tools meaningfully for the maximum learning potential of the students.
Professional Identity in a Digital World
In a world of social media, how do you navigate and represent yourself in the digital world? When employers, colleagues, and even potential dates are likely to “google” you before any meeting, you need to develop and maintain a professional identity in a digital world. I have been teaching and guiding individuals in how to craft a digital presence that can improve one’s professional possibilities and help in crafting a clear and consistent online identity through proper tool selection and regular maintenance.
Social Media for Individuals and Small Organizations
Navigating what to say, how to say it, when to say it, and whom to say it to on social media is a complicated matrix of decisions that I can help the individual or organization make or even regularly maintain. I will aid you in choosing the right platforms, the right tools, the right approach, and the right messages while also helping you to navigate profile configurations and accumulate interactions.
Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility in Online Teaching and Learning
Higher education institutions are increasingly becoming subject to lawsuits regarding the inaccessibility of many of their face-to-face and online courses. Rather than approach faculty from the lens or coercion into accessibility, I level the pedagogical practice of universal design for learning that helps faculty view their practices more broadly and leverage more inclusive practices that are more likely to create a classroom environment (physical or digital) that is welcoming and empowering to all students.
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