APRU Global Health Working Group Webinars: Teaching in Virtual Environments (Part II)

Innovation in Online Learning

Transitioning our courses online has provided opportunities for innovation.  Have you tried a new technology?  Created videos for a flipped classroom?  Discovered a new way to engage students in a difficult topic? Changed your content to respond to the realities of the pandemic?  In this session we will hear about online teaching innovations from APRU teaching experts.  Using the breakout rooms, we will then have time for discussion in small groups and return to the large room for the full group discussion.  Join us for this opportunity to learn from our network as we continue to adapt our courses to remote instruction.

Session I: Technology for Online Teaching

Date & Time:
November 12 at 6 pm (Pacific time)
November 13 at 10 am (Hong Kong time)

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As faculty quickly transitioned to remote teaching early 2020, many tried new technologies to engage students online.  As we continue to design courses for online environments, how do we selectively choose technologies that best meet the learning needs of students.  In this session our faculty experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Julie Clarke, University of Melbourne) will share examples and research on implementation of technology to support remote teaching. During the session participants will have the opportunity to try out a couple of new technologies and consider how they might implement them in their own courses.


Session II: Equity and Access in Remote Teaching

Date & Time:
December 3 at 6 pm (Pacific time)
December 4 at 10 am (Hong Kong time)

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Not all students have the same access to technology and internet connectivity. How can we teach and create equitable learning environments for our students when their access may vary widely? In this session our faculty experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Michael Antonio Mendoza, University of Philippines Manila) will share examples of mechanisms for creating equitable learning environments that address students’ technology needs.


Session III: Authentic Online Assessment

Date & Time:
January 21 at 6 pm (Pacific time)
January 22 at 10 am(Hong Kong time)

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To respond to new realities of online learning, faculty continue to work on ways to develop assessments that measure student learning.  Today we will hear from APRU teaching experts (Mona Monfared, University of California, Davis and Fun Man Fung, National University of Singapore) who will share examples assessments they have used in large STEM classes.


Eleanor “Elly” Vandegrift
University of Oregon

Eleanor “Elly” Vandegrift is the program director for Global Science Education Initiatives in the Division of Global Engagement at the University of Oregon. Trained as an ecologist, Elly has taught university-level life sciences courses, led STEM education professional development programs, and supported curricular and pedagogical reform to make science interesting, engaging, and relevant to improve students learning experiences. She has facilitated STEM education and communication workshops with US and global partners. As recognition of her teaching excellence, Elly has received four university and national pedagogy awards. She is the author of several articles about STEM education reform and professional development.

Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @SciTeacher_OR
Program website: https://globalstem.uoregon.edu/

Julie Clarke
University of Melbourne

Julie Clarke is the director of the Global Competition and Consumer Law program at the University of Melbourne and Associate Dean (Digital Technologies) at the Melbourne Law School. She has long had an interest in teaching with technology, both to enhance face to face teaching and to facilitate quality access to education for those studying remotely. Julie has received a national citation for teaching excellence for her work in using online technology to improve student learning. More recently she was part of a team winning a university award for teaching innovation and excellence stemming from the development of the Melbourne Law School’s first online program.

Email: [email protected]
Website: https://law.unimelb.edu.au/about/staff/julie-clarke

Dr. Michael Antonio F. Mendoza
University of the Philippines Manila

Dr. Michael Antonio F. Mendoza is a dentist by profession. His research interests are dental public health and health policy. He is active with consultancy work with different government agencies and developmental partners in the Philippines. He is currently a faculty member of the Department of Community Dentistry of the College of Dentistry at the University of the Philippines Manila and a member of the University of the Philippines Manila Health Policy Development Hub.

Dr. Mona Monfared
University of California Davis

Dr. Mona Monfared is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department at the University of California Davis, where she teaches biochemistry lecture courses and conducts pedagogy research. Her research interests include the exploration of how writing in large biochemistry courses can promote engagement and peer feedback skills. Mona received her BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Cruz, completed her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Davis, and conducted postdoctoral research at the Plant Gene Expression Center/ UC Berkeley in Molecular Genetics. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis in 2015, she had been an instructor at a number of schools in the northern California region (St. Mary’s College, Holy Names University, Santa Clara University, and UC Berkeley Extension).

Dr. Fun Man Fung
National University of Singapore

Dr. Fun Man Fung is a Singaporean lecturer in Chemistry and Learning Sciences at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is the elected secretary of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN). Fun Man’s story is featured on The World Economic Forum, The Conversation, and VeeR.TV. He was recognized as the sole Singaporean on the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists selected by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). Fun Man was conferred the NUS University Annual Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 and NUS Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2016. He is a distinguished recipient of the D2L award Innovation in Teaching and Learning (2019) and QS-Wharton STAR Reimagine Education Awards (2017, 2018) for his effort in innovative teaching and learning approach. He is a member of the CAS Future Leaders Program 2020, selected by the American Chemical Society.

Twitter @chemfunman
YouTube @Fun Man Fung, Ph.D.