Transitioning to Online Instruction: Tips, Tools and Techniques

Live Event: Thursday, April 9, 2020

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Most academic institutions have required faculty to shift their courses to exclusively online instruction to address the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. While some institutions have experimented with online instruction in the past, the sudden transition to 100% virtual environments has caught many by surprise and poses significant challenges.

What You Will Learn

This webinar addresses some of the key considerations inherent in transitioning to online instruction and will provide insights from faculty who have worked in a range of virtual environments. Topics will include:

  1. Tradeoffs of asynchronous vs. synchronous instruction methods
  2. Ways to hold virtual office hours and promote engagement
  3. Proctoring quizzes and exams in the virtual environment
  4. Suggested tools and platforms that facilitate online instruction

The last 20 minutes of the live event will be devoted to a question and answer period with the instructors.

Tips and resources captured from the webinar will be shared with registrants shortly after the event.

About the Instructors

Michele Manuel

Professor and Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida

Michele Manuel is the Department Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida and received her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. She uses a systems-based materials design approach that couples experimental research with theory and mechanistic modeling for the accelerated development of materials. Her current research is focused on the use of systems-level design methods to advance the development of new materials through microstructure optimization.

Nikhilesh (Nik) Chawla

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Arizona State University.

Nikhilesh (Nik) Chawla is a Professor of Materials Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and Director of the ASU interdisciplinary Mechanical Behavior of Materials Facility. Chawla received his doctorate from the University of Michigan. His research interests encompass the mechanical behavior and modeling of advanced materials at bulk and small length scales, including Pb-free solders, metal matrix composites, biocompatible coatings, metal-ceramic nanolaminates, and powder metallurgy alloys.

Taylor Sparks

Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah.

Taylor Sparks joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor in 2013. He completed his MS in materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara and his PhD in applied physics at Harvard University. He is currently the Director of the Materials Characterization Laboratory at the University of Utah and teaches classes on ceramics, materials science, characterization, and technology commercialization. His current research centers on the discovery, synthesis, characterization, and properties of new materials for energy applications.

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