J-WEL Webinar, "Tips from Teachers on Engaging Students in Online Live Sessions and Asynchronous Discussions," March 25, 2020 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar, "Tips from Teachers on Engaging Students in Online Live Sessions and Asynchronous Discussions," March 25, 2020

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Date and Time
March 25, 2020, online
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time

This event has concluded. A recording of the webinar is now available for viewing.


Webinar description

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools and universities are moving their instruction temporarily online. One of the approaches taken by teachers is to move their face-to-face instruction to live online sessions, and facing challenges to maintain the same level of interaction as in physical classrooms.

Join us to hear from experienced educators on how to address these challenges. Bring your questions and share your experience! The session aims to provide a space for the community to share experiences and lessons as we are all adapting to the new reality in which many of us have to move our instruction online with little time to plan and design.

Who should attend:
This session is aimed at K-12 teachers and instructors working in higher education, but anyone is welcome to attend. 

About our panelists

Mindy Branson

Math Teacher, Grades 7-12
Mountain Heights Academy

Mindy Branson is a math teacher at Mountain Heights Academy, Utah’s premier online charter school serving students in grades 7-12. Prior to her online teaching venture, she taught in a Title I brick and mortar rural charter school for five years and had a stint working for an education startup company assisting to develop an ed-tech training platform for teachers.  Mindy is passionate about utilizing technology to improve the educational experience.

Meghan Perdue

Digital Learning Fellow
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science, MIT

Meghan Perdue is a Digital Learning Fellow in the Digital Learning Lab at MITx. In her role, she works with MIT faculty to create online courses and digital learning tools for the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and researches and conducts experiments into the best practices in online pedagogy. Her research focuses particularly on creating vibrant learning communities in asynchronous education environments She is also interested in policies aiming to create a more cohesive relationships between universities, community colleges, and private industry to create a rich body of online work training resources. Prior to her work at MITx, she was a Project Manager in the Political Science department at MIT, where she managed a portfolio of research projects looking at government –citizen engagement and methods for increasing citizen self-efficacy in sub-Saharan Africa.

Glenda Stump

Education Research Scientist
MIT Open Learning, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab

Dr. Glenda Stump is an educator and education researcher whose career has spanned multiple disciplines. She currently works as an Education Research Scientist in the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In this role, she engages in local and international projects that include technology-enhanced STEM education and teacher/faculty  professional development, as well as projects related to development of the future workforce.

Dr. Stump’s research has focused on STEM and nursing education, teacher and faculty professional development related to technology-enhanced or blended learning, and human skills needed for the workforce of the future. Her work has included investigating relationships between students’ motivational beliefs, learning strategies, higher-order thinking and achievement; developing instruments to measure students’ cognition and motivation beliefs; examining the impact of teacher and faculty development programs; examining the process of scaling educational innovations in under-resourced areas; and investigating human skills needed for future workplace success. As an educator, Dr. Stump has been involved in developing teacher and faculty development programs at local and international levels; developing curriculum for education about human skills needed for the workplace; and she has given numerous presentations on the importance of active learning pedagogy as a means to improve student learning.

Lucas Tambasco

Assistant Professor of Computational Science 
Minerva Schools at KGI 

Lucas Tambasco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational Sciences at Minerva Schools at KGI. He teaches in the Mathematics track over Minerva’s online platform, leading small synchronous active-learning seminars with around 18 students. Dr. Tambasco obtained his Ph.D. at MIT’s Mathematics Department, with a focus in Physical Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics. 

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 09:00

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