Lessons Learned from Teaching During COVID: Combining Synchronous and Asynchronous Teaching Strategies

Teaching in any modality is still an art that many of us have either mastered over time and/are refining in the present. Thinking through our experiences of transitioning to a teaching modality modulated by technology was for some of us, unfamiliar territory, hence COVID 19 one year ago.  This 75-minute interactive workshop will explore lessons learned from COVID 19 and how to integrate synchronous and asynchronous teaching strategies to successfully engage students. In the online environment, nothing is left to chance, everything is staged perfectly, if you want to get the best outcomes. This workshop will explore together, some best practices to student engagement using the combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning strategies within our Blackboard Learning Management System.

Audience: All are welcome but instructional faculty new to online learning may find the session especially useful.

When: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

Length of time: 75 minutes

What to Bring: Very short reflections of your experiences from this past year

Workshop objectives

  • Discuss short reflections ---15 minutes depending on the number (select a few) others in the chat---could use a poll to get at others
  • Examine an asynchronous/synchronous combination course
  • Demonstrate how to build a short course

Zoom Registration Link
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Facilitator: Dr. Elgloria Harrison, Dean of HS2N

Dr. Elgloria Harrison is the Dean of the School of Health Sciences Human Services, and Nursing. An engaged scholar-practitioner with academic and industry experiences and a deep understanding of interprofessional health sciences and health services administration. Dr. Harrison is a Quality Matter trained course builder and peer reviewer. She has during the past 8 years built more than 40 online courses and have used her instructional design skills to build online courses within and external to her discipline. She credits her previous college’s smooth transition to online learning to the careful planning of training faculty in her college to teach online. When faced COVID-19 and the prospect of teaching online, 90% of the faculty had already been using Blackboard to enhanced their course content.

Amanda Dubois-Mwake is the Director of International Programs and Community Engagement (IPCE) at Lehman College, and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Literacy and Special Education. A member of the Lehman College family since 2007, Dubois-Mwake has developed partnerships for Lehman students with local and global non-profit organizations to support communities in achieving their mission and vision, while matching student volunteers to their field of interest. She oversees a variety of programs within IPCE including Study Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, Lehman LIFE Alternative Breaks, Service-Learning, Peace Corps Prep, and the newly formed Bronx Recovery Corps. She travels across the world with students to bridge service and the academic experience in partnership with faculty through experiential learning. Amanda delivers workshops on global citizenship and service across the US and has taught a number of globally focused courses at Lehman and abroad. Amanda holds a Bachelor's Degree from Bridgewater State University in Social Work and Theatre, and a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Higher Education at Indiana Tech.

Olga Aksakalova, PhD, serves as Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) at LaGuardia Community College. She received her PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center with the focus on 20th century American literature, autobiography, and film studies. Her research, teaching and curricular/administrative projects emphasize transnational approaches. Dr. Aksakalova founded the COIL program in 2016 at LaGuardia and since then has supported the development of over 60 COIL projects and designed related co-curricular programming. Dr. Aksakalova is the recipient of several grants, including the Face Foundation grant Transitioning to Virtual Exchange that supports course collaborations between French institutions and LaGuardia, and a grant for developing internationalization at home from the US Department of Education program Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.

Teresita A. Levy is the Executive Director of the Office of International Programs and Community Engagement and Chair of the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at Lehman College. She is a trained historian and quantitative researcher, and her courses deal with the history of Latin America and the Caribbean and their diasporas. Her research focuses on the economic history of the Spanish Caribbean. Professor Levy’s book, Puerto Ricans in the Empire: Tobacco Growers and U.S. Colonialism, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2014.  In this book, Professor Levy argues that Puerto Ricans demanded and won inclusion in the U.S. empire, in terms that were defined not only by the colonial power, but also by the colonized. As Executive Director of the Office of International Programs and Community Engagement, Professor Levy is responsible for providing vision and implementing internationalization efforts at the Lehman campus. She often travels throughout the world creating academic partnerships, and her ground-breaking collaboration with two universities in Cuba was recognized in 2017 with an Innovation Fund award from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Program. Professor Levy has a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in History from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a M.S. in Counseling from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.