Online, blended learning to be discussed at forum Oct. 31

October 24, 2018 | UToday, Health and Human Services, University College



“The Future of Online and Blended Learning” will be the topic of the Future of Higher Education Forum Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The program will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Health and Human Services Building Rooms 1711A and B.

Dr. Claire Stuve, curriculum developer and technology researcher in University College, and Dr. Ruthie Kucharewski, professor and chair in the School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, will lead the session.

They will discuss integrative technology to deliver online and blended learning, as well as emphasize meeting Quality Matters standards.

“Delivering engaging classes in an innovative way for our students is of utmost importance,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, interim associate vice provost of faculty affairs and professor of public health. “We encourage faculty members to attend this forum so they — and their students — can benefit from the expertise offered by Dr. Stuve and Dr. Kucharewski.”

In 2017 and 2018, Stuve won Blackboard Catalyst Awards, which recognize faculty who have gone above and beyond in using technology in innovative ways from impacting the student experience to building exemplary courses. At UT, her responsibilities include creating a research-based curriculum that incorporates emerging technologies and evaluating data on new and redeveloped courses. Her research interests focus on using technology to foster engagement and applying the principles of good course design.

Kucharewski was the 2016 recipient of the DiAnne Masztak Award for supporting online learning in a distinguished fashion and for her commitment to online teaching. She also earned the online Master Teacher certification in 2016. Kucharewski is an online course reviewer for Quality Matters, an independent organization that reviews web courses based on a series of quality indicators and provides feedback to colleges and universities. In 2017, she became a Quality Matters Master Reviewer for online learning courses.

The Future of Higher Education Forums are coordinated by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the University Teaching Center.

Register for this month’s program and read more about the Future of Higher Education Forums, including how to submit proposals for upcoming events, at utoledo.edu/offices/provost/future-of-higher-education-forum.