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2022 Plenary Presenters

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Christina Moore

Oakland University 

Mobile-Mindful: Expanding Our Teaching & Learning Mindset

Presented Friday, October 14th, at 1:15 pm

When we follow the evidence for where and how students learn, we will often arrive at their phones. Instead of dreading that students use phones for learning, let's consider how to make our teaching and learning more "mobile-mindful." When we pay attention to how learning can (and already does) happen at many places and times, including our phones, we can increase opportunities for evidence-based learning. When we take feasible steps toward more mobile learning options, we can vastly increase student access to learning. Let's start with identifying our own mobile learning experiences and walk through easy actions to be more mobile-mindful educators. 



Participants will:

  1. Broadly define “mobile-mindful” learning as a way to make learning flexible to students’ various learning and life needs. 

  2. Reflect on themselves as mobile learners and the ways they use phones to leverage mobile learning and ways they could intentionally increase their mobile-mindful learning.

  3. Take first steps in adding mobile-mindful learning options to their courses.

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Victor Piercey

Ferris State University 

Restoring Your Vitality in a Multiverse of Madness

Presented Thursday, October 13th, at 11:00 am

For the last two and a half years, college and university faculty have been in survival mode while surrounded by a tumultuous environment. It is time to move beyond surviving to thriving. In this talk, we will look to rediscover our center and find inspiration for further growth. This includes examining our own stories and listening to the stories of others. The goal will be to reset our foundation so that the rest of the conference can restore our vitality and our hope in the future of higher education.



Participants will:

  1. Examine their stories for opportunities to thrive;

  2. Identify strategies for reenergizing themselves in difficult times; and

  3. Identify sources of inspiration for their craft..

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Victor Piercey is the Director of General Education and a Professor of Mathematics at Ferris State University. He holds an interdisciplinary B.A. in humanities from Michigan State University, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Arizona. At Ferris he led the interdisciplinary development of a quantitative reasoning course for business, nursing, and social work majors as well as the development of the actuarial science program. He has led faculty learning communities and workshops on interdisciplinary curriculum development, inquiry-based learning, global issues across the curriculum, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. He conducts research on ethics in mathematical practice, including both teaching and research. He is also beginning work on using data science to improve social justice.

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Christina Moore, Ph.D. is the  Associate Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Oakland University in southeast Michigan. Prior to her current role, she was a special lecturer of writing and rhetoric. While she is generally tech-reserved and limits screen time, she studies how to mindfully use technology to increase learning access. Her book Mobile-Mindful Teaching and Learning: Harnessing the Technology Students Use Most will be available in early 2023. Her work in online learning, universal design for learning, and educational development has been published in Tech Trends, EDUCAUSE, Faculty Focus, and other journals and books. She is the editor and regular contributor to her center’s Weekly Teaching Tips Series ( She enjoys feeding people and taking excursions into sci-fi.

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Todd Zakrajsek

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Charting a Course for Post-Pandemic Teaching: Five Considerations for a "New Normal"

Elective Workshop presented Saturday 10/15 9:00 am - 11:30 am

      Much has been lost during the COVID pandemic. It is important to recognize the lives lost, the challenges we all faced, and that this has been a challenging time for all of us. That said, over the past 18 months, we have also learned a lot about ourselves and how we teach. In this session, we will take a look at what we learned during our shift to emergency remote teaching and, going forward, what can be kept, augmented, and even built upon to create even better educational experiences for our students. 


Participants will:

       1. List at least 3 skills to help create their own new normal.

       2. Identify 1 new technology, not yet used, that may be incorporated into an onsite course (or online).

       3. Articulate that students are responsible for work to be done in class and that they have lives that               must be managed for that work to be done.

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Todd D. Zakrajsek, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC - Chapel Hill and President of the International Teaching Learning Cooperative (ITLC). Todd directs five Lilly Conferences on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning and also consults with a wide variety of campuses on topics related to teaching/learning, leadership, and scholarly activity.

 and Education in the Health Professions.

TTodd’s recent books include: The New Science of Learning (3rd Ed) (2022) co-authored books include Teaching for Learning (2nd Ed)(2021); Advancing Online Teaching (2021); and Dynamic Lecturing (2017).

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