Episode 27: Shifting Mindsets About Teaching Online with Dr. Michelle Miller

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Our guest on episode 27 of the Lecture Breakers podcast is Dr. Michelle Miller, author of the book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology.* With everything happening in the world today, Michelle’s work has never been more important as we think about how to create effective and engaging learning experiences in the online space.

As a cognitive psychologist, Michelle bridges her research in psychology, memory, and attention with her expertise in teaching with technology. One part of the discussion that I think many of you will find most interesting is the part when we talk about mindset.

How do we re-examine our own assumptions and mindset about what teaching online is and could be?
And, how do you help your colleagues or the faculty you work with shift their mindset and move away from the “that’s the way I’ve always done it” way of thinking about teaching and learning is in higher education, especially as it relates to online learning.

I hope you enjoy this deeper dive into how cognitive frameworks can inform the design of your online courses.

What you'll learn in this episode:

  • How to re-examine your mindset and your assumptions of what teaching online is and can be.

  • How to examine the online relationships in your own life and consider how they might work with your students, your colleagues, and other scholars in your network. 

  • Strategies for humanizing and relationship-building in online spaces.

  • Recommendations for thinking about a new way of teaching and learning in the online space.

  • What to do (and not do) when working with your colleagues to shift their mindset about teaching, especially in the online space.

  • What "effortful practice" looks like in online courses.

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