Episode 35: Re-Thinking Professional Development: How a Virtual Lounge is Helping Faculty Stay Connected with Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich
In episode 35 of the Lecture Breakers podcast, Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich joins us to talk about an innovative virtual faculty lounge her campus created as a way to help faculty stay connected. Suzanne's been teaching online for a couple of decades and has seen the changes and evolution of online learning and faculty development.
And, in the spirit of the Lecture Breakers podcast, Suzanne also shares a couple of ways she breaks up her lectures which can work in any learning environments, whether it’s online, in-person, or blended. The empathy mapping exercise is one I think is very timely given everything that’s happening in the world right now.
I hope you enjoy this episode and that it gives you a few ideas for how you can support yourself and your colleagues as we all navigate this new season in higher education.
What you'll learn:
The importance of personalization and authenticity in humanizing teaching, especially in the online space.
- Advice for creating a faculty lounge or virtual space to promote connection and sharing among educators.
- How to use an empathy mapping exercise as a strategy to understand your learners.
Consider how to create centralized spaces for sharing and breaking down silos but also respecting the culture and norms within a discipline.
Show Notes & Resources:
- Read more: Learning Empathy Can Save Your Course Design
- Read more: Empathy Mapping: The First Step in Design Thinking
- Get ideas from Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything website.
- Learn more about the AHEAD webinars and resources.
- Connect with Suzanne on LinkedIn and Twitter
- Learn more about the University of North Florida's Educational Technology, Training and Development Master's Program.
- Contact Suzanne: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join the free Lecture Breakers Facebook group
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