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Episode 35: Re-Thinking Professional Development: How a Virtual Lounge is Helping Faculty Stay Connected with Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich 

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Right now, we are re-thinking how to teach students, but now is also a good time to re-think professional development.

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.


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