Why attend?

  • Get practical advice and strategies you can immediately use in your courses!
  • Get a head start on re-designing and re-energizing your lectures for next semester.
  • Learn from engaging speakers who are excited to share their stories, experiences, and research.
  • Connect with other educators who breaking up lectures and going against the "norm" in higher education.
  • Earn a digital conference badge to document your professional development and share your accomplishments.

This conference is for you if...

  • You are looking for new ways to mix things up in your lectures (in-person, blended, and online).
  • You are ready to get inspired and find more ways to increase student engagement and improve learning.
  • You want to use more active learning strategies in your courses, but you don't have much time to research new ideas.
  • You are ready to try something new in your courses, even though you're a little uncertain about what to do and how to do it.

What's included?

  • Access to all 9 live sessions. Each session is approximately 1 hour.
  • All sessions will be recorded. Live closed-captioning and transcripts will be provided for all sessions.
  • 30-day access to all of the conference sessions and resource materials.
  • Free access to the private Lecture Breakers Conference online community where you can continue the conversations, ask questions, and make connections with other colleagues within and beyond your discipline.
  • A virtual swag bag with lots of special offers and discounts!
  • A Lecture Breakers digital badge!
  • A printer-friendly conference program so you can learn more about the speakers, the sessions, and the conference.

Shout outs from last year's participants!

I must thank you again for the incredible conference! It was life changing.

Vickie Garrison, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY

Thank you very much for the informative sessions. The conference was excellent!

Abigail R. Heid, TriCounty Technical College

Hands down THE best virtual conference I’ve ever attended—by a literal landslide. THIS is how you do it and I am inspired to push these conference techniques out to my professional organizations.

Rose Judd-Murray, PhD

Fantastic sessions & speakers! So much engagement & I love the community!

Conference Participant 2020

I just have to say that this was such a great virtual conference! Biggest takeaway: how to properly implement the tools into the classroom so students can engage with the material without overwhelming them.

Dr. Cheryl L. Johnson

Meet Dr. Barbi Honeycutt

Creator and Host of the Lecture Breakers Virtual Summer Conference

Barbi is the creator and host of both the Lecture Breakers podcast and the Virtual Summer Conference. She wants to provide a space for educators to share innovative teaching strategies to "break up" lectures, increase student engagement, improve learning, and connect with each other.

Dr. Honeycutt is a speaker, educator, and author. She has been a leader in faculty development for almost 20 years.

Meet Your Speakers!

Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Faculty Teaching and Learning Specialist, Georgia Institute of Technology

Author of "Professor Burnout" (forthcoming)

Speaker, Facilitator, Tenured Professor

Dr. Melissa Wehler

Co-creator of the Online Learning Toolkit

Instructional Designer

Educator, Speaker, & Writer

Judith Dutill

Co-creator of the Online Learning Toolkit

Communication Educator

Instructional Designer & Online Education Specialist

Dr. Newton Miller

Associate Dean, Department of Education Studies, Ashford University

Founder & Senior Consultant of NewEd Products

Motivational Speaker, Author & Leadership Consultant


Dr. Tracie Addy

Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and Director of the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship at Lafayette College

Speaker, Author & Scholar


Dr. Luke Hobson

Founder of the Instructional Design Institute

Program Manager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Online Instructor, Southern New Hampshire University



Holly Owens

Founder, Jolly Holly Ed Services

Instructional Designer with Academic Partnerships

Educators, Consultant, Coach, & Podcaster


Dr. G. Alex Ambrose

Director of Learning Research, Notre Dame Learning | Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence

Founder of the Research & Assessment for Learning Design Lab


Dr. Kristi Rudenga

Director of Teaching Excellence at the Notre Dame Learning | Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence

Associate Teaching Professor

Consultant & Speaker


Dr. Claire Howell Major

Professor of Higher Education at The University of Alabama

Co-founder of the Cross Academy instructional video project

Author, Speaker, & Consultant


Dr. Cate Denial

Bright Distinguished Professor of American History

Department Chair & Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College

Speaker & Coach


Dr. Thomas J. Tobin

Program Area Director for Distance Teaching & Learning, University of Wisconsin-Madison

International Speaker, Author, & Consultant

Schedule Overview & Topics

There will be 3 live, interactive sessions each day.

All sessions will be recorded available on demand for 30 days.
Closed-captioning and transcripts will be available for all sessions.

Click here to view the full session descriptions.

Day 1 (June 8)

12:15-12:30 pm ET: Welcome

12:30-1:30 pm ET: (Session 1) Using Collaborative Spaces to Build Community with Dr. Melissa Wehler and Judith Dutill

1:30-2:00 pm ET: Break

2:00-3:00 pm ET: (Session 2) Using Research-Proven Techniques and Methods as Motivators that Inspire with Dr. Newton Miller

3:00-3:30 pm ET: Break

3:30-4:30 pm ET: (Session 3) Small Steps for Improving Learner Outcomes through Inclusive Teaching with Dr. Tracie Addy

4:30-4:40 pm ET: Closing Announcements

Day 2 (June 9)

12:15-12:30 pm ET: Welcome

12:30-1:30 pm ET: (Session 4) Scenario-Based Learning with Dr. Luke Hobson

1:30-2:00 pm ET: Break

2:00-3:00 pm ET: (Session 5) Innovative EdTech Tools & Activities to Motivate Learners in the Online Space with Holly Owens

3:00-3:30 pm ET: Break

3:30-4:30 pm ET: (Session 6) Strategies for Active and Collaborative Learning In the Multi-Modal Classroom with Drs. Kristi Rudenga and G. Alex Ambrose

4:30-5:00 pm ET: Break and Announcements

5:00-5:45 pm ET (BONUS SESSION!) Building Burnout Resilience with Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Day 3 (June 10)

12:15-12:30 pm ET: Welcome

12:30-1:30 pm ET: (Session 7) Engaging Students in Deep Learning: Promises and Potential Pitfalls with Dr. Claire Howell Major

1:30-2:00 pm ET: Break

2:00-3:00 pm ET: (Session 8) Making the Grade: An Introduction to Ungrading with Dr. Cate Denial

3:00-3:30 pm ET: Break

3:30-4:30 pm ET: (Session 9) How to Evaluate Technology-Mediated Teaching with Dr. Thomas J. Tobin

4:30-4:40 pm ET: Closing Announcements

Registration has ended for this year's conference. See you in 2022!

Earn a Lecture Breakers Digital Badge!

We are excited to offer you the opportunity to earn a Lecture Breakers Digital Badge! A digital badge is one way to document your professional development in teaching.

You can use this badge in your teaching portfolio and on your personal and professional websites as recognition of your commitment to teaching and your efforts to enhance student success and increase engagement in the classroom.

By participating, implementing, and contributing your knowledge, you can earn a Lecture Breakers Digital Badge! Proudly display it on your social media sites and share what you've learned with others!

Badge and badge program designed by Dr. Travis Thurston.

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