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Symposium Series

Every fall, the University of Rochester hosts a series of open forums to provide insight and promote dialogue about Online Learning with the community. Videos from prior events are available below.


Thursday October 13What does the research tell us about online learning – and how can it inform our practice?  – Dr. Peter Shea, Editor of the Online Learning Journal and Associate Provost for Online Learning & Associate Professor, Educational Theory and Practice and Informatics - University at Albany (This session was postponed.)

Thursday November 10  - Online Learning Initiatives at Vanderbilt University – Dr. John Sloop, Associate Provost for Digital Learning & Professor of Communication Studies  

Thursday December 8  - First hand experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester 
Dr. Susan Blaakman, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing;
Jim Doser, Director of the Eastman School of Music's Institute for Music Leadership;
Dr. Raffaella Borasi, Dean and Professor of the Warner School of Education;
Dr. Alexandra Tsigarida, Assistant Professor - Department of Dentistry;
Nicholas Palumbo, PhD student in the Warner School of Education


October 27, 2015 - Online Learning Initiatives at New York University – Robert Ubell, Vice Dean - Online Learning, NYU School of Engineering

November 20, 2015  - Beyond the Buzz:  Transforming instruction with the flipped approach – from lecture hall to seminar – Dr. Helaine Marshall, Associate Professor of Education at Long Island University and Board of Directors for the Flipped Learning Network

December 11, 2015  - Stories and experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester -  UR Faculty - Dr. Tobie Olsan, Professor of Clinical Nursing; Dr. Christopher Niemiec, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology; Dr. Alicia Van Borssum, Warner School of Education; and UR Students - Steve Clary - Simon School of Business and Caitlin Smith - Warner School of Education


October 21, 2014“Coursera – Vision and Insights”  

November 14, 2014“Vision and Directions of Online Learning in Higher Education”  by Dr. Darcy Hardy – Associate Vice President at Blackboard

December 12, 2014 –  “In their own words – online learning experiences from professors and students at the University of Rochester”


October 30, 2013 - Not a Secret Anymore: Online Courses at the University of Rochester!

November 11, 2013 -  Enabling Your Teaching and Your Students’ Learning with Free Online Resources: A Taste of MERLOT

December 12, 2013 - Phelps Colloquium - To MOOC or Not to MOOC?  Opportunities and Perils in Online Teaching


August 27, 2012 - Online Learning: New Frontiers in Education

November 5, 2012 - Open Faculty Forum : Online Education with 2U

December 13, 2012 - Open Faculty Forum: Online Learning Initiatives at Duke University