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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.

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Thursday, October 10- Online Learning at St. John’s University Dr. Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Vice Provost for Digital Learning and Executive Director of Online Learning & Services, St. John’s University 

Thursday, November 14 – Online Learning Research and the Impact of Social and Teaching Presence Dr. Karen Swan, the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research, & Service (COLRS), University of Illinois Springfield

Thursday, December 12 - Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester



Thursday, October 11 - Online Learning Initiatives at Yale University  – Lucas Swineford, Executive Director of Digital Education, Yale University 

Thursday, November 8 - Quality Matters for Faculty  – Dr. Deb Adair, Executive Director - Quality Matters

Thursday, December 13  - Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester:
Dr. Patricia Chess - Professor - Department of Pediatrics - Neonatology - School of Medicine;
Dr. Andrea Cutt - Assistant Professor - Warner School of Education;
Rebecca Wolf - Instructor of Clinical Nursing - School of Nursing;  
and UR students:
Judith Van Alstyne - PhD student - Warner School of Education;
Sofia Tokar - MS student - Warner School of Education 


Thursday, October 5 - Online Learning at Cornell University  – Paul Krause, CEO eCornell and Associate Vice Provost for Online Learning, Cornell University 

Thursday, November 2 - What 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 

Thursday, December 7  - Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Dr. Martha Mock, Associate Professor & Director of the Institute for Innovative Transition, Warner School of Education 
Dr. Holly Brown - Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing & Specialty Director, Child/Adolescent Psychiatric NP Program, School of Nursing
Dr. Ricky Roet-Green, Assistant Professor, Simon School of Business
Dr. Ahmed Ghazi - Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and Student in the Health Professions Education program
Linh Dang, Ph.D. student Educational Policy in the Warner School of Education 


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, Ph.D. 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