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The UTEP Support for Online Learning (Sol) Conference is an event for educators who are passionate about the art and science of teaching and learning. Our exciting, virtual three-day event is focused on research-based, classroom-tested best practices that enhance knowledge and work towards student success. This year's conference is FREE and will provide both synchronous and asynchronous presentations.

Conference Theme

“Humanizing Online Education: During COVID-19 and Beyond"


Are you looking to build community and foster meaningful instructor-student and student-student interactions in the online environment? 
Students are more invested in a class when they know that their instructor cares about their learning success, and this relationship is even more important for underserved students. Conveying your human presence, empathy, and awareness in a class that utilizes the online environment requires intention and a toolkit of effective practices.
 
Humanized learning increases the relevance of content and improves students' motivation to log-in online on a regular basis. When students relate to an instructor as something more than a subject matter expert and begin to conceive of themselves as part of a larger community, they are more likely to be motivated, be satisfied with their learning, and succeed in achieving the course objectives.
 
Humanizing is particularly important for the design and delivery of online courses/programs, but in the COVID-19 era, humanizing teaching/learning has become imperative in all formats of instruction.

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Showcasing Presentations in the Areas of:

Topic areas include:

  • High Impact Practices
  • Active Learning 
  • Team-Based Teaching and Learning
  • Project/Problem Based Assignments
  • Online Groups

Topic areas include:

  • Synchronous/Asynchronous Teaching
  • Instructor Presence
  • Integrative and Applied Teaching and Learning
  • "Humanizing" Blackboard
  • Using Multimedia

Topic areas include:

  • Universal Design/Accessibility
  • Teaching Specific Student Populations (First-Gen, International, etc.)
  • Culture of Care
  • Clinical/Lab Settings
  • Emotional/Social Intelligence

Topic areas include:

  • Flipped Classrooms
  • Gamification/Simulations
  • Course Management
  • Instructional Vitality: Ways to Keep Teaching Fresh and Energized
  • Program/Course Redesign

Topic areas include:

  • Authentic Assessment
  • Academic Integrity
  • Retrieval Practices
  • Formative/Summative Assessment
  • Aligning Curriculum/Learning Outcomes

Presentation Formats

 

  • Live Broadcast (30-Minute Webinar): Submissions for this format will be presented synchronously via Zoom.

  • Best Practices Panel (60 Minutes): Submissions for this format are presented by a small organized panel (3-4 presenters max) synchronously via Zoom.

  • Virtual Roundtable Facilitator (60 Minutes): Submissions for this format are led by a facilitator for open conversation/discussion/debate on a selected topic.

  • Pre-Recorded Poster Submissions (10 min. max): Submission for this format are pre-recorded presentations on a selected topic as a media file (mp4) to be posted on the Sol Conference website.

 

Who Should Attend

  

Face-to-Face and Online Educators

  

Course/Instructional Designers

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Faculty Development Professionals