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September, 2020

tue22Sep2:00 PM3:00 PMVirtual EventTen Ways to Incorporate Substantive Interaction in Your Online Courses NOWCindy Etherton and Chelsey Williams, Oregon State University2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time


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Tuesday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time


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Sometimes, online learning can be impersonal and simply a list of things to accomplish. Whether you are doing remote learning for the first time or this is a full-time venture that you have been doing for a while, there are simple approaches that can help to humanize our work and what is being asked of our students whether they are young learners, teens, or adults.

Understanding that our goals as educators are often to provide authentic learning opportunities and to deepen their understanding of the content being shared, how do we do this while adding the human element back into our classes? In this webinar, we will explore 10 practical ways that you can humanize online learning as an instructor and content curator.


Cindy Etherton, Oregon State University

As an instructional designer and change agent for over 20 years in K12, higher education, and in the private sector, my interests range from technology integration to entrepreneurship. My first experience with computers and online learning was playing video games when I went to nickel arcades as often as my allowance would allow. This learning was expanded as I began to formally teach students of all ages within face-to-face, blended, and online environments. Currently, I build and teach online courses and deliver face-to-face training for school districts, colleges, universities, and organizations to help them meet their strategic initiatives. I have always been inspired by the idea of “What if…”. This question helps me to push the boundaries of possibilities and to believe strongly in collaboration and empowerment. As a result, I will meet you where you are as you work to develop and achieve your instructional design goals.

Chelsey Williams, Oregon State University

Chelsey is passionate about online teaching! She began her teaching career at OSU as a teaching assistant in the communication department in Shepard Hall in 2016. For the past two years she has taught interpersonal communication, speech, and intercultural communication courses at Linn-Benton, Chemeketa and Linfield College. In addition to teaching, Chelsey works full-time as the manager of Professional Development for Educators at OSU College of Education, where she supports other online instructors to share their knowledge and experience with teachers, trainers and educators of all kinds! Connect with Chelsey on Linkedin.