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October, 2022

12Oct10:00 AM10:50 AMMake Humanized Your ModalityDr. Kim Vincent-Layton, Cal Poly Humboldt • Dr. Brett Christie, Learning Design & Inclusivity • Alissa Sells, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges10:00 AM – 10:50 AM


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October 12, 2022


Wednesday 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Pacific Time


Online via Zoom


Part of 2022 Conference

Session Description

As we have gone through the last few years of uncertainty, anxiety, and resulting exhaustion, the need for creating learning experiences that are more humanized and inclusive has become ever-critical. Many faculty, staff, and students are at or near the breaking point, particularly through prolonged toggling of situations and modalities. We may or may not be settling into a new normal by the time of this conference.

The current debate among administrators and faculty across much of higher education is focused on modality of instruction from a technical or platform perspective. There is often debate – still – about whether online education can be effective or which format is best. While we can undoubtedly cite ample evidence that online can be equal-or-better than on-ground, the real focus comes down to making the teaching and learning experience a humanized one. Creating a more humanizing experience for students establishes a sense of care and community that will inspire and enable more to be successful – without lowering outcomes.

This interactive session will provide participants with multiple ideas, examples, and open access resources to easily create more effective online learning experiences for students. Each presenter will provide their experience working to create more humanized learning experiences for students from their respective positions. This includes aspects such as effectively welcoming, appropriate tone, creating a sense of belonging, learner connectedness, and inclusivity.


Dr. Kim Vincent-Layton

Educational Developer, Cal Poly Humboldt


Educational developer in the Cal Poly Humboldt, Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Academic Technology. Twenty-four years of experience in higher education with a focus on research and practice in teaching, learning, technology, and faculty development across modalities. Research emphasis on creating inclusive and equitable learning environments that center community and belonging through the interplay of pedagogy, technology, humans and social learning. Serves as the Humboldt Campus Quality Learning & Teaching (QLT) Coordinator for online/blended learning and teaching for the last 11 years, co-launched two CTLs, created a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including system-wide, and beyond. Launched and led the first California Canvas Common Interest Group (CIG), and currently a co-PI on a California Education Learning Lab grant (and a newly awarded Scale-up grant) focused on humanizing online learning in STEM across all three California public higher education systems Loves to travel, write, cycle, backpack…

Dr. Brett Christie

VP, Learning Design & Inclusivity


Brett has twenty-five years experience with higher education teaching and leadership efforts at the campus, system, and national levels. Responsible for training thousands of faculty and their course redesign efforts to improve instructional quality and student outcomes. Dedicated to ensuring success by the greatest number and diversity of students possible. Extensive expertise with Universal Design for Learning and other inclusive teaching-learning practices. These efforts have been across all modalities of course design and delivery and have resulted in greater student success and closing of equity gaps. Related resources have been developed and shared extensively through Creative Commons licensing to enable others in the educational community to benefit themselves and the students they serve.

Alissa Sells

Program Administrator, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

Alissa Sells is a Program Administrator in the Office of Educational Resources & Innovation at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC). She is an experienced online educator, instructional designer, and instructional technologist. Her current role includes faculty professional development for instructional technology and teaching online, development of the WA Course Design Checklist, and providing instructional design support for large system-wide projects.