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Spring Forum

Please register to join us at our annual Spring Forum on January 29, 2021 by registering here. The program is virtual and features a keynote address and concurrent sessions led by innovative UMSL faculty on a variety of topics related to teaching and teaching with technology.

As shared in our previous monthly CTL newsletter, we are excited to be hosting our annual Spring Forum on 1/29/21 highlighting the amazing teaching talent on UMSL’s campus. The theme for this year’s conference is “Connection.”  The full schedule can be found online. Descriptions for the keynote address and workshop by our guest Dr. Courtney Plotts is below.

Dr. Plotts is the National Chair of the Council For At-Risk Student Education and Professional Standards and a dynamic keynote speaker that has most recently been highlighted on the podcast “Lecture Breakers” by Dr. Barbi Honeycutt. Please RSVP below to receive an Outlook invitation with the Zoom links for each session and a chance to win a book about teaching and learning.

UMSL CTL Spring Forum Event Details

Date: January 29th 2021 
Time: 9AM-3:30 PM 
Format: Virtual 

View the full agenda here.


Keynote Address: Re-Connecting To Connectedness In Online Spaces: The Importance of People, Culture, and Community

Human connection is one of the most rewarding parts of being a faculty member. The development of students, the love of the aha moment, and the genuine relationships that faculty build so much to the educational process. But what happened to these connections when we moved to online learning? Why does it just not feel the same as face-to-face settings? What is missing and how can we get more of the authenticity back in our faculty and student learning relationships? Join Dr. Courtney Plotts as she presents Re-connecting To Connectedness. This keynote will explore meaningful concepts that will help faculty reconnect with their students and peers in online spaces. 


Keynote Workshop: Re-Connecting To Connectedness In Online Spaces: The Working Strategies To Improve Your Connectedness Through Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices In Online Courses

This interactive workshop will give practical solutions for faculty to increase skills for building connectedness through culturally responsive strategies within their courses. Faculty will have the opportunity to work in small groups and learn new and easy strategies based in culturally responsive best practices.  Attendees will walk away with working solutions for common course frustrations and applicable strategies that increase cultural responsiveness in the online space.

Friday, January 29, 2021 at 9:00am to 3:30pm


Event Type

Lectures, Seminars and Presentations

Target Audience

Faculty, Staff and Retirees



Center for Teaching and Learning
Academic Affairs
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Erin Whitteck

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