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Beyond the LMS: Using Free Digital Learning and Teaching Tools in the COVID Age (2 Modules)

This workshop consists of 2 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 11:00 am-12:30 pm CST on March 5, 2021, and 11:00 am-12:30 pm CST on March 12, 2021. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing both modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

Even before the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way higher education delivered instruction, EDUCAUSE’s 2019 Horizon Report stated that a significant development in higher education would be increased mobile learning. In March 2020, we all became mobile educators and learners, with the expectation that faculty members engage students in virtual environments as rich in relevant and meaningful experiences as are available in face-to-face classrooms.

In an era in which all faculty members should all be prepared to teach in a virtual environment, we need tools to effectively and efficiently instruct, monitor, motivate, captivate, and assess our students beyond what our LMS may provide.

The purpose of this two-part workshop is to expose faculty members to websites and apps that can be used to increase student engagement and achievement in virtual and face-to-face classrooms.

Module 1:

  • Using text messaging apps to communicate with students on a regular basis.
  • Assessing student comprehension of interactive online lecture material.

Module 2:

  • Creating video tutorials, with assessment questions embedded within those self-made videos.
  • Communicating with students using visual discussion boards.
  • Providing students with the ability to create their own videos that demonstrate mastery of course topics.
  • Engaging with students via online scavenger hunts related to course learning outcomes.

Workshop participants are able to contact the facilitator following the conclusion of each module for assistance and coaching as they design their creations.


Registrants will be provided with the login credentials via email prior to the start of the event.


Registration Type
Early Registration Fee
on or before
February 12, 2021
Registration Fee
February 12, 2021
Complete Workshop Registration (Member)$200$300
Complete Workshop Registration (Non-Member)$250$350

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to February 19, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by February 19, 2021. Refunds will not be given after February 19, 2021 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

By registering for one or more of these modules, you consent to being recorded for any purpose whatsoever, and you release NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin and their officers and representatives from any liability for infringement of any rights, and you expressively authorize and permit the use of your name, voice, and likeness and all reproductions thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity in any media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without compensation.

About the Facilitator

Sean J. Glassberg, the recipient of the 2013 TYCA-Southeast Cowan Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2007 Professor of the Year at Horry Georgetown Technical College, has academic and professional experience, ranging from teaching English at community colleges and universities to training industry and technical professionals to become educators. Sean has been teaching in the community college environment for over 25 years and has employed many digital teaching and learning tools since he started teaching online classes in 2002. Coming from a family of educators has provided Sean with a solid foundation of best-teaching practices. His master’s degree in Special Education and experience with children with disabilities have enabled Sean to respond to a wide spectrum of learners. His passion to help others in and out of the classroom led him to found Racers for Pacers, a non-profit organization with a mission to include children with disabilities in the running community.

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