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Exercise Toolkit for Virtual Interactive Teaching and Learning

This workshop consists of 2 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Central Time) on May 14, 2021, and 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Central Time) on May 21, 2021. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing all modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

During this two-part workshop, participants practice a series of exercises that can be used in remote teaching to engage students in interactive learning and exploration, even when they’re experiencing zoom fatigue. The workshop helps faculty build a sense of community within the classroom and emphasizes dialogic approaches to teaching the whole student and engaged learning. Participants gain hands-on experience practicing the exercises and leave the workshop ready to bring new approaches back to the classroom. Together with the facilitator, participants consider questions, additional remote teaching ideas, and key take-aways from the two sessions.

  • During Module 1, participants practice and learn the name game, the five-minute poem, the culture box exercises, and other strategies.
  • During Module 2, participants practice and learn the fishbowl exercise, the concentric circle exercise, in addition to other pedagogical approaches.


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
May 7, 2021
Registration Fee
May 7, 2021
Complete Workshop Registration (Member)$200$300
Complete Workshop Registration (Non-Member)$300$400

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to May 5, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by May 5, 2021. Refunds will not be given after May 5, 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

Dr. David Schoem, a first-generation college graduate, teaches in the sociology department at the University of Michigan, where he has also held administrative roles as an assistant dean for undergraduate education, assistant vice president for academic and student affairs, and director of the Michigan Community Scholars Program. Dr. Schoem has extensive and successful experience building community inside and outside the classroom using dialogic and whole student teaching methods. He was a co-founder of Michigan’s Program on Intergroup Relations. He is the co-editor of “Teaching the Whole Student: Engaged Learning With Heart, Mind, and Spirit,” “Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community, and Workplace,” and “Multicultural Teaching in the University,” and co-author of “College Knowledge for the Community College Student.”

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