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Emergence, Not Exhaustion: Sustainable Teaching in Online Environments

This workshop consists of 2 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Central Time) on August 6, 2021, and 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Central Time) on August 13, 2021. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing all modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

“Depleted.” “Just plain worn out.” As the COVID crisis caused a larger proportion of faculty members to teach remote courses than ever before, accounts of teacher fatigue and feeling overwhelmed are rife. Many professional development opportunities offer advice about the optimum use of technological tools, but most do not focus on ways to make online teaching less exhausting and more sustainable for teachers.

This workshop helps new and experienced online instructors understand the features of online practice that contribute to teacher burnout. Participants learn about specific, actionable strategies for reducing their workload without sacrificing student engagement and success.

Module 1: Before

  • Emergence as a planning principle
  • Reframing “content”
  • Formative versus summative teaching

Module 2: During

  • Managing personality
  • Managing time and timeliness
  • Managing community
  • Managing feedback

Module 3: After

  • Avoiding “Groundhog Day”: Invigorating the iterative
  • Lasting lessons of emergence
  • Practitioner troubleshooting and reflection


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
July 30, 2021
Registration Fee
July 30, 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 July 28, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by July 28, 2021. Refunds will not be given after July 28, 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. Nicole Matos has enjoyed a 20 year career in American higher education as a professor,
administrator, commentator, and consultant. A former community college student herself, she is currently Professor of English at the College of DuPage in suburban Chicago and a particular specialist in the community college sector.

With repeated credits in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Pedagogy Unbound, and as a former columnist for CHE Vitae, Nicole is widely published on faculty development topics, including improving online and blended instruction, best practices in developmental education, the faculty role in Guided Pathways, and healing relationships between administration and faculty. She is nationally experienced as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, communications strategist, and content editor.

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