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Pre-Conference Workshops

The full-day Pre-Conference Workshops provide participants with the opportunity to develop new skills, learn new ideas, network with colleages, and create new approaches to teaching and learning. The full-day Pre-Conference Workshops will be led by experienced teachers and experts in the field.

When? Where?

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Where: The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

Comments from Previous Years

The Power of
Reflective Practice
Meaningful Interactions
in Blended Courses
Flipping Your Classroom
for Deep Learning
This was a session that was "spot on" for what I needed. The presenter has me thinking in new ways about reflective practice. As a science guy, I am always thinking of the best ways to offer meaningful assignments in online classes. As such, this workshop was perfect. I cannot believe the packet of resources/materials provided. The session provided information that supports what I am doing with flipped instruction. Further, I picked up valuable pointers and ideas for going the next step.


The full-day Pre-Conference Workshops consist of a morning session and an afternoon session. When participants register they select a morning and an afternoon session to attend (seating is limited).

8:00-9:00 am Sign-In & Continental Breakfast
9:00-12:00 pm Session 1: Morning
Make It Happen! Creating ePortfolio Implementation Success on Your Campus
• Jennifer M. Brill, Instructional Design & Technology, Virginia Tech
• Samantha J. Blevins-Bohanan, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Radford University

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Strategies to Motivate Students: Applying Research-Based Principles
• Brett Jones, School of Education, Virginia Tech

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Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Workshop for Designing Better Classes
• C. Edward Watson, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia

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Designing Active and Engaging Online or Hybrid Courses Using Research-based Principles of Learning and Instruction
• Krista Terry, Leadership and Educational Studies, Appalachian State University

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12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
1:00-4:00 pm Session 2: Afternoon
Teaching for Learning: Concepts, Strategies, and Tips for Engaging and Motivating Students in the Classroom
• Todd Zakrajsek, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina

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Technology for Learner Engagement
• Miko Nino, TLOS, Virginia Tech
• Dan Yaffe, TLOS, Virginia Tech

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Contemplation in Higher Education: Mindfulness Practices in the Classroom
• Laura Farmer, Leadership, Counseling and Research, Virginia Tech
• Jenna Haynes, Counselor Education, Virginia Tech

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Playing to Learn: How Reacting to the Past Creates Student-Centered Classrooms that Empower Students and Faculty
• Thomas Chase Hagood, Division of Academic Enhancement, University of Georgia
• Naomi J. Norman, Classics, University of Georgia

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5:00-6:00 pm Reception

Registration Fee

The registration fee for the full-day Pre-Conference Workshop is $250.00 by January 5, 2016 and $300 afterwards. This fee is payable at time of workshop registration and entitles each participant to

  • a contenental breakfast+ (coffee, soda, water, juice, pastries, muffins, 1-2 warm items),
  • attend both a morning and an afternoon workshop,
  • a buffet lunch, and
  • a reception following the workshops.

Please note: There is not a half-day or single workshop option.


Pre-Conference Workshops Registration is Open

** Note: This link will allow you to register for the conference or the workshop.