LT's Dr. Angel Pazurek has been appointed as the country director for the midwest region of the United States for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL). HETL is a professional organization serving the global higher education community through thought leadership, professional development, global advocacy, and peer-to-peer learning.
LT's Angel Pazurek received a special invitation from the Lindahl Academic Center for Student Athletes and the University of Minnesota Athletic Department to the Gopher football game on September 11, 2021 against Miami (Ohio) University to honor her work with student athletes.
The Learning Technologies (LT) minor is now in its third year at the University of Minnesota drawing students from across different disciplines who want to become more digitally savvy leaders within their fields. Society and workplaces are becoming more technological and need innovators who can use technology to create and solve problems- the shift to remote learning in 2020 and 2021 intensified this need.
In early 2021, the University of Minnesota’s College of Design and Coursera launched a new UX Design MasterTrack Certificate program. Two Learning Technologies graduate students, Xinran Zhu and Jennifer Englund, served in instructional designer roles for the program and they shared their reflections on the collaborative online learning initiative.
Believe it or not, the best platform for rigorous online teacher training in a low-resource environment is an LMS made for kids. In March 2021 I presented at the TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) International conference about my experience using Google Classroom to lead a five-week course for teachers in training located throughout Mexico.
LT's Jolie Kennedy launched a new professional development program, "Online Distance Learning: Principles of Good Practice and Strategies for Fostering Connectedness" within the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).