Webinars and Showcases

Transitioning from Online to F2F Environments. The COVID19 pandemic has given us many instructional lessons after one year of emergency remote teaching and online teaching. This session aims to reuse and adapt instructional trends and strategies used during the past year to enhance teaching in F2F classrooms. In addition, this session will discuss how the educational landscape and learners have changed due to one year of online instruction. 

Date: July 27th                    Time: 3:00 pm

Facilitator: Miko Nino         Location: Online. Register here.


What Can Technology Do for My Teaching? As part of our new technology-enhanced learning services, we will discuss in this session how technology can make learning more effective and engaging. The format of this session will include a demonstration of teaching challenges and various types of instructional tools that can help.

Date: July 30th                Time: 11:00 am

Facilitator: Miko Nino             Location: Online. Register here


Course Redesign in Canvas. In this session, participants will learn the fundamentals of course design in Canvas, including course structure, module creation, and assessments. In addition, participants will explore the main Canvas features to design courses. Instructional design best practices and principles will also be discussed in this presentation. 

Date: August 10th          Time: 9:00 am

Facilitators: Kristen Purvis, Terry Locklear, and Miko Nino

Location: Online. Register here


Nearpod Demo. If you are interested in Nearpod, join one of their staff members for a demo of this interactive tool to create engaging lessons and formative assessments. We will be launching a Nearpod Users’ Community in Spring 2022, and this session will provide an overview of the tool and explain how it will be used in specific courses. 

Date: August 24th         Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Daniel Behan, Nearpod

Location: Online. Register here


Intro to ePortfolios. Join us for the inaugural session of the EPICS (ePortfolio Initiative for Career Success) program at UNCP. An e-portfolio is a digital collection of learning artifacts that demonstrate mastery of knowledge, skills, and abilities. ePortfolios are an excellent tool to assess 21st-century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. In this session, participants will explore the fundamentals of an ePortfolio and the types of assessments created and implemented in courses. 

Date: August 25th            Time: 11:00 am

Facilitator: Miko Nino             Location: Online. Register here

If you cannot attend this session, you can register for any of these other additional sessions (the content will be the same in all three sessions):

September 29th at 2:00 pm - Register here.

November 5th at 11:00 am - Register here


Mapping Your Online Courses for Alignment. Instructional alignment ensures that the course goal, learning objectives, assessments, activities, materials, and technology work together as a system for a positive and meaningful learning experience. Mapping an online course is also excellent project management and an evaluation tool to determine the essential elements that should be integrated into a course and the elements that are not relevant for the course’s learning goals. Through an exercise, participants will work on the mapping and alignment of their courses. 

Date: September 1st             Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitators: Kristen Purvis and Miko Nino

Location: Online. Register here


Customizing Instruction to Specific Learner Audiences. In this session, participants will plan a course that adapts the content and lessons to respond to the student’s readiness and interests. In addition, participants will explore differentiated instruction and how it can be implemented through various strategies. 

Date: September 2nd               Time: 11:00 am

Facilitator: Terry Locklear               Location: Online. Register here


Digital Accessibility. In this collaboration with UNCP’s Accessibility Resource Center, we will cover the vital elements of ensuring that your online course meets accessibility standards so that all of your students are given an equitable opportunity to excel in your class. Concepts we will cover include: proper use of fonts and colors, formatting PDFs, adding alt text, creating accessible hyperlinks, and using Canvas’ built-in accessibility checker tool.

Date: September 8th               Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Kristen Purvis            Location: Online. Register here


Video-based Learning in Camtasia. This session will explain the principles of video-based learning as an instructional strategy, which goes beyond creating and posting videos. Using Camtasia, participants will recognize the software’s capabilities for effective content delivery and the design of video-based learning materials. 

Date: September 9th            Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Terry Locklear        Location: Online. Register here


Online Course Assessment II. Last year, we provided an overview of assessments for online courses in Canvas that did not require proctoring, as well as 21st-century assessments. The second part of this presentation will discuss additional assessment strategies for online, flipped, and hybrid courses. 

Date: September 16th           Time: 11:00 am

Facilitator: Miko Nino           Location: Online. Register here


The Essentials of Teaching Online Graduate Students. This session will focus on instructional strategies based on the theory of andragogy (i.e., adult learning theory). In addition, participants will learn how to design modules that respond to the needs of the graduate student population. 

Date: September 22nd               Time: 11:00 am

Facilitator: Terry Locklear              Location: Online. Register here


Microlearning…More Than Just a Buzzword! In this webinar, the presenter will introduce the concept of microlearning and how it is used to help drive students to be more engaged with courses. 

Date: September 23rd               Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitator:  Kristen Purvis          Location: Online. Register here


Fostering Active Learning in the Online Classroom. This session aims to assist faculty members in pivoting from a style that primarily consists of passive content delivery to actively engaging students and promoting hands-on activities. In addition, participants will be able to identify methods that place students in a participatory role within the classroom. 

Date: September 30th                Time: 11:00 am

Facilitators: Terry Locklear and Miko Nino

Location: Online. Register here


Alternatives to Recorded Lectures IV. This session is the fourth (and FINAL) part of the series of alternative instructional methods to recorded lectures in online/hybrid classrooms. This session will discuss alternatives such as peer partner learning, behavior modeling, the critique, the clinic, etc. 

Date: October 7th         Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Miko Nino            Location: Online. Register here


Assessments for Higher-Order Thinking. The main goal of this session is for learners to differentiate between higher-order thinking assessments and assessments requiring only recall or comprehension. In addition, this session will allow participants to practice how to create this type of assessment and how they can be aligned to course learning outcomes. 

Date: October 13th           Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Terry Locklear              Location: Online. Register here


Antidote for 'The Blahs' - Increasing Student Engagement. This webinar will cover the three pillars of creating an engaging and personalized online learning experience for your students.

Date: October 20th              Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Kristen Purvis                  Location: Online. Register here


Facilitating Effective Group Work in Online Courses. Group work in online courses, however challenging, can be highly effective to build community and foster collaboration and communication. In this session, participants will identify the factors that typically hinder group-related activities and implement the essential elements required for effective group work.

Date: November 3rd               Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Terry Locklear                 Location: Online. Register here


Case-based Learning. The application and transfer of knowledge can sometimes only be demonstrated through the decisions a learner makes when facing a dilemma, challenge, or problem. This session will discover why case-based learning works and how it can be implemented and assessed in any course. 

Date: November 10th              Time: 2:00 pm

Facilitator: Kristen Purvis                   Location: Online. Register here.


Tools and Assessments for STEM courses. This session will focus on STEM courses and how the use of technology and specific formative and summative assessments can make the learning experience more effective and engaging for students. In addition, this presentation will cover the basics of a well-designed STEM online/hybrid course. 

Date: November 17th              Time: 11:00 am

Facilitators: Kristen Purvis and Miko Nino        Location: Online.  Register Here



Informational sessions/demos about Portfolium and the EPICS program.  Faculty interested in implementing ePortfolios or designing ePortfolio-based courses in the Spring 2022. Through Portfolium, the official platform for the UNCP EPICS program, faculty members can:

  • Redesign traditional assessments
  • Integrate Portfolium into Canvas courses/gradebook
  • Develop badges and learning pathways
  • Assess 21st century skills
  • Make connections between curricular and co-curricular learning
  • Start conversations about career readiness


Date: November 18th           Time: 1:00pm          Location: Online. Register here.

Date: November 29th           Time: 4:00pm          Location: Online. Register here.