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“Active lectures for online teaching” presentation Sept. 17

In the spring, faculty had to quickly adapt courses to an online format. It can be difficult to use preferred face-to-face teaching strategies in Zoom, and many faculty find themselves stuck in a lecturing rut. But lectures can still thrive with the addition of Active Learning (AL)—even online!

Learn how at the next Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) faculty development session “Active Lectures for Online Teaching,” presented by Dr. Richard Van Eck, associate dean for Teaching & Learning, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, from noon to 1 p.m.

The session will be streamed live on Zoom and recorded for later viewing. To join, visit

At this session you will learn how and why:

  • the five levels of AL, from simple to complex, can be effectively implemented in lecture classes.
  • these strategies translate to online classes on Zoom through the use of polling, participant icons, breakout rooms, and chat features.
  • to approach other types of instruction, such as precepting and discussions, in an online environment.
  • to solve YOUR challenges or concerns.

This session will include Q&A and discussion with Dr. Van Eck and Dr. Adrienne Salentiny, instructional designer. Bring your questions!

This faculty development session is part of the Evidence-Based Teaching (EBT) series hosted by the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship unit of Education Resources and the Office of Education and Faculty Affairs. This series, held every third Thursday of the month at noon, showcases topics of interest to the medical and health education community and is free and open to anyone at UND. Previous faculty development sessions can be streamed from our website.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to suggest a future meeting topic, please contact Adrienne Salentiny (