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Symposium Series

Every fall, the University of Rochester hosts a series of open forums to provide insight and promote dialogue about Online Learning with the community. Videos from prior events are available below.

Questions - Adele Coelho -


Tuesday, November 9 (noon -1pm)  
Faculty experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Dr. Jeffrey Choppin
Professor of Mathematics Education
Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Dr. John Kapusta
Assistant Professor of Musicology
Eastman School of Music

Dr. Andrea M. Barrett
Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership 
Warner School of Education and Human Development

Rachel Roberts   
Director, Institute for Music Leadership
Associate Professor, Music Leadership
Eastman School of Music


Wednesday, October 14 (noon -1pm)  
Faculty experiences with Online Learning in the Health Sciences at the University of Rochester
Christopher Seplaki, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Luis A. Rosario-McCabe, DNP, RN, CNE, CNL, WHNP-BC, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Specialty Director for the CNL Program, School of Nursing 

Margie Hodges Shaw, JD, PhD, HEC-C, Associate Professor, Law and Bioethics, Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, School of Medicine
Cynthia L. Wong, DMD, MS, FRCD(C), Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Eastman Institute for Oral Health

Wednesday, October 28 (noon -1pm)
Faculty experiences 
with Online Learning in the Humanities at the University of Rochester
Guoming Tian, PhD, Assistant Professor of Instruction in Chinese, College of Arts & Sciences
Denise Malloy, JD, EdD, Assistant Professor, Writing Speaking and Argument Program,  College of Arts & Sciences

Heather Layton, Senior Lecturer, Sage Arts Center, College of Arts & Sciences
Jonathan Dunsby, PhD, Professor of Music Theory, Chair of Music Theory, Eastman School of Music

Monday, November 9 (noon -1pm)
Faculty experiences with Online Learning in STEM at the University of Rochester
Andrew Berger, PhD, Professor of Optics; Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Hajim School of Engineering 
Lewis Rothberg, PhD, Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Chemical Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences
John Kessler, PhD, Professor; Department Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
John Lambropoulos, PhD, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Professor, Materials Science, Hajim School of Engineering


Thursday, October 10- Online Learning at St. John’s University Dr. Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Vice Provost for Digital Learning and Executive Director of Online Learning & Services, St. John’s University 

Thursday, November 14 – Online Learning Research and the Impact of Social and Teaching Presence Dr. Karen Swan, the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research, & Service (COLRS), University of Illinois Springfield

Thursday, December 12 - Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Dr. Edwin Vanwijngaarden, Professor, Public Health Sciences 
Laura Jones, Lead Instructor, Writing, Speaker and Argument Program
Dr. Sarah Peyre, Professor, Surgery and Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Dr. Stephen Uebbing, Professor, Educational Leadership 
Stephanie Venturino, Doctoral Student, Eastman School of Music


Thursday, October 11 - Online Learning Initiatives at Yale University  – Lucas Swineford, Executive Director of Digital Education, Yale University 

Thursday, November 8 - Quality Matters for Faculty  – Dr. Deb Adair, Executive Director - Quality Matters

Thursday, December 13  - Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester:
Dr. Patricia Chess - Professor - Department of Pediatrics - Neonatology - School of Medicine;
Dr. Andrea Cutt - Assistant Professor - Warner School of Education;
Rebecca Wolf - Instructor of Clinical Nursing - School of Nursing;  
and UR students:
Judith Van Alstyne - PhD student - Warner School of Education;
Sofia Tokar - MS student - Warner School of Education 


Thursday, October 5 - Online Learning at Cornell University  – Paul Krause, CEO eCornell and Associate Vice Provost for Online Learning, Cornell University 

Thursday, November 2 - What does the research tell us about online learning – and how can it inform our practice?  – Dr. Peter Shea, Editor of the Online Learning Journal and Associate Provost for Online Learning & Associate Professor, Educational Theory and Practice and Informatics - University at Albany 

Thursday, December 7  - Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Dr. Martha Mock, Associate Professor & Director of the Institute for Innovative Transition, Warner School of Education 
Dr. Holly Brown - Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing & Specialty Director, Child/Adolescent Psychiatric NP Program, School of Nursing
Dr. Ricky Roet-Green, Assistant Professor, Simon School of Business
Dr. Ahmed Ghazi - Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and Student in the Health Professions Education program
Linh Dang, Ph.D. student Educational Policy in the Warner School of Education 


Thursday, November 10  - Online Learning Initiatives at Vanderbilt University – Dr. John Sloop, Associate Provost for Digital Learning & Professor of Communication Studies  

Thursday, December 8  - First-hand experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester 
Dr. Susan Blaakman, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing;
Jim Doser, Director of the Eastman School of Music's Institute for Music Leadership;
Dr. Raffaella Borasi, Dean and Professor of the Warner School of Education;
Dr. Alexandra Tsigarida, Assistant Professor - Department of Dentistry;
Nicholas Palumbo, Ph.D. student in the Warner School of Education


October 27, 2015 - Online Learning Initiatives at New York University – Robert Ubell, Vice Dean - Online Learning, NYU School of Engineering

November 20, 2015  - Beyond the Buzz:  Transforming instruction with the flipped approach – from lecture hall to seminar – Dr. Helaine Marshall, Associate Professor of Education at Long Island University and Board of Directors for the Flipped Learning Network

December 11, 2015  - Stories and experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester
Dr. Tobie Olsan, Professor of Clinical Nursing
Dr. Christopher Niemiec, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology
Dr. Alicia Van Borssum, Warner School of Education
UR Students - Steve Clary - Simon School of Business and Caitlin Smith - Warner School of Education


October 21, 2014“Coursera – Vision and Insights”  

November 14, 2014“Vision and Directions of Online Learning in Higher Education”  by Dr. Darcy Hardy – Associate Vice President at Blackboard

December 12, 2014 –  “In their own words – online learning experiences from professors and students at the University of Rochester”


October 30, 2013 - Not a Secret Anymore: Online Courses at the University of Rochester!

November 11, 2013 -  Enabling Your Teaching and Your Students’ Learning with Free Online Resources: A Taste of MERLOT

December 12, 2013 - Phelps Colloquium - To MOOC or Not to MOOC?  Opportunities and Perils in Online Teaching


August 27, 2012 - Online Learning: New Frontiers in Education

November 5, 2012 - Open Faculty Forum: Online Education with 2U

December 13, 2012 - Open Faculty Forum: Online Learning Initiatives at Duke University