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SLA Online Teaching Panel Presentation

  • 1.  SLA Online Teaching Panel Presentation

    Posted 04-27-2021 00:54

    O Instructor, Where Art Thou?: SLA Online Teaching Panel

    Tues., May 11 @ 11 a.m. EST


    LMD is offering a panel in relation to online teaching, including helpful information regarding educational approaches to asynchronous, synchronous, and hybrid online classes.

    This presentation is scheduled for Tues., May 11 at 11 a.m. EST.

    Our speakers are Cynthia Cheng Correia, Will Olmstadt, and Rebecca Vargha.

    Panel Presentation Descriptions:


    Demand and expectations for online and hybrid learning have expanded seismically and transformed its place in education and training. For new and seasoned instructors, this altered landscape presents challenges – and opportunities. What do we need to know – and apply – to succeed? How do we present content, harness tools, and create learning experiences that have impact? How do we maximize our offerings while minimizing pressures on our time and resources? Join Cynthia Cheng Correia as we discuss best practices, lessons learned, and practice tips to help you deliver engaging and effective learning experiences.


    Will Olmstadt will talk about his experiences and "lessons learned" teaching online for graduate programs in public health and library science. He has taught or co-taught for-credit, graded electives 7 times during his career. He has experience using Moodle, Blackboard, and Google Classroom.


    Rebecca Vargha will cover the ten best practices for teaching a class that is completely online. From topics like creating a supportive online community to the value of "instructor presence" in the class; the session will guide you through initial online teaching experiences.




    Panelist Biographies:


    Cynthia Cheng Correia

    For over a decade, Cynthia Cheng Correia has developed and delivered online and hybrid instruction in academic, corporate, and other professional settings. She works with learning and talent development programs in leading organizations to deliver impactful experiences. Cynthia is the developer and lead instructor of SLA's Competitive and Decision Intelligence Certificates Program and she helped design and launch SLA's certificates program. She is also graduate program instructor in competitive intelligence at Simmons University, where she has taught various courses for over 20 years and was among its first online instructors. Her work across sectors has been recognized for instructional and service excellence. An author and speaker, Cynthia has appeared in leading publications including The New York Times and the award-winning The Emerald Handbook of Modern Information Management.


    Will Olmstadt

    Will is currently executive director and professor at the health sciences library at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. He leads a diverse team of 19 providing collections, services, and student success resources, to 3 schools, over 550 residents, and robust basic sciences research programs. The library also serves as a resource for patients in north Louisiana. He has previously been on the library staff at Washington University School of Medicine, DeVry University, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Texas A&M University. In Shreveport, he has volunteered for no-kill cat shelters and agencies assisting the homeless. In May 2019, Will completed the Online Teaching Certificate from Online Learning Consortium, Inc. 


    Rebecca Vargha

    Rebecca Vargha is Head of the Information and Library Science Library at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and a part-time faculty member at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill since 2001. Her areas of expertise/teaching online include collection management, information and reference services/sources and special libraries & KM.  She thrives on helping educate and mentor the next generation of information professionals.  She served as SLA President (2006-2007), is a Fellow of SLA and received the "Rosie" (Rose L. Vormelker Award) from SLA actively teaching and mentoring students & working professionals.  Rebecca Vargha is the Archivist for the SLA Carolinas Community and currently co-chairing the SLA Encore Community for 2020-21.

    You can register for the webinar HERE.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


    Annette Bochenek
    Assistant Professor and Business Information Specialist