Digital Education Day


Digital Education Day is an annual event hosted by the Office of Digital Education and the Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources. The event includes seminars, panels, and workshops on a variety of popular digital education topics at UM-Dearborn and neighboring institutions.

Digital Education Day 2020

The 2020 Digital Education Day conference will take place on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the UM-Dearborn University Center. This year's conference event is open to and will include presenters from UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint, and Henry Ford College (HFC).



This year's keynote, Only Connect: Letting Go of Open Education, will be presented by Robin DeRosa, Director, Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative Plymouth State University.

In this presentation, Robin DeRosa will tell the story of her emergence into digital and online learning, and share what inspires her most about Open Education. As she explores different ways that researchers and teachers conceptualize learning environments in a connected world, she will also raise questions about how new ways of thinking about technology in education have obscured the human elements at the heart of learning. She will share how she has shifted her understanding of technology in light of her increasing focus on the people and relationships that ultimately shape and are shaped by the categories we use to articulate our pedagogies. With a focus on themes such as expanding access, developing inter-institutional collaborations, and learner agency, Robin will encourage a way of thinking about digital education that centers community connection over technology tools.

Robin will host a workshop after the keynote to answer questions and take a deeper dive into how curriculum and pedagogy might transform when technology is guided by humanity-oriented values.



The full conference schedule is listed below, but attendees are not required to come for the entire day. A space to work or network with colleagues will also be available.

8:30 a.m. - Sign-in begins (Kochoff B/C)

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  - Opening Remarks with Light Breakfast (Kochoff B/C)

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

  • How We Teach Online: A Faculty Panel (Kochoff A)
    Students are well aware that everyone teaches online a little differently. Across the three campuses presenting this conference, there may be a bit of variety in online teaching culture as well. Come to this panel to hear about differences and similarities in how we teach online. You’ll pick up a few ideas for your own digital teaching strategies.
    Panelists: Joy Beatty (UM-Dearborn), Vicky Bessette (HFC), Rosemary Miketa (HFC), and Jen Proctor (UM-Dearborn)

  • Questioning the myth of the digital native (1225 UC)
    Young people just automatically understand technology, right? This is the myth of the digital native, but we’ve found that this is not always true and we have the data to back it up. In this session, we will look at the digital divide and consider how technology access might affect the digital literacy/competency of our students and ourselves. Participants will engage in self-reflective exercises to challenge the myth and leave with some practical tools to help address it. 
    Presented by: Autumm Caines (UM-Dearborn), Jessica Shamberger (HFC), and Alfonso Sintjago (UM-Dearborn)

  • Connecting Minds: Communication Tools and Techniques for the Online Classroom (Kochoff B/C)
    As access to mobile devices and high speed internet has grown, our options for communicating and collaborating effectively at a distance have become more and more diverse. Text-based discussion forums still have a dominant place in distance education, but frequently they can be augmented or replaced with tools that incorporate audio and video. In this session we will explore ways to make all digital communication more effective, with a focus on using synchronous and asynchronous video to take the leap towards the familiarity of face-to-face discourse.
    Presented by: Brandon Blinkenberg (UM-Flint)

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

  • Mythbusting Open Educational Resources (1225 UC)
    Open Educational Resources (OERs) sound great but...  Can you really find quality OER materials? Isn't the copyright process complicated? Don't you get what you pay for? There are a lot of myths and concerns around OERs. Members of the University of Michigan - Dearborn's OER Taskforce and Henry Ford College's Eshleman Library are partnering to break down some of these myths in an interactive session where you will come away with a better understanding of the truths behind OER.
    Presented by: UM-Dearborn OER Task Force and Henry Ford College Eshleman Library

  • Virtual Village (Kochoff B/C)
    Browse a variety of posters and displays with faculty's best ideas on effective digital teaching techniques that they use to promote student success including active learning, module organization, student engagement, etc. The teaching display format allows attendees to collect guides to these ideas and network with faculty and staff. Topics and presenters include:

    • "Cut Me Some Slack!: Messaging Platforms and Online Discussion" by Maya Barak (UM-Dearborn)

    • "The pen is mightier than the keyboard:  Students Never Miss a Word with Livescribe, Doceri, and Rocketbook"  by Sheila Smith (UM-Dearborn)

    • "Using digital storytelling with low beginner ESL students" by Mindy DeWitt (HFC) and Sarah Castillo (HFC)

    • "Socrative for Anatomy and Physiology students" by Cristina Bailey (HFC)

    • "Student collaboration and resource sharing with Padlet" by Pamela Stewart (HFC)

    • “Social Video: Reaching Students on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. by Kevin Trovini (HFC)

    • "Engaging ELLs in digital writing to promote student agency, community building, and audience awareness" by Hanan Elali Fadlallah (HFC)

  • Designing Online Instruction that Engages Students in Authentic Problem-Solving (Kochoff A)
    Many people (students and faculty alike) have the false impression that distance learning is characterized mostly by online presentations and multiple-choice tests. However, online instruction can easily be designed to engage students in authentic problem-solving skills. Come to this session for ideas, and to see example lessons designed with active, authentic learning in mind
    Presented by: Jeff Drake (UM-Flint)

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Keynote with lunch (Kochoff B/C)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Keynote followup workshop with dessert (Kochoff B/C)



There is no fee to attend the conference, but due to limited space registration is required using one of the options below.


Questions and additional information.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding Digital Education Day, please contact Christopher Casey, University Coordinator of Digital Education, at or 313-593-3504.

Digital Education Day Archives

Content from past Digital Education Day events, including session lists, PowerPoint slides, and session recordings is available below (click the + icon next to each year to see all of the information).


Keynote: "School is a Game… But is it a Good Game?"  Presented by Dr. Barry Fishman, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Michigan.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Outcomes and rubrics with Canvas
  • Student panel on online courses
  • Lunch with digital education q&a
  • GradeCraft: a gameful learning platform developed by the University of Michigan
  • How to organize your course in Canvas
  • Faculty roundtable on online testing
  • Modules in Canvas

Keynote: "Digital Education and Academic Innovation"  Presented by Dr. James Hilton, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at the University of Michigan. (PowerPoint slides, restricted to UM-Dearborn faculty and staff) (video recording, restricted to UM-Dearborn faculty and staff)

Breakout Sessions:

  • (Reading Your Students’ Minds) Formative Evaluation Using Student Analytics in Canvas
  • Gamifying Your Class with Canvas
  • Outcomes with Rubrics in Canvas
  • Student Panel
  • Active Learning with Technology
  • Tools and Design for Academic Integrity

Keynote:  "All Online Education Is Not the Same: Faculty-Centered Digital Pedagogy" by Jonathan Rees, Professor of History, Colorado State University - Pueblo. (video recording, restricted to U-M users)

Breakout Sessions:

  • Enhance student success by using the Canvas gradebook and the new Canvas gradebook
  • Open Education Resources
  • Faculty Roundtables: Engaging students in online/hybrid courses
  • Streamlining your Canvas material for students and student panel on digital education
  • Building Digital Storybooks with Scalar
  • Hands on with gameful learning (video recording, restricted to U-M users)

Keynote:  "Design for the Mind: Strategies from the Psychology of Learning" by Dr Michelle Miller, author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press, 2014), director of the First Year Learning Initiative and Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. (video recording, restricted to U-M users)

Breakout Sessions:

  • Hands on how-to for Digital Education
  • Sharing is Caring – Taking Your Cool Digital Education Creations Beyond Canvas (video recording, restricted to U-M users)
  • Faculty roundtables on digital teaching tools and techniques
  • Student Panel – Hear What Students Have to say about Online Classes and Interactivity (video recording, restricted to U-M users)
  • Keynote Discussion – Focus, Remember, Think: Resources for Putting Cognitive Principles into Practice (video recording, restricted to U-M users)

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