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 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).


Recordings of most sessions listed below are available on the public Digital Education Day 2020 MiVideo Channel.

Keynote: "Synchronicity: Care, COVID, and Connected Learning" presented by Robin DeRosa, Director, Open Learning & Teaching Collaborative Plymouth State University.

Colleges around the United States have turned to Distance Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic; in many ways, the affordances of the internet have allowed students to stay focused on their educational paths, but in other ways, inequity, trauma, and an EdTech industry motivated more by profit than possibility have left many of us wondering what habits we are developing around technology and teaching during this crisis. In this presentation, Robin will explore the “remote learning pivot,” and offer a hopeful and learner-centered vision for the future based on the new perspectives that coping with COVID can offer to those of us who value the human connection at the heart of learning.

The keynote was offered in the engaging format of a Flipped Keynote.   Recordings of both the keynote presentation and the keynote conversation are available.

Breakout Sessions

  • Designing Online Instruction that Engages Students in Authentic Problem-Solving
  • How We Teach Online: A Faculty Panel
  • Mythbusting Open Educational Resources
  • Connecting Minds: Communication Tools and Techniques for the Online Classroom
  • Questioning the myth of the digital native
  • Virtual Village
    • "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)
    • "OneNote Classroom Notebook: Helping Students with their Soft Skills" by Shanna Simpson-Singleton  (HFC)

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)

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: "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: "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

Digital Education

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