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UT Symposium 2018

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Recognition and Reflection in
Quality Course Design

September 13 & 14 

 This symposium is for all faculty who are interested in learning more about preparing online, distance, and hybrid courses that result in a quality student experience and student success.

Faculty will walk away with best practices, new ideas and knowledge of how colleagues are using Quality Matters and other generally accepted standards for quality course design.


Sponsored by:

UT Office of Academic Affairs and Student Success

Governor’s Online Innovation Initiative

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Hosted by:

UT Health Science Center in
collaboration with UT Chattanooga,
UT Knoxville and UT Martin.  



Participate in the symposium on the UTHSC Memphis Campus or virtually.

Attend in MemphisAttend Virtually

Student ascending stairs at UTHSC campus.







Welcome by Lori Gonzalez, PhD, Vice Chancellor Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs and Distinguished Guests of Honor

Enjoy food and beverages with colleagues!


SYMPOSIUM AGENDA September 14: 7:30-3:30 (Download the Agenda)

7:30 - 8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 8:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks
                     Invited Speaker, Julie K. Little-Wells, EdD

8:45 - 9:45 Invited Speaker

Julie K. Little-Wells, EdD
"Why Quality Online Course Design? The Goal is Student Success!"

Quality is a critical success driver for any business operation, especially for meeting customer expectations in a competitive marketplace. It is no different for the business of higher education. As institutional strategic directions mandate student success and sharpen the focus on innovation in e-learning, how do we define and measure quality in online and blended courses? Furthermore, how does quality translate for the student experience to become a differentiator in a competitive marketplace?  Remember, without quality, there is little chance of (student) success in academic and career pursuits.

 Join this examination of effective teaching and learning for online environments and put into practice strategies for engaging your students in their learning,  enhancing their experience and building their success

Julie K. Little-Wells

Julie K. Little-Wells, EdD, is a life-long learner with interests centering on the effective integration of technologies to support the academy's teaching and learning practices. In both national and international forums, she serves as an advocate for professional learning, facilitating communications and collaboration in distributed learning environments, and designing effective uses of instructional technologies for learner success.

Her portfolio leverages thirty years of experience teaching at the secondary and postsecondary level and progressive administrative positions in higher education, most recently retiring from EDUCAUSE as vice president. Her professional service includes the Apple Distinguished Educator Higher Education Leadership Team and E-learning Advisory Board for the Ministry of Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates. Underpinning this portfolio is a bachelor of arts in government and international studies and master of arts in teaching from the University of South Carolina, and a doctor of education from the University of Tennessee. During precious moments of downtime, you can find her in the garden of her Smoky Mountain home.


9:45 - 10:15 Coffee Break

10:30 am - 12:00 Faculty Presentations – Concurrent Sessions

Click on a theme below to see session presentation titles, descriptions, and presenters.

Quality Course Design Examples

In these sessions, quality online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses will be highlighted.  Faculty colleagues will present their courses and demonstrate how they address quality criteria.  The presenters will discuss their experiences, including tips to creating a quality course design.

Session Titles

Demonstration of Active Learning Approaches  

In these sessions, participants will learn about ways to engage students in the online and hybrid learning environments.  Presenters will discuss their experiences with using activities and assessments to engage their students.

Session Titles

Principles of Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

In this session, participants will learn about the basic principles that govern making content accessible for people with disabilities.  In addition, participants will learn how addressing accessibility fits in to Universal Design for Learning principles that focus on making learning accessible for all learners regardless of ability status. 

Session Titles

Creating a User Friendly Course:  Lesson Objectives and Course Alignment

In this hands-on session, participants will practice writing measurable, student centered course and lesson objectives.  Participants will also have an opportunity to learn how to align their course and lesson objectives to course learning activities and assessments. 

Session Titles


12:15 - 1:30 Lunch - Guests of Honor and Presentation of Faculty/Staff Recognitions

1:45 - 2:45 Organize Your Toolbox - Reflection and Discussion

3:00 - 3:30 What’s Next in Online Learning, The 2018 Symposium Closing

 For more information, contact your campus representative.

UT Chattanooga
Aisha McGriff, PhD
Sr. Instructional Designer    

UT Health Science Center
Karen Shader, PhD
Associate Director
Teaching and Learning Center    

UT Knoxville
Jennifer Gramling, PhD
Director Online Programs    

UT Martin
Adam Wilson, PhD
Director UT Online   

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