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Shared Experiences Forums

A purpose of the Academy is to “create a collective of faculty advocates for teaching excellence who can serve as resources to their colleagues.” One means to accomplish this is through frequent forums on teaching excellence. Rather than always bringing in outside consultants, the Academy believes it should first consult its own experts, the UTSA Faculty, and have them share their experiences. We hope you can attend the upcoming forums. Missed a forum? Check out the past forum video archive below.

The Value of the Instructor in Online Education
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Noon – 12:30 p.m. Panel Presentation
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Q&A
Virtual via YouTube



If all your lectures are now on online, why are you needed? Couldn’t someone else simply update your lectures every two years? If a publisher is providing your students with an online textbook, case studies, videos, learning activities, and even grading all your assessments, is there really a need for YOU?

Post COVID, many courses will remain online or hybrid. What is your value as an instructor in an online academic environment? Learn from the shared experiences of other faculty who face the same concerns.

Join this virtual forum by clicking on the button above. Save the link to your calendar and share it with your colleagues.

Deborah Moon Wagner

Deborah Moon
Senior Lecturer

Jennifer Dilley

Jennifer Holt Dilley
Lecturer III

Gregg Michel

Gregg Michel
Associate Professor

Tom Cannon

Tom Cannon
Professor in Practice

Past Forums

Below is a video archive of past forums. If the videos are helpful to you, please share the link with other faculty you think could benefit from the teaching tips shared and consider attending the next forum.

Note: After the panelists conclude their remarks, questions are taken from those in attendance on-site and those viewing online. Sometimes an audience member begins talking before a microphone is handed to them resulting in poor audio quality. 

All videos are produced by UTSA Video Production.

March 31, 2021:

The Value of the Instructor in Online Education

March 18, 2020:

Moving Forward Together. Faculty's Role in UTSA's Response to Coronavirus

February 19, 2020:

Classroom to Career. Integrating Marketable Skills into Pedagogy

November 13, 2019:

“Best Practices for Internships/Practicums”

October 2, 2019:

Best Practices for Community Engagement

March 20, 2019:

“Study Abroad Teaching”

February 14, 2019:

“Taking Your Research Into the Classroom”

September 26, 2018:

“Tips to Mitigate Student Cheating”

October 31, 2018:

“Combined Undergraduate & Graduate Courses: Pedagogical Challenges & Opportunities”

February 14, 2018:

“Faculty-Initiated Student Drop”

October 18, 2017:

“Technology to Enhance Learning Experiences”

April 5, 2017:

“DFWs Revisited. How to Reduce Percentages, Not Quality.”

March 8, 2017:

“Teaching Large Classes. Does Size Impact Pedagogy?”

November 19, 2016:

“Your Role in Student Success.”

October 12, 2016:

“Why Teach Online or Hybrid Courses?”

March 23, 2016:

“The Challenge of Reducing DFWs. Strategies That Work.”

February 17, 2016:

“Active Learning in the Classroom. How to Use and Evaluate.”