Skip to content

The Human Element in Online Learning

When colleges made the abrupt shift to online learning last spring, the loss of personal connection struck both students and teachers alike. How can colleges continuing in the virtual space this fall create a more intimate and engaging experience?

That’s one of the pressing questions our panel of teaching and online-learning experts will address in this virtual forum.

Join us as we examine how colleges can make the online experience more human, help students form bonds with one another, and better translate faculty-student interaction to the computer screen.

The discussion will explore questions like:

  • What unique opportunities for building personal connection do online courses offer?
  • How can colleges and faculty members design online courses to be equitable?
  • How will current circumstances and adaptations change professors’ approach to teaching even post-pandemic?

The panel will include:

  • Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Community-College Educator, Online-Faculty Developer, and Author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies
  • Viji Sathy, Teaching Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Mike Truong, Executive Director, Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology, Azusa Pacific University

With Support from TechSmith


Let us know what you would like to cover in these virtual forums. Email us at
Find out more about virtual event partnerships by emailing

Upcoming Events

  • Modern Strategy for Presidents and Trustees

    UPCOMING: December 14, 2023 | 2 p.m. ET: To help navigate a turbulent higher-ed landscape, The Chronicle and AGB offer this webinar for board members to advance their strategic-thinking capabilities and ensure their institutions’ long-term success. Register here.
  • Data Science Unbound

    UPCOMING: December 7, 2023 | 2 p.m. ET: Student demand for data science in the liberal arts continues to rise. A panel of experts will explore the trend and the challenges it presents, including issues of faculty shortages and course sharing. With Support From Microsoft. Register here.
  • Supporting Student Success: Staff and Roles

    UPCOMING: December 5, 2023 | 2 p.m. ET: Colleges prioritize student success through advising programs and performance-tracking systems, but staff burnout and turnover present a challenge. Join us to discuss it. With Support From Mongoose. Register here.
  • Starting a Program for Incarcerated Students

    UPCOMING: December 6, 2023 | 2 p.m. ET: With new federal aid available for students in prisons to take courses for credit, many colleges are now interested in starting or expanding programs for those students. Join us for advice on what it takes to do so. With Support From Ascendium. Register here.

Recommended Events