Monthly Webinar Series

One of the things we clearly heard at the 2019 Digital Learning Symposium was the desire to build a stronger, more engaged community and to continue the digital learning conversations throughout the year. In response, on September 27, 2019, we launched a monthly Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) Webinar and an associated newsletter.

Each webinar shares relevant updates from the System Office, best practices found across the System, an outside speaker, insights into new technologies, and, occasionally, the opportunity for us to have deeper discussions on a specific topic or research area.

Join Us
When: Fourth Friday of every month at 11:00 am
Phone: (646) 558-8656, ID 943 706 306

We are open to your suggestions and welcome your proposals to present on topics of interest to the community. Please reach out to Jim Ptaszynski or John Falchi with suggestions to make this community even better. 

webinar schedule

November 2020
January 2021
February 2021


Adaptive learning as university-wide strategy has the potential to meet the critical needs of academic units with large classes, specifically for improving failure rates, personalizing opportunities for mastery learning, practice and feedback, and increasing student engagement and success. With the right design and technology, one can orchestrate learning pathways and content for specific students, faculty, and course needs.

While adaptive learning is promising, the reality is it is complex — to conceptualize, develop and implement. We share a framework that describes our adaptive learning methodology, platforms, pedagogical principles, and best practices stemming from our two-year adaptive learning initiatives for STEM disciplines in Mechanical Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science, and Chemistry. 

Bruce Richards

Senior Instructional Technologist, Center for Teaching and Learning

As Senior Instructional Technologist in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Bruce Richards’ interest is in exploring how existing and emerging learning technologies can be used to enhance the successful transfer of knowledge for students and teachers alike. His position supports the practical application of cognition, educational psychology, instructional technology, and project management; all leading to the intentional use of technology in teaching and learning for student success. His work and practice applies the lessons of instructional design towards coaching and instructing faculty in the use of instructional technology in online, hybrid, and face-to-face environments.


Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching and Learning

Kiran Budhrani is an instructional design and online learning expert at the Center for Teaching and Learning at UNC Charlotte. She leads and supports emerging technology projects, faculty development programs, and course development initiatives to scale online and blended learning, active learning, and adaptive learning. She is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership – Learning, Design and Technology with research interests in online teaching competencies, learning design, design thinking, and course design patterns using visualization and modeling tools. 



Teaching Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

You have made your videos and planned your course.  How do you get students to engage with both the course material and each other? This session discusses the use of embedded questions in instructor videos (PlayPosit) to keep students focused and engaged with the content in an asynchronous and synchronous setting.  To engage students in a synchronous setting, Google Jamboard is a useful tool, especially for courses that draw/graph frequently.  Jamboard is a collaborative document and is ideal to use in a Zoom breakout room as a way to observe and offer suggestions on group output in real time.

As Teaching Associate Professor at NC State University since 2014, Dr. Julianne Treme connects to students through her empathy and ability to create engaging work. Julianne’s teaching focuses on developing creative assignments, maintaining rigor, and providing meaningful and active learning opportunities. She is the Chair-Elect of the Teaching and Learning Committee for the national Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and is serving as a DELTA Faculty Fellow at NC State, a group of faculty who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in teaching with technology.  Julianne has been recognized for her outstanding teaching through North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award, NC State College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) NACTA Teaching Award of Merit, CALS Outstanding Teacher Award, NC State Outstanding Teacher Award, and NC State Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Elon University and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.


Join Zoom’s Education Solutions Engineer, Jason Mobley, for a discussion and demonstration of the latest Zoom features announced for our global education community. These features will provide greater flexibility, continuity, and interactivity in how you engage with students, colleagues, peers, and administrators.

Jason Mobley

Education Solutions Engineer

Mobley is an Education Solutions Engineer at Zoom and veteran of managing higher-ed instructional technology departments and distance learning programs.  As the former Executive Director of IT at Florida A&M University (FAMU), he managed a large online distance learning program at FAMU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Institute of Public Health.  Jason is a technologist by trade and a professor of IT and IDT at the University of West Florida and Northwest Florida State College.  He is passionate about synchronous video learning platforms and is a resident expert in UCaaS and collaborative learning technologies. His degrees include EdS in Instructional Technology from the University of West Florida, a MS in Information Technology from Florida State University, and a BS in Information Technology and Networking from the University of West Florida. 

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View webinars below or search topics in the DLI Vimeo Showcase.

Online learning faculty and instructional designers share their strategies for creating engaging and authentic online assessments. Hear how Dr. Miko Nino, UNC Pembroke, applies backwards design, case-based learning, multi-type question assessments, and presentation strategies for demonstrating online student learning. Dr. Laurell Malone, NCCU, shares “The Layered Curriculum” approach to assessing student learning to provide learner voice and choice in how they demonstrate mastery of content. Dr. Zakaria Jouaibi, NCCU, provides assessment strategies for the prevention of cheating online, not prosecution of student mastery deficiencies.
Presenters are Charles Jude Weinberg of UNC Asheville on OBS Studio for Live Streaming of Musical Performances and Rachelle Gold of NC Central University on Kinetic Instruction for Online Learning.
Guest speakers from NCCU, UNCC, and ECU introduce Quality Matters (QM) and discuss the value it brings to enhancing online course quality. UNC QM Council Co-Chairs discuss the System-wide QM initiative and how faculty can get involved.
In response to the UNC digital learning community’s interest in creating instructional videos and conducting interactive assessments online, the August 28, 2020 DLI Webinar hosted speakers from WCU, UNCC, and McGraw Hill. Camtasia and McGraw Hill Connect are introduced in this session and how they support pedagogical frameworks and assessment strategies.
In this special DLI Webinar session, Dr. Jim Ptaszynski hosts a virtual roundtable with System experts in the area virtual labs, including instructor created labs, lab kits, virtual labs, and simulations. Expert speakers from UNC institutions, NC State and App State, as well as commercial product providers, CNDG and Pearson, discuss the state of virtual labs and and how they are being applied at these institutions.
In this special edition of the UNC DLI Webinar, UNC administrators discuss the current landscape of online proctoring throughout the System and share their experiences with adopting these services. Guest speakers include, Dr. Scott Billingsley, UNC Pembroke; Dr. Jeremy Dickerson, UNCW; Gregory Miller, ECU; and, Dr. Kimberly Stevenson, ECSU.
UNC System Office Faculty Fellows, Dr. Katherine Saul and Dr. Ellen Pearson, discuss two initiatives that they are leading to advance technology adoption in support of faculty pedagogical preferences and a efforts to support faculty development in the area of digital instruction and learning. In our partnership segment, Dolly Womack with Pearson discusses a recent partnership established with the System to enhance access, affordability and student success.
Dr. Karen Vignare, Executive Director, Personalized Learning Consortium, APLU, discusses Personalized Learning in a Digital World, Dr. Maria Anderson, CEO, Coursetune, discusses how this tool creates Holistic Course Design and Development, and John Falchi, Director for Special Projects, UNC System Office, discusses the UNC System Quality Matters initiative.