APRU Teaching in Virtual Environments Webinar Series (Part IV)

Innovation in Online Learning

Transitioning our courses online has provided opportunities for innovation.  Have you tried a new technology?  Created videos for a flipped classroom?  Discovered a new way to engage students in a difficult topic? Changed your content to respond to the realities of the pandemic?  In this session we will hear about online teaching innovations from APRU teaching experts.  Using the breakout rooms, we will then have time for discussion in small groups and return to the large room for the full group discussion.  Join us for this opportunity to learn from our network as we continue to adapt our courses to remote instruction.

A certificate of completion is available to people who participate in all three sessions.

Session I: Connecting Classroom Teaching to the Real World

Date & Time:
May 5 at 6-7:30 pm (Pacific time)
May 6 at 9-10:30 am (Hong Kong time)

As educators we want our students to learn academic knowledge and also gain practical experience that they can apply in to their future careers. In this session our faculty experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Adik Wibowo, University of Indonesia) will share examples of the opportunities to continue connecting classroom learning to the world beyond.

See the presentation slides here.
View the recording here.


Session II: Developing Learners’ Practical Skills in Remote Classrooms

Date & Time:
May 19 at 6-7:30 pm (Pacific time)
May 20 at 9-10:30 am (Hong Kong time)

Even in remote learning, faculty can provide opportunities for students to practice and develop practical skills. Our faculty experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Yotsawee Saifah, Chulalongkorn University) will share examples courses which can be modified for a variety of disciplines.

See the presentation slides here.
View the recording here.


Session III: Reflections on a Year of Virtual Teaching

Date & Time:
June 2 at 6-7:30 pm (Pacific time)
June 3 at 9-10:30 am (Hong Kong time)

Most universities in our network have now completed an entire academic year with the majority ofinstructions done online, remote, or through virtual platforms. Our workshop hosts experts (Eleanor Vandegrift, University of Oregon and Mellissa Withers, University of Southern California) will share reflections on the innovations and adaptations in higher education. Together, we will consider what changes may be in store for higher education when we do return to in-person learning.

See the presentation slides here.
View the recording here.


View slides and speakers of the Teaching in Virtual Environments Webinars Part IPart II and Part III.


APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the APRU Global Health Working Group Webinars: Teaching in Virtual Environments (Part IV) are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees.  APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.

Eleanor “Elly” Vandegrift
University of Oregon

Eleanor “Elly” Vandegrift is the program director for Global Science Education Initiatives in the Division of Global Engagement at the University of Oregon. Trained as an ecologist, Elly has taught university-level life sciences courses, led STEM education professional development programs, and supported curricular and pedagogical reform to make science interesting, engaging, and relevant to improve students learning experiences. She has facilitated STEM education and communication workshops with US and global partners. As recognition of her teaching excellence, Elly has received four university and national pedagogy awards. She is the author of several articles about STEM education reform and professional development.

Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @SciTeacher_OR
Program website: https://globalstem.uoregon.edu/

Adik Wibowo
Universitas Indonesia

Adik Wibowo holds titles of MD, MPH ,DrPH and full professor in Public Health at the Universitas Indonesia. She is among the pioneer of the public health establishment in Indonesia. She held many important positions at FPHUI, then in 1997 she was asked to join the WHO South East Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, India. After 7 years, she was promoted as Acting WHO Representative for Nepal, and further as full term WHO Representative for Myanmar. She dedicated her work for almost 15 years at the WHO international. She now resumed duties at the FPHUI as senior researcher and senior lecturer until present. In 2017 she founded the Global Heath Initiative Indonesia FPHUI , which soon will become a major in Global Health for the master’s degree in FPHUI. She has published 5 public health books which have become the main reference for the Indonesia public health education and numerous research publications.

Yotsawee Saifah
Chulalongkorn University

Yotsawee Saifah earned his Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, U.S.A. He serves for years as an assistant professor at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His area of expertise is in curriculum studies. He has gained experiences in curriculum development at the institutional and national settings. He has been working on curriculum development under the outcome-based education and competency-based curriculum for a number of years at all educational levels.

Mellissa Withers
University of Southern California

Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHS is Associate Professor at the Keck School of Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is based at the University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She also is also Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of 56 universities. She received a PhD from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also holds a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in community participatory research, mental health, gender-based violence, immigrant health, and global sexual and reproductive health. Dr Withers is the editor of two books: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, and Global Health Leadership: Case Studies from the Asia-Pacific (in press). She has also published more than 40 scientific articles and serves on the editorial boards of six international global health journals. She also writes a blog on human trafficking titled Modern-Day Slavery for Psychology Today.