Teaching and Learning Online: Innovation Under Pressure



In the last month, many academic institutions have managed to shift their classroom instruction to an online learning environment. Such rapid adaptation of pedagogy and delivery offers both opportunities for innovation as well as logistical challenges for faculty and their libraries alike. This 60-minute, roundtable event draws together administrators from a range of roles and institution types to discuss some of the lessons learned, how they are managing, what has been involved in moving to online instruction with little advance notice, and to share useful techniques for navigating the inevitable constraints as well as potential strategies for success. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Heather Reid, Dean of the Library at Berklee College of Music

  • Derek Bruff, Director of the Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

  • Michael Reese, Associate Dean/Director of Center of Educational Resources, Johns Hopkins University

  • Jon Shaw, Associate Vice Provost and Deputy University Librarian, University of Pennsylvania

  • Bryan Alexander, Independent Analyst and Consultant

  • Polly Thistlethwaite, Interim University Dean for Library Services, City University of New York (CUNY)

Event Sessions


Derek Bruff

Director, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching
Vanderbilt University

Michael Reese

Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Resources
Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University

Jon Shaw

Associate Vice Provost and Deputy University Librarian
University of Pennsylvania Libraries

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Additional Information

  • Conference presentation slides and Q&A will be posted to this event webpage following the live conference.

For Online Events

  • You will need a computer for the presentation and Q&A.

  • Audio is available through the computer (broadcast) and by telephone. We recommend you have a set-up for telephone audio as back-up, even if you plan to use the broadcast audio as the voice over Internet isn't always 100% reliable.

Please check your system in advance to make sure it meets the Zoom platform requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your system is properly set up before each webinar begins.