Erica C. Fleming
Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning
Penn State College of IST
In my current role, I assist with IST New Faculty Orientation, monthly teaching conversations, and work with First-Year Seminar instructors to ensure our students start their Penn State journey successfully.
In my previous role as an instructional designer at Teaching and Learning with Technology, I designed, developed, and facilitated faculty-focused professional development opportunities that emphasize advancing student learning while taking advantage of current and emerging technologies. Some of my faculty engagements included BlendLT, the Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology, the Engaging Students Series, and creating new opportunities to help students move toward digital fluency. I have also presented sessions for the university-wide new faculty orientation (NFO) seminar series.
Additionally, I turn faculty development artifacts into open education resources (OER). This was particularly important during the rapid transition to remote teaching in Spring 2020. Our resources from the Engaging Students Series were publicly available as the ESS Pressbook for faculty to review. They also have a Creative Commons license so that other faculty developers can use or adapt resources without duplicating efforts.
This is a session from the Engaging Students Series (ESS) on “Engaging Students Synchronously.” I co-authored and co-presented this session, and was the lead developer on the series as a whole. Since April 2020, we facilitated more than 38 sessions of the ESS on 18 topics, with more than 1,700 faculty participants.