Oakland University


Judy Ableser, PhD is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.  She has been an active participant and facilitator at Lilly Conferences for over a decade.

Lessons Learned from COVID-19


This unprecedented time of COVID-19 has forced us all to dramatically change many aspects of our life including rapidly moving

to remote teaching, how we work, interact with others, and cope with stress and uncertainty.  Reflective practice, analyzing the strengths and challenges in our own teaching and intentionally revising our approach, is a powerful and effective technique for academics to use at the end of each semester. It is even more critical to apply this practice in response to the pandemic.  What lessons have we learned from COVID-19? Emergency remote teaching is not quality online teaching as that requires planning time and instructional design skills, yet we have all learned some important lessons of what we can do and what we should not do in the future.


This session will explore how we can become better instructors based on our recent experiences as it relates to our own teaching, professional mindset, and how we can best support our students’ learning and engagement while understanding the impact of stress and life demands on cognitive capacity.  Let us find the silver lining in this awful experience by applying the lessons we have learned and putting them into practice to enhance our teaching, learning and life.

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