DLI Summer 2021: Various Modes of Teaching


The 2021 Digital Learning Institute (DLI) summer workshops were designed for faculty preparing to teach in Fall 2021 when returning back to campus. Four primary workshop themes were planned with various pedagogical discussion topics. Faculty who attended at least five workshops and submitted the course planning worksheet for Fall 2021 received a DLI 2021 certificate for Flipped/Hybrid Teaching. View the information below for workshop details, speakers and recordings.

The 2021 Digital Learning Institute (DLI) Certificate Requirements

  • Attend at least five of the 2021 DLI Summer Workshops
  • Choose the desired teaching mode(s) for Fall 2021
  • Plan your teaching with the Course Planning Worksheets, which can be downloaded directly from .
  • Upload a completed Course Planning Worksheet
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Workshop Details and Recordings

DLI participants were offered a variety of workshops to attend that centered around four pedagogical discussion topics. Click on each theme below to view the workshop recordings centered around the theme:


  • Avoid attendance policies. These policies disadvantage students with medical needs as well as students facing personal emergencies.
  • Make due dates flexible over a short period of time. For example, open an assignment dropbox on Monday and keep it open until Thursday. This allows students to plan ahead or deal with unforeseen circumstances without missing a deadline.
  • Be extra clear about due dates, penalties for academic dishonesty, and other course policies. Eliminating ambiguity helps reduce anxiety in students.
  • Avoid banning laptops—students may have a need for a computer in order to learn.
  • Create a syllabus that shares strategies for students to be successful in your course.
  • Share links and information about campus resources, such as the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, Student Health Center, Counseling Center, and more.
  • Write your own inclusive statement and share with your students
  • Encourages respectful communication in an effort to promote inclusivity and reduce polarization and marginalization in the classroom

Transition Remote to Online - Instructional Video Production

Repurposing Videos from Remote to Flipped, Hybrid or Online Teaching

Presenters: Sabrina Mahendra Aolanki, Lecturer, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; Natalie Hadland, Video Producer, UCI Media; Megan Linos, Director of Digital and Online Teaching (DOT)

As we transition back to campus you may be wondering what you can do with all the videos and lectures you recorded while teaching remotely. How can they still be used to support hybrid or online instruction? What considerations need to be made when deciding if and how these videos can be incorporated in your course? This workshop will give you an opportunity to think about your mode of teaching when returning in the Fall and how that impacts your use of videos in your course, the various methods in which instructional videos can be used to support learning, and tips, tricks and best practices regarding how to effectively repurpose your lecture videos for your hybrid or full-scale online course.

Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for DIY Instructional Video Recording

Presenters: Megan Linos, Director of Digital and Online Teaching (DOT); Natalie Hadland, Video Producer, UCI Media

Recording instructional videos can seem like a daunting task particularly if you don’t know where to begin or have had previously negative experiences. This workshop will review things to do and consider in advance to help you maintain a pedagogical mindset as you get started with instructional video planning and recording. Tips, tricks and best practices (e.g. audio recommendations, keeping students engaged, effectively utilizing Zoom tools, recommended audio and video tools, etc..) on how to produce your own DIY instructional videos will also be discussed.

Simple Video Editing Strategies with Adobe Premiere Rush

Presenters: Karna Wong, Lecturer, Urban Planning and Public Policy; Natalie Hadland, Video Producer, UCI Media

Video editing is an excellent tool when it comes to creating your own online content. If you are creating new video material, having the ability to edit your videos means you do not have to be a one-take wonder, and can take significant pressure off when recording your videos. If you have already recorded videos for previous classes, you can edit your videos to re-use in future classes. This is an introductory workshop to Premiere Rush, covering the basic interface of rush, how to import your videos, make basic edits/combine videos, and export your new, edited video.

Advanced Video Editing Strategies with Adobe Premiere Rush

Presenters: Julia Lupton, Professor, English; Natalie Hadland, Video Producer, UCI Media

This workshop is for instructors who feel comfortable with the basics of video editing, and are ready to explore what tools are available to enhance their videos and add that little extra bit of production magic. This workshop will cover advanced tools in Adobe Premiere Rush, such as adding transitions, music, working with the essential graphics to add animated text, and more.

Course Planning and Design for All Modes of Teaching

Course Planning and Preparation for Various Modes of Teaching in Fall 2021

Presenters: Patrick Hong, Lecturer, School of Engineering; Tonya Schuster, Lecture, School of Social Sciences; David Trend, Professor, School of the Arts

As the Fall Quarter approaches, you’ll need to start thinking about what mode of instruction will be most suitable for your classroom and how to start planning and preparing for it. This workshop will introduce you to five different modes of teaching (Traditional, Flipped, Hybrid, Synchronous Remote or Asynchronous Online) and help you determine what mode will work best for your course. The key to a successful course is effective planning, preparation and organization. This workshop will also guide you through how to use our course planning worksheets to map out all the components of your course and how this impacts the way you set up your assignments in Canvas. Finally, with our faculty panel you will get the opportunity to discuss with your colleagues, how they plan on implementing their courses in the Fall.

Syllabus and Course Design Logistics for Various Modes of Teaching

Presenters: Brandon Golob, Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Social Ecology; Suzanne Bohlson, Professor of Teaching, School of Biological Sciences; Joel Robert Veenstra, Associate Professor of Teaching, Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Course design is both a skill and an art! As you start preparing your courses for the fall you’ll want to think about how you can effectively guide student learning while navigating the complexities of online, hybrid and flipped course design. This workshop will introduce you to the five principles of quality online course design and present strategies as to how you can repurpose your online Canvas courses to a hybrid or flipped model. Effective syllabus design will also be discussed and a syllabus template with canned language will be provided to assist you in preparing your syllabus for the Fall quarter.

Organizing your Canvas Course to Support Various Modes of Teaching

Presenters: Megan Linos, Director of Digital and Online Teaching (DOT); Jennifer Foung, Instructional Designer, DTEI

Effectively organizing and structuring your Canvas course is essential to facilitate student learning, especially in this climate where students will need to navigate a multitude of courses taught in different instructional modes. In this workshop we introduce a concept called Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which is a framework that guides course design with the diversity of learners in mind. We will then focus on the essential elements of an effective Canvas course structure including: setting up a clear navigation, creating an inviting homepage, providing an onboarding module and building a well-structured learning path. Finally, we will present our Canvas course template, developed by DTEI, which you can easily use to build or adapt to your courses

Best Practices for Inclusive Teaching and Accessibility

Presenters: Karen Andrews, Director, Disability Services Center; Andrew Berk, ADA Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity; Anita Casavantes Bradford, Associate Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies & History; Court Crowther, Assistant Dean, Graduate Division; Pavan Kadandale, Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Biological Sciences; Steven Tajiri, Operations Supervisor, SLL Information Technology

As we prepare for teaching in the Fall we want to make sure that we are reaching all of our learners in both the design of our course materials and in the way we carry out our instruction. This workshop will introduce you to the concepts of inclusive teaching and accessible course design. Through faculty panel discussions and guest speakers, you will learn how to foster an inclusive culture in your classroom and design your course materials with accessibility in mind. Finally we will present our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Rubric which works as a guide to support equitable course design.

Digital Active Learning with Canvas & External Tools

Let’s Get Active! Implementing Active Learning for All Modes of Teaching

Presenters: Bo Choi, Instructional Designer, DTEI; Matthew Mahavongtrakul, Postdoctoral Scholar, DTEI; Adrienne Williams, Assistant Professor of Teaching in Biology; Mathew Williams, Principal Analyst, Learning Environments, DTEI

We will explore various active learning strategies, external tools, and classroom technologies to engage your students effectively for all modes of teaching. Faculty will exchange creative teaching ideas, discuss implementation challenges, and brainstorm creative solutions in this session.

Promoting Student Engagement via Effective Discussion and Interactive Group Collaboration

Presenters: Maxx Arguilla, Assistant Professor in Chemistry, School of Physical Sciences; David Copp, Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Engineering; Qingda Hu, Instructor, Biomedical Engineering; Angela Jenks, Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Social Sciences

We will discuss tips, tricks, and best practices to foster student collaboration and engagement via synchronous and asynchronous discussion for various modes of teaching. Five learning tools, Ed Discussion, Canvas Discussion, Perusall, Poll Everywhere and Zoom, will be introduced in this session. The faculty guest speakers will join a panel to share their teaching strategies using these tools to implement active learning activities both online and in the classroom.

Fostering The Metacognitive Process and Evaluating Student Learning Outcomes with Various Online Assignment and Grading Tools

Presenters: Nancy Aguilar-Roca, Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Biological Sciences; Brigitte Baldi, Lecturer in Statistics, School of ICS; Bo Choi, Instructional Designer, DTEI; Quoc-Viet Dang, Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Engineering

This boot camp session is designed to facilitate faculty setting up a functional Canvas course website to support multi-modes of teaching. Faculty who join this session will have access to a ready-to-use Canvas template and a built-in syllabus page to set up their Canvas course sites for Fall 2021. We will also showcase some Canvas course samples developed by UCI faculty to help participants envision the possibility of Canvas for creative teaching.

Bootcamp Training for Returning to Campus in Fall 2021

Preparing for Fall 2021: Managing the first day of Class

Presenters: Andrea Aebersold, Director, Faculty Instructional Development, DTEI; Joshua Arimond, Lead Coordinator, The Learning Assistant Program, DTEI; Kelsey Layos, Classroom Tech Liaison & Application Support Specialist, OIT; Jie Zhuang, Lecturer, School of Humanities

UCI faculty and students will return to campus the first time after almost two years of remote teaching. However, there may still be a handful of students who cannot attend the in-person class on campus. Thus, how faculty manage the first day of class with students participating in-person and remote becomes a big question for preparing for Fall 2021. DTI leaders Andrea, Megan and Matt will join some UCI faculty to discuss strategies to manage the first day of class and support various modes of learning.

Canvas 101 – Using a Canvas template to develop a course website to support all modes of teaching

Presenters: Kailey Baez, Instructional Designer, DTEI; Camilo Cuervo, Instructor, School of Engineering; Heather Stern, Instructor, School of Humanities; Fannie Tsai, Instructional Designer, DTEI

This boot camp session is designed to facilitate faculty setting up a functional Canvas course website to support multi-modes of teaching. Faculty who join this session will have access to a ready-to-use Canvas template and a built-in syllabus page to set up their Canvas course sites for Fall 2021. We will also showcase some Canvas course samples developed by UCI faculty to help participants envision the possibility of Canvas for creative teaching.