New England Faculty Development Consortium

Upcoming Conferences

NEFDC Conference

Spring 2024 Virtual Learn and Connect Workshop Series

Going Against The Grain
Creative, non-traditional approaches to teaching and learning, and faculty development

Cost of Spring Workshop Series and Registration Links
February 2 Workshop April 5 Workshop
Member $30 $30
Non-Member $45 $45
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April 5 Workshop, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Design Your Online Learning Space to Humanize and Inspire

Registration is closed

Abstract: Faculty and learning designers who teach in the classroom to fully online will experience a creative design session to bring your course subject to life through the learning management system. Rather than use your learning management system as a convenient place to share files, video, tools, and resources that complement your classroom experience, let’s craft the material for a meaningful presentation to authentically engage your learners. For instructors who teach classroom-based courses and those who teach online, beginning with your LMS homepage, let’s design for the interests and preferences of diverse learners through your passion for the subject.

With selected techniques from learner experience design, pluriversal design, storytelling, journalism, poetry, and more, faculty and teaching and learning support staff begin designing an engaging, modern LMS course rooted in the learners’ and instructor’s passion for the universal themes of the course subject.

Drawing from Designing Your Signature Online Course, Design Tone and Narrative in Digitized Instruction, this collaborative session offers a grounded process using modern strategies for an engaging, meaningful design within the learning management system (LMS). This approach has been adopted by instructors teaching in all domains: classroom-based, blended, and online.

With a course syllabus in hand, faculty and designers reflect on the interests and passions of both the faculty and diverse learners to define the tone, narrative, and meaningful visuals for their engaging design. Shedding common habits of LMS design that can disengage your learners, the session takeaways include a design plan consisting of instructor empathy maps, a mood board, selected universal themes of your course, and a draft of the weekly topics that begin to communicate the dynamics within the subject.


Kim Hall

Kimberly Hall

Senior Instructional Designer
Tufts University

February 2 Workshop, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Guiding Tomorrow’s Techies: Nurturing Ethical and Responsible Usage of Generative AI in Teaching and Learning

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Abstract: As educators, we have witnessed the transformative potential of generative (AI) in enhancing learning experiences, fostering creativity, and promoting problem-solving skills at the undergraduate and graduate levels. However, its integration into academic settings raises concerns regarding academic integrity, plagiarism detection, and the potential impact on critical thinking skills (Michel-Villarreal, 2023). With such technological advancements comes the responsibility to educate our students (particularly those from marginalized populations) on the ethical implications and responsible use of these tools. As the rapid evolution of technology continues to shape the landscape of the academy, the integration of generative AI tools and how to include them in course curricula has become increasingly important (Alasadi & Baiz (2023). How do faculty incorporate AI in their curriculum and encourage their students to engage with AI tools responsibly on assignments? Our approach to encouraging the use of generative AI is framed within a broader context of responsible use of Language Learning Models (LLMs). This interactive session aims to equip educators with strategies for fostering ethical and responsible use of generative AI with their students using elements of principles for smart teaching (Ambrose et al., 2010) and approaches for utilizing AI in the classroom (Mollick & Mollick, 2023). With the increasing integration of AI in education, it is crucial to instill a sense of responsibility in the next generation.

Objectives: This interactive session aims to equip educators with strategies to foster ethical and responsible use of generative AI among their students. The session is aligned with the following outcomes:

  • Develop Ethical Awareness
  • Integrate Strategies into Curriculum
  • Foster Critical Thinking Skills
  • Provide Guidelines for Responsible Use
  • Facilitate Reflection and Discussion


Maurice Williams

Maurice Williams Jr, PhD

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership
Bridgewater State University

Tim Hanway

Tim Hanway

Assistant Professor of Practice and Internship Coordinator
Exercise Science Program
Simmons University

Refund Policy for All NEFDC Events

Your full participation in our events is important to us and we know that from time to time, your plans may change. Our refund policy reflects our interest in furthering our mission as well as our planning needs and the expenses incurred based on your enrollment. If you are unable to participate, you may request to substitute someone in your place. We do not provide refunds.