Adapt 2020 has concluded, but UNCG faculty and staff can access all of the recordings of the sessions and conference resources here. ( This link requires you to log into UNCG’s Canvas site.

We hope to see you at the ADAPT 2021 conference next year! 

Attendees have until Monday, July 6, 2020, to complete four assignments for continuing education credit. If you are viewing the recordings and wish to earn continuing education credit, completion requires that you watch at least four sessions in their entirety and complete four assignments by the July 6, 2020 deadline.  Please see the Canvas Adapt Conference site for more details. 

The Adapt 2020 Conference event was lead by a collaborative committee consisting of Audrey Bryk-Lee, Susie Boles, Rob Owens, and Amy Brown. 

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Derek Bruff, author of Intentional Tech.

Derek Bruff is the director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a principal senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics. He writes about educational technology, faculty development and visual thinking in his blog, Agile Learning.

Learn more about Derek Bruff

Our pedagogy needs to inform how we use our technology.”
-Derek Bruff

Endnote Speaker

Our endnote speaker is Dr. Karen Bull, Dean of UNCG Online.

Karen Bull serves as the Dean of UNCG Online, which partners with faculty and academic units to develop and market robust online courses and degree programs. Before arriving at UNCG, Bull served as associate dean of academic affairs at Syracuse University. She also served as interim associate dean of academic affairs and online programs and manager of online programs and services at Syracuse University. Bull serves on the advisory board for the National Council for Online Education and chair of the South region of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

“Technology is a tool to enhance student learning.”
– Karen Bull

Schedule of Sessions

  • Monday – General

    9:00am – 10:00am

    Keynote Speaker
    Dr. Derek Bruff

    Dr. Derek Bruff starts the week off as our keynote speaker for Adapt 2020.

    10:10am – 11:15am

    The UNCG Technology Toolkit
    David Kirkland

    With so many technological options available to us, it can be daunting to decide which to use. UNCG is a technology-rich university, where faculty are given the necessary tools to engage students. In this session, we’ll discuss the technologies that are available to you and learn how to effectively use them to engage your students and enrich the learning environment. We’ll also connect you to resources that will support you along the way.

    1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Taking it SLO
    Audrey Bryk-Lee, Susie Boles

    Why do student learning objectives matter? Join us to deconstruct what constitutes a good vs. great SLO, what research says about the importance of SLOs, common pitfalls in SLO phrasing, and how they guide us to create and choose assessments, content, and technology. This topic connects to the Quality Matters standards 2.1-2.5, 3.1, 4.1, 5.1, and 6.1. Participants will practice writing and revising SLOs, review examples of alignment charts, and receive templates for creating an alignment chart for developing their own online course(s).

    2:15pm – 3:15pm

    Interdisciplinary Instructor Collaboration
    Dr. Courtney Harrington, Dr. Leah Tompkins, Dr. Cori Healy

    Collaboration can be crucial to creating and delivering quality course content. In the Bachelor’s of Integrated Professional Studies (BIPS) online program, the IPS 410 Capstone is the culminating class for students and is currently taught by 3 different instructors with different disciplinary backgrounds. Dr. Cori Healy will discuss how collaboration of an interdisciplinary team can improve course content and the delivery of those courses. Dr. Leah Tompkins, Dr. Courtney Harrington, and Ms. Sarah Dunning will discuss how the IPS 410  instructors collaborate to compare and contrast their students’ experience in real-time as the course is in progress, as well as how they collaborate between semesters to improve the course layout, instructions, and assignments. Participants will be encouraged to consider how they can engage in collaboration for continuous course improvement.


    UNCG Libraries in Canvas
    Sam Harlow, Jenny Dale, Rachel Olsen

    This panel will include librarians and faculty members about library and faculty partnerships in Canvas. UNCG Libraries can integrate in Canvas in many ways: having a Librarian in an online course, Canvas Studio videos and discussions about researching, research tutorials in Canvas Commons, and using your Library Resources course navigation tab.

    3:30pm – 4:30pm

    Online Teaching in the Age of COVID: What your ITC Thinks You Should Know
    Rob Owens, all ITCs

    This interactive panel will feature the Instructional Technology Consultants (ITCs). The ITCs will introduce themselves, explain what they do, and will answers questions from faculty about best practices for online teaching during the age of COVID-19.

  • Tuesday – Assignment/Assessment

    9:00am – 10:00am

    Canvas Assignments
    Sandra Bates-Hart

    This workshop will focus on how to create a Canvas assignment and use the grading settings to match the type of task. We will focus on assignments, discussions, and quizzes, and how to apply to grade setting preferences such as points, non-graded, letter grades, etc.


    Frameworking Remote Multimedia Assignments for Success
    Vaughn Stewart, Amanda Shoaf

    Transitioning online has meant that some multimedia projects–from podcasts to videos to infographics to websites–have been dropped in favor of papers or more traditional deliverables. This session will examine how to scaffold a multimedia project for your students and utilize campus resources to support their success. In addition to creating reasonable timelines and incremental deliverables for projects, the presenters will also discuss factors going into software choice and how to make sure your multimedia project is aligned with your specific pedagogical goals.

    10:15am – 11:15am

    Let’s Talk: Modifying Oral Communication Course Competencies for Online
    Kim M. Cuny, Erin E. Harrison, Jenny Southard

    Looking to successfully incorporate oral communication instruction, feedback, and opportunities for students in your online courses? Grab a beverage and join Communication Studies faculty from YOUR Speaking Center as they share lessons learned from their own spring 2020 modifications, answer questions, provide guidance, and point you to resources.


    Creating an Online Quiz: The Basics
    Rob Owens

    This workshop will teach faculty how to design and develop online quizzes in Canvas.

    1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Canvas MasteryPaths
    Mika Davis

    Imagine giving our students immediate access to resources and assessments based on their specific needs. That is adaptive learning, adjusting the path of each student based on course performance. Each student can access what they need to learn based on strengths and weaknesses. Faculty members can quickly gain insight into how students are learning through various online tools. This session will introduce the traditional uses and explore the many other ways Canvas Mastery Paths allow for student choice and differentiation of course content.


    Giving High-Quality Feedback Online
    Sarah Dunning, Susie Boles

    Writing and delivering high-quality feedback online is a complex, multifactorial art. First, what does research and experience tell us about assessing learners online, when the propensity of misinterpretation is even higher and online learners may feel vulnerable and anxious? Second, what strategies exist for providing timely, high quality, meaningful, specific feedback? Third, what are tricks of the trade to grade efficiently so that you can have a life outside of grading? We’ll walk through the SpeedGrader tool in Canvas and demonstrate how to deliver feedback to students via rubrics, text, marked-up documents, audio, and video.

    2:15pm – 3:15pm

    Academic Integrity Panel

    Hear from a variety of administrators, staff, and faculty members about various strategies in regards to academic integrity as instruction and assignments move online.


    Gotta Have a Plan: Create an Accessibility Plan for Your Course to Avoid Stressful Surprises
    Melanie Eley, Audrey Bryk-Lee

    Faculty who are faced with having to retrofit their online course for a student who requires accommodations find this task to be difficult, stressful, and often requires a quick turnaround time. It doesn’t have to be this way – if you have a plan. This session will discuss how to create an accessibility plan during your course development process. Basic accessibility techniques will be covered along with how to address those accessibility issues that don’t always have easy solutions.

    3:30pm – 4:30pm

    Academic Integrity and Respondus
    Aprille Black, Anita Warfford

    This session will explain how Respondus Lockdown Browser/Monitor can be used as a proctoring tool. We will also discuss other non-proctoring techniques instructors can use to help maintain academic integrity in the online classroom.

    5:00pm – 5:30pm

    Susie Boles, Amy Brown

    Grab your favorite beverage and join other UNCG faculty for a social event to network and unwind after a day of sessions. This session will not be recorded.

  • Wednesday – Content

    9:00am – 10:00am

    Online Course Tours
    Facilitated by Susie Boles

    During this session, attendees will be able to peek into four diverse online courses at UNCG to see how their peers are teaching online. Sometimes seeing an online course in action is the best way to get new ideas. Courses include:

    • LIS 635 – Technology in Libraries – Heather Moorefield Lang
    • IPS 302 – Systems Thinking – Alan Benson
    • MUS 211 – Topics in Hip Hop – Thomas Taylor
    • ECO 201 – Principles of Microeconomics – Jeff Sarbaum

    10:15am – 11:15am

    Open Education Resources (OER) and Online Courses
    Sam Harlow, Deanne Brooks, Sarah Daynes, Miranda Lim, Melody Rood

    Textbooks are costly and students hate using them! UNCG Libraries offers Open Education Resources (OER) Mini Grants to get rid of costly textbooks. But though the deadline for these grants have passed, OER is available and useful for all online courses! Come hear from a panel of instructional designers, faculty, and librarians about working with OER at UNCG.


    Organize Effective and Engaging Content in Modules
    Anita Warfford, Rob Owens

    This session will explore how to organize effective and engaging content using Modules. We will cover creating modules as well as how to add some of the most commonly used content to modules, including files (such as Word, PDF, and PPT), Canvas Pages, embedded YouTube videos, and embedded Google and Box files. We will also discuss some ways you can make this content more engaging and UDL friendly.

    1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Science Labs at a Distance
    Stephanie Songer

    Lab presents a unique challenge when your science course is fully or partially online: How can students experience hands-on learning when they are not on campus? Many experiments and observations can be done safely in the home, with the use of lab kits or even common materials that students can easily access. There are a number of online videos, demonstrations, tutorials, and simulations available to help convey the lab experience at a distance. Even if students are able to spend a little time on campus, they should be prepared to use that time as effectively and safely as possible.

    2:15pm – 3:15pm

    Streaming and eBooks Explained
    Sam Harlow

    UNCG Libraries can order a variety of ebooks (textbooks and books online), but these purchases can be complicated comes with a lot of issues! UNCG Libraries also has many streaming media subscriptions, for both music and video. Come to this informational session about what streaming options are available through UNCG Libraries, how to add it to your Canvas course and to learn about how ebooks work in terms of copyright, licensing, ereserves, and users.


    Authentic Online Lab Experience
    Nahel Awadallah, Reggie Cobb

    Virtual or hands-on? Courses are transitioning to an online format while instructors are hesitant to teach them. Participants will learn how to use hands-on labs to teach online science labs while verifying that students are performing and learning lab concepts. Learn how to successfully deliver online science labs.

    3:30pm – 4:30pm

    Transform Your Course with Digital Content
    Carla Wilson

    Designing digital text to take advantage of the online platform is an integral part to moving a course online. How we interact with content online can be very different from how we interact in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. This session includes a discussion of the research behind how we read online, tips for designing text to maximize student comprehension, and a look at teaching strategies for improving comprehension of digital media.

  • Thursday – Engagement

    9:00am – 10:00am

    Quick and Easy Ways to Design an Accessible Course
    Melanie Eley, Anita Warfford

    Research shows that employing certain accessibility techniques often improves comprehension and engagement for all students. What’s more, many of these techniques are relatively quick and easy to do. This session will share simple techniques that you can use in multiple platforms/formats to eliminate the most basic accessibility issues that often occur in online courses.

    10:15am – 11:15am

    Building Engagement in Your Course
    Aprille Black, Joy Pine-Thomas

    This session will explain how various forms of feedback can increase student engagement in the course. It will also review Rubrics, Turnitin, Speedgrader, and Studio Videos for Embedded quizzes and Discussions.

    1:00pm – 2:00pm

    Building Collaboration into Your Course
    Aprille Black, Anita Warfford

    This session will review the tools in Canvas as well as Zoom for collaborative course activities.


    Hybrid Me This
    Amy Brown

    The Fall 2020 semester demands a new level of flexibility as we return to our classrooms. During this session, we discuss the options available to UNCG faculty and best practices as we plan for a hybrid experience.

    2:15pm – 3:15pm

    Using Badges in Canvas
    Ben Peterson

    Badges are sometimes referred to as micro-credentials, new ways of acknowledging small milestones of progress. In this session, we explore how using badges in Canvas can help make your course more engaging and emphasize key learning outcomes for your courses. We will explore both the how-to and the why.


    Canvas Studio, Panopto, and Zoom – Oh my!
    Amy Brown, Audrey Bryk-Lee

    UNCG offers faculty and staff a variety of options when it comes to video production and synchronous meetings. How do you decide the best tool to use? This session will help you decipher the abilities of each of these tools, how students can access them and their challenges.

    3:30pm – 4:30pm

    Aprille Black, Rob Owens

    Tips for how to use Zoom for Synchronous Class Meetings and Breakout Rooms; Discussion of Virtual Office Hours in Zoom.

    5:00pm – 5:30pm

    Audrey Bryk-Lee, Rob Owens

    Grab your favorite beverage and join other UNCG faculty for a social event to network and unwind after a day of sessions. This session will not be recorded.

  • Friday – Getting Your Students Ready

    9:00am – 10:00am

    Endnote Speaker
    Dr. Karen Bull

    Dr. Karen Bull closes out the week as our endnote speaker for Adapt 2020.

    10:15am – 11:15am

    Learner Experience (LX) Design in Canvas
    Audrey Byrk-Lee, Matt Loyd

    Drawing from Quality Matters and Universal Design for Learning, this session will explore ways to design a Canvas course that is logical, intuitive, and student-friendly. You will learn to develop an LX Design mindset so that when students enter your virtual classroom, they will be able to devote the majority of their cognitive load to your content rather than logistics. (And so you will get fewer of those questions, as well!)


    Student Mental Health in a Pan(dem)ic: How Can We Know, and What Can We Do?
    Bruce Kirchoff, Kim Cuny

    These days, it seems like everyone is stressed. 80% of students report mental health problems, and before the Covid-19 shutdowns there was a ca. 15% annual increase in visits to university counseling centers. When we were meeting face-to-face some of this was obvious. A student might stand next to their desk with tears streaming down their face, or they might stop talking. With the transition to online teaching we need to find ways to identify students in trouble and get them the help they need.

    1:00pm – 2:00pm

    No Writer is an Island: How the University Writing Center Supports you and Your Students Online
    Jennifer Whitaker

    In this roundtable session, we will discuss how the University Writing Center’s online consultations can benefit students at any point in their academic careers and in any discipline, and we’ll consider ways to incorporate the Writing Center meaningfully into the design of your papers, projects, and courses themselves in order to encourage your students to produce their best writing possible. Finally, we’ll talk through additional ways the Writing Center partners with and supports University faculty in their teaching and in their own writing, and will then open the floor to questions about anything related to the Writing Center’s services.


    Equal Access in Student Affairs: Through Universal Design
    Sidney Fletcher, Sharon Page

    This training will bring awareness to the virtual options for the upcoming fall semester. We will also explore the concept of Universal Design as it applied in a higher education setting. This session will cover accommodation, registering, and testing for the upcoming fall semester. This session will help others understand that Universal Design for Learning(UDL) is an educational framework based on research that promotes flexible learning environments and learning spaces to accommodate individual learning differences. UDL promotes itself through 7 principles, which encourages equal opportunity learning through methods and materials. This session will touch upon several of those methods while further exploring the philosophy and practical application of Universal Design in Higher Education academic setting.