Brandman University to Host Webinar for K-16 Educators Switching to Online Lessons Due to Coronavirus

IRVINE, Calif. (March 16, 2020)– Brandman University educational technology expert Kimberly Greene, EdD, will deliver a free webinar providing guidance to instructors who are transitioning from face-to-face to online lessons in the midst of coronavirus-related school closures.

Educators across the country are closing school districts and colleges to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. The webinar, “COVID 19: Moving Your Classes Online,” will help educators planning for the possibility of prolonged school site closures to develop online lesson plans. The webinar will be accessible via the university’s School of Extended Education. The event is scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. PDT on Thursday, March 19.

Greene will cover essential core competencies for teaching online, such as running a live online class, understanding the virtual learning environment, best practices for email, feedback and language in online classes, and the importance of realistic expectations for teachers and students.

“When instruction moves online, the potential for students to be fully immersed and engaged with the intended learning is massive,” Greene said. “Educators who understand the complexity of teaching online ensure students focus on the active learning of new skills, abilities and the real meanings of lessons, rather than the technology being used to deliver them.”

Greene, a professor of education, designs and teaches courses on the foundations of online teaching, instructional leadership, and the influence of schooling on democratic practices and social change. She was the founding director of the university’s Center for Instructional Innovation, which provides technological assistance to students and faculty, as well as professional development services to instructors.

Greene earned her Doctorate in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Brandman’s School of Education honored Greene with its Faculty of the Year award in 2010 and 2018.

Brandman typically delivers about 85 percent of its academic credit hours online. On March 5, the university announced the shift of its blended courses to entirely online formats as a means of safeguarding student, faculty and employee health during the ongoing public health crisis.

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