BU Fall 2020 Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks: Remote & Hybrid Teaching & Learning 2020 Speaker Series

The Remote & Hybrid Teaching & Learning Lightning Talks Fall 2020 series is a reflection and learning forum where Boston University faculty and invited guests identify areas of challenge and opportunity and share strategies for engaging educational experiences in the remote-learning environment. The Fall 2020 speaker series, co-hosted by Digital Learning & Innovation and The Center for Teaching & Learning, is open to BU faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.

About the Lightning Talk Format

Fast, peer-driven, and information-rich: Lightning Talks will showcase four-to-five presenters, specifically discussing the topic of remote teaching and learning at BU. Each speaker will adhere to a maximum two-slide format for a short and focused, five-minute presentation.

At the conclusion of all presentations, the moderator will encourage and facilitate cross-disciplinary conversation on the topic.

Managing the LfA Experience

Teaching and learning in LfA modalities bring new challenges for faculty and students, with many faculty needing to re-imagine their approaches to class activities and assignments. Join us for a mid-semester review of ways our faculty presenters have adjusted their teaching for hybrid and remote classes.

Date: Friday, October 16

Time: 12:15 -1:15 PM

About the Presenters & Topics

BU Lightning Talk Tina Barbasch

Tina Barbasch

Postdoctoral Associate Lecturer, BU College of Arts and Sciences




BU Lightning Talks Hanny RIVERAHanny Rivera

Postdoctoral Associate Lecturer, BU College of Arts and Sciences



Virtual Biology: Learn from Anywhere in STEM

The Learn from Anywhere model presents unique challenges for STEM, particularly in biology labs where hands-on experience is critical to inspiring the next generation of scientists. However, the option for remote learning also presents opportunities to expand participation in STEM and build a new teaching model for the future. We will discuss these challenges and opportunities, as well as what we have learned about STEM education during a global pandemic.

BU Lightning Talk Dana JanbekDana Janbek

Master Lecturer, BU College of Communication

Delivering on the Promise of LfA

The presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities that come with delivering the best LfA experience to our students.

BU Lightning Talk Phillippa PittsPhillippa Pitts

Ph.D. Student, History of Arts & Architecture, Teaching Fellow

Bringing Back the Whiteboard

As anyone who has taught in a vast auditorium or an overheated classroom knows, the location of the classroom changes what the learning looks like. This session will focus on one approach to creating a virtual classroom space, comparing and contrasting the traditional whiteboard with the Google’s digital Jamboard. I’ll share how I’ve used Jamboard to create a more learner-centered digital environment that reintroduces low stakes opportunities for participation and allows students to collaboratively work through new ideas from wherever they are in the world.

BU Lightning Talk Greg StollerGregory Stoller

Senior Lecturer, BU Questrom School of Business

Trials and Tribulations of LfA So Far…

In this session entitled Trials and Tribulations of LfA So Far… I’ll review two of my (evening) graduate level courses and will discuss my experiences with LfA, to date. The presentation will also provide an overview of issues being monitored.

BU Lightning Talk Lisa SullivanLisa Sullivan

Associate Dean, Education, BU School of Public Health

LfA CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement)

We are continuing to refine our teaching and learning using the LfA modality based on faculty assessments of effective practices and data from students on what is working well, not working well, and their suggestions for improvement. Our mindset is one of continuous quality improvement and we will discuss faculty successes and challenges, and students suggestions for improvement.

BU Lightning Talk Kathryn House
Moderator: Kathryn House

Instructional Coordinator for Distance Learning Initiatives

BU School of Theology

Building an Anti-Racist Curriculum

A commitment to contributing to positive change in the national conversation about race is a clear goal for BU. The Day of Collective Engagement in June 2020, the appointment of Prof. Ibram X. Kendi, and the opening of the Center for Anti-Racist Research are all part of getting that conversation started within the University. What does this commitment look like in our classrooms? Join us to hear how instructors build an anti-racist curriculum within their classes.
Date: Thursday, November 12

Time: 12:15 -1:15 PM

Class in the Classroom

Remote and hybrid classrooms have highlighted the kind of class inequities that have always existed but have been too often ignored in higher education. In collaboration with BU D&I’s Learn More series with its theme of social class, this session will focus on areas of practice and content that help us understand the myriad ways that class plays out in our classrooms, with strategies to create more inclusive classes.

Date: Friday, December 4

Time: 12:15 -1:15 PM

Lightning Talks RecordingsMissed a Summer 2020 Remote Teaching at BU Lightning Talk?

Check out the library of recordings and learn how Boston University faculty foster classroom community, build an inclusive classroom, manage long block or large lecture classes, and more. View the Lightning Talk recordings and presentations here.

Learn more about Boston University’s Digital Learning & Innovation and The Center for Teaching & Learning. Questions? Email digital@bu.edu.