BU Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks Fall 2021 Speaker Series: Exploring Innovations in Teaching & Technology

The Fall 2021 Lightning Talks 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 in-person environment. The 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 showcase four-to-five presenters—each exploring innovations in teaching and technology at BU. All speakers will adhere to a maximum three-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.

BU Lightning TalksTeaching within a Social Justice Framework

As we continue to grapple with how to create diverse, inclusive, and equitable classrooms, this series of Lightning Talks by faculty will provide examples of how a social justice lens can transform our teaching practices.

Friday, December 3, 2021

12:15-1:15 PM

Held via Zoom

BU Lightning TalksCOMPLETE: Engaging Students with Technology Tools

Engaging and creative learning environment are often supported by a range of educational technology tools. In this series of Lightning Talks, faculty will highlight different tools and assignments that help them connect with and engage students in and out of class.

Friday, October 22, 2021 | 12:15-1:15 PM

Held via Zoom

Questrom Frederic Brunel

Using Yellowdig to Extend and Deepen Classroom Discussions into a 24/7 world

In this Lightning Talk, Questrom Associate Dean Frederic Brunel will share his experience using the discussion platform Yellowdig in Questrom’s SM131 course, “Business, Ethics, and the Creation of Value.” He will present examples and data on how this tool is used to extend and deepen conversations outside the twice-weekly class meetings. This semester, it is deployed with 23 sections and about 870 students. Something that was originally deployed as part of LfA is now part of our new-normal course design.


Frederic Brunel, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program

BU Questrom School of Business

BU Alison Carberry

BU Susan Griffin

Nearpod: Advantages for Synchronous and Asynchronous Engagement

As we move back to the traditional classroom, there are certain technologies and techniques that deserve continued use. Nearpod successfully helps students to engage with the material and to work collaboratively, both synchronously and asynchronously (at their own pace). Integration with Google Slides makes collaboration much easier.


Alison Carberry & Sue Griffin, Master Lecturers, BU College of Arts & Sciences

Kate Larkin-Schultz

BU Jonathan Wisco

Missed a 2020-21 Lightning Talk? Access the Lightning Talks Video Library

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.