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.

Teaching 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

Presenters & Presentations

Phillipe Copeland

Presenter: Phillipe Copeland, Clinical Assistant Professor

BU School of Social Work

Ferguson is Everywhere

What started in Ferguson in 2014 continues today. What can we learn about antiracism from studying the movement that emerged from that uprising? This talk describes a course that provides students the opportunity to study Black Lives Matter (BLM) and its implications for how they want to change the world.

BU Andre De Quadros

Presenter: André de Quadros, Professor of Music, Music Education

BU College of Fine Arts

Building Hopeful Pedagogy: Bringing Lessons Learned from Prison to Campus

In this Lightning Talk presentation, Professor André de Quadros shares his long experience working in marginalized settings such as prisons, refugee shelters, and war zones. His encounters in these settings have fundamentally changed his teaching at Boston University to be more egalitarian, consensus-building, justice-focused, and hope-driven. Screen reader support enabled.

BU Katlın Edred

Presenter: Kaytlin Eldred, Lecturer, Department of Health Services

BU College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

How Prioritizing Community Partnerships Can Naturally Create A Social Justice Lens In Your Course

This Lightning Talk presentation will highlight a fall 2021 partnership during between Professor Kaytlin Eldred’s course HS 349: Cultural Humility, Racial Justice, and Health and BU’s MetroBridge program. Kaytlin will present the partnership, the scope of the project, her students’ accomplishments during the semester, and the social justice learning outcomes they achieved.

BU Ty Furman

Presenter: Ty Furman, Managing Director

BU Arts Initiative

Land Acknowledgements: Why and How

In this Lightning Talk presentation, Ty Furman will provide a brief review of why land acknowledgements are important and how to construct one.

BU Davena Jackson

Presenter: Davena Jackson, Assistant Professor, Teaching Learning School

BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

Justice-Oriented Solidarity: Teaching and Learning to Disrupt Anti-Blackness

In this Lightning Talk presentation, Dr. Jackson will highlight the importance of classrooms becoming a site of hope and resistance. She will briefly discuss previous and current research that forefronts the framework of justice-oriented solidarity.

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Lightning Talks Moderator: Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Angela Onwuachi-Willig is dean and Ryan Roth Gallo & Ernest J. Gallo Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. A renowned legal scholar and expert in critical race theory, employment discrimination, and family law, she joined the law school as dean in August 2018. Read more.

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.