Continuing the Conversation

Continuing the Conversation Webinar Series

Continuing the Conversation is a webinar series featuring faculty across campuses and disciplines sharing their experiences as online instructors.

The series focuses on teaching in online and blended environments. Topics include delivering course material, creating engaging activities, fostering interaction with and among students, and assessing students' learning.

Presenters provide real examples to give attendees ideas they can use in their own classes. Sessions include interactive components and question and answer sessions that model best practices in online instructional engagement.

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Interested in presenting a future webinar? Contact Gina Londino-Smolar, faculty fellow with eLearning Design and Services at UITS.

Spring 2023 Series

Strengthening Support Systems for Black Women Teaching Online Courses

January 27, 2023 at 1:00pm EST

Abeni El-Amin, Ph.D., Ed.D., D.PC., MPsy - I/O, LSSMBB
Assistant Professor of Management and Economics
Fort Hayes State University – Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this presentation is to strengthen the professional development network and support systems for black women teaching online courses and navigating historically white higher education institutions (PWI). This presentation provides a promising practices framework to reduce stressors when teaching online courses. Additionally, attendees will co-create a professional development network and support system to improve their well-being within the institutional environment. The presentation provides transformational tools and introduces black women to promising practices thereby reducing barriers to teaching effectiveness and psychological health and safety.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Abeni El-Amin, Ph.D., Ed.D., D.PC., MPsy - I/O, LSSMBB , has nearly two decades of experience and education in Business Administration as an educator and practitioner. Further, as a higher education professor, she has designed and developed curriculum and training programs in business administration, educational leadership, legal studies, political science, psychology, and health sciences. She has managed large corporate and government budgets; managed staff and developed sustainable programs. Dr. El-Amin is a globally recognized thought leader on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. She helps organizations develop a culture of belongingness through innovative and thought-provoking trainings. Dr. El-Amin is an author, international university lecturer, trainer, and speaker. Dr. El-Amin is the editor of Implementing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Management in Organizational Change Initiatives and Implementing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Educational Management Practices - IGI Global. Dr. El-Amin is co-founder of Project Ricochet, Inc., a youth development organization and Titan and Mogul, Inc., a global consultancy that provides lean six sigma and HR consultancy focusing on DEIB to improve organizational culture. She is also the author of In Search of Servant Leadership, Determined to Serve - The Ricochet Effect, and Titan Financial Legacy - The Ricochet Effect.

Online Education: Here to Stay and to Continue Growing!

February 24, 2023 at 1:00pm EST

Raj Selladurai, PhD
Associate Professor of Management
IU Northwest – School of Business and Economics

This presentation will focus on the growth of online programs in education today and the strong trends indicating a continuing upward swing. It will discuss the Amazon business model, its impact on consumer buying behavior, and its strong impact on the education programs' mode of delivery. It will show how the COVID pandemic has disproportionately impacted older people, ages 50 and older, including many Indiana University faculty and several other faculty members from several universities and colleges across the nation. According to the AARP Report (2020), 93% of the deaths in the US related to COVID have occurred in the 50+ age group. Therefore, older faculty face unprecedented challenges in their careers in teaching format and must also adapt to the changing demands of students in the online environment. Also, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has encouraged business schools to focus more on effectively managing the new online education trends. Finally, I will focus on effective student engagement and interaction practices that I have used in the online class environment to enhance student learning and impact their performance.


Speaker Bio

Dr. Raj Selladurai is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University Northwest. He also serves as Small Business Institute (SBI) Director for the School of Business and Economics. In addition, he has owned and managed a consulting business in the energy industry and other related areas. His research interests focus on servant leadership, business-healthcare collaboration, leadership effectiveness, operations/supply chain management, and high-speed rail/supply chain management.

Dr. Selladurai has published several papers, chapters, and case studies in various management and operations management-related business publications and journals, including co-editing (with Shawn Carraher) a book on "Servant Leadership: Research and Practice." He also co-edited with Peggy Daniels Lee and George VandeWerken his other recent book, "Emerging Challenges and Opportunities of High-Speed Rail on Business and Society."

He has over 30 years of academic and professional business experience, including completing a Professional Certificate in "Servant Leadership: Path to High Performance" Executive Education Seminar at the prestigious Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. He also completed another Certificate in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School, Harvard University. He has also taught business management courses as Visiting Professor at universities in Austria and Switzerland.

Coaching Mindset: A Tool for Lifelong Success

March 24, 2023 at 1:00pm EST

Emily Mueller, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
IU School of Medicine

A coaching mindset is an important tool for those in education to learn, foster, and utilize. Using coaching approaches to navigating or exploring pathways allows educators, mentors, and leaders to empower individuals to reach their own goals. During this one-hour interactive workshop, I will cover the definition of a coaching mindset, teach a new set of coaching questions and cues, and help listeners identify their own advice-giving habits. We will use breakout sessions to demonstrate how even short virtual, interactive opportunities can help us solidify the tools we discuss. We will focus on how to shift from advice giving to coaching in a variety of different scenarios, with an emphasis on opportunities within the virtual learning environment.


Speaker Bio

Dr. Emily Mueller is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with joint appointments in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric & Adolescent Comparative Effectiveness Research. Dr. Mueller's clinical and research interests lie in improving the care of children with cancer by better understanding their interaction with the health care system and supporting caregivers through a medical management app. Her passion for helping healthcare professionals find their joy in purpose has grown through her journey to become a life and career coach. She hopes that she can positively impact the educational mission of the institution by sharing about how to use a coaching mindset when interacting with learners.

Past Webinars

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