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2021 Collegium on College Teaching Practices

August 18, 2021

UCO Liberal Arts Building, South Wing

"How to Create a New Normal Learning Environment"

The Annual Collegium on College Teaching Practice is the kick-off event for UCO's faculty enhancement activities for the new academic year. Here you will explore learning environments, expand your professional curiosity and enhance your contribution to student success through Transformative Learning. This year's theme is "How to Create a New Normal Learning Environment" and includes morning breakout sessions (see below) and an afternoon keynote address by Dr. Mays Imad,a neuroscientist and professor of pathophysiology and biomedical ethics at Pima Community College, entitled "Harnessing the Power of Metacognition to Improve Student Learning." Faculty may attend sessions in-person or vitually.

Virtual Escape Rooms

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 11:30 AM–11:50 AM CDT
Session Description

Faced with the challenge of coming up with unique ways to review for exams with virtual students, I designed digital escape rooms using free Google Suite products. I borrowed this technique from the K-12 space and found that students enjoyed the opportunity to engage with course material collaboratively or individually, synchronously or asynchronously. I've created virtual escape rooms for science courses, statistics courses, and even for non-academic topics. I will guide attendees through a brief introduction to the general process and benefits of creating a virtual escape room for academic course content.


K. Breana Downey, PhD, University of Central Oklahoma