Texas Tech University

The John M. Burns Conference on The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Burns Conference
Adjusting to Teaching in a Global Pandemic: 10:30am-12:00pm

Panelists: Dr. Chris Smith (Musicology), Dr. Justin Hart (History), and Dr. Malinda Colwell (Human Development and Family Studies)
In this discussion, the panelists will address issues of achieving learning outcomes, adapting content or assessment, engaging, and caring for students in the midst of changing times. They will share their reflections about the overall experience as related to their teaching experiences and ways in which they may have changed for the better.

Break for Lunch

Afternoon Session: 1:00-2:00pm (Student Panel)

Adjusting to Learning in a Global Pandemic


  • Ashton Vanhoose, Marketing
  • Karlee Combest, Sport Management
  • Ashley Moreno-Góngora, Graduate Student in Chemistry
  • Brianna Edwards, Agricultural Communications
  • Angel Avila, Marketing and Public Relations

Moderator: Bob McDonald

In this panel discussion, students will share their perspectives and experiences with the audience, including challenges from the pivot to remote teaching and learning. We'll ask them what worked well, what did not work as successfully, and what they wish their professors knew about learning in these unusual times. Their feedback promises to be helpful and insightful.

Lightning Round: 2:00-3:00pm


Dr. Angela Lumpkin: Our Moral Obligation to Students: Teaching in a Pandemic and at Other Times


Drs. Sylvia Niehaus and Shera Jackson: Reflections on Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What matters? What worked?


Dr. Jenna LaFreniere: Examining and Communicating Expectations


Dr. Brock Williams: Using Learning Assistants in Online Environments


For information regarding the Burns Conference, please contact members of the conference planning team: Bob McDonald, Suzanne Tapp, and Patrick Hughes.


Additional Information

Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center

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    University Library Building, Room 136, Mail Stop 2044, Lubbock, TX 79409-2004
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