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Synchronous Learning: Reimagined

Duration: 1 hour
Presenters:
  • Trey Arrington—Vice President for Operations, Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Dr. Toni Bennett—Associate Vice Provost for Online Strategy, Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Judy Mirick—Professor of Physics and Physical Science, Spartanburg Methodist College
  • Holly Whitaker, Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L

Description

In a world where almost everything has changed, how has learning evolved to fit the needs of students and faculty? The terms “synchronous” and “asynchronous” were once saved for those in distance or blended education and EdTech. Today, they’re part of our everyday language—a by-product of the rapid shift to online and hybrid learning. Yet while this transition to online learning has been made, how has it been optimized for the very people who use it?

We’re joined by Trey Arrington, vice president for operations; Dr. Toni Bennett, associate provost for online strategy; and Judy Mirick, professor of physics and physical science, all of Spartanburg Methodist College, to uncover:

  • The evolution of synchronous learning and how to implement stronger, more engaging online learning strategies
  • Lessons learned from the rapid shift to online/hyflex learning
  • How schools can optimize their current strategy to support students and faculty with different learning models

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Trey Arrington

Vice President for Operations, Spartanburg Methodist College
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Trey Arrington

Vice President for Operations, Spartanburg Methodist College

Trey Arrington is the Vice President for Operations at Spartanburg Methodist College, and has served at SMC for 7 years. Prior to that, Trey served in senior leadership roles in healthcare and manufacturing. In his current role, Trey oversees the Department of Information Technology, Campus Dining (which is operated in-house) as well as procurement and contract strategies. As a first-generation college student himself, Trey appreciates the mission of higher education and believes in putting students first in all decisions regarding the operations of his institution. Trey also serves as a D2L Champion, a charter board member of The Higher Education Systems and Services (HESS) Consortium, and member of the E&I Strategic Advisory Board for Small Institutions. Trey also has a passion for partnering with other institutions that are looking to improve leadership and operations in IT, dining services, facilities and other operational areas. Trey is married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and they have three children, Jonah (11), John (8) and Abby (2).

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Dr. Toni Bennett

Associate Vice Provost for Online Strategy, Spartanburg Methodist College
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Dr. Toni Bennett

Associate Vice Provost for Online Strategy, Spartanburg Methodist College

Dr. Bennett is currently responsible for developing the college-wide strategy for delivering high-quality online courses and degrees to both traditional and life-long learners. Dr. Bennett has most recently served as chair of the Graduate Business Programs and Assistant Professor of Marketing at Lincoln Memorial University where she taught courses in marketing, management and research. Dr. Bennett earned a Doctorate of Business Administration in Marketing from Jacksonville University and also holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As an active member of her community, Dr. Bennett served as a Board member for Goodwill industries and Vice Chair for the Literacy Mid-South Board of Directors. Being a strong proponent for adult education, Dr. Bennett also served as an adult literacy & ESL volunteer tutor and she is eager to be connected to the Spartanburg, SC. area through volunteer opportunities. In her spare time, Dr. Bennett enjoys traveling, reading and international films.

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Judy Mirick

Professor of Physics and Physical Science, Spartanburg Methodist College
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Judy Mirick

Professor of Physics and Physical Science, Spartanburg Methodist College

Judy Mirick earned her B.S. and M.S. in Physics and her Ph.D.in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Science and Math Secondary Education from Clemson University. She has been teaching Physics, Physical Science and Astronomy for over 25 years at both the College and High school level. She started her career as an adjunct, taught at Andrew College in Georgia, at Marlborough School (grades 7 – 12) in Los Angeles, California and then recently returned to Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina in 2019. She is an avid college football fan and her hobbies include all types of puzzles, crafts (making jewelry, glass etching, etc.), many types of needlework, and golf.

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Holly Whitaker

Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L
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Holly Whitaker

Learning Strategies Consultant, D2L

Holly Whitaker is a Learning Strategy Consultant at D2L. Her work unleashes capacity between human systems and technology. Her expertise is unlocking the power of strategic transformation of technologies & pedagogies. Throughout her career, she has led game-changing initiatives to integrate digital learning in contexts where remote education seemed impossible. Holly earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications from Texas A&M in 2012 and holds master’s degrees in education and theology.

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