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Plenary Speakers

Gerry Buckley   Linda Bryant

Welcome Remarks: Dr. Gerald Buckley, NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean

Dr. Gerry Buckley serves as President and Dean of NTID at RIT.  He is a graduate of RIT/NTID and joined the faculty in 1990.  His background in educational outreach to underserved populations has been a driving force in his career and work with faculty colleagues at NTID.  NTID has served more than 9,000 Deaf graduates in its 51 years of existence and has proven to be a federal investment that works in the form of preparing young Deaf individuals for career success.  Gerry is honored to work with faculty at NTID who are dedicated to meeting the unique needs of Deaf and hard of hearing learners.  NTID maintains a strong partnership with employers nationally as we seek to assure our graduates are prepared to complete for careers opportunities in the post COVID 19 environment.  We are pleased to be hosting this year’s conference virtually and thank Professor Mallory and Dr. Laury for their leadership in this effort.  Welcome to RIT/NTID.

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Linda Bryant

Plenary Topic: Teaching online during a pandemic: Important considerations and effective practices.

Dr. Linda Bryant is the Director of NTID’s Office of Online Learning. Linda received her doctorate in Teaching and Curriculum from the University of Rochester. She is passionate about designing and delivering online courses that are robust, cohesive and engaging. In this session, she will describe the importance of interactive learning environments and technologies, effective video production, cumulative assignments, and adhering to accessibility standards and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.

Zoom Workshop by Monica Cormier

Monica Cormier is an Instructional Technologist at RIT’s Teaching and Learning Services. She has her MS in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. Monica joined the Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) at RIT in 2019 as an Instructional Technologist and is currently working on enhancing learning experiences with on-campus, online, and blended courses. Prior to joining RIT, Monica’s work experience included providing IT support for St. Louis School in Pittsford, NY, and working as a systems engineer for the State of North Carolina and Bank of America.

This session is designed for instructors who are already teaching online using zoom. It is designed to help the user become more efficient with zoom or to use options and tools which may improve their online teaching experience. Monica will customize her interactive presentation to fit the audience’s interest. Some of the topics may include sharing hosting duties, trying out a waiting room, polling, annotating a screen shared document, creating and moving among breakout rooms, using interactive features such as yes/no/go faster, and pinning and spotlighting video. Additional features can be reviewed as requested. Due to the interactive nature of this session, enrollment will be limited.