Lunch & Learn: Connected Teaching in a Digital World

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In bi-weekly Virtual Lunch and Learn & Best Practices in Teaching gatherings Graduate Teaching Assistants share their knowledge about teaching, teaching and technology tools as well as discuss research of teaching, book chapters relevant to work in an instructional setting. Anyone interested in these topics can join these meetings.

Description & Learning Outcomes

A few years ago, very few instructors at MSU depended on learning management systems and virtual meetings to interact with their students, much less designed their courses to be delivered online. Due to the long phase of emergency remote learning, teaching at MSU now may involve using many modalities, including face-to-face classroom instruction, synchronous hybrid instruction, blended learning, and fully online courses with or without virtual meetings. This session is NOT intended to inform you about the many ways in which you might be expected to deliver instruction. It is intended to turn the question on its head and ask what affordances and approaches, from the wide range available to us now, will help you to connect to your students and connect your students to each other as you strive to guide them toward the objectives of each course. Drawing on sociocultural theories of learning and social presence as well as practical tips for using D2L, Teams, and other tools, we will discuss your experiences, preferences, questions, and recommendations to each other as you move into the new academic year.

Facilitated by Dr. Amanda Lanier, Director of the FLT Graduate Programs at MSU

Presenter Bio:

Amanda Lanier (Ph.D., Georgia State University) is an applied linguist and language teacher educator who focuses on social and cultural aspects of language learning, teacher cognition, and technology in language teaching and learning. She began her career teaching English as a foreign and second language, and she has worked with teachers of over 20 languages and language varieties. Through her role as instructor and director in a fully online graduate program, MSU’s MA in Foreign Language Teaching (, Dr. Lanier has designed a dozen online graduate courses on topics including pedagogical methods, intercultural competence, language acquisition theories, and program development and administration and also become an advocate for online learning and teaching. Learn more, find teacher resources, and read brief articles at

Zoom Meeting will be shared to registrants the day before.