Pedagogy and Privacy in a Pandemic

This presentation will look at how teaching and educational technology has and will continue to change during the Pandemic. When the pandemic hit, there was very little time to prepare for the move toward increasing use of technology. In many ways the world did not have the luxury of being concerned about impacts to pedagogy or privacy - we just dove in and started solving problems. As the pandemic continues it has brought a lot of focus on concerns for student privacy and ways to improve pedagogy. The speakers will discuss issues of pedagogy, privacy and technology in light of the pandemic.

Speakers: Laura Gibbs, Ph.D. and Charles R. Severance, Ph.D.

Laura Gibbs is a long-time online instructor at the University of Oklahoma teaching Gen. Ed. Humanities courses. She is the author of Aesop's Fables: A New Translation (Oxford World's Classics) and the Tiny Tales book series; you can find out more at

Charles is a Clinical Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. He is the Chair of the Sakai Project Management Committee (PMC). Previously he was the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and the Chief Architect of the Sakai Project and worked with the IMS Global Learning Consortium promoting and developing standards for teaching and learning technology. He teaches 21 popular MOOCs and three specializations to students worldwide on the Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn platforms and is a long-time advocate of open educational resources to empower teachers.