Rutgers Online Learning Conference

March 12, 2018
Energizing the Online Classroom
Room 168

The online classroom can seem very impersonal and uninviting to an online student, especially one new to virtual learning. However, with a few simple tools, the teacher can create an environment of trust and camaraderie among their students that closely replicates the same relationship in the face-to-face classroom. In this presentation, I will equip the attendees with several online open-source tools and embedded Canvas programs that will foster this relationship as well as create order and save time in their virtual teaching. These tools include Google Voice, Google Docs, group calling apps, group texting apps, meeting apps, and scanning apps, as well as tools for creative classroom visual aides, document creation and submission, formative assessments, student collaboration, and social media applications including Facebook and Twitter.

Speaker Bio(s): 

Dr. Leach-Sparks enjoys a varied career in virtual learning. She serves as Instructional Leader for the North Carolina Virtual Public School, teaches a hybrid Music Appreciation course at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and recently developed an online graduate Jazz History course for Rutgers University. Dr. Leach-Sparks is also currently the Interim Professor of Flute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and performs as a flutist in the Carolinas and Georgia. She has presented at the Rutgers Online Learning Conference, National Association for Music Education Program Leadership Conference, the National Flute Association Annual Convention, and for many regional arts organizations. For full details on her education and music career, please visit

Lindsay Leach-Sparks
Department Name: 
MALS Department
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Event Date

RUOnlineCon 2018
12 March 2018
200 Atrium Drive

Somerset, NJ 08873

About Us

Teaching and Learning with Technology - TLT supports Rutgers academic units University-wide in creating and delivering hybrid and fully online courses, and is heavily involved in both for-credit as well as non-credit online and hybrid education. Find out more.

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