Tips & Tricks to Make Distance Learning Easier

Wed September 16, 2020
Struggling to keep your class engaged online?

The Benner Institute is offering two webinars on online teaching and learning in nursing education. These webinars offer a learning science and  learner-centric curriculum to increase and maintain student engagement. Each webinar begins with a theoretical framework and then gives suggestions for course design and delivery of the content.

Both webinars will be followed by two Community Dialogue Sessions in the weeks that follow. These Community Dialogue Sessions will be limited to 20 participants and will be a forum for open dialogue among the participants to learn from each other. We encourage participants to bring their triumphs and challenges to discuss during these sessions.  The sessions will be facilitated by Drs. Patricia Benner, Garrett Chan, and Susan McNiesh.  Each Community Dialogue Session is independent from the other session, so you only need to sign up for one.



DATE: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 / TIME: 9:00 – 10:00 am Pacific Time / FEE: $40

  • Register HERE for this Course and one of the Community Dialogue Sessions

This webinar on September 30 features speakers Joshua Eyler, PhD and Paula Gubrud-Howe, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN. Grounded in learning sciences, Dr. Eyler’s framing focuses on the five essentials of curiosity, sociality, emotion, authenticity, and failure. Dr. Gubrud-Howe has five years of experience in a very successful RN to BSN online program from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing. In a panel discussion led by Drs. Patricia Benner and Garrett Chan, the speakers will discuss how to put the theory to practical use. 1 CEU

Community Dialogue Session #1: 10/12/2020 9:00 am/Pacific Time – $40

Community Dialogue Session #2: 10/16/2020 9:00 am/Pacific Time – $40


DATE: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 / TIME: 9:00 – 10:00 am Pacific Time / FEE: $40

  • Register HERE for this Course and one of the Community Dialogue Sessions

The webinar on October 21 features speakers Professors Holly Fiock and Glenise McKenzie, PhD, RN. Ms. Fiock has developed the Community of Inquiry model of online learning, based on the works of earlier educators, and focused on developing social presence, cognitive presence, and teaching presence. Dr. McKenzie has been utilizing the model for over 5 years in her online courses at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing, and has designed and delivered both classroom instruction and virtual clinical simulation. 1 CEU

Community Dialogue Session #1: 10/26/2020 9:00 am/Pacific Time – $40

Community Dialogue Session #2: 10/27/2020 1:00 pm/Pacific Time – $40

Meet the Speakers: 


Joshua R. Eyler, PhD

Josh Eyler is Director of Faculty Development and Director of the ThinkForward Quality Enhancement Plan at the University of Mississippi, where he is also on the faculty in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. He previously worked on teaching and learning initiatives at Columbus State University, George Mason University, and Rice University. His research interests include the biological basis of learning, evidence-based pedagogy, and disability studies, and he is the author of How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching (WVU, 2018). Josh is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities across the country, and he often consults with centers for teaching and learning on a range of issues related to programming and research. You can contact Josh at or at @joshua_r_eyler on Twitter.

Paula Gubrud-Howe, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Dr. Gubrud-Howe is faculty from Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. Dr. Gubrud has over 30 years of experience in nursing and health professions education. Paula is a national and international speaker and consultant for colleges, universities and health systems providing faculty development courses and curricular integration expertise focused on clinical education and simulation-based learning experiences. She has authored and co-authored several book chapters and manuscripts addressing clinical education and simulation. Paula’s research interest includes using simulation-based learning experiences to facilitate development of clinical reasoning.


Holly Fiock

Holly Fiock is an Instructional Designer at Purdue University. Holly holds two degrees from Purdue University: in Social Studies Education (BA ’10) and in Learning Design and Technology (MS ’14). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Learning Design and Technology at Purdue. Holly has received multiple awards for her work with the online Master’s program in Learning Design and Technology and enjoys teaching as a Limited Term Lecturer for the Curriculum and Instruction program.

Glenise McKenzie, PhD, RN

Glenise McKenzie has been a faculty member at OHSU since 2006 and director of the Bachelors Completion Online Program since 2015. She received her Bachelors of Nursing Degree from Washington State University and her Masters and PhD in Nursing from the University of Washington. She has experience in various teaching delivery methods, with a content focus of mental health, gerontology, ethics and leadership.  Dr. McKenzie has worked as a nurse in the areas of gerontology and psychiatry for over 30 years. Her scholarship in teaching and learning has focused on strategies for addressing and minimizing stigma of individuals with a mental health disorder and most recently on integration of collaborative approaches to online teaching and learning.


Thank you to the California Organization of Associate Degree Nursing (COADN) for their generous donation; the subsidized attendance fee is $40 per session.