reinventing connections

Reinventing Connections

April 13, 2022 1 PM – 4 PM EST

April 14, 2022 1 PM – 4 PM EST




The Interface Teaching Conference provides faculty, staff, TAs, GAs, and post-docs with new strategies for great teaching and learning through interactive breakout sessions. This year’s theme is Reinventing Connections. The last two years have inspired new ways to teach, learn, and connect. New technologies, innovative strategies, and creative teaching practices have allowed faculty and students to build and foster connections and keep learning! Let’s celebrate these successes and reconnect with one another.

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Tentative Agenda: April 13, 2022 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST


1:05 - 1:35pm

Moth Storytelling

1:45 - 2:30pm

Breakout Sessions A

2:40 - 3:25pm

Breakout Sessions B

3:35 - 4:00pm

Faculty Learning Community Deliverables

Tentative Agenda: April 14, 2022 1:00 PM-4:00 PM EST
1:00 - 1:05pm


1:05 - 1:50pm


2:00 - 2:30pm

Resource Fair

2:40pm - 3:20pm

Breakout Sessions C

3:35 - 4:00pm

Awards & Raffle


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Alyson Adams, Ph.D.

Alyson AdamsDr. Alyson Adams
Clinical Professor, School of Teaching and Learning

Alyson Adams is a faculty member in the Teachers, Schools, & Society program in the College of Education, and serves as the Associate Director for Teaching and Teacher Education. Dr. Adams' teaching and research is largely focused around online graduate programs for practicing educators at the masters and doctorate levels in the areas of teacher leadership and professional learning.

Cliff Haynes, Ph.D.

Cliff HaynesDr. Cliff Haynes
Clinical Associate Professor, College of Education

Dr. Cliff Haynes is the Coordinator the Online Master’s Program in Student Personnel in Higher Education. He teaches courses related to historical and contemporary issues in student affairs administration and researches students experiences outside the classroom. His teaching primarily occurs online in both synchronous and asynchronous modalities. Dr. Haynes’ work has been recognized with Blue Ribbon Online Course Designation, the Rosser Education Excellence Award from the College of Education, and multiple certifications from CITT.

Crystal Marull, Ph.D.

Crystal MarullDr. Crystal Marull
Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Dr. Marull is the Coordinator of the Online Spanish Program. Motivated by her research in Second Language Acquisition, she adopts an innovative approach that incorporates virtual exchanges to facilitate student conversations with native speakers. Dr. Marull’s work has been recognized with awards such as the “Online Teaching Award for Higher Education,” the "1st place Distance Education Best Practice Award" by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, the "Teacher of the Year" and “International Educator of the Year” by UF CLAS.

Diba Mani, Ph.D.

Diba ManiDr. Diba Mani
Instructional Assistant Professor, Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

Diba teaches small- and large-enrollment undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in-person, hybrid, and fully online. This broad range of course formats require Diba to incorporate different types of activities in her classroom to provide her students with the most effective and efficient methods of learning. Amid the changes in higher education due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Diba has engaged in many workshops and seminars offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Instructional Technology & Training, which have given her an opportunity to learn and incorporate different teaching techniques and opportunities for her students.

Domenic Durante

Domenic DuranteDomenic Durante
Senior Instructional Designer, College of Education

Domenic Durante has worn many hats in his educational career including park ranger (naturalist), elementary school teacher, science coordinator, and instructional designer. As Senior Instructional designer, he works with faculty to to design online, blended, and hybrid courses using established research, national standards, and best practices of instructional design. He recently earned his MAE in Education Technology from the University of Florida in 2015.

Elizabeth Wood, Ph.D.

Elizabeth WoodDr. Elizabeth Wood
Clinical Assistant Professor, Environmental and Global Health

Dr. Wood builds human and institutional capacity to foster engagement within low- and middle-income countries within the Department of Environmental and Global Health. In the classroom, her students can see this applied global public health work as well as participate through experiential learning using study abroad, internships, and virtual exchange. Dr. Wood’s accomplishments include the 2021 UF International Educator of the Year and the UF Leadership and Service Advocate of the Year.

Erika Brooke, Ph.D.

Erika BrookeDr. Erika Brooke
Senior Lecturer, Criminology

Dr. Erika Brooke provides hands-on experience with the justice system through creative, innovative, and meaningful assessments that build cultural competence. Using training gained from the CTE, CITT, and UFIC, she is in her fourth semester of implementing a virtual exchange project where students compare global differences in justice system practices. She has successfully incorporated projects in two courses using peer discussions and guest lectures with global experts.

Gaillot Jr Andre

Gaillot Jr AndreGaillot Jr Andre
Ph.D. Student, Department of Youth Development and Family Science

Gaillot Jr Andre is a PhD student in the department of Youth Development and Family Science. Mr. Andre is a Haitian native, from Port-au-Prince. He received his BS degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2020. As an undergraduate student, Mr. Andre conducted a study focusing on the moral themes in video games. His current research interests pertain to the factors that promote more effective cross-cultural mentorship at the graduate level. His is hoping to begin data collection for his master’s thesis in the fall of 2022.

Marina Klimenko, Ph.D.

Marina KlimenkoDr. Marina Klimenko
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Marina Klimenko teaches developmental psychology with special emphasis on culture and global competence. She designed a virtual exchange program in her developmental psychology online course to foster students’ cultural competence and deeper understanding of cultural effects on human development. In addition to teaching, Dr. Klimenko conducts research focusing on the issues of culture, moral development and higher education. She mentors undergraduate research, and is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), which is an organization that supports and promotes high-quality undergraduate research, scholarship, and other creative work. She was awarded Faculty Mentor/Advising of the year for 2017-2018.

Megan Mocko

Megan MockoMegan Mocko
Lecturer, Statistics

Megan Mocko is a lecturer at the Warrington College of Business. She teaches statistics to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to her teaching, Megan’s involvement in statistics education led to her work as co-chair on the recently updated 2016 GAISE Guidelines report. The American Statistical Association endorsed the revised 2016 GAISE report. She is interested in engaging everyone in the classroom through the use of educational technology. She has worked with partners in Scotland, Ecuador, and Colombia to create virtual exchange activities.

Samira Daroub, Ph.D.

Samira DaroubDr. Samira Daroub
Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Samira Daroub is a Professor and Acting Center Director at the Everglades REC and the Distance Education Coordinator in the Soil and Water Sciences Department. Dr. Daroub teaches undergraduate and graduate online soil and nutrient management classes. She is a leader in the development of innovative approaches to Distance Education. Dr. Daroub co-facilitates the College of Ag and Life Sciences Mentor Academy offered annually to improve mentoring capacity of faculty.

Taryrn T.C. Brown, Ph.D.

Taryrn BrownDr. Taryrn T.C. Brown
Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Education

Taryrn T.C. Brown is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Schools, Society, and Policy Specialization. Her teaching and research broadly examines interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives of education that challenge the standard assumptions about the purposes of schools in society and the role that race, class, and gender play in aspects of teaching and learning. As a scholar-practitioner, her scholarship focuses on Black Girlhood Studies and Black Feminist Thought.

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Interface 2021

“Better Together: Unstoppable Student Teams”

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

Although students may have diverging opinions on group work, creating diverse teams that collaborate on creative assignments can energize students and result in greater learning that incorporates multiple perspectives.

Handouts and Presentations

  • Virtual Experiences Research Group (Day 1 Welcome), Jacob Stuart
    Recording [11:53]
  • Virtual Storytelling for All to Improve the Social Good (Day 2 Welcome), Benjamin Lok, Ph.D.
    Recording [11:31]
  • Care, Community and Hospitality: Supporting Student Collaboration in Online and Hybrid Environments (Keynote), Maha Bali, Ph.D.
    PowerPoint | Recording [34:13]
  • The Future of Inclusive Teams (Keynote Panel), Natalie Asorey, Gina Hong, Joshua Walden, Kevin MacPherson, David Silvestain and Marko Suvajdzic
    Recording [54:15]
  • Building Cultural Competence Virtually: Virtual Exchange Projects, Erika Brooke, Ph.D.
    Handout | PowerPoint | Recording [32:27]
  • Global Learning Gaps? First, Tell Me Who You Are: The Impact of Ethnicity and Gender, Paloma Rodriguez, Timothy Brophy, Ph.D., and Mary Kay Carodine, Ph.D.
    Handout | PowerPoint | Recording [20:49]
  • Team-Based Virtual International Interactions in STEM Courses, Diba Mani, Ph.D.
    PowerPoint | Recording [25:31]
  • The Secret Sauce: Optimizing Outcomes with Team-Based Learning, Harrison Hove
    Recording [25:46]
  • Ensuring Student Success with Honorlock, Jose Gonzalez
    Recording [25:30]
  • Streamline Your Inclusive Course Design, John Scott, Ph.D. & Jennifer K. Smith
    Recording [27:58]
  • Utilizing Tools for Creativity and Collaboration in Online Project-Based Courses, Johnny Wu
    Handout | PowerPoint | Recording [23:26]
  • Starting at the Beginning: Understanding Yourself and Your Role in Group Dynamics, C.C. Suarez, Ph.D. & Jarred Shellhouse
    Recording [30:37]
  • Collaborative Learning Teams + Doses of Intention = Student Teamwork Skill Development, Priti Patel, Pharm.D. & Stacy Miller, Pharm.D.
    Handout | PowerPoint | Recording [28:02]
  • Teaching and Learning About Pandemics During the COVID-19 Crisis, Sara Agnelli, Ph.D., Gabriela Hamerlinck, Ph.D. & Rania Gollakner, Ph.D.
    PowerPoint | Recording [16:23]
  • Designing Active and Collaborative Learning Opportunities in Online Biology Courses, Stefanie Gazda, Ph.D. & Kellie Goughnour
    Handout | Recording [20:16]
  • Inclusive Environments in STEM: Exploring Social Factors Affecting Team Dynamics and Performance, Sindia Rivera-Jimenez, Ph.D.
    Recording [27:17]
  • Connecting UF Classes and the Global Language Community Through Virtual Exchange, Jennifer Wooten, Ph.D. & Laura Callahan
    Handout | PowerPoint | Recording [20:30]
  • Engaging Diverse Teams of Students in Research via Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs), Anthony Auletta, Ph.D. & Peter DiGennaro, Ph.D.
    Handout | Recording [38:34]


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  • Honorlock
  • McGraw Hill
  • Perusall
  • iClicker
  • UF Conference Department
  • UF Distance Learning
Interface 2019

“Learning Beyond 4 Walls”

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

Join other faculty, staff, and graduate students in expanding student learning beyond the classroom!

Handouts and Presentations

  • Experiential Learning through Virtual Exchange Part I: Global Perspectives, Crystal Marull, Ph.D., Ginny Greenway, Ph.D., Mary Risner, Ed.D., and Sonia San Juan
  • Escape Rooms: Helping Students Find the Key to Real-World Problem Solving, Angelina Vascimini and Stacey Curtis, Pharm.D.
    Handout | Powerpoint
  • Virtual Spaces and Graduate Research Mentoring, Swapna Kumar, Ed.D.
  • Out of Your Seats and into the Streets, Kevin Baron, Ph.D.
    Handout | Powerpoint
  • Experiential Learning through Virtual Exchange Part II: Student and Faculty Voices, Crystal Marull, Ph.D., Ginny Greenway, Ph.D., Mary Risner, Ed.D., and Sonia San Juan
    Handout | Powerpoint
  • Augmenting the Curriculum: Pedagogical Possibilities for Augmented Reality, Jason Crider, Madison Jones, Shannon Butts, and Sid Dobrin, Ph.D.
  • Integrating Career Readiness into your Curriculum, Jaysen Williams and Nili Cimand
  • Global Learning Spaces, Monika Oli, Ph.D. and Paula Delpech, Ph.D.
  • Connecting the Dots with ePortfolios, Andie Cochran, Mutlu Çitim-Kepic, Paloma Rodriguez and Rori Bloom, Ph.D.
  • Excursion Learning: Innovating Curriculum Inside and Outside the Classroom, Meg Leroy, Ph.D. and Rachel Slivon, Ph.D.
  • Experiential Learning among Native Americans: Challenges, Opportunities, and Insights for Political Scientists, Richard Conley, Ph.D.


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  • 3PlayMedia
  • iClicker
  • Canvas
  • Turnitin
  • Top Hat
  • Zoom
  • Shadow Health
  • Conference Department at UF
  • UF Distance Learning
  • Honorlock
Interface 2018

“Student Voices Transform Teaching”

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

Interface 2018 is your ticket to making good use of the formative and summative information that students can provide. Learn how UF faculty collect and integrate student feedback into their courses.

Handouts and Presentations


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    • Adobe
    • 3PlayMedia
    • iClicker
    • Canvas
    • turnitin
Interface 2017

“Beyond Multiple Choice: Creative Assessment”

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

UF Faculty will share proven assessment strategies. Learn how your colleagues effectively integrate and manage different types of assessments into their courses. Get tips on how to evaluate alternative types of assessments efficiently. Gain insights into helping your students get the most out of their
feedback. Transform the teaching and learning experience and be inspired by your
colleagues from different disciplines across campus!

Presentation Teasers

Recordings, Handouts & Presentations


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    • ProctorU
    • Adobe
    • Turnitin
  • Gold
    • Capsim
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    • UF Conference Department
    • Distance and Continuing Education
    • Center for Teaching Excellence
Interface 2016

“Lessons Learned by Instructors: Combining Active Learning with Technology.”

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

The Spring 2016 Interface Teaching Conference will be an interactive event highlighting low- and high-technology learning tools. Faculty presenters will share experiences and time-saving tips from their use of technology in teaching to support active learning methods. Try out the tools others have used to transform the teaching and learning experience. Be inspired by your colleagues from different disciplines across campus!

Handouts and Presentations


  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • UF Conference Department
  • UF College of Medicine
  • UF Distance & Continuing Education
  • Adobe
Interface 2015

“Critical Reflection in Action”

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

The reflective practitioner values the “bigger picture” and the relationship between learning activities, courses, academic programs, and past and future life experiences and plans. The purpose of the Interface Teaching Conference is to look through the lenses of quantitative and qualitative methods and use these perspectives for reflection on practice. This process has a great deal of ambiguity; there is often no one right answer or solution for everyone. Rather, the intent of Interface Teaching Conference is to spark ideas and foster discussion and conversation. Together, we will critically reflect on our own beliefs and actions, and create opportunities for growth, in teaching.



Interface 2014

“Enhancing Creativity and Engagement through Academic Communities”

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

The challenge is how to create, leverage, and sustain these kinds of academic communities at the University of Florida not just for academics, but also for students in our academic environment. Creating various types of academic communities can be an effective way to build engagement both inside and outside of the classroom.


Interface 2013

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

Explore and examine pedagogy, the science of teaching, and the teaching practice itself in blended learning environments as they relate to “reading, reflecting, displaying, and doing” in our disciplines.


Interface 2012

“Open Resources, Open Possibilities”

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

For ten years, MIT has made all of its educational content available for anyone wanting to use it. During the same time period, Stanford has championed Creative Commons, which has defined and made available a form of open intellectual property attribution. Many other institutions and organizations are moving in the direction of open content and resources. At the University of Florida, we are exploring the implications of “Open Resources, Open Possibilities” and the impact on teaching and learning in higher education by focusing our Interface Faculty Seminar on the use of open and free resources on our own campus.



Interface 2011

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

The Fall 2011 Interface program will feature a series of “lightning rounds” – short demonstrations of technology use and instructional practices – presented by selected UF instructors identified for their innovative and effective use of technology in teaching. In addition to viewing these demonstrations, Interface participants will have opportunities for face-to-face discussion with both presenters and peers.


College of Journalism and Communications

Interface 2010

Interface Teaching Conference Overview

Interface is an opportunity to recognize innovative faculty, provide a forum for professors to share their work with other disciplines and foster interdisciplinary collaborations on future projects.