Leading experts and fellow STEM faculty discuss best strategies for re-engaging disengaged students

STEM instructors are dealing with disengaged students, many of whom have mental health challenges as well as learning gaps. Instructors have compassion fatigue and are trying to teach Gen Z the same way they learned — to disappointing results. This webinar will help better understand why Gen Z is different, how to approach Gen Z in the classroom, and practical tips to take care of your own health and well-being.

We discuss strategies for developing meaningful relationships with students, creating engaging lesson plans, and utilizing technology to capture student interest. In addition, our expert panelists and your fellow peers in STEM share their experiences and provide resources for further exploration.

Watch the webinar to learn more about successful approaches to teaching disengaged students and feel confident in your abilities to reach them.
Playlist includes: 
  • Presentation by Dr. Julie Albright, Digital Sociologist at USC, on how digital media impacts Gen Z student engagement and mental health.
  • Welcome message from Labster's Global Curriculum Lead, SJ Boulton.
  • Q&A session with Dr. Julie Albright and Senior Director of Global Marketing at Labster, Hilary Pennington.
  • Roundtable discussion with two Labster faculty members, Dr. Eddy van Hunnik and Dr. Marc Behrendt, who discuss their experience with the recent surge of student disengagement and what they’ve done to address this behavior.
  • Interview with guest speaker, Dr. Jason W. Osborne, Special Assistant to the President at Miami University, who speaks with Labster about how administrators can support faculty to create a culture of engaged learning.
  • Product update from Labster’s Director of Product Marketing, Mark Fuller, who reviews new simulation launches in Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry, product improvements, and features coming to Labster in 2023.
Data shows ways to foster student engagement. Download our ebook, How to Boost Student Engagement, to learn how.

Featured Presenters

Dr. Julie M. Albright
Digital Sociologist, USC

Dr. Julie Albright is a sociologist specializing in digital culture and communications. She has a Master's Degree in Social and Systemic Studies from Nova Southeastern University and a Dual Doctorate in Sociology and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Albright is currently a lecturer in the departments of Applied Psychology and Engineering at USC, where she teaches master’s level courses on the Psychology of Interactive Technologies and Sustainable Infrastructure.

Dr. Albright’s research has focused on the growing intersection of technology and social/behavioral systems. She was the co-PI and project lead for the behavioral component of a $121 million smart grid demonstration project with the LA Department of Water and Power, the USC Information Sciences Institute, the Jet Propulsion Lab, and UCLA, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. She is also a sought-after keynote speaker for her insights and has given talks for major data center and energy conferences including SAP for Utilities, IBM Global, Data Center Dynamics, and the Department of Defense. She has appeared as an expert on national media including the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR Radio, and many others.

Dr. Eddy van Hunnik
PhD, Biotech/Biosciences Instructor, Alamance Community College

Dr. Eddy van Hunnik earned his doctorate in Biology from the University of Amsterdam. He is a full-time Bioscience and Biotechnology Instructor at Alamance Community College in Graham, North Carolina, one of the first community colleges in the state. Dr. van Hunnik designs courses and teaches lab techniques in Microbiology, Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biotechnology to a diverse student population that includes traditional and nontraditional students.

Dr. Marc Behrendt
Adjunct Professor of Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology, Webber International University

Dr. Marc Behrendt’s expertise is experiential learning. Marc has taught Pre-Nursing Anatomy laboratory, as well as high school Anatomy and Science, trying to include as much direct experience as possible. His research has examined student learning through hands-on experience.

Dr. Jason Osborne
Special Assistant to the President, Miami University

Dr. Jason W Osborne is an experienced senior leader and faculty member in higher education. He is currently Special Assistant to the President at Miami University, having previously served as Miami University Provost. Dr. Osborne has also led higher education faculties and has served as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education at Clemson University, as Department Chair at Clemson University, the University of Louisville, as a Graduate Program Coordinator at North Carolina State University and Old Dominion University, and was a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma and Niagara County Community College. Dr. Osborne also worked as a researcher at the University of Buffalo Medical School.

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