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I am currently available for remote speaking engagements. My presentations are designed to engage faculty, faculty developers, instructional designers, and institutional leadership in critical reflection about improving asynchronous online courses to better support the needs of diverse learners. My presentations blend research and practice, showcase teaching examples, and provide practical strategies that can be directly implemented in online courses.

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Michelle was the keynote speaker at our statewide conference and her talk was the perfect way to kick off the event. She brought a combination of experience, credibility, and humanity that truly focused the discussions that followed. As educational technology continues to advance—and will become ubiquitous during the post-pandemic era—it is only by understanding how…

Thomas Cavanaugh, Vice Provost, University of Central Florida

Michelle kept a 300+ member audience informed, engaged, and inspired with her talk on humanizing online education. I found her talk to be well-grounded in research and experience. I was impressed with how she was able to move from the big picture to small details and suggestions without getting too bogged down in either place…

Shannon Riggs, Executive Director, Oregon State University Ecampus

Future & Past Presentations


  • Keynote, Colleague 2 College (C2C) Conference, July 29, 2021
  • Invited speaker, MiraCosta College, April
  • OLC Innovate, Humanizing Pre-course Contact with a Liquid Syllabus
  • Keynote, Seneca College, March
  • Keynote, University of Nebraska, February
  • Invited speaker, University of Michigan, Dearborn, February
  • Keynote, University of Oklahoma, January
  • Keynote, Henry Ford College, January
  • Keynote, Blinn College, January
  • Invited speaker, Miramar College, January
  • Invited speaker, Grossmont College, January


  • OLC Collaborate, Pre-Conference Workshop (co-presenter), Humanizing Online Learning, November
  • Ontario eCampus Technology Education Seminar and Showcase (TESS), Fireside Chat, October
  • Keynote, Colorado Community Colleges Online, Connect Conference, Humanizing Online Learning: Leveraging Relationships to Fuel Engagement & Rigor, October
  • Keynote, Waukesha County Technical College, Humanizing Online Learning: Leveraging Relationships to Fuel Engagement & Rigor, October
  • Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Fall Academic Academy, Achieving Equity through Humanized Online Teaching, October
  • St. Petersburg College, Humanizing Online Learning, invited speaker, September
  • Illinois Distance Education Consortium, Humanizing the Online Environment, September
  • Foothill College, The Anatomy of Learning and the Importance of Cultivating Care from the First Click, August
  • Keynote, Coastline College, Humanizing Online Learning, August
  • Bakersfield College, Humanizing Online Learning, August
  • California Governor’s Office of Planning & Research, California Education Learning Lab, Don’t Be a Robot, August
  • Keynote, Ventura Community College District, Humanizing Online Learning, August
  • ThinkUDL Podcast episode, Whole-Student Learning Online, Summer
  • Keynote, Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning Conference, July
  • TOPCast Podcast, Principles for Humanizing Online Education … and Remote Teaching/Learning, University of Central Florida, April
  • Keynote, 4th Annual TOPkit Workshop, University of Central Florida, Humanizing Online Learning, Orlando, FL. March


  • Defining Leadership in EdTech, DET/CHE (Directors of Educational Technology, California Higher Education). San Diego, CA, December 
  • Equitizing Higher Education through Humanized Online Teaching, OLC Accelerate, invited workshop. Orlando, Florida, November
  • Academic Support Panel, STEM Equity Conference, UC Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, October 
  • Humanizing Learning with Digital Tools, Utah State University, Center for Innovative Design & Instruction. Logan, Utah, October 
  • Untethered Professional Development: A More Equitable Model, Online Teaching Conference. Anaheim, CA, June 
  • Reimagining Success Panel, Community College Summit, OLC Innovate Conference. Denver, CO, April .
  • Humanizing Online Learning: The Secret Sauce for Improving Equity Gaps in Higher Education, with Mike Smedshammer and Tracy Schaelen, OLC Innovate Conference. Denver, CO, April 
  • Humanizing Online Learning, keynote, Oregon State Ecampus Faculty Forum. Corvallis, Oregon May 
  • Humanizing Learning with Digital Tools, keynote, St. Cloud State Provost Summit. St. Cloud, Minnesota, March 
  • Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast, Becoming an Authentic Online Teacher, January