Speaking and Workshops

Speaking and Workshops

In addition to my work as a professor, I really enjoy speaking and giving workshops about teaching and learning. I've give dozens of talks and workshops in settings in the US and abroad, all with the intent of communicating ideas about innovative teaching and learning and catalyzing communities of practice on local campuses that can bring about meaningful change.

My main areas of focus in speaking and workshops are:

  • Flipped learning and flipped learning design
  • Teaching and learning with technology – particularly the use of clickers, computer programming, and accessible technology
  • Learning spaces and the role of active learning classrooms in teaching and learning today

To learn more and contact me to speak at your event or your campus, keep reading.

Upcoming speaking engagements

Date Host/Location Title/event
February 4, 2022 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Keynote address for faculty workshop

About my speaking and workshops

My speaking experiences include everything from 3-minute "lightning" talks to TEDx events to 90-minute interactive plenary sessions and everything in between, and includes both academic and non-academic audiences. I customize each keynote to fit the needs and background of the audience and the theme of the event. It's more fun and more real that way.

My workshops, regardless of topic, all center on having participants make something that they can take with them and expand on later. I have given workshops on teaching with free/cheap tech tools; flipped learning design; teaching with classroom response systems; and more.

The most popular workshop I facilitate is Flipped learning by design. In this workshop, participants work in small groups, playing the role of instructional designers, working together to design a flipped learning version of a single lesson from a single course for a fictitious-but-realistic faculty colleague, guided by the principles of design thinking. Flipped learning by design comes in different sizes:

  • 90-minute workshop. Participants will demonstrate understanding of flipped learning design and brainstorm realistic components for a flipped lesson.
  • 3-hour workshop. Participants  will demonstrate understanding of flipped learning design and build the learning framework, instructional materials, and instructional plan for a flipped lesson and present their work to their peers.
  • 6-hour (1-day) workshop. Participants  will demonstrate understanding of flipped learning design and build a complete flipped learning lesson including learning objectives, instructional materials, before-class exercises, and pre-formative assessment materials, and present their work to their peers.
  • 2-day minicourse. Participants will do everything found in the 6-hour workshop, and additionally will design in-class learning activities and prepare printed materials ready to deploy in a real class, and will present their work to their peers.

In both speaking and facilitating workshops, my goal is to bring people together to form strong, active local communities of practice where what's learned in the workshop outlives the workshop itself – so that faculty participants become change agents on their campuses.

Working together

If this sounds good to you, then all you have to do is contact me by email (talbertr@gvsu.edu) and let me know what you have in mind. It helps if you can provide the following information:

  • What's the context? Is this event part of a larger event, like a conference or multiple-day retreat? Is there a specific issue you'd like me to address? Are there any details about your faculty and institution that would be helpful for me to know?
  • What's the location and the time frame? An exact date is most helpful, but if it's pretty far off in the future, just a general time frame is OK. My current schedule for events is listed above.
  • What's the budget? Typically, when speaking or facilitating, I expect the host to cover all travel, food, and lodging costs as well as provide an honorarium. The amount of that honorarium depends on many factors including the amount of preparation required, the length of the event, and more. Events vary widely on these factors, therefore so does the honorarium amount, but for reference, the honorarium for the 3-hour version of the Flipped Learning by Design workshop is typically $2000. Smaller/shorter/less work-intensive events carry a lower fee; longer/larger/more work-intensive events are usually higher. However, again please note that I am happy to work with you to fit the event within your budget parameters if possible, so let's talk.

To help form strong local communities of practice, all workshops include 30 days of free one-on-one consultation for all workshop participants. Those who participate in my workshops can call or email me at any time within 30 days of the event to ask questions, get feedback on materials they are creating, or just talk about what they learned.


Here's my keynote address to the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan at their Fall conference on November 8, 2019, titled "Active Learning: Three reasons to embrace it, three reasons to avoid it, and three questions":

Here's a keynote address I gave to an audience of higher education language instructors as part of the annual LASLAB Workshop at the University of the Basque Country in Vittoria-Gastiez, Spain on May 19, 2017:

And here's a talk I did with Lorena Barba of George Washington University on "Flipped learning with Jupyter: Experiences, best practices, and supporting research" from JupyterCon 2018 in New York City: