Thursday April 2nd 2015


Medaille College Lecture Hall (Main Building)

Webinar Overview


Positive interaction between students and instructors in online classes is essential to motivate students, encourage participation, and achieve improved learning outcomes. In fact, one of the most important factors regarding student success is the student-to-instructor relationship.

In this webinar we’ll examine why this is so and highlight five strategies online instructors can use to improve student-to-instructor interactivity, increase student motivation, and enhance performance. The presentation will include what students want from online courses, ways to provide meaningful feedback, how to reach online students through effective communication practices, and strategies that capitalize on the opportunities that online learning provides.



Webinar Objectives

•          Learn tips for effectively communicating in the online environment

•          Explore three types of interactivity & the impact on student engagement

•          Learn strategies that will improve student-to-instructor interactivity and enhance performance

•          Discover specific exercises that encourage student motivation

Webinar Speaker

“It’s amazing how small and simple changes to your course can result in big gains for students and not take up vast amounts of instructor time.”

Combine an entrepreneurial thinker, a college professor, a professional speaker and a communication expert, and you get Jill Schiefelbein.

With eight years of business-building, ten years of university teaching, sixteen years of speaking experience and a desire to help businesses reach their goals, Jill is uniquely positioned to help you and your business utilize dynamic communication to accelerate results.

Her first self-owned business, Impromptu Guru, received the 2012 “Rookie of the Year” award and the 2014 “Volunteer of the Year” award from the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce in Gilbert, Arizona-one of CNN/Money Magazine’s most livable cities. She went on to launch a national talk radio show, facilitate training and media coaching for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the NFL’s Players Networking Event at SuperBowls XLVII and XLVIII, and launched an educational video campaign on public speaking and communication skills that continues to reach thousands of viewers each week around the world.

Prior to Impromptu Guru, Jill worked as the Communication Manager for a national franchise, was a faculty member at Arizona State University, and established a nationally-recognized presence in the online education community, by starting up two major online education offices at the largest university in the country, increasing online tuition revenue by nearly a million dollars in her first eight months. She is still called on by universities and publishers to consult on the digitization of education and effective online communication practices.

She is the author of two books, Business and Professional Communication in the Global Workplace (Cengage-Wadsworth, 2009) and The Athlete’s Media Playbook (Impromptu Guru, 2013), is quoted in multiple articles and book chapters, and is no stranger to the physical and virtual speaking stage.

In August 2014, Jill relocated to New York City to expand her practice and, in November of 2014 launched The Dynamic Communicator. This business combines her three best skills-entrepreneurial thinking, problem-solving, and communication-and focuses on helping businesses achieve accelerated results through dynamic communication practices.

A sampling of past and current clients includes Charles Schwab, Safelite Auto Glass, University of Nebraska Online Worldwide, the Global Institute of Sustainability, the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, Cengage-Wadsworth, and Progressive Business Publications.


Ms. Schiefelbein is also a faculty member in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, where’s she’s been teaching in online, face-to-face and hybrid environments for the past ten years. Formerly, Jill worked in multiple capacities of online administration, including serving as the Director of Online Programs for ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where she developed the office of online programs and grew it into an organization with hundreds of online course offerings across dozens of academic units. You can visit her online at


  • : Hannah Taylor

Posted by: Hannah Taylor