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Cross-Border Webinar: The Human Element in Online Learning


As colleges pivot quickly toward online learning, here’s the secret most educators and students don’t yet know: done right, online education can be surprisingly intimate. Join Professors Larry DeBrock, Norma Scagnoli and Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta for a discussion on how online education can create an exceptional learning environment that is scalable, yet personal. In this webinar, faculty experts from the Gies College of Business, University of Illinois will discuss the tools and methods used in building both presence and engagement across distance for learners and educators alike.


Thursday, June 11, 2020

  • 8:00am Washington D.C.
  • 9:00am São Paulo
  • 1:00pm London
  • 2:00pm Paris
  • 3:00pm Nairobi
  • 4:00pm Dubai
  • 5:30pm Mumbai
  • 7:00pm Jakarta
  • 8:00pm Malaysia


Click the link below to register for the webinar.



 width=Larry DeBrock
Professor of Finance and Dean Emeritus
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

Larry DeBrock earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell in 1980. He served as the ninth Dean of the College of Business from 2009-2015. Professor DeBrock has long been associated with the Illinois MBA and has won many awards in teaching. Over his 40-plus years at Illinois, DeBrock’s students have noted his gift for making complex economic concepts both compelling and understandable.


 width=Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta
Clinical Professor of Business Administration
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta is a clinical professor of business administration, a position she has held since 2009. Her teaching interests lie in the area of operations and process management, including product development and design, operation and technology strategy, and project management. Taghaboni-Dutta has earned three degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University: a BS in 1983, an MS in 1986, and a PhD in 1989.


 width=Norma Scagnoli
Senior Director of eLearning
Gies College of Business, University of Illinois

Norma Scagnoli is the senior director of eLearning at Gies College of Business. Norma has extensive experience in the application of technologies in teaching and learning and has worked on the design of the first-of-its-kind MOOC-based program, the iMBA. At Gies College of Business, she manages eLearning design and development for online, blended, and flipped classroom models, as well as for MOOCs.