Online Teaching Book Club: Thrive Online

The Online Teaching Book Club is the Delphi Center’s new informal gathering designed for educators who want to explore how to make online teaching and learning even more effective. This cross-disciplinary group will examine and discuss findings derived from online education focused readings. Whether you are a seasoned online course expert, or just beginning your journey into online education, the Online Teaching Book Club is open to all UofL educators who are looking to join colleagues in a supportive environment to exchange insights, experiences and ideas.

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A free copy of the book will be provided to the first person to register for this event.

Thrive Online Book Club

Fall 2023 Semester

During the fall semester, we will be discussing Thrive Online – A New Approach to Building Expertise and Confidence as an Online Educator, by Shannon Riggs. Research shows that online education, when designed and facilitated well, is as effective as traditional campus-based instruction.

We invite our participants to purchase the Thrive Online book, though please note that it is optional. Your participation in discussion and camaraderie are important to us so you are welcome to attend these sessions if you prefer not to purchase the book. We’ll begin each meeting with very brief summary of the reading and then quickly move into conversation.

Meeting Dates

Participants will meet through Microsoft Teams four times over the fall semester. There is no requirement to attend each session. There’s always room for new voices in our group. Participants are encouraged to invite a friend to join a session, even if they haven’t had the opportunity to read the book.

  • Tuesday, October 3, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 17, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 31, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 14, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


These sessions will be led by:

  • Kelvin Thompson, Vice Provost for Online Strategy and Teaching Innovation
  • Robin Zahrndt, Instructional Design Manager


Contact Robin Zahrndt at or 502-852-8504.

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