Transitioning Your Events or Hospitality Course Online (Recorded April 15, 2020)

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While COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on the events, meetings, tourism and hospitality industries, many higher education instructors are faced with the difficult task of suddenly transitioning their on-ground courses online. In addition to technical challenges, instructors are also having to recreate lesson plans, learning activities and assessments which would have otherwise been delivered in an interactive and experiential way. Industry guest speakers may no longer be available and some students are losing confidence in their chosen field due to global events.

This webinar will explore ways to transition your course online, as well as modifying lessons and assessments from physical to digital while continuing to provide students with rich learning opportunities and keeping them motivated and engaged.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore common challenges instructors face transitioning an on-ground class to fully online
  • Review ideas for lesson delivery and activities specifically in events & hospitality programs
  • Discuss alternatives to physical delivery of assessments such as event projects and presentations
  • Addressing some of the challenges, emotions and doubts that students are currently experiencing to keep them motivated and engaged in learning and the industry

Course Information

Estimated Time: 60 mins

Difficulty: All


CMP Credit Hours:

Michael Granek, MBA, CSEP

Michael Granek, MBA is a successful entrepreneur and award-winning event producer with over two decades of experience in the special events and entertainment industries, as well as over 10 years of experience in adult education and academics. As President, COO of the Event Leadership Institute, Michael applies his diverse background of business management, adult education and special events experience to connect event professionals with leading industry education, training & professional development.

Previous to the Event Leadership Institute, Michael discovered his passion for fostering the next generation of event leaders during his role as Academic Director at The Art Institute of Vancouver. In this position, Michael managed the program’s department and faculty, designed and developed curriculum, instructed various events-related courses, and developed un-paralleled partnerships between the events industry and education. He has also participated in the MPI Meeting and Business Events Competency Standards (MBECS) Faculty Forum, has judged various event industry awards, and has delivered numerous seminars and training workshops at leading industry conferences, colleges, and universities.

Passionate about the growth and development of the events industry, Michael has served on the board of ILEA Vancouver Chapter for eight years, three of those as Chapter President. He has been a member of the ILEA education council and currently sits on the board of the MPI BC Chapter as VP of Finance.

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Kelli McCrea, Ed.D

Instructor | Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management Department, California State University, Chico

Dr. Kelli McCrea has taught in the Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management (RHPM) at CSU, Chico for 10 years and in higher education for 35 years. She specializes in event management, customer service management, and management of recreation, hospitality, and parks. In addition to teaching, she also serves as the Department Assessment Coordinator, Assistant Accreditation Coordinator, and Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Society (RHAPS) student club advisor. Kelli and her students put on the Department fundraiser – Saveur – in the spring and other events throughout the academic year. Kelli lives in Napa Valley, California and frequently does events for Blackbird Vineyards on the weekends. When not teaching or doing events she enjoys traveling, going to the theater, hiking, cooking, reading, and hanging out with her family and two fun-loving labradors.

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