Faculty are invited to register for the free Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology at http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu/. The Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Embracing Change and the Culture of Teaching and Learning.” There is no registration fee and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The keynote speaker will be Jane McGonigal, director of game research and development at the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit futures research group based in Palo Alto, California, and creative director at SocialChocolate.com, a game development startup. McGonigal, who holds a Ph.D. in performance studies, is the author of the New York Times best seller Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Her best known game development work includes “Find the Future” and “World without Oil.” These games have been featured in the New York Times, Wired, and The Economist, and on MTV, CNN, and NPR. McGonigal explores how the collaborative and motivational aspects of gaming are being used to solve some of the most difficult challenges facing humanity, even battling personal social problems like depression and obesity.

Members of the faculty who are using technology to enrich teaching, learning, or research are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal using the online form at http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu/conference/proposals. The Symposium team is especially interested in sessions that illustrate how faculty and students are embracing new ideas to alter perceptions and foster innovation. Sessions can be in a variety of formats, including group presentations, interactive demonstrations, small-group discussions, and other activities. Each session should include some discussion of practical aspects such as the tools used, sources of support, best practices, and how the application of technology can be transferred to other disciplines. The deadline to submit proposals is November 11, 2011.

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