Teaching and Learning with Technology is pleased to announce that author Frans Johansson and George Siemens will be the Keynote Speakers at the 2013 Penn State Symposium on Teaching and Learning with Technology, to be held March 16, 2013 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The event is free and this year’s theme is “Unlocking Our Potential and the Culture of Teaching and Learning”.

Frans Johansson is the best-selling author of The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts and Cultures. Translated into 18 languages, The Medici Effect was named one of the top 10 best business books by Amazon.com. In his book and in his presentations, Johansson clearly shows how the best ideas and innovation come from collaboration between people with diverse experiences, skills, expertise, perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. Simply stated, Johansson is known for making the business case for diversity. He packs his programs with plenty of examples and gives people what they need to know and what they need to do to break down silos and bring out the best that everyone has to give to any challenge or opportunity.

George Siemens is an educator and researcher on learning, networks, analytics, and openness in education. He is the author of Knowing Knowledge, an exploration of how the context and characteristics of knowledge have changed and what it means to organizations today, and the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning. Knowing Knowledge has been translated into Mandarin, Spanish, Persian, and Hungarian. Dr. Siemens is the Associate Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute at Athabasca University, leading the learning analytics research team. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 30 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. His research has received numerous national and international awards. He received an honorary doctorate from Universidad de San Martin de Porres for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks in May 2012.

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