Faculty and staff with an interest in enhancing learning via educational technology are invited to register for the free Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology by selecting “Register” in the blue menu bar at the top of the page. The TLT Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Engaging the Future and the Culture of Teaching and Learning with Technology.” There is no registration fee and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. This year’s theme focuses on how faculty and students are driving success by rediscovering the importance of what we do, investing in our community, and focusing on the possibilities ahead. The Symposium is highlighted by a keynote address by best-selling author Daniel H. Pink. Pink is the author of five provocative books about the changing world of work, including the long-running New York Times best seller A Whole New Mind, and the #1 New York Times best seller Drive. Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor of eLearning and Emerging Mobilization Technology with the Tennessee Board of Regents, will give a high-energy closing keynote that will take a unique look at the role of mobile technology in education. Also at the event attendees will experience:
- Expanded slate of breakout sessions, including a Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) track
- Opportunity to meet representatives from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, who are invited to the Symposium this year for the first time
- Panel discussions by teaching technology experts
- Many networking opportunities throughout the day, from breakfast to an informal post-event gathering in Legends lounge located on the ground floor of the Penn Stater
- A great breakfast and lunch served by the always excellent Penn Stater
Faculty and staff who are using technology to enrich teaching, learning, or research are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal using the online form by selecting “Speakers” and then “Call for Proposals” in the blue menu bar at the top of the page. 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 16, 2013. The Symposium is sponsored by Information Technology Services and COIL.
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