The Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference offers an ensemble of keynote addresses, faculty innovations during concurrent sessions, technology workshops, and vendor exhibits. The conference program has evolved over the years to reflect emerging trends in technology applications in higher education and shared expertise in online teaching experiences and strategies.
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Dr. Katie Linder is an avid writer and researcher with a passion for process and peeking behind the scenes at what it takes to be a successful academic. Currently, she hosts two weekly solo podcasts (You’ve Got This and The Anatomy of a Book), a weekly interview-based podcast (Research in Action), and writes a weekly essay series. Her most recent book is The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide. Katie is also the director of the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit and an associate editor for the International Journal for Academic Development.
Our students are inundated with an overwhelming amount of information each day as they navigate social media, peruse various websites, listen to the radio, read print media, and flip through innumerable television channels. Unfortunately, very little of this information is directly connected by our students to their interactions with us in the classroom. In this keynote, we will explore how to break through the cognitive overload that our students experience daily and discuss how we can help our students develop effective strategies for learning during this Age of Digital Distraction.
In higher education, professional online identities have become increasingly important for job searches, the promotion and distribution of scholarly work, pedagogical innovation, and many other components of an academic life. However, with so many possibilities for where and how to be online, it can be hard to know where to start or how to focus one’s energies. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the range of choices for where to be online as an academic; how to craft a strong online biographical statement that will create opportunities for professional collaborations; strategies for prioritizing where and how they want to represent themselves online in a professional capacity; and tips for how to intentionally and purposefully connect with colleagues in online environments.
Therese Huston, Ph.D. is a cognitive scientist at Seattle University, and the New York Times calls her new book, How Women Decide (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), “required reading on Wall Street.” Therese received her BA from Carleton College and her MS and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, and she founded the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University. Her first book, Teaching What You Don't Know, was published by Harvard University Press. She’s also written for the New York Times and Harvard Business Review and recently gave her first TEDx talk on what smart groups have in common.
Most people don't like to admit it, but we know it's true: As faculty, we often find ourselves teaching the barely familiar. Sometimes, we're folding cutting-edge research into our courses, and other times, we're teaching topics we haven't studied (or used) since we were sophomores ourselves. We can picture the pitfalls, but how can this scenario make us better teachers and our students better learners? Whether you’re teaching a course for the first or the umpteenth time, we hope you’ll join us to consider “teaching while learning” and the possibilities it brings.
The next time you have students work in small groups, notice who speaks when you ask them to report out. Chances are you’ll hear from more men than women, even if women offered thoughtful contributions up until that moment. Why does this happen? And do similar patterns emerge in, say, department meetings? In this workshop, we'll develop strategies for curbing gender bias in our classrooms and our professional lives so that everyone brings their best ideas to the table.
Do you know an instructor who has used technology and pedagogy in innovative and effective ways in classroom or online teaching? Let us know - the nomination process is easy!
The nominee must be a higher education instructor and a registered attendee of the conference.
Nominations can be made online using the link below. Each nominee must provide examples of how s/he:
The Focus on Teaching and Technology is so fortunate to have a wonderful committee of committed professionals to assist in the planning, organization, and orchestration of the conference. The committee members are listed below:
Conference attendees can get a special rate at the Drury Inn-Airport that includes a free shuttle ride to the UMSL campus.The special rate is available from November 2-4.
Drury Inn and Suites - Airport
10490 Natural Bridge Rd St Louis, MO 63134
Use Corporate Code: 306255
Rate: $99/night + tax (valid through September 29)