Center for Teaching and Learning

Focus on Teaching and Technology 2012: A Regional Conference


11/01/2012 - Technology and Learning Center, UMSL South Campus
11/02/2012 - J.C. Penney Conference Center, UMSL North Campus

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Map and directions for November 1, 2012
Map and directions for November 2, 2012

Program Schedule:

Download the official program here (in PDF)

Review the official program here:

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Technology and Learning Center
Marillac Hall, UMSL South Campus

Friday, November 2, 2012
JC Penney Conference Center, UMSL North Campus

Register Now

Review the program linked above for more information about our Thursday workshops.

Then, register online for these options

  • Thursday workshops ($25/each)
  • Friday concurrent sessions (no charge)

Note: if you have any problems during registration, please call 314-516-6793.


A block of rooms has been arranged at two area hotels.

Drury Inn St. Louis Airport
10490 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63134
Single King, Non-Smoking: $89.99
Double Queen, Non-Smoking: $89.99
Amenities include free breakfast, free 5:30 kickback with drinks and sanks, free wireless, free long distance, and free soda/popcorn
To reserve a room, contact the hotel directly before Wednesday, October 31 to secure the reduced rates.

Moonrise Hotel in the Delmar Loop
6177 Delmar in The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63112
Superior King and Superior Double-Queen Rooms Available
Wednesday, October 31 - $119
Thursday, November 1 - $119
Friday, November 2 - $149
Amenities include free wi-fi, 24-hr fitness center, and walking distance to the Loop, an eclectic six-block neighborhood with dining, shopping, and entertainment choices. The Loop was recently recognized as "One of the 10 Great Streets in America."
To reserve a room, contact the reservation desk at 314-721-1111 or reserve your room online before October 4.

Pre-conference Workshops

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 10:00 AM-12:00 and 2:00 PM-4:00 PM. This year's workshops which will feature hands-on experiences with new and emerging technologies and instructional strategies. Lunch is included in the fee of $25.00 per workshop selected. Review the Workshop Descriptions.

Conference Day

Friday, November 2, 2012, 8:00 AM. Participants will be able to choose from among 24 Concurrent Sessions, scheduled at the "half-hours," beginning at 8:30 AM. Lunch and a keynote presentation anchor Friday's program from 12:30-2:00 PM. A vendor exhibit showcases new technologies and instructional tools. Thanks to the generous donations from our sponsors, attendance at the conference is free-of-charge to participants.
Review the Concurrent Session Descriptions.

Keynote Presentations



Marillac Hall

Ed Admin

Plenary Presentation - Joel Davies, Apple, Inc.

Flip the Classroom and Stick the Landing

Join Joel Davies from Apple Education for a conversation about making the move to a flipped classroom. We'll explore the rationale, process and payoff from Joel's teaching experience in his courses, including tips and tricks on how to effectively and efficiently make the flip and stick the landing.

About the Speaker

Joel Davies

Joel Davies, MFA
Higher Education Curriculum Development Executive
Apple, Inc.


Joel Davies joined Apple this summer after spending the last 13 years as an Associate Professor of Design and Development at Creighton University. He led three curricular overhauls, all designed to maximize the effectiveness of using technology in the discipline and the classroom. Joel is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2007.


1:15 - 2:15

Plenary Presentation - Dr. Megan Bradley

The Top Pedagogical Techniques That Can Improve Student Learning in Any Course

Using Course Redesign as a framework, this talk will review pedagogical techniques and assessment strategies any instructor can use to improve students' learning potential in any course. Evidence from two redesigns in General Psychology and Developmental Math will illustrate how the use of evidence-based techniques improves student learning outcomes.

Dr Megan Bradley

About the Speaker

Dr. Megan E Bradley
Developmental Psychologist
Professor, Department of Psychology
Frostburg State University
Frostburg, Maryland

2:30 - 4:30

Workshop with Dr. Megan Bradley

Establishing the Right Mindset: Helping Your Students to Train Their Brains

This workshop will review the Train Your Brain series created by Dr. Megan E. Bradley to assist students across a variety of courses. The overall goal of the Train Your Brainprogram is to help students acquire a growth mindset where they approach their education by taking academic risks, asking for help when needed, learning from mistakes, and redoubling their efforts when work is challenging. Each Train Your Brain module is based on current research on student learning and covers such topics as test anxiety, how sleep improves performance, and the importance of practice in learning.

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Previous Conference Programs:

2011 Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference

2010 Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference

2009 Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference

2008 Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference

2007 Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference