Opening Keynote: Sarah Smith-Robbins
Pedagogy First, Technology Second: How to Choose the Right Tool for the Job
Today’s educators are inundated with technology options. In addition to the tools made available on campus, we are also faced with reacting to the wide variety of technology that students bring to the classroom. Though it’s true that learning objectives and sound pedagogy take precedence over adding technology to a course, the sheer speed at which tools advance can make it difficult for educators to know whether or not there are technologies that could assist or improve their courses while maintaining sound pedagogical practices.  In this presentation I will argue that there is an easier way to understand new technologies and quickly assess their learning value for a specific application. Using Activity Theory and Genre Ecology Models we will learn that if we cook a tool down to simple communication mechanics we can quickly understand how that tool can or can’t contribute to the learning objectives in a given course. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the approach ready to apply it to the next new tool they encounter.

General Session Keynote: Craig Kapp
Visualizing the Future: How Augmented Reality can empower faculty, inspire students and bring ideas to life in the classroom.
Imagine being able to rotate around the solar system, navigate through a data set in 3D, and interact with a simulated ecosystem – all from the palm of your hand. With Augmented Reality, it’s possible! Augmented Reality (AR) is a technique through which 3D virtual objects can be overlaid onto the “real world” in real-time, using nothing more than a home computer or a mobile device. In this session we will explore various educational uses of augmented reality including scientific simulations, digital storytelling, assistive technology and data visualization and show how faculty members can use these tools to engage and inspire students.

Closing Keynote: Jonathon Richter
Emerging Strategic Innovations in Educational Leadership: Future-Focused & Grounded in the Cloud
What do educational leaders do in these increasingly complex, fast-paced, and interconnected times to engage their students with new technologies and demonstrate results? The world is changing quickly – and with it, educational institutions are asked to deliver in new and improved ways. A scan of emerging trends and the results that business, education, non-profit, and other organizations are achieving reveals a new set of work routines and dynamics worthy of note. This session will provide a future-focused and positive outlook for learning technologies and those who use them. For students and their teachers, trainers, and other content experts, the future has never looked brighter.

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