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We invite you to attend the 2014 University of South Carolina Upstate Technology Symposium. The Symposium is a valuable opportunity to share your ideas and explore a variety of strategies, approaches and outcomes while networking with others from our local community who share an interest in teaching and learning with technology.
You may download the symposium schedule as a PDF here. Planned events include the following:
To register to attend the symposium, complete this online form.
The Symposium is open to the Upstate community and area universities, colleges and schools. The symposium will include presentations by faculty and students who have been teaching and learning in our technology intensive courses as a part of the Student Technology Enrichment Program. In addition, we welcome a wide range of presenters (novice to expert, faculty, staff and students) and a variety of presentation formats. The symposium offers an opportunity to share and learn about innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning in the liberal arts and the professions. We hope to create new connections among all participants (faculty, staff and students) who are interested in exploring technology tools to enrich and enhance teaching and learning.
The conference is an opportunity to discuss and learn more about topics related to:
"Role-Playing, Engaging Students, and Overcoming Faculty Fears of Active Learning"
A Nebraska native who received a Ph.D. in European history from the University of Kansas, John served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Drake University (Des Moines) and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Loras College (Dubuque) before starting as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Doane in June 2010.
John works with all aspects of the academic programs and academic support services to create an environment in which faculty and students can achieve success in teaching and learning, helping to lead significant curriculum revisions at all three institutions where he has served as an administrator. As chair of the Reacting Consortium -- a member organization devoted to the development of imagination, inquiry, and engagement in higher education -- John has helped to promote the use of Reacting to the Past role-playing games in general education. He has conducted workshops and collaborative sessions on a variety of topics:
We will have a number of sessions in which participants address ideas that they bring to the conference. These are called unconference sessions.
What is an unconference session?
The shortest answer is that an unconference is a highly informal conference session. Two differences are particularly notable:
Here are the key characteristics of an unconference session:
How do I propose an unconference session?
To submit and/or vote on sessions ideas, go to this link.
For more information, contact Cindy Jennings by email or by phone at (864) 503-5470.
Cindy JenningsDirector of QEPUniversity of South Carolina Upstate800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 29303Phone: (864) 503-5470Fax: (864) 503-5065
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