Technology, Faculty Engagement and Student Learning: Expanding Mindsets and Changing Culture in Higher Education
Technology has the potential to change the way we teach and learn. The ubiquity of technology in higher education implies that we need to prepare ourselves, and our students, to better harness this potential in meaningful ways - to enhance engagement and learning experiences. The theme for this conference is apt, in that it sets the scene for us to expand our mindsets and explore ways to bring about a positive cultural change for technology-enhanced learning in this Digital Era.
In order to tap on the potential of these new technologies, we need a whole-of-system change in culture. Some of the challenges moving forward include:
In this conference, we are extremely excited to have leading experts in the learning sciences, instructional design, and high-impact practices to share their perspectives on how IT innovation can help us move towards adaptive learning systems and new models of teaching. They will pay special attention to the changing role of university teachers, in particular, the kinds of support for academic teachers to complement their disciplinary expertise and foster rigorous, student-focused engagement with digitally enhanced and enabled practices. The conference is designed to highlight both the benefits and challenges of learning technologies, as well as the potential impact their integration may have on advancing teaching and learning. Opportunities will also be created for inter-institutional interactions through focused panel sharing and discussion.
Creating multiple pathways