USciences Hosts e-Learning 3.0 Conference

Published on March 23, 2018

e-Learning ConferneceAfter 15 years at Drexel University, the e-Learning 3.0 Conference, an annual event showcasing the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, was hosted this year at USciences. The Conference was hosted by the department of academic technology services in the McNeil Science and Technology Center on March 8, 2018.

Over 140 colleagues from about 60 institutions across the region shared best practices and creative approaches for learning enrichment and student engagement in higher education.

e-learning conferenceThe keynote address was given by internationally known education futurist, Dr. Bryan Alexander. His presentation was entitled Academia Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Higher Education.

The conference, chaired by USciences’ executive director of academic technology services Rodney B. Murray PhD, also included a panel of experts, including our USciences president Dr. Paul Katz who spoke on the future of education in a discussion moderated by Dr. Alexander.

e-learning conferenceTwenty-five breakout sessions covered topics such as accessibility, analytics, assessment, artificial intelligence, gamification and simulation, instructional design, and pedagogy. Rob McCunney and Svetlana Lyutsko, USciences’ instructional designers, tag-teamed to share their insights and expertise on converting a course to online.

Glisser, a new presentation tool which promotes live engagement, was used as the platform for all presentations and with it guests had an opportunity to interact live. At the end of the day, there were more than a thousand interactions— including real-time questions, answers to on-the-fly polls, and feedback on individual sessions.

The full day conference ended with a door prize raffle and a social hour with craft beer and appetizers sponsored by USciences Brewing Science Certificate Program.

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