Wednesday, April 15
Wednesday Opening Keynote: 9:00AM - 10:00AM MT.
Director of Education Innovation
Colorado Department of Higher Education
Keynote Title: "Innovation: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly"
A term that is trending for some and troublesome for others, ‘innovation’ is seemingly all around the work we pursue in higher education today. But what does it mean to think innovatively? And how does one pursue innovation in everyday work? Innovation is often conflated with technology, yet at its core, the concept can and should take many forms, include new ways of thought, novel policy considerations, and strategic implementation tactics.
Join this interactive presentation as we aim to dissect the good, the bad, and the ugly of ‘innovation’. We will discuss the current innovation agenda at the Colorado Department of Higher Education, from blockchain to OER and ZTC, and how practical applications of innovative approaches can help achieve everyday goals. The audience will also be invited to participate in live, crowd-sourcing activity to help inform the future innovation agenda for this continued effort in Colorado.
Spencer currently serves as the director of educational innovation at the Colorado Department of Higher Education where he is fortunate to collaborate with the distinguished educators of Colorado’s fine institutions of higher education.
Wednesday Noon Keynote: 12:00PM - 1:00PM MT.
Chief Strategy Advisor, Learning Economy
Keynote Title: "Infrastructure Inversion: Building Bridges to a New Learning Economy"
What if students, educators, institutions, and employers could, with integrity and trust, translate data and value without sacrificing privacy or IP? At the Learning Economy Foundation, we’re aiming to solve some of society's greatest challenges by envisioning education as the new gold standard—a market economy built on the quantified value of learning and skills; and with the C-Lab, Colorado is joining a global coalition of public good pioneers on the bleeding edge of making this future a reality.
Taylor is an educator, writer, designer, improviser, ecosystem builder, techno-philosopher and Chief Program Officer at the Learning Economy Foundation. His work with the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Library of Congress, CU Denver, and MSU Denver has led to a complex love affair with education, innovation, design, and (de)centralized, future-focused networks. He holds an MA in Learning Design and Technology from CU Denver and is currently focused on web3, programmable trust, digital ethics, infusing agility and intellectual honesty into bureaucracy, and building new mental maps for navigating an increasingly uncertain future.
Thursday April 16
Thursday Noon Keynote: 12:00PM - 1:00PM MT.
Department Head, Researcher Support Services
University of Colorado Denver | Auraria Library
Keynote Title: "The Prison to School Pipeline of EdTech"
Predictive analytics, facial recognition, body scanners, metal detectors, isolation rooms, bullet proof windows and backpacks are all examples of carceral technology being sold as EdTech innovation. Education has an unfortunate history of implementing technology that originated in prisons and law enforcement and it’s continuing that trend with technology and data-driven systems today. We need to understand why this is happening, what’s at stake, and what we can do about it. Participants should come prepared to critically reflect on technology, education, and the criminal justice system.
Shea Swauger is Head of the Researchers Support Services Department at the Auraria Library in Denver Colorado, which serves the Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University, and the University of Colorado Denver. He’s Director of the Data to Policy Project, a ThinqStudio Fellow, a solid cat person (#sorrynotsorry), and generally tired.
Friday April 17
Friday Noon Keynote: 12:00 - 1:00PM MT.
Kerri Mitchell and Eric Salahub
Authors of the Active Learning Institute Workbook
Front Range Community College
"Surviving and Thriving Online with Active Learning"
The Covid19 pandemic has presented educators with an unprecedented challenge to move face-to-face classes online. While this situation is challenging, it also provides us an opportunity to accelerate the paradigm shift in teaching and learning from the Transmission of Knowledge approach to an Active Learning framework. Kerri and Eric discovered what we now call “the Active Learning paradigm” about seven years ago when we moved our residential learning community course to an online setting. We have since developed the Active Learning Institute at Front Range Community College to assist our colleagues in transforming their own students’ experiences. We are often asked if active learning can work online. Absolutely! We believe online classrooms are ideal places to provide students with authentic, active learning experiences.
This keynote will not be delivered in a traditional manner. On April 10th we will release a set of short youtube.com videos addressing the idea that Active Learning is the best solution to the immediate problem we face moving from face-to-face to online learning and also the best way to promote student learning in the classes we design and teach moving forward.
We invite you to watch these videos and utilize the comment section to add your own examples and ideas, to explore related ideas, to raise criticisms, and to ask questions. We will monitor your Youtube.com comments between April 10th and the Keynote at 12:00 PM MT. on April 17th. Then we will offer a just-in-time live, interactive, video keynote where we answer questions, reflect on the ideas you submitted, and more. For us, this will be a totally new experience and, while risky, we hope this keynote experience will demonstrate some of the possibilities that Active Learning provides to advance real learning.
Kerri Mitchell has served as English faculty at Front Range Community College since 2005 where she has taught various courses in composition and creative writing. Prior to that, she was a lecturer at Colorado State University for 5 years where she developed department-wide curriculum and mentored graduate teaching assistants. She is currently serving as an instructional coach for faculty at the Larimer campus and as the co-creator and co-director of the Active Learning Institute. In each of these roles, Kerri has enjoyed supporting teachers, from brand new instructors to seasoned faculty, as they work hard to improve their craft. In 2018, Kerri received the Colorado Community College System’s Outstanding Faculty Award along with her teaching and coaching partner, Eric Salahub.
Eric Salahub has been at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins Colorado since 1999 where he teaches philosophy and serves as an instructional coach. In his coaching role, Eric has worked with hundreds of teachers helping them improve their craft in face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes. Over the past 5 years, Eric's main teaching and research focus is in Active Learning and he is the co-creator and director of the Active Learning Institute. In 2018 Eric was named the Colorado Community College's Outstanding Faculty and in 2019 he was awarded the Jerome Wartgow award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology.