Connecting the Dots


Save the Date!

On October 16, 2019 Pepperdine's Technology and Learning team will be inviting faculty to collaborate with their peers at Pepperdine's biennial TechLearn Conference.  The theme of this year's conference is Connecting the Dots!


Date:            Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time:            9 AM - 2 PM (PDT)
Location:     Malibu Campus

This one day conference will kick off with an exciting experiential learning activity before being addressed by this year's keynote speaker, "The Tech Rabbi," Michael Cohen.  Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with colleagues, share experiences, learn new technology tools, and apply them to your discipline.



Keynote Speaker

Tech Rabbi

Michael Cohen


Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator, and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society. He is the author of the book Educated By Design, which outlines his principles for revealing and nurturing our innate creative courage and capacity. He is a national keynote speaker, advisor, and trainer. When he isn't traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA) and is the founder of the Schlesinger STEAM and Entrepreneurship Center.


Call for Proposals

We are currently accepting proposals to present lightning talks and breakout sessions at the conference.

Lightning Round: This fast and fun session will consist of high-energy, six-minute "lightning talks," that allow multiple presenters to share the stage!  The lightning round proposal should include a topic that focuses on future trends in higher education.

Breakout Sessions: The 45-minute session are opportunities to share topics related to the conference theme, "Connecting the Dots," (i.e. how to connect the dots implementing technology in the classroom or how to align course objectives and learning outcomes?, etc.).  The proposal should incorporate a combination of the following: an introduction, presentation, and the facilitation of an interactive group discussion or activity that is innovative and engaging.



General Submission Information:

  • All presenters must register for the conference
  • Proposals for presentations should be related to the program theme "Connecting the Dots"
  • The deadline for submitting proposals is July 31, 2019
  • Acceptance emails will be sent out by mid-August, 2019


1. What is a Lightning Round?  Lightning rounds include multiple short, fast-paced presentations in one session.  During the lightning talk, each presenter will have exactly six minutes to share their perspectives on future trends in higher education.

2. What topics would lend themselves to a Lightning Talk?  Future trends in higher education that may include, but not limited to, digital storytelling, Google Classroom, advanced and emerging technologies, etc.

3. Can my lightning round presentation run longer than six minutes?  No, the design of a lightning round is to allow multiple presenters to share the stage. If you are selected for a lighting talk, please make sure that it is within the allotted six minute timeframe. 

4. What do presenters need to provide?  The meeting room for the presentation will be equipped with a computer, projector, screen, and microphone. Presenters must send their presentation to by October 1, 2019. All presentations will be preloaded onto the meeting room computer before the start of the event in order to reduce transition time between presenters.  Selected presenters will be asked to submit a bio and picture to be included on the website and conference program.

*Please Note: Lightning round and breakout presentations will be recorded and shared.