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Technology and Learning Conference Program 2019

Conference Program

See below for speakers, topics, locations, and times for the 2019 Tech Learn Faculty Conference at Pepperdine University.

When What Who Where
8:00-8:45 Registration, Refreshments, and Vendors Vendors Gulls Way Courtyard
8:45-9:00 Welcome Address Jonathan See Executive Dining Room
9:00-9:45 Experiential Learning Challenge Genesis Lab Executive Dining Room
9:45-10:00 Break    
10:00-10:45 Session A: Lightning Session Sharla Berry, Weina Chen, Jordan Lott, Jennifer Miyake-Trapp, Paul Sparks, and Anna Speth Executive Dining Room
  Session B: iMovie Digital Brand Story: Transformative Learning in Classroom Introductions Sarah Fischbach and Veronica Guerrero LC 159
  Session C: Using Technology to Build a Transformative Learning Classroom Mark Mallinger and Lynda Palmer L 4
  Session D: Flipped Classroom Panel Moderator: Kerri Cissna

Panel: Christopher Heard, Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Regina Meister, and Jacob Michael
Computer Lab
10:45-11:00 Break    
11:00-11:45 Opening Keynote Speaker Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi Executive Dining Room
11:45-1:00 Lunch/Keynote Debrief   Gulls Way Courtyard
1:00-1:30 Closing Keynote Speaker Adriana Sanford Executive Dining Room
1:30-2:00 Raffle and Closing TechLearn Team Executive Dining Room
2:15-2:45 Genesis Lab Tour or Prototype Classroom (Optional) Anna Speth / Jared Mukai Payson Library 338 / TAC 177A

8:00-8:45 AM - Morning Refreshments and Visit Vendors

Coffee, tea, and morning refreshments will be offered. Vendors will include ExamSoft, Google, Panopto, PGBS eLearning, Proctortrack, The Tech Rabbi, Turning Technologies, Turnitin, WalkMe, and Zoom.

8:45-9:00 AM - Welcome

Jonathan See (Information Technology, Chief Information Officer)
Join us for the kick-off of the conference and an overview of the schedule.

9:00-9:45 AM - Experiential Learning Challenge

Anna Speth (Co-director of the Genesis Lab and Librarian for Emerging Technology)

The Genesis Lab is the home of experiential learning, making, and emerging technology at Pepperdine. The Genesis Lab successfully interweaves maker activities into interdisciplinary curriculum at the K12, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Anna Speth, co-director of the Genesis Lab, will be facilitating a maker activity for conference attendees to use their creativity to collaborate and demonstrate the benefits of hands-on learning and critical thinking.

9:45-10:00 AM - Break

Enjoy a short break to connect with peers or grab refreshments.

10:00-10:45 AM - Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Lightning Session

This fast and fun session will consist of high-energy, six minute "lightning talks," that allow multiple presenters to share the stage!

  • Sharla Berry: Connecting the Dots: Using Technology to Cultivate Community

  • Weina Chen: Beyond Forum Discussions: Engage Students Through New Ways of Online Interactions

  • Jordan Lott: LinkedIn Learning in the Classroom
  • Jennifer Miyake-Trapp: Using Twitter to Expand Students' Learning Communities

  • Paul Sparks: The Future of Learning: Technology, Trends and Thought Leaders

  • Anna Speth: Pepperdine's Makerspace: Bringing Ideas to Life

Session B: iMovie Digital Brand Story: Transformative Learning in Classroom Introductions

Sarah Fischbach and Veronica Guerreo

Modern forms of technology lend themselves to innovative approaches to transformational learning opportunities. The ease of video production enables students to create digital elements that demonstrate their understanding of course concepts. Research regarding at the levels of learning according to Mezirow's Transformational Learning Theory is applied to a students development of digital brand stories. The digital brand stories requires understanding and reflection to articulate consumer personal brand attitudes, perceptions and behaviors all in a video format. The purpose of this assignment is for students to articulate their understanding of the impact of branding on their personal consumption decisions. The researchers have tested the Digital Brand Story assignment across three years of marketing undergraduate classes, providing students the opportunity to discover more about their own 'personology' of a brand. Through this study, the researchers explored the impact digital storytelling may have on individual self-efficacy and implement the iMovie into many aspects of the student's classroom experience. For example, we have used the digital brand story as a means for students to introduce themselves to their classmates in the beginning of the class discussion. Guidance for implementation into your course is provided, student examples, as well as additional future ideas for the classroom.

Session C: Using Technology to Build a Transformative Learning Classroom

Mark Mallinger and Lynda Palmer

As the Director for the Center of Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE) I was tasked with developing a philosophy of teaching that reflects our pedagogical mission at the Graziadio Business School. Using qualitative research gathered through interviews and focus groups of high performing faculty at the school, I was able to develop a framework that is proposed to enhance effective teaching. The framework identifies three pillars associated with quality teaching-- building trust, generating energy and facilitating the learning cycle. The purpose of this session to identify ways in which technology can enhance the value of the model, which, in turn will advance faculty's ability to motivate students to engage in deep learning and broadened understanding of course material. In this presentation, my colleague and I will discuss the dimensions of the framework, incorporating the use of various technological tools such as discussion boards, conferencing tools, multi-media presentations and learning management systems to amplify the learning experience. The session will present success stories as well as encourage participants to share both their pedagogical activities as well as the technology they use that builds trust, generates energy, and facilitates the learning cycle. The agenda is designed to create a collaborative session whereby the presenters facilitate participant interaction that is likely to provide examples of effective teaching using technology.

Session D: Flipped Classroom Panel

Moderator: Kerri Cissna

Panel: Chris Heard, Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, Regina Meister, and Jacob Michael

During the session you will hear from esteemed colleagues who have "flipped" their classrooms and learn more about the flipped classroom method for structuring classroom learning activities. The group will share their best practices, tips and tricks, and get you thinking of how you too can incorporate some of the flipped teaching strategies in your own classes.

10:45-11:00 AM - Break

Enjoy a short break to connect with peers or grab refreshments.

11:00-11:45 AM - Keynote Speaker

Educated by Design: Designing the Space to Cultivate Creative Capacity

Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi

In today's world, we have an incredible opportunity to provide students with resources and experiences that will help them develop strong creative and critical thinking skills to solve interesting problems in the world. Opportunities to leverage academic skills and knowledge to practice entrepreneurship in order to create meaningful experiences that can positively impact those around them. In this session, Michael will share what that innovative practice looks like and how it can advance forward to new frontiers that can better prepare our students for a future that is unscripted and unknown.

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch and Keynote Debrief

All speakers and participants are invited to a free lunch. This is a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship with your colleagues and enjoy a meal together while sharing your takeaways from Michael Cohen's presentation.

1:00-1:30 PM - Closing Speaker

The Best of Both Worlds: Dr. Sanford's Silicon Beach Approach to Faculty Teaching™--- Combining Online Learning in a Traditional Face to Face (F2F) Classroom

Adriana Sanford, Adjunct Faculty and Cyber Security Expert

Learn about Dr. Sanford's Silicon Beach Approach to Faculty Teaching™ to mitigate learning disruptions in the wake of a natural disaster or other unforeseen occurrences. An approach that helps better prepare tomorrow's leaders while minimizing disaster risk. Today's students are digital innovation catalysts; they are multi-taskers and change-makers, who are accustomed to incorporating technology into their daily activities. In this session, we will discuss the importance of mirroring your delivery in a traditional F2F class with multiple layers of communication to increase student engagement and productivity. Learn to develop an educational environment with customizable digital study tools that are readily accessible outside the classroom to improve students' performance. This session will enhance students' critical thinking skills and further facilitate communication, team collaboration, and creativity with a "best of both worlds" approach. All students have the option of reviewing information as often as they prefer on their own time----scrolling back several times over complex material and fast-forwarding when necessary. Walk-away with helpful tips and best practices that are sure to help students, including international students, athletes, and students with work-study requirements have more control over the pace of their learning. Discover how online multimedia content supplements classroom instruction to allow faculty to accommodate a variety of learning styles.

1:30-2:00 PM - Raffle and Closing

We have some great prizes to be given away to attendees at the end of the day.

2:15 - 2:45 PM Tour of Genesis Lab or Prototype Classroom (Optional)

Visit Pepperdine's Makerspace, the Genesis Lab, located in the renovated Payson Library (Room 338).  Or take a peek at the Prototype Classroom, TAC 177A.


Visit the speaker bio page to learn more about this year's presenters.