17-18 October 2017 | Pullman Sydney Airport , Mascot, NSW

Jennifer Sparrow

Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology
Penn State University (USA)

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 18th October 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

9:10 AM INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: What’s Next in Higher Education: Emerging Trends in Technology, Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning

Today’s students have an ever expanding set of options for how they choose to pursue learning. New technologies create new ways for student to collaborate and learn. As the learning environment continues to evolve, so does the need to partner with faculty in developing new approaches teaching. In recent years, Penn State has designed and implemented a diverse collection of faculty-focused programs to innovate instruction both in and out of the classroom. The most recent of these, the Blended Learning Transformation (BlendLT) program, is not only an approach to faculty development, but also provides a framework for course development and research. In this session, Jennifer will talk about the journey Penn State university has been on, their plans for the future and his views on what’s next for higher education.

  • Identify ways to structure faculty engagement programs that enable innovative approaches to teaching, research, and course design.
  • Explore the possibilities that emerging technologies hold for engaging students in new ways.
  • Challenge common assumptions that are made about where and how courses are delivered

Post Conference Masterclasses: Thursday, 19th October 2017

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

8:00 AM Transforming Education: Innovation Management and the Transformation Process for Active and Blended Learning

Born out of Penn State’s mission to transform education, active and blended learning faculty development programs not only offer full support for faculty who wish to redesign their existing residential instruction course to an innovative blended (face-to-face and online) format, but are also supported in exploring new teaching practices and scholarship opportunities.

Courses delivered in a blended format will ideally increase student engagement by moving more lecture material online to be reviewed outside class, freeing in-class, face-to-face time for activities such as discussion, problem-solving, teamwork, and project-based learning. Blended courses can also increase access to students living at a distance and non-traditional students who are working while taking classes. Delivering courses in a blended format can also decrease costs.

In this interactive master class, Jennifer Sparrow, Senior Director of Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State University will deliver a session on the importance of structuring learning space design, managing innovation process, working with emerging technologies and designing and delivering blended learning programs.

Key discussion areas:
  • Supporting faculty development, resources to assist in course development, and evaluation of the course – in order to facilitate the entire cycle of planning, designing, delivering, and examining the effectiveness of a redesigned course
  • Leveraging emerging technologies to further enhance teaching and learning
  • Teaching and learning – four big ideas for the future


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Jennifer.

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