Impacting our students through innovative use of digital technologies
You’ve seen the trends. You’ve attended the seminars. You’ve heard all about MOOCs, mobility, Canvas and the cloud. But as technology continues to transform higher education, you still wonder: What does all of this actually mean for me? How should it affect my classroom? My teaching style?
On March 21, join your faculty peers for Biola’s annual Imagination Summit — a practical, thought-provoking discussion of the role technology can play in how we educate and prepare our students for the future.
Organized by Biola faculty for Biola faculty, this one-day conference will explore some of the best practices both at Biola and in the wider world of higher education. Regardless of where you fit along the technology-use continuum, you’ll emerge with new ideas and fresh inspiration for reaching today’s students.
This year's summit will feature a recorded interview with Dr. Jose Bowen, a Dean at Southern Methodist University and a nationally-known author and speaker on education.
Bowen has been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, US News and World Report, and on NPR for his book Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012, and winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education (2013) from the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
José Antonio Bowen is currently the Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, Algur H. Meadows Chair and Professor of Music, at Southern Methodist University. Effective July 1, 2014, Bowen will be leaving SMU to become the 11th president of Goucher College, a liberal arts college in Baltimore, Maryland. Bowen began his teaching career at Stanford University in 1982 as the Director of Jazz Ensembles. In 1994, he became the Founding Director of the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (C.H.A.R.M.) at the University of Southampton, England. He returned to America in 1999 as the first holder of the endowed Caestecker Chair of Music at Georgetown University where he created and directed the Program in Performing Arts. He was Dean of Fine Arts at Miami University, before moving to SMU in Dallas in 2006.
Bowen has also been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including podcasts and online games, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, US News and World Report, and on NPR for his book Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012, and winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education (2013) from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. He is currently working on Transforming the University: Learning for Change (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, due 2015), a comprehensive approach to integrating campus life with massively better classrooms and using the latest research on learning and adolescent development to focus college on opening minds in the post-technology era. He has been honored by students and colleagues for his teaching at SMU, Miami and Georgetown and he received a Stanford Centennial Award for Undergraduate Teaching in 1990.
Imagination Summit FAQ
What is the Imagination Summit?
The Imagination Summit is a “for-faculty, by-faculty” discussion about how we can use technology to teach our students and better prepare them for successful futures. It’s a practical, friendly forum for learning how to use technology as an effective tool in teaching, without making technology the main focus of teaching.
What isn't the Imagination Summit?
The Imagination Summit is not an infomercial for teaching online, a series of browbeating talks about what you “should” be doing, or an impractical, futuristic “educational Star Trek” episode.
Who should attend?
All faculty members are highly encouraged to attend. (Yes, that includes you!) No matter where you are along the technology-use continuum—from new adopter to technology geek—the summit will have relevance to your work in the classroom. This topic is important not only to your professional development and students’ success, but also to Biola’s accreditation and academic reputation.
How will the Imagination Summit benefit my students?
Today’s students are digital natives. They have grown up in a digital world, and they are going out into a digital world. Technology is playing an ever-more-important role in their pre-college education, and it will play an essential role in their careers. In order to serve our current and future generations of students well, we need to engage them where they are and prepare them for what lies ahead. The Imagination Summit is an important step in equipping all of us to do this better.
How will the Imagination Summit benefit me?
The Imagination Summit will equip you to inspire, engage, and teach more effectively. It will also give you an opportunity to interact with and learn from your peers—in a fun, no-pressure environment. Plus: free breakfast, lunch, and giveaways.
Is it going to be participatory?
Yes! The day is geared to help you at your level of expertise and give you opportunities to ask questions and experience hands-on tutorials. In addition, because no one-day summit could give you all the tools or training you need, there will be ongoing opportunities for growth, education, and advice throughout the year.
|8:00 a.m.||Registration Opens
A light breakfast will be provided
|Outside Calvary Chapel|
Opening Plenary Session
|10:00 a.m.||15 minute break|
Plenary #2: Faculty Videos
|11:15 a.m.||15 minute break|
|11:30 a.m.||Lunch||Metzger Lawn|
Faculty Lead Breakout Sessions
|1:30 p.m.||15 minute break|
Plenary #3: Closing Session & Giveaways