Keynote Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Tom Tobin

Tom Tobin

On June 5, Tom Tobin will be giving the keynote address, discussing Universal Design Learning. Tom has a PhD in English Literature and an M.S. in Library Sciences. His Read Everyone, Teach Everyone book includes resources for readers who want to learn and apply Universal Design Learning skills.

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller

On June 6, Michelle Miller will be giving the keynote address, speaking on Learning Sciences. Michelle co-created the First Year Learning Initiative at Northern Arizona University and is active in course redesign. She is the author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology and has written about evidence-based pedagogy in various publications throughout her career.

Mobile, global, and any time: Universal Design for Learning


Time: June 5th | 9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Location: Atrium

Format: Keynote

Materials to bring: Writing utensils and paper

Description: Participants will learn what Universal Design for Learning is all about, especially as newly revised for higher education (CAST, 2014). You will discover how to implement UDL in the design of your course and service interactions, creating spaces for best teaching and support practices to take place—in the classroom and beyond.

Design for the mind: Evidence-based teaching strategies from psychology and the learning sciences


Time: June 6th | 9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Location: Atrium

Format: Keynote

Materials to bring: Writing utensils and paper

Description: How can we help students gain a solid foundation of knowledge, while also teaching them how to think? How do working memory and attention contribute to learning? And how do we keep students motivated to put in the effort that’s necessary to accomplish the goals we set out for them? These questions are some of the most challenging ones we face as we design and teach our courses. Fortunately, findings from psychology and the learning sciences can help address them, offering design principles that we can use in blended, face-to-face, and online modalities. In this keynote address, Dr. Michelle Miller will present evidence-based strategies for teaching, with a focus on addressing common myths and misconceptions about how the mind works.

Reach everyone, teach everyone with Universal Design for Learning


Time: June 5th | 10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Location: Atrium

Format: Workshop

Materials to bring: Writing utensils and paper

Description: This workshop uses active-learning techniques and provides take-away resources for participants. Especially by relating to UDL to broader access benefits for all learners, this workshop’s activities serve as a model for participants to re-frame accessibility and inclusion conversations. We can accomplish these goals by broadening our focus away from learners with disabilities and toward a larger ease-of-use/general-inclusion mindset. You will learn practical use-them-tomorrow strategies for increasing student access to learning—without having to change what or how you teach.

Focus, remember, think: Resources for putting cognitive principles into practice


Time: 10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Location: Atrium

Format: Workshop

Materials to bring: Writing utensils and paper

Description: In this structured small-groups discussion, we will revisit concepts presented in the keynote and engage in demonstrations that further illustrate those concepts. Participants will have the opportunity to share technologies, activities, and resources that they have found useful in their own teaching, and to reflect on how to apply concepts from the keynote to the design and delivery of their own courses.

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