8:30 AM to 9:00 AM ~ Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM ~ Blended Learning in a Liberal Arts College Setting
Kim Cassidy, President, and Jenny Spohrer, Coordinator for Academic Technology Initiatives, Bryn Mawr College
In 2011, Bryn Mawr College led an experiment involving forty partner liberal arts colleges to determine how blended learning, which had showed such promise for improving student engagement, satisfaction, and learning outcomes at large universities and community colleges, translated in the more intimate environment of a residential liberal arts college. Would our faculty and students find blended learning compatible with the values and culture of a liberal arts college? The answer in both cases was yes, and both faculty and students enthusiastically embraced blended learning as a means of supporting learner-centered education and enhancing faculty-student interaction. We will share our findings about the positive impact on student learning outcomes and the aspects of blended learning that faculty and students found helpful.
10:15 AM to Noon ~ Changing Paradigms for Changing Times
Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education
We all know the educational landscape has changed and continues to change as a result of ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, personalization and a changing learner. As a result educators must recognize this shift, anticipate needed changes, and lead by example in order to meet the diverse needs of key stakeholders in the 21st Century. Digital leadership represents a dramatic shift from how schools have been run and structured for over a century. It is not about flashy tools, but a strategic mindset that leverages available resources to improve what we do, while anticipating the changes needed to cultivate a school culture focused on engagement and achievement. It is a transformed construct of leadership that grows out of the leader’s symbiotic relationship with technology. Leaders need to be the catalysts for change. Painting a picture of the future and putting it on a timeline are two of the most important things a leader can do. In his keynote, Eric Sheninger will provide a framework for change – his “Seven Pillars of Digital Leadership.” Learn how this school leader harnessed the power of digital tools and social media to improve communications, enhance public relations, establish a brand presence, increase student engagement, transform learning spaces, discover opportunity, and grow professionally like never before.