Insightful keynotes, workshops and expert panels

7:30 a.m. 
Registration Opens (Top Hat Certification Attendees Only)

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Top Hat Certification (optional)

Our Level 1 Certification course will provide you with the skills to make the most of Top Hat’s core features, enabling you to customize educational content from the Top Hat Marketplace, create your own interactive educational content and better engage your class. For more information, visit our certification page.

Prospective customers of Top Hat may sit in on any Certification session, but are unable to apply to receive the Top Hat Certification Level 1.

8:30 a.m.
General Registration Opens

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Keynote: What Should a Textbook Be? How Educators, not Publishers, are Redefining the Role of Textbooks in the Classroom

In five years, or probably sooner, higher education classrooms are going to look very different. That change is going to come about because students, and state governments, are demanding colleges and universities become more affordable and engaging, and create more opportunities for innovative pedagogy. In this keynote, Mike Silagadze will share how professors are taking on these challenges by redefining the role of the textbook in higher education—by embracing open educational resources, replacing the centralized publishing model with peer-to-peer educational content creation, building flipped lessons around customizable textbooks and ultimately improving learning outcomes.

Speaker: Mike Silagadze

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Networking Break

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
Breakout session: Creating Your Perfect Class with Custom Educational Content

Even the most tried-and-true course requires specialized content. However, the standard textbook options are never flexible enough for your needs—and too expensive for students to justify buying if you’re only assigning select chapters. Hear how these educators created their own course content, or used easily-adaptable educational content, and how their solutions created the perfect flow for their classes.

What you’ll get out of this session:
• See how creating course content is easier than you’d think—provided you have the right strategy and resources
• Learn how to monetize what you create
• Develop strategies to introduce interactive video, quizzes and other content that grabs the attention of students and improves learning

Speakers: Adrienne Brundage, Jamie Pomeranz, James Ross
Moderator: Philip Preville

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Breakout session: How to Integrate Top Hat in Your Class (Workshop)

Many instructors assume technology is something they can just add on to their courses. The reality is that without thoughtfully integrating new technologies into your course planning, your new tools are less likely to be useful to you or your students. Whether you’ve already made the leap or are wondering how to do it, Top Hat’s instructional design will take you through the process of smartly upping your teaching-and-tech game.

Facilitators: Top Hat instructional designers

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. -1:45 p.m. 
Breakout session: New Strategies for Distance Learning

In this tactical session, educators who run distance (online) learning courses explain how to most effectively use technology to ensure students are fully engaged in lessons and building comprehension. We’ll explore innovative strategies for planning and conducting distance learning courses (both synchronous and asynchronous), how to maintain student engagement with the right mix of quizzes, polling and online group work, and how to make distance learning students feel personally invested in a program.

What you’ll get out of this session:
• See how technological solutions have adapted to make the virtual classroom feel intimate
• Learn to create a content mix that keeps remote students focused on your course goals
• Develop strategies that will help your students succeed from afar

Speakers: Kathryn Dederichs, Laura Freberg 
Moderator: Philip Preville

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 
Breakout session: Refreshing Your Course Design (Workshop)

In this workshop, participants will assess course plans and discuss approaches and strategies to inject new life into stale lessons. We’ll consider blended and hybrid teaching approaches, introducing interactive content, and other initiatives.

Come prepared to this session with ONE static lesson from a course you teach that you want to refresh.

Keep in mind:
• What is the learning objective?
• How do you assess learning outcomes?
• Think of some questions you use to test learning.

Facilitators: James Ross and Jaclyn Travis

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Networking Break

2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Breakout session: The Pros and Cons of Open Educational Resources

Many institutions are looking to Open Educational Resources (OER) as a cost-saving solution to increasingly expensive textbooks and educational content. So far, professors have been slow to embrace OER, questioning its quality and provenance. In this session, educators who’ve both authored and adopted OER discuss the pros and cons, and why they’ve ultimately embraced OER as the future of teaching and academic community-building.

Speakers: Adrienne Brundage, Colleen Knight, Lisa Petrides
Moderator: Philip Preville

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Networking Break

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Keynote: Digital Learning Enters Its Next Generation—and It's Not Merely an Extension of the Past

Twenty-five years after it was first introduced, digital learning has moved from obscurity to the mainstream. And now it’s entering its next generation. Simultaneously, higher ed has reached an inflection point—driven by widespread digital adoption and different platform designs, institutions are moving beyond the digitization of traditional classroom. New flavors of open educational resources and open courses abound. This talk will explore the major trends around digital learning and the implications that will affect colleges and universities over the coming decade.

Speaker: Phil Hill

4:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception