Engage 2018: The Conference for Higher Education Innovators

How to Create an Agile Classroom, with a keynote by Sir Ken Robinson

October 26-27, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

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This year’s theme was:
Creating an Agile Classroom

A static classroom is an ineffective classroom. Unlock the power of dynamic, student-centered learning at Engage 2018. From innovative course design to interactive, real-time content creation, Engage will empower you with the tools, strategies and insider knowledge you need to enhance your teaching methods and raise your profile in higher education.

Who attended

  • Educators at colleges and universities
  • Department heads and post-secondary leaders
  • Education technology advisors and administrators

Why you should have attended

  • Trade tips with and get inspired by fellow educators
  • Hear from experts in active learning course and classroom design, interactive content creation, educational technology, accessibility, personalized learning, student engagement, and more.
  • Build and workshop your expertise in the latest teaching techniques
  • Master the latest teaching trends and classroom tech
  • Network with like-minded educators who share your passion for teaching
  • Take your teaching game to the next level by getting your Top Hat Innovative Educator Certification
  • Attend one of our “How I teach this” poster sessions, presented by Top Hat profs (new for 2018).
  • Attend a three-course dinner and relax with other educators in your field, all while listening to live Chicago jazz
  • Take home the latest Top Hat swag (last year we gave out French presses!)
  • Stay healthy and get ready for the day with a group run in the park (Saturday morning)

Our Keynote speakers included:

Click here to see the full list of speakers at Engage 2018

Our Engage 2018 Emcee was:

Engage 2018 Agenda at a Glance

Day One Agenda:

8:00 a.m.

Registration and breakfast

9:30 a.m.

Opening keynote: The Classroom of the Future
Mike Silagadze

10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

Breakout session Big Change: Case Studies of Course Transformation

10:45 a.m.

Breakout session Using Technology to Improve Comprehension and Critical Thinking (Workshop)

10:45 a.m.

Breakout session Classroom Accessibility (Workshop)

11:45 a.m.

Breakout session Textbook Heroes: How Interactive Textbooks Make Learning More Impactful

11:45 a.m.

Breakout session Fun with Formative Assessment: Techniques for Active Teaching and Learning

12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Breakout session Approaching Teaching with a Growth Mindset

1:30 p.m.

Breakout session Community and Collaboration: Authorship in the Digital Age

2:30 p.m.

Breakout session Personalized Learning for Student Success

2:30 p.m.

Breakout session Creating a More Inclusive Learning Community (Workshop)

2:30 p.m.

Breakout session Authoring (Workshop)

3:15 p.m.

Break and poster sessions

4:00 p.m.

Customer keynote: The Evolution of Instruction —
A New Paradigm for Teaching
‍José Vazquez

5:00 p.m.

Top Hat’s Innovative Educator Awards

5:15 p.m.

Cocktail reception

6:30 p.m.


9:30 p.m.

End of day one

Day Two Agenda:

7:00 a.m.

Early breakfast (Top Hat Certification participants only)

7:30 a.m.

Earn Your Top Hat Certification (optional)

9:30 a.m.

Breakfast (for all Engage attendees)

10:30 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Opening keynote: The Power of Community
Eran Ben-Ari

12:00 p.m.

Final keynote: Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up
Sir Ken Robinson

1:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m.

Breakout session What Does Engagement Really Mean?

2:00 p.m.

Breakout session Dealing Constructively with Student Emotions

2:45 p.m.


3:00 p.m.

Breakout session Making space for faculty in the OER movement

3:00 p.m.

Breakout session A Conversation with Top Hat Product Management

3:45 p.m.

Closing remarks

4:00 p.m.

End of conference

Click here to see the full Engage 2018 Agenda

Engage 2018 Event Venue

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 N Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois, 60601, USA

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