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:
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 should attend

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

Why you should attend

  • 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)

Download the Top Hat app

In order to get the most of out the Engage sessions, we will be using the Top Hat student app. Click here to download the iOS app or click here to download the Android app.

Further instructions can be found on the Certification Page.

Justify your trip

Click here to download our handy justification letter which will give you detailed information about the value of Engage 2018.

Keynote Speakers

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

Engage 2018 Emcee

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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