Agenda

Insightful keynotes, workshops and expert panels

Day One: October 26

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration
Room: Atlantic Foyer

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Keynote: The Classroom of the Future
Speaker: Mike Silagadze, Top Hat co-founder and CEO
Room: Atlantic B

Mike Silagadze is the CEO and co-founder of Top Hat. Under Silagadze’s leadership and vision, Top Hat has created the market leading platform for active learning, helping professors engage students and build comprehension before, during and after class. Top Hat is used by millions of students at 750-plus leading North American colleges and universities. Silagadze is an active speaker and lecturer in the higher education, technology and startup communities, having lectured at the Rotman Commerce Entrepreneurship Organization, the ASU GSV Summit, MaRS, Tech Fest Toronto, SAAS North and T­E­Dx­Laurier­University, among many others. Silagadze holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Break/Networking
Room: Atlantic Foyer

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout session: Big Change—Case Studies of Course Transformation
Room: Atlantic B

The way we teach and learn shouldn’t be set in stone. Professors who have applied learning science principles to redesign their courses will share their approach and experiences transforming large classes in ways that increase engagement, inclusion and attainment.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Tips for transforming large, passive classes into team-based, active learning environments
  • Learn how peer mentoring can help facilitate active learning at scale
  • Rethink how you use time, pedagogy and physical spaces to create a more inclusive classroom

Speakers:
John Redden, Physiology, University of Connecticut
Kris Kimball, Physiology, University of Connecticut
Candace Damiani, Biology, University of Pittsburgh
Moderator: Nina Angelo, VP of Product Marketing, Top Hat

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout session: Using Technology to Improve Comprehension and Critical Thinking (Workshop)
Room: Atlantic A

Learn how technology-based teaching tools can be applied effectively to target different cognitive domains in alignment with your course learning objectives. Referencing both Bloom’s taxonomy of learning and empirical data from the facilitator’s classes, this workshop will demonstrate how small tweaks can be applied to your instruction and assessment to make a significant impact on the way students learn and apply critical information.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Understand how to make the best use of the data you’re collecting
  • Learn best practices for implementing response systems in the classroom
  • Tactics for using technology to tap into various levels of Bloom’s taxonomy

Speakers:
Steve Joordens, Psychology, University of Toronto
Troy Wood, Chemistry, University at Buffalo
Moderator: Jaclyn Travis, Senior Manager, Faculty Engagement & Insights, Top Hat

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout session: Classroom Accessibility (Workshop)
Room: Caribbean/Caspian

The ubiquity of technology has created exciting opportunities and a host of new challenges when it comes to accessibility in the classroom. In this workshop focused on practical strategies, Top Hat Instructional Designer Alix Altow will break down the differences between traditional and contemporary notions of accommodation, share stories from professors who used technology to create more accessible courses and offer tips for using Top Hat to enable success for all students.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Learn how other professors have created more accessible courses with technology
  • Understand the differences between traditional and contemporary notions of accommodation
  • Walk away with practical tips for using Top Hat to help set all students up for success

Speaker: Alix Altow, Instructional Designer, Top Hat

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Break/Networking
Room: Atlantic Foyer

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout session: Textbook Heroes—How Interactive Textbooks Make Learning More Impactful
Room: Atlantic B

Gone are the days when static textbooks made the grade. Today, innovative faculty members are implementing their own interactive course content, combining traditional text with audio and video and tailoring their textbooks for active learning. For a generation of students who have been wondering when the tools of their university education would finally catch up with their lives, these authors are textbook heroes. In this eye-opening panel, professors who have authored interactive textbooks discuss the impact their work has had on student outcomes.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Discover best practices for creating an engaging, interactive textbook
  • Learn what will resonate with students and why
  • Tactics for rethinking your pedagogical approach with new media

Speakers:
Lindsey Nanney, Health and Kinesiology, University of North Carolina (Wilmington)
Andrea Hendricks, Mathematics, Georgia State University (Perimeter College)
David Weiss, Statistics, Rutgers University
Moderator: Nick Stein, CMO, Top Hat

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Breakout session: Fun with Formative Assessment—Techniques for Active Teaching and Learning
Room: Atlantic A

As higher ed instruction has become increasingly hands-on, professors are expected to commit more time than ever before to conducting, evaluating and utilizing formative assessments. Fortunately, as part of an active learning approach, formative assessment can also be one of the most fun and engaging aspects of the learning experience—for both student and professor. In this session, professors from three different disciplines will discuss how their courses provide a model for forward-thinking formative assessment techniques from peer instruction to gamification.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Tips and tactics for making formative assessment fun and effective
  • Learn how other professors have made assessment work across a variety of disciplines
  • Insights into how an active learning approach to formative assessment can result in higher student engagement

Speakers:
Leslie Sprunger, Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University
Jenel Cavazos, Psychology, University of Oklahoma
John Redden, Physiology, University of Connecticut
Moderator: Philip Preville, education journalist

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch
Room: Pacific Ballroom

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Top Scholars Lunch
Room: Baltic/Bering 2nd Floor

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Breakout session: Approaching Teaching with a Growth Mindset
Room: Atlantic B

Anytime a new pedagogical method is introduced into a course there are worries that unintended consequences may arise. Instructors may ask themselves, “Will students still come to class? Will they be engaged? Will they take effective notes? Will they learn the critical content?” Unfortunately, this uncertainty can create a fixed mindset in instructors who become unwilling to adopt new teaching methods and educational technologies, and ultimately deprive their students of the benefits that can come from effective new methods. In this discussion, educators with direct experience implementing technological changes in the classroom share their ideas and motivations on remaining open to change.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Learn how to limit risk while trying new teaching methods and technologies
  • Tips and tactics for managing experimentation with desired learning outcomes
  • Inspiration to stay on top of and benefit from the most effective methodologies available

Speakers:
Kyle Anderson, Biochemistry, University of Saskatchewan
Laura Freberg, Psychology, California Polytechnic University (San Luis Obispo)
Kris Kimball, Physiology, University of Connecticut
Moderator: Philip Preville, education journalist

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Breakout session: Community and Collaboration—Authorship in the Digital Age
Room: Atlantic A

Is it possible for two busy academics to create, manage and produce a compelling digital textbook completely on their own? It is now. When professors Matthew Numer and Nicole McNichols embarked on the creation of Human Sexuality: A Critical Exploration, they’d never worked together before. They lived on opposite coasts. But after they’d been connected, the professors pooled their expertise to create a textbook that kept students at the heart of its writing. This practical session will explore the opportunities and challenges inherent in a collaborative authoring project that’s managed by the writers themselves.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Understand how to overcome obstacles inherent in a long-distance collaboration
  • Learn best practices for creating an engaging, interactive text
  • Find out how to make a collaborative writing project effective and successful

Speakers:
Matthew Numer, Human Sexuality, Dalhousie University
Nicole McNichols, Human Sexuality, University of Washington
Moderator: Nick Stein, CMO, Top Hat

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Break/Networking
Room: Atlantic Foyer

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Breakout session: Connections in the Classroom—Personalizing Instruction for Student Success
Room: Atlantic B

There’s more to succeeding with new university and college students than getting them through the foundational material. For professors faced with outsized core and G.E. classes, the big challenge is enabling students with varying levels of education, ability and personal backgrounds to be successful in the remainder of the college careers. In this session we’ll explore strategies for responsive instruction in large classes that combine technology and the human touch to ensure students are prepared to meet the demands of their college careers.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Practical tips to help you connect with students, no matter the class size
  • Learn how to effectively use technology to reach students
  • Find out how to prepare students for the remainder of their academic lives

Speakers:
Jenel Cavazos, Psychology, University of Oklahoma
Candice Damiani, Biology, University of Pittsburgh
Greg Kitzmiller, Marketing, Indiana University
Moderator: Nina Angelo, VP of Product Marketing, Top Hat

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Breakout session: Creating a More Inclusive Learning Community (Workshop)
Room: Atlantic A

Technology has transformed higher ed into a more interactive learning environment, theoretically allowing for more participation by all learners. In reality, capitalizing on this opportunity requires careful consideration based on your discipline, student population and learning environment. Laura Homen and Elizabeth-Ferry Peratta, instructors in human development, deliver a hands-on workshop to engage participants in the process of creating a culture-rich learning community and will impart relatable ideas and activities that can be applied across different classroom contexts.

What you'll get out of this session:

  • Tips and tactics for making your classroom more equitable through interactive learning
  • Direct experience with activities you can use to personalize your own classroom
  • Discipline-specific ideas for creating a culture-rich learning community

Speakers:
Elizabeth Ferry-Perata, Human Development and Psychology, Sierra College
Laura Homen, Human Development and Psychology, Sierra College

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Breakout session: Authoring (Workshop)
Room: Caribbean/Caspian

The prospect of authoring your own interactive textbook can be intimidating—both from the perspective of managing the workload and when it comes to questions of sourcing, citing and implementing quality interactive media. But it doesn’t need to be. Beth Hammett, Associate Professor of English at College of the Mainland, and winner of Engage 2017’s Innovative Educator Award for Best Author, delivers a practical workshop that will take you through the best practices for building textbooks that meet the needs of today’s students.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Tips and tactics to help you complete your interactive textbook in a timely manner
  • Best practices for sourcing, citing and implementing interactive media
  • Ideas for building an engaging textbook that will resonate with modern students

Speaker: Beth Hammett, English, College of the Mainland

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Break/Networking and poster sessions
Room: Atlantic Foyer and Baltic/Bering

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Customer Keynote: The Evolution of Instruction—A New Paradigm for Teaching
Speaker: José Vazquez
Room: Atlantic B

Advances in educational technology have made it easier for instructors to get through a lengthy list of concepts and competencies during the short time they have with students each semester. But with new platforms for content delivery and assessment allowing students to develop those competencies at their own pace, the role of the instructor—and of in-class time in general—must also evolve. Engage 2018’s customer keynote speaker, José Vazquez, will discuss what he envisions as the future of teaching in higher ed, and the various ways students stand to benefit from self-paced learning and a re-imagination of the role of the college instructor.

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Top Hat’s Innovative Educator Awards
Room: Atlantic B

Top Hat’s Innovative Educator Awards recognize educators who produce outstanding work with technology in either instruction or the authoring of educational materials. Educators nominate themselves and/or their colleagues for the awards in three categories: Top Educator, Top Author and Top Newbie. The winner of the fourth award, the Top Hat Achievement Award, is selected by a Top Hat committee that recognizes educators with a history of classroom innovation.

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Cocktail reception
Room: Atlantic foyer

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Dinner
Room: Atlantic B

Join your peers for dinner, live music and great conversation. Suggested dress code is business casual.

Day Two: October 27

7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m

Early breakfast (for Top Hat Certification participants only)
Room: Atlantic Foyer

7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Earn Your Top Hat Certification (optional)
Room: Atlantic A

Top Hat Certification is open to all existing Top Hat customers who want to use our core features to the fullest. The entire course is taught on Top Hat, so you can get an idea how those on the other side of the lectern feel. All told, it takes close to three hours to complete. Earning a Top Hat Certification is a great way to build and share knowledge, gain experience using successful teaching strategies and stand out as an educator with mastery of technology in content delivery. When you complete the course, you will receive an official electronic certificate that can be shared with your professional network on LinkedIn. For more in-depth information, please 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.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast (for all Engage attendees)
Room: Atlantic Foyer

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Break/Networking
Room: Atlantic Foyer

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Keynote: The Power of Community
Speaker: Eran Ben-Ari, Top Hat Chief Product Officer
Room: Atlantic B

Eran Ben-Ari oversees all of Top Hat’s product-related functions, including product management, development, design and analytics. Ben-Ari joined Top Hat from Kik Interactive, where he was the Chief Product Officer, and led a cross-functional team of more than 50 professionals. Prior to that, he fulfilled product-focused leadership roles in both B2B and B2C companies, including Vice President of Product at Rounds Entertainment (acquired by Kik), Vice President of Growth at Hola (acquired by EMK Capital), and Vice President of Product at Kampyle (acquired by Medallia). Ben-Ari holds a master’s degree in Anthropology & Sociology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is currently working to complete his Ph.D. in the field of Anthropology of Technology, at the Hebrew University Business School.


11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Break/Networking
Atlantic foyer

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

Keynote: Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up
Speaker: Sir Ken Robinson
Room: Atlantic B

National education systems worldwide are being reformed to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As a respected adviser to governments in Europe, Asia and the United States, Sir Ken argues in this powerful presentation that many countries are pushing reforms in the wrong direction and that the dominant culture of standardization and testing is stifling the very capabilities that our children, communities and economies need most. Drawing from his groundbreaking books, Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative, and Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution that's Transforming Education, he explains why too many are locked into a model of education shaped by the Industrial Revolution and a narrow idea of academic ability. Urging schools and colleges everywhere to rethink their basic assumptions about intelligence and achievement, Sir Ken focuses on the vital questions: Why is it essential to promote creativity? Is everyone creative or just a select few? Why do so many adults think they’re not creative? Can creativity be developed? If so, what changes are needed in our schools and education systems and how can they be brought about? Sir Ken argues for radical changes in how we educate all students to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Gain insights into how education wastes more talent than it saves
  • Understand the three core objectives of 21st Century education
  • Find out why we’re all smarter than we think
  • See why we need to move from an industrial to an organic approach to education
  • Learn what educators, parents and employers should do and how policy makers should help


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch
Room: Pacific Ballroom

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

VIP Partner Lunch
Room: Baltic/Bering - 2nd Floor

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout session: What Does Engagement Really Mean?
Room: Atlantic B

Engagement is a buzzword that covers a wide range of student behaviors that professors feel are desirable, from paying attention to participating in class discussions. It’s a nice starting place, but what are you engaging the mind in doing? And to what end? In this wide-ranging session, faculty from very different disciplines explore the meaning and value of engagement as it applies to developing students’ critical thinking skills and preparing them for life.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Best practices for creating a course that helps develop students’ critical thinking skills
  • Tips and tactics to help make every class unforgettable
  • Ideas for moving beyond surface-level engagement in the classroom

Speakers:
José Vazquez, Economics, University of Illinois
Demian Hommel, Geography, Oregon State University
Stanley Stepanic, Literature, University of Virginia
Moderator: Steve Joordens, Psychology, University of Toronto

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout session: Dealing Constructively with Student Emotions
Room: Atlantic A

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety affects 18.1 percent of the population every year. This isn’t just an epidemic impacting student life on campus. It also happens to be one of the most significant obstacles to learning and attainment, in fields ranging from mathematics to communications. In this tactical session, professors who have addressed the issue of student anxiety talk about key changes made to their course design and implementation that neutralize the influence of negative emotions and better help their students succeed.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Get tips on implementing positive feedback to help alleviate student stress
  • Learn tactics for quickly acknowledging and addressing emotions in the classroom
  • Find out how to help students overcome anxiety, one of the most significant obstacles to learning

Speakers:
Burcu Tuncer Karabina, Mathematics, Florida Atlantic University
Luke Green, Communications, St. Cloud Community College
Moderator: Alison Aiken, Sr. Manager, Content, Top Hat

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Break/Networking
Room: Atlantic Foyer

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout session: Making Space for Faculty in the OER Movement
Room: Atlantic B

Open educational resources (OER) have taken off at the administrative level, but what’s happening on the ground at colleges and universities today? Skepticism toward OER is still common among those responsible for selecting and assigning course materials. A pair of professors at Ohio-based universities—a state that has been a frontrunner in encouraging the adoption of affordable materials—explain why they got involved in the movement and what it will take to get faculty onboard.

What you’ll get out of this session

  • Find out how to create a sustainable OER ecosystem at your institution
  • Tactics to help encourage colleagues to use OER and contribute to future materials
  • Understanding of the big-picture value of OER as it relates to the efficacy of higher ed

Speakers:
Jasmine Roberts, Communications, Ohio State University
Blake Regan, Mathematics, Ohio University
Moderator: Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout session: A Conversation with Top Hat Product Management
Room: Atlantic A

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closing remarks
Speaker: Mike Silagadze
Room: Atlantic B


4:00 p.m.

Conference ends