Top Hat Engage Austin

Join us for a special one-day event—purpose-built for
innovative educators

March 25, 2022
AT&T Hotel and Conference Centre
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705 USA

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*Attendance limited to the first 100 registrants

Top Hat Engage: The Premier Higher Ed Conference

Top Hat Engage comes to Austin, bringing together an intimate group of innovative educators to explore the power of curiosity. Get inspired with interactive sessions led by your academic peers and a keynote from one of higher ed’s leading changemakers. Learn practical Top Hat tips and tricks and leave with takeaways to improve your teaching and help more students succeed.

Featured Keynote: José Antonio Bowen

Bowen has spent more than 35 years leading change and innovation at Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southampton. Author of Teaching Naked, Bowen argues that in the new technology-fuelled economy, graduates will be valued less by what they know and more by what they can learn. To help prepare them for a world in flux, this accomplished scholar and musician will discuss the role of relationships, resilience and reflection in providing students with the tools to thrive at a time when change is the only constant.

Agenda Overview

  • Thursday, March 24 | Hilton Garden Inn University Capitol District
  • 6:30 PM

    Cocktail Reception and Event Check-In | Apex Rooftop

    Enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment as you catch up with friends old and new

  • Friday, March 25 | AT&T Conference Center
  • 8:00 AM

    Breakfast & Registration | Grand Ballroom

  • 9:00 AM

    Welcome & Featured Keynote | Grand Ballroom

    José Antonio Bowen: Thriving in the Face of Change: Relationships, Resilience and Reflection

  • Breakout Sessions

    These in-depth, 45-minute sessions are peer learning at its best. Packed with interactive discussions and practical takeaways, you’ll leave inspired to put new ideas to work in your classroom.

  • 10:15 AM

    Apply, Analyze, Evaluate: Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Promote Exam Readiness | Room A

    Elizabeth Sargent, Biology, Georgia Southern University

    From Print to Digital: An Author's Journey | Room B

    Derek Weber, Biology and Microbiology, Raritan Valley Community College

    11:15 AM

    An Insider’s Look at Democratic Course Management | Room A

    Luke Green, Communications, St. Cloud Technical & Community College

    Strengthening Critical Thinking & Reflection Through Specifications Grading | Room B

    Jody Langdon, Health Sciences and Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University

  • 12:00 PM

    Lunch | Grand Ballroom

    Refuel for the afternoon and connect with new friends and old.

  • 12:45 PM

    Top Hat Product Keynote | Grand Ballroom

    Join us for a preview of how Top Hat’s dynamic courseware and adoption services are evolving to help you deliver engaging, meaningful and equitable student learning—tomorrow and beyond.

  • Breakout Sessions

  • 1:30 PM

    Creating Feedback Loops That Benefit All Students | Room A

    Shauna C. Zorich, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, University at Buffalo, SUNY

    Bath Bombs and Beer: Sparking Discovery in STEM Education | Room B

    Jennifer Donovan, Chemistry, Arizona State University

  • 2:30 PM

    Cultivating Community, Resilience and Flexibility to Help Students Thrive | Grand Ballroom

    Laura Freberg, Psychology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Daniel Alati, Sociology, MacEwan University

    Morgan Taylor, Economics, University of Georgia

  • 3:45 PM

    Top Hat Dynamic Courseware Workshop | Room B

    Time to get hands-on and test drive Top Hat. Whether you’re a new user or a seasoned pro, this interactive workshop will help you harness our most powerful features to improve student access, belonging and engagement in any course.

  • 5:30 PM

    Event Concludes


What is your health and safety policy pertaining to COVID-19?

Following guidance from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Top Hat is not mandating proof of vaccination at Top Hat Engage Austin. For your safety, however, and the health and wellbeing of all attendees, we strongly encourage attendees to be fully vaccinated prior to the event. Fully vaccinated is defined as having received the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine recognized by the CDC or WHO at minimum two weeks before the start of Top Hat Engage Austin.

Are masks required at Top Hat Engage Austin?

When you’re seated—for our keynotes, breakout sessions, or to enjoy a meal—you’re free to go mask-less. Top Hat’s policy is that masks are encouraged in transition, meaning they should be used in hallways when walking between the rooms where the majority of the event agenda will take place.

What kind of health and safety etiquette should I expect?

Top Hat is working closely with staff at the AT&T Hotel & Conference Center to ensure all attendees are comfortable with the level of health and safety provided.

Our measures include:

  • Frequent cleaning of event spaces
  • Hand washing and sanitizing stations
  • Touchless experiences and physical distancing where possible

I have additional questions. Who should I connect with?

Please direct any questions or feedback to our events team.