Keynote Address and Workshops with José Antonio Bowen, Ph.D.


Keynote Address: 

Teaching Naked:  How Moving Technology Out of

Your College Classroom Will

Improve Student Learning

Monday, September 23rd

3:00-4:15 pm
Gallagher Center Theater
Reception to follow

Technology is changing higher education, but the greatest value of a physical university will remain its face-to-face (naked) interaction between faculty and students. The most important benefits to using technology occur outside of the classroom. New technology can increase student preparation and engagement between classes and create more time for the in-­class dialogue that makes the campus experience worth the extra money it will always cost to deliver. Students already use online content, but need better ways to interact with material before every class. By using online quizzes and games, rethinking our assignments and course design, we can create more class time for the activities and interactions that most spark the critical thinking and change of mental models we seek.  

Follow-Up Workshop: Rethinking Course Design Using Online Content
Tuesday, September 24th, 10:00-11:30 am AND 1:00-2:30 pm (REPEATED)  REGISTER BELOW

Technology provides new ways for students to receive first contact with material and also better ways to ensure that students are prepared for class. We will begin by searching for new sources of online content and exploring the benefits of podcasts and online exams. We will play games and practice creating active learning assignments that use free internet content, laptops, tablets or phones in or out of the classroom. Technology can also be used to lower the stakes and raise standards with micro tests, improve reading and writing, and even create opportunities to study source documents. All of these offer opportunities to sparks the sort of critical thinking or change of mental models we seek. If technology can give us more classroom time, how can we design experiences that will maximize change in our students?  Dee Fink provides an excellent model for designing courses, but technology creates many more opportunities to rethink the sequence of activities. We will examine how first contact, learning activities and assessment can all be reworked using new technologies.

In this workshop
  • faculty will search for discipline-­specific online content
  • faculty will analyze how podcasts can support a diversity of learners
  • faculty will discover how online exams before class can transform student preparation
  • faculty will identify ways to improve reading and writing with new technology
  • faculty will develop new activities for Massively Better Classes (MBCs)
  • faculty will examine the potential for time shifting with new technologies


Second timeframe is a repeat of the first.