Add item to your planner: Scheduled Event: Keynote with Jennifer Sparrow
June 24, 2020
7:15 PM-8:00 PM
Students graduating from our universities are in need of not only deep knowledge of their majors, but also of an adaptability to learn and leverage emerging technologies to solve the problems and challenges that we face in this complex, rapidly changing world. The ability to adjust to the changing nature of work and the technologies is one of series of skills that round out 21st-century digital citizenship. The additional skills include creative problem-solving, cross-cultural communications, persistence, adaptability, and more. In this interactive keynote, we will explore how we support our students in learning how to leverage advanced technologies and to provide opportunities to practice the skills needed to be successful in tomorrow’s workplace. Attendees will learn about the changing nature of work and see real-world examples of how universities are currently using innovative approaches to education to allow students to hone their knowledge, skills, and abilities that will help them in not only their first job, but also their fifth or tenth job. Throughout the session, participants will have opportunities to share digital fluency work at their institutions Bio: Jennifer Sparrow is the Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State, where she leads a dynamic team of more than 95 learning innovators. Teaching and Learning with Technology collaborates across the entire institution to transform teaching and learning in positive and enduring ways. The work is grounded in the values of: accessibility for all learners, reliability and credibility of all work, and strong partnerships with faculty, students, staff and vendors that enable new ventures in teaching and learning. In her role, she champions for the following strategic goals: innovation in teaching and learning with technology, strategic opportunities for faculty development, the advancement of flexible, active learning spaces, research in the scholarship of technology-enhanced teaching and learning, and inspiring excellence in teaching and learning with technology at Penn State and beyond. Current service includes: EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, Unizin Board of Directors, IMS Global Higher Education Board, and the Women’s Leadership Group for the United Way of Centre County. Sparrow teaches for the Bellisario College of Communications and she has been integral in the development of the Center for Immersive Experiences, the digital fluency project at the PSU Greater Allegheny campus, and the Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy. During her tenure at Penn State, she has successfully developed four unique learning spaces: the Dreamery, a co-learning lab; the Maker Commons; the BlueBox Classroom, an experimental teaching space; and the Immersive Experiences lab, supporting the creation and consumption of virtual reality, augmented reality, and 360 video. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, her master’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, and doctorate from the University of Central Florida. Jennifer is the winner of the 2013 EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award.