To continue my blog posts on the upcoming biola.digital conference, I wanted to highlight our newest track: Education. Sessions in the Education track will explore the topic of using technology for academic and community-building purposes. We added the Education track this year after seeing such high demand for conference sessions in this area.
We are very excited for our lineup of speakers in the Education track. Here are some of the speakers you will be able to interact with at the conference:
Ron Hannaford, Biola’s Director of Distance Learning, will be exploring the concept of “isonection.” This term originated with Dr. Tony Beliz from the Latino Behavioral Health Institute with LA Country Department of Mental Health, and it refers to the idea that young people feel connected through social media yet are isolated emotionally and physically. The name of Ron’s session is: “Using Social Media in Education: Connection or Isonection?” This presentation will challenge the thinking that “all is well with social media, and that educational models should just incorporate Facebook into class design and assignments.”
Scott Hamm (@ScottEHamm) is the Director of Mobile Learning Research at Abilene Christian University. Abilene is a leader among universities nationwide in the use of mobile technologies. Scott will be presenting his latest research in this area, in a session entitled: Mobile Learning: Research, Trends, and Implications for the Christian University.”
Georgia Joseph (@GeorgiaJoseph), currently the Director of Production, and Content Strategy & SEO Subject Matter Expert at Five Q, will be presenting a session called “Beyond Trends: Web 4.0 and the Future of Learning.” Joseph is uniquely qualified to present this topic: not only does she consult with businesses and ministries on web technologies, but she has the experiences forged from homeschooling her own daughter in the age of the Internet.
- Rebecca Hong (@fysprof), who teaches in the graduate online program in the Biola School of Education, will present her experiences using Twitter with a group of freshman in a session entitled “Building Relationships One Tweet At A Time.” When Rebecca is not teaching research methods courses, she is examining ways in which to improve the online learning experience for students.
This conference is a place where you will be able to meet with others who have the same interests and passions as you. The conference session are designed to allow for plenty of time for discussion and interaction. I encourage you to consider coming to the conference to participate in the sessions, add your thoughts to the conversations, and learn how to better serve your community through the use of digital tools. Not to mention that you get to hear our keynote speaker: Michael Hyatt!
You can find out more about the biola.digital conference and register for it by going to the conference website.