Keynote Speakers

Michael Wesch, Kansas State University (USA)

Keynote: Teaching is really hard right now, and it's a "Great Thing"


I've been teaching people how to augment their cognition by becoming more effective online researchers for the past decade. In that time, I've taught thousands of people (think students, librarians, professional researchers, and just plain folks) how to find out what they seek through Google (and many other online resources and tools). This talk covers my experiences in learning how to teach these skills, and what I've learned from direct interactions with my students and from various studies I've run in the lab and with live search traffic. I'll discuss my MOOC, which has had over 4M students, my live classes, and various publications in paper, book, and video formats. I can tell you which methods work best, why, and how it changes the way people think and answer difficult research questions.

Workshop: Four Types & Four Goals of Online Teaching Videos

Video is a great way to increase presence, connection, and engagement in your online class. In this breakout session I will give tips for creating four different types of videos, each serving one of four different goals: (1) "Super simple" videos to build connection and presence, (2) "Hype" videos to increase engagement and excitement, (3) "Explainer" videos to inform and explain, and (4) "Adventure" videos to inspire students and express the most important lessons of your class by modeling your practice and discipline for your students.

About Michael Wesch

Michael Wesch is Professor of Anthropology and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Kansas State University. He is the creator of the Teaching Without Walls video series which includes the top-ranked YouTube video for college online teaching.  The New York Times listed him as one of 10 professors in the nation whose courses “mess with old models” and added that “they give students an experience that might change how they think, what they care about or even how they live their lives.”  His videos have been viewed over 25 million times, translated in over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including the US Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation, the Wired Magazine Rave Award, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic.  He is also co-creator of and author of The Art of Being Human, a free and open textbook alternative for Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

José Antonio Bowen, Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)


Keynote: Blended and Included

Blended learning provides us with more options and modalities for what we do and when we do it. This creates opportunities, but also challenges, to ensure that everyone is learning. All good teaching is inclusive teaching and blended environments have the potential to create both better and more inclusive learning. Realizing this potential, however, requires a deeper consideration of transparency, belonging, engagement and scaffolding: good blended learning can maximize all of these, but only if we design it intentionally. This presentation will provide both a framework for thinking about inclusive teaching in blended learning and specific suggestions for designing assignments, activities, and structures that will support the success of all of your students.

Workshop: Teaching Change

This is a practical and active workshop for all faculty that distills the latest scholarship on how students learn to change into tested techniques and best practices that work. Decades of research have brought an explosion of knowledge about how human evolution has shaped the way we remember, process, and think. Better discussions and assignments require designing for the collaborative but socially conforming human brain. We will learn how to disrupt the social reasoning (what will my friends think) that alters how we see evidence, disrupts how we experience class discussion, and interrupts our ability to change.

About José Antonio Bowen

José Antonio Bowen, Senior Fellow at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), has won teaching awards at Stanford and Georgetown, was Dean at Miami and Southern Methodist University and President of Goucher College. Bowen has worked as a musician with Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck, and many others and his symphony was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music (1985). Bowen holds four degrees from Stanford University and has written over 100 scholarly articles and books, including the Cambridge Companion to Conducting (2003), Teaching Naked (2012 and the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education), Teaching Naked Techniques with G. Edward Watson (2017) and Teaching Change: How to Develop Independent Thinkers using Relationships, Resilience and Reflection (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021). Stanford honored him as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar (2010) and he was awarded the Ernest L. Boyer Award (for significant contributions to American higher education) in 2018. He is now a senior fellow for the American Association of Colleges and Universities.