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NSU hosting digital curriculum conference

CAHSS faculty helped organize

On Feb. 15-16, faculty from multiple colleges will participate in NSU’s Digital Curriculum Conference on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus.

Digital Conference

With the theme of “Going Deeply Digital: Promises and Challenges of the Digital Curriculum in Higher Education,” the conference will explore the impacts of digital technologies in higher education. NSU made a successful proposal to host the conference to the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) as part of their Digital Fellows Project. That project is supported by a grant from the nonprofit Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“It’s been an interdisciplinary and collaborative effort across many people and colleges on campus to pull this off,” said Assistant Professor Janine Morris, Ph.D., of CAHSS’ Department of Writing and Communication, which is involved with the conference’s planning.

Janine Morris Shanti Bruce

NSU’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ralph V. Rogers, Ph.D., decided to focus on implementing digital technologies in math and composition courses. As part of a pilot program, Morris said students in Fall 2018 sections of COMP 1500: College Writing, made extensive use of Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe is one of the conference’s sponsors. Morris’ students used apps like Spark, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Portfolio.

“Students used the applications to create infographics, presentations, and keep track of their writing,” she said. “The applications were in support of the assignments the students were doing.”

The conference will feature four keynote speakers, including Karen Vignare, Ph.D., an NSU alumna who currently works as Executive Director for the Personalized Learning Consortium at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The schedule for the two-day conference also includes poster sessions, panels, and demonstrations of Adobe Creative Cloud.

“This conference provides an opportunity for participants to think critically about the place of technology in higher education,” said Professor Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Writing and Communication. Bruce and Morris are both part of the Digital Fellows Program.

Registration for the conference is $50 for faculty/professionals or $25 for students.

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