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2017 Community College Symposium

November 15-16, 2017

The Friday Conference Center

15 PDCH offered

Innovation and technology have changed all of our lives. As the driving forces of globalization, they transcend borders and revolutionize how we teach and learn. It is essential that educators and students understand innovation and technology’s role in our world and have the skills to use them to communicate, teach and learn.

This symposium will bring community college educators together with business and academic leaders to learn how innovation and technology are transforming work, the global economy, cultural literacy, serious games for learning, educating for innovation, and the changing ways in which we interact with technology in education.

In interactive breakout sessions, educators will gain skills in how to innovate and use technology as a teaching tool and a portal to the world for their students.

This program is designed for community college instructors of all disciplines as well as administrators and staff.

Schedule  |  Speakers  | Concurrent Sessions | Exhibitors |  Pre-Program Materials  |  Lodging & Directions


8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
 8:30 a.m. Welcome
Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
Neil Bolick, Associate Director, UNC-Chapel Hill
Judith Cone, Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, UNC-Chapel Hill
8:45 a.m. The Future of Work
Arvind Malhotra, H. Allen Andrew Professor of Entrepreneurial Education and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
9:45 a.m. Break and Exhibits
10:00 a.m. Step One in Global Innovation: Understanding Different People(s)
Tim Flood, Associate Professor of Management and Corporate Communication, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill
11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions I
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II
2:15 p.m. Break and Exhibits
2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III
3:30 p.m. Break and Exhibits
3:45 p.m. Educating for Innovation
Keith Sawyer, Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations, UNC-Chapel Hill
4:45 p.m. Adjourn
8:00 a.m. Coffee, Juice and Pastries
8:30 a.m. Welcome
Timothy L. Humphrey, Vice President, Cognitive Enterprise, IBM
8:35 a.m. Out-Thinking Old School
Phaedra Boinodiris, Global Lead, Serious Games, IBM
9:30 a.m. Break and Exhibits
9:45 a.m. Analog Thinking: Digital Times
Jennifer Brammer Elliott, CEO of Voorstellen
10:45 a.m. Highlighting Innovation in Global Learning: Pitt Community College
Dan Mayo, Dean, Public Services and Fine Arts
Stephanie Rook, Dean, Arts and Sciences
Scott Temple, Instructor, English and Humanities
Pitt Community College Students
12:00 p.m. Next Steps and Adjourn

Plenary Speakers, Honored Guests and Panelists

Phaedra Boinodiris is the senior lead for IBM’s new EdTech program influencing curriculum in traditional and non-traditional learning spaces through entrepreneurship and social impact. Since the start of her career at IBM she has been a developer advocate and IBM’s global lead for serious games and gamification. She is also the author of Serious Games for Business, published in 2014 by Megan-Kiffer press. Boinodiris’ earlier work in serious games are being used in over 1000 schools worldwide to teach students the fundamentals of business optimization. Boinodiris was honored by Women in Games International as one of the top 100 women in the games industry. Prior to working at IBM, she was a serial entrepreneur for 14 years where she co-founded WomenGamers.Com, a popular women’s gaming portal. There she subsequently started the first scholarship for women to pursue degrees in game design and development in the US. In November of 2015, Boinodiris was elected as a member of IBM’s Academy of Technology and has six patents in the gaming space. She happily mentors business school students at her alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill.
Judith Cone is UNC-Chapel Hill’s vice chancellor for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development. She leads the campus in strengthening a university-wide culture of innovation and entrepreneurship so that Carolina is a place where innovators thrive. Before coming to Carolina, Judith served as vice president of emerging strategies and entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, capping a 15-year career with the Foundation. During her tenure, she led many of the foundation’s signature education and entrepreneurship initiatives and programs, including a business startup training program that has been used worldwide by millions of entrepreneurs; an award-winning web resource for entrepreneurs; and the Kauffman Campuses Initiative, which has transformed the culture on university campuses by making entrepreneurship education accessible to students and faculty across all fields of study. As global ambassador for the Kauffman Foundation, Cone worked with leaders around the world to help transform economies.
Jennifer Brammer Elliott is the CEO of Voorstellen, providing vision, leadership, expertise and execution of instructional design for the development of innovations in education. In her work as a researcher, administrator and university professor Jennifer has expertise designing and studying immersive learning environments and gamification, integrating emerging technologies, learning sciences and instructional design for use in university, K-12, government and commercial learning markets. Jennifer has studied learning within immersive participatory games and simulations and has conducted research on collaborative problem solving and complex systems understanding with games and simulations. Additionally, she has a desire to understand the emotional and cultural impact of learning technologies (i.e., empathy, cultural bias, etc.).
Tim Flood is an associate professor of management and corporate communication at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he teaches business communication, global and cross-cultural communication and US culture for international and exchange MBA students. Tim also works closely with the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Innovate NC as well as several entrepreneurship initiatives – at the University level and at accelerators and incubators around the Triangle and across North Carolina – as well as consults with companies from local startups to Fortune 100 companies locally and around the world. His research interests include the roles of media and technology in interpersonal and corporate communication, global business leadership training and empowering innovation at the local level as a catalyst for greater change.
Timothy L. Humphrey is currently the vice president of IBM’s Cognitive Enterprise. Previously, Tim held various supply chain and operational executive roles spanning analytics, acquisitions, software sales transaction support, strategy and metrics. Prior to joining IBM’s supply chain organization in 2011, Tim led the design, development and launch of several products and technologies for Lenovo and the former Personal Computer Division of IBM. Tim has over 20 years of global experience and has earned numerous awards and patents for his contributions to the computing industry. Tim is an active volunteer and mentor in the community, and he currently serves on the Wake County Boys and Girls Clubs Board of Directors and the UNC-Chapel Hill World View Advisory Board. He graduated from NC State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
Sally Jacobs (panelist) is a lecturer at Belmont Abbey College. She received her M.F.A. in visual arts from Western Carolina University and her B.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati. Her work is represented at Prince Street Gallery, NYC. She lived for eight years in Florence, Italy, where her work was exhibited at Gruppo Donatello Gallery. While in Italy, she was the recipient of the Premio Prize from Leo Fortham studios.
Arvind Malhotra is the H. Allen Andrew Professor of Entrepreneurial Education and a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship. His research projects include studying how successful brands leverage social media, open-innovation organizational structures, adoption of innovative technology-based services and management of knowledge. He has consulted, conducted applied research projects or led executive development workshops with ESPN, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, IBM, ExxonMobil, Sprint, Cisco and more. His research has been published in leading academic journals. Malhotra received his Ph.D. in business administration and his M.S. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California. He earned his B.E. in electronics and communications engineering from the University of Delhi.
Dan Mayo (panelist) is dean of public services and fine arts at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC. He is a graduate of NC State University (B.A., political science), Troy State University (MPA) and East Carolina University (Ed.D., education). Dan is a graduate of the 2007 UNC World View Global Education Leaders Program. In 2006, he participated in the World View study visit to China. Dan played the lead role in designing and developing the first U.S. community college joint degree program with a Chinese vocational college, Wuxi Institute of Technology. Prior to his career in education, Dan served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Navy as a naval aviator.
Stephanie Rook (panelist) is dean of arts and sciences at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC. She is a graduate of Howard University (B.A., English), Texas Women’s University (M.A., English) and Louisiana State University (Ph.D., English), and is a fervent supporter of global education. A 2008 UNC World View Global Education Leaders Program participant, Stephanie also received a Rotary Group Study Exchange award (India) and a Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators award (India). She recently developed and led a 100K in the Americas grant-funded study abroad exchange program, WATER (Water Awareness through Environmental Research) Scholars, for eighteen students from PCC and Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico).
R. Keith Sawyer is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He studies creativity, collaboration and learning. He has written over 80 scientific articles, and is the author or editor of 14 books, including Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation, an influential overview of creativity research, and The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences, a seminal introduction to the scientific research on learning. In his current research, he is studying how teaching and learning are organized in professional schools of art and design, with the goal of identifying a core set of features that can be used to design more effective learning environments. As part of this research, he has conducted ethnographic studies of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Scott Temple (panelist) is an instructor of English and humanities at Pitt Community College in Greenville, NC. He has a M.F.A. in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University. He is a recipient of the “Large Grant” from the North Carolina Humanities Council to produce the documentary At a Stranger’s Table. He also received support from UNC-Chapel Hill World View, The Center for Global Initiatives and The Consortium of Latin American and Caribbean Studies between UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Laura Yanez (panelist) is an intern through AMEXCAN (Association of Mexicans in North Carolina) and a student at Pitt Community College. She will discuss her work on the film At a Stranger’s Table as an interpreter.

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions I
1. Google’s Big Secrets
Mark Samberg, Technology Innovation Lead, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, NC State University
Sure, there’s Google Drive, and Google’s Gmail and Google Chrome. But what about Google Trends, and Google N-Grams, and Google Cultural Institute and Google Maps Maker? Google is constantly releasing new tools that can make our lives easier, provide new instructional opportunities in our classrooms, and provide us with information that we never knew existed!
2. Fostering Cultural Competency through Digital Storytelling
Carina Cordero Brossy, Outreach Specialist, World View
Throughout history, humans have practiced the art of storytelling as a way to communicate information and ideas. Because we are hardwired to relate to stories, digital storytelling has become an effective tool to help students broaden their understanding of cultures and better interpret more complex global issues through the power of personal narrative. This session introduces educators to globally focused digital storytelling and provides interactive activities for unwrapping digital content (mass media, photo essays, oral testimonies) as well as resources for crafting meaningful narratives.
3. Digital Writing, Creativity and Motivation
Daniel Anderson, Professor, English and Comparative Literature and Director, Studio for Instructional Technology and English Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
With a focus on easy-to-implement activities and manageable learning curves, the presentation will guide participants toward adoption of digital and media-oriented writing assignments. The discussion will also look at strategies for assessing digital writing and for addressing concerns of intellectual property. The presentation will also consider ways that digital writing can be used to foster creativity, engagement and internal motivation.
Concurrent Sessions II
4. Exploring the World with Open Data
Mark Samberg, Technology Innovation Lead, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, NC State University
We live in the era of “big data.” Governments, companies and individuals all over the world are collecting mountains of data on every topic imaginable. In fact, human knowledge now doubles every 12 months! This session will explore the use of open and publicly accessible data sets, analytics tools and open government resources to allow students to critically analyze and learn about the world around them. Participants should bring an internet-connected device to engage with the material.
5. Virtual Reality Applications for the Classroom
Hannah Pope, Assistant Professor, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Appalachian State University
This session will look at how virtual and augmented reality applications can impact teaching. By looking at applications and devices, educators can find creative, cutting edge alternatives to traditional teaching and learning. Virtual reality devices will be available for educator experimentation
6. 3D Printing Part One: Integrating 3D Printing into Courses Across the Curriculum
Drew Robertston, Digital Fabrication Specialist, BeAM, UNC-Chapel Hill
Jess Smith, Certified 3D Printer Trainer, BeAM, UNC-Chapel Hill
In this session we will present examples of 3D printing and digital fabrication techniques from across the UNC curriculum. Participants will participate in a brainstorming session for ways to integrate digital fabrication into their courses, followed by a Q & A session.
Concurrent Sessions III
7. Immersive Learning Experiences: Games and Simulations in the Classroom
Jennifer Brammer Elliott, CEO of Voorstellen
This session will help participants understand the underlying concepts that foster learning in games and simulations and the value they hold for helping students develop cultural competency, empathy and compassion. Participants will learn how embodiment or the first person perspective in games and simulations can shift students’ perspectives.
8. Infusing Global Content Into Your Course
Kelly McEnany, Chair, Behavioral Sciences, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Wondering where to begin in adding global content to your courses? This session will provide an overview of global resources that you can infuse into your existing courses. Ready-to-use global modules, engaging culturally diverse websites and resources and an opportunity to brainstorm ideas that suit your teaching discipline and delivery method will be the focus of this session. 
9. 3D Printing Part Two: Demystifying the 3D Printer
Drew Robertston, Digital Fabrication Specialist, BeAM, UNC-Chapel Hill
Jess Smith, Certified 3D Printer Trainer, BeAM, UNC-Chapel Hill
This session provides an introduction to 3D printing. It explains the workflow of 3D printing, including a 3D modeling demo in Fusion 360 covering creating the model and preparing it for printing, and a printing demo. We also will provide an overview of the technical issues encountered when using 3D printers.




Pre-Program Materials

Fifteen (15) Professional Development Contact Hours will be awarded to participants who have successfully completed the symposium. This includes completing the reading assignment and the accompanying study guide, attending all sessions and turning in the study guide. If you do not need the professional development contact hours, you are not required to turn in the study guide.

Download the study guide here.

Study guide readings:

  1. Thille, C. Educational technology as a transformational innovation. The White House Summit on Community Colleges Conference Papers. October 2010. Washington, DC.
  2. Marcus, J. Community college district tries full slate of innovations, all at once. The Hechinger Report. August 28, 2014. Columbia University.

Suggested readings: To help you start thinking about innovation and technology, we recommend reading a short article each week leading up to the program.

  1. October 23: Watch the TED Talk “Insightful Human Portraits Made from Data” by R. Luke DuBois.
  2. November 7: Read the New York Times article “Russia Fanned Flames With Twitter, Which Faces a Blowback” by David Streitfeld.
  3. November 11: Read the New York Times article “Reading By the Numbers: When Big Data Meets Literature” by Jennifer Schuessler.
  4. Final reading: Ryland, Jane. Technology and the Future of the Community College. American Association of Community Colleges website.

Lodging & Directions

Please download and print the parking pass for the Friday Conference Center and display it on your dashboard while parked and attending the symposium.