Technology symposium will feature faculty presentations, keynote

Thomas Tobin, faculty developer and consultant for State College (Pa.), will deliver a keynote address at the Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.
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The annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium will feature a keynote address about the benefits of universal design for learning for all students, including those who have disabilities.

The 16th annual symposium, "Come, Learn, and Be Inspired," is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the DeVos Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Thomas Tobin, faculty developer and consultant for State College (Pa.), will deliver "Universal Design for Learning: Way Beyond Disabilities" at 1 p.m. in Loosemore Auditorium. 

His research has focused on using technology to extend the reach of higher education beyond a traditional audience. Tobin is an expert on distance education, copyright, accessibility and academic integrity.

Breakout sessions by faculty members will run from 10 a.m.-noon on a variety of topics: developing lightboard content, captioning video, and using Blackboard tools. Poster presentations will run from 2-4 p.m. and include more than 30 topics. Details about breakout and poster sessions are online at

Prior to Tobin's address, the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center will present its Teaching with Technology awards to Erica Hamilton, assistant professor of English, and Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE, senior affiliate faculty of writing.

The symposium is sponsored by eLearning and Emerging Technologies, FTLC, and Disability Support Resources.