While the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to reimagine their programs and host them as virtual programs, this had the undexpected benefit of making it easy to record these programs so that they will be available for future viewing and use.
eLearning Research Symposium
As the number of students learning online increases, elearning tools are generating massive amounts of data. Educational technology is providing opportunities for rigorous research to help us understand, improve, and optimize learner experiences and outcomes. This program envisions how research at the nexus of psychology, technology, and education will accelerate student learning in the twenty-first century. Speakers include Dr. Danielle McNamara (Arizona State University, Director of the Science of Learning and Educational Technology lab) and Dr. Dan Schwartz (Stanford University, I. James Quillen Dean of the Graduate School of Education). Program also includes panel discussion with Kumar Garg (Managing Director of Schmidt Futures), Amy Baylor (NSF Program Director for Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning), and Mark Schneider (Director of the Institute for Education Sciences). This program was organized by Dr. Benjamin Motz (IU Bloomington, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences).
School-University-Community Partnerships for Education Equity with Julian Vasquez Heilig
Remarks by Dr. Julian Vasquez-Heilig, Dean of the College of education at the University of Kentucky and a renowned scholar of educational equity, addressing the need and potential for deep collaboration between the IUPUI School of Education, local public schools and the urban Indianapolis community. This program was organized by Dr. Tambra Jackson (IUPUI School of Education).
The Academy as Contemplative Practice
The program pondered the question, "How do we create an IU that is bold, intentional, dynamic, adaptive, interdependent, and transformative?" (from Adrienne Marie Brown, 2017, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds). Is it possible for "…a group of people to theorize to develop a set of agreements to guide a transformational change within the university, one that is predicated on wholeness? (from Laura Rendón, 2009, Sentipensante (sensing/thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice, and Liberation). Join The Graduate Mentoring Center and special guests to explore Rendón's core question: "What is the experience of creating a teaching and learning dream (pedagogic vision) based on wholeness and consonance, respecting the harmonious rhythm between the outer experience of intellectualism and rational insight, emotion, and awareness?" (2).
The series featured three speakers:
Dr. David Robinson-Morris, founding Director of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana, Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Counseling, and serves the university's Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
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Melissa Carter, MBA, the Associate Director for Global Spiritual Life at New York University and the Head of Mindfulness Education and Programming for MindfulNYU.
Dr. Laura Rendón, Professor Emerita--University of Texas-San Antonio. Rendón developed "validation theory" that is now used to frame research studies and programmatic activities. Rendón is also a teaching and learning thought leader in the field of contemplative education. She is the author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking Pedagogy): Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation. Rendón is a member of the Board of Directors of the John N Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.