2024 Forum on Digital Innovation

Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary

Friday, February 9, 2024 /

AI in Higher Education: A Conversation about the New Era of Human Learning

The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) heralds a transformative shift in the landscape of human learning. Indeed, whether we like it or not, AI is already present in most college classrooms. Just ask your students. In this interactive plenary, the authors of the forthcoming book Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning (Johns Hopkins University Press) will discuss this new landscape and provide concrete recommendations regarding classroom practice, assessment techniques, addressing curricular tensions, and academic integrity.

  • José Antonio Bowen

    José Bowen

    Senior Scholar, AAC&U, and Former President, Goucher College

    José Antonio Bowen has been leading innovation and change for over forty years, first at Stanford, Georgetown, and the University of Southampton (UK), then as a dean at Miami University and Southern Methodist University and, until 2019, as president of Goucher College. He is principal of Bowen Innovation Group, an international consulting practice focused on innovative leadership, creating a learning organization with a culture of risk, and strategy as the art of sacrifice. He provides consulting and training on innovation, pedagogy, and diversity and inclusion in higher education and for Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Chevron, Pfizer, Toyota, and Walmart. Bowen is the author of several books on teaching, including Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning; Teaching Change: How to Develop Independent Thinkers using Relationships, Resilience and Reflection; and Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning (forthcoming).

  • C. Edward Watson

    C. Edward Watson

    Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director for Open Educational Resources and Digital Innovation, AAC&U

    C. Edward Watson is associate vice president for curricular and pedagogical innovation and executive director of open educational resources and digital innovation at AAC&U. Previously, he served as director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia. Nationally known as a leader of innovative and effective teaching practice in higher education, he has been quoted as an expert source on current pedagogical issues and trends in higher education by the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Campus Technology, EdSurge, Consumer Reports, UK Financial Times, and University Business Magazine as well as by the AP, CNN and NPR. Watson is the author of several books, including Leveraging Open Educational Resources to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Guide for Campus Change Agents; Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes; and Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning (forthcoming).

Midday Plenary

Friday, February 9, 2024 /

Realizing the Promise of Open Education

A meaningful education is one that builds collective good alongside every student’s individual success. Open educational resources and practices, which create inclusive ways to offer students and teachers agency and community, can be a key part of this experience. So, what more can we be doing to realize the promise of open education?

  • Angela DeBarger

    Angela DeBarger

    Education Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    Angela Haydel DeBarger is a program officer in education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Her portfolio addresses open education, with the aim of democratizing knowledge, creating inclusive and engaging experiences for learners, and advancing racial equity in education systems. Previously, she served as senior program officer for Lucas Education Research at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, where she led elementary and middle school project-based learning initiatives. DeBarger holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University, a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in educational psychology from Stanford University.

Closing Plenary

Friday, February 9, 2024 /

They’ll Put You in Cooperstown for Batting 400: New Initiatives from an ePortfolio Elder

This “last lecture”–inspired plenary is designed to motivate audience members to explore innovative ways to connect their institutional ePortfolio programs to their communities and, potentially, their entire state. This session will highlight successes and challenges from the eFolioMinnesota experience and will discuss two transformational initiatives at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The first focuses on the use of ePortfolios to support identity development among the Alaska Native population. The second focuses on exploring a statewide portfolio infrastructure for Alaska behavioral health professionals.

  • Paul Wasko

    ePortfolio Initiative Coordinator, University of Alaska Anchorage

    Paul Wasko is the ePortfolio coordinator at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he launched the university's ePortfolio program, eWolf. Previously, he served in various capacities within public and state agencies, spanning roles in the Minnesota Senate, the Minnesota Department of Economic Security, the Minnesota Office of Technology, and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. During his time in Minnesota, he was lead staff for one of the state’s largest bonding bills and was instrumental in securing funding for the state’s most extensive educational technology investment. He also initiated over $15 million in public-private investments, co-developed with the WCET, an award-winning online student services audit program, and launched eFolioMinnesota, the second-largest ePortfolio initiative in the world.