2015 Technology Showcase: Technology in Motion


2015 Keynote Speaker: Dr. William Rankin, Director of Learning at Apple

William Rankin is a Director on the education team at Apple, Inc., with responsibility for promoting and enhancing innovative teaching and learning. Prior to joining Apple, he worked as an academic in higher education for 24 years, concluding his time as a Professor of English and Honors College Fellow at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. As ACU’s Director of Educational Innovation, he helped design the world’s first one-to-one that gave every student an iPhone or iPod touch as a platform for exploring next-wave mobile learning. With ACU’s Honors College, he consulted on a radically new kind of in situ learning that leverages just-in-time, differentiated instruction and media to prepare learners working to solve issues of urban poverty and social justice in South Dallas. He has received numerous awards for teaching and has presented on the implications of educational technology and emerging pedagogies in more than 25 countries.

Faculty Panel Presentations

Faculty Takeaways from the Summer Innovation Institute (SII)

Topic      Learn several tips and tricks and do's and don'ts from professors who have transformed their teaching and streamlined their class workflows via Blackboard, Top Hat response system and other technology tools.    

 Alyson Ma - SBA - Asst. Prof. Economics & Aaron Gross - CAS - Asst. Prof. Theology

Technology Initiatives from the Franciscan School of Theology

Topic     Learn about USD’s partnership with FST and how they’ve used Zoom web conferencing, Vimeo, Blackboard and more to enhance and advance classroom and distance education.   
Presenters   Fr. Michael Higgins - FST - Special Asst. to President and Dean & Fr. Garrett Galvin - FST - Assoc. Dean, Asst. Prof.

Assignments and Assessments in Motion

Topic      Assignments are more than just papers! Learn about new techniques and technologies used in nursing, political science, and communication classrooms that optimize mobility and/or encourage student creativity. 
Presenters  Jonathan Mack - SON - Clinical Assoc. Prof., Diane Keeling - CAS - Asst. Prof. Comm. Studies & Karen Shelby - CAS -  Prof. Political Science