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2017 Event Summary

Teaching and Learning for the Workplace of Tomorrow

USFSP held its second annual Bay-to-Bay Learning Symposium on Feb 9, 2017. The symposium focused on how our faculty can better prepare our graduates for the workplace of tomorrow. The full-day event featured two dynamic speakers who addressed the challenges our students face once they forray into the world of work.

Dr. Mark Pezzo, the chair of USFSP’s psychology department, kicked-off the symposium by setting the stage for the day’s topic. He highlighted Gov. Rick Scott’s Ready, Set, Work challenge to all state universities to fully employ all of their graduates from their top two majors, which includes psychology. Mark discussed how the psychology department was meeting this challenge head-on with a plan of action that included feedback from the community and an agile strategy to implement that feedback.

Dr. Phil Wagner followed with an insightful presentation full of audience participation. Each table had a broad cross-section of stakeholders that including faculty, members of the business community and students who worked as a team on a sample course. Team members collaborated to create innovative active learning assignments that featured the key skills employers are searching for in their new candidates; critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. This novel approach kept everyone fully engaged and demonstrated how active learning can work in any class, regardless of discipline.

The symposium closed on a high note with Seth Mattison. Seth is an expert in near-term workforce trends and offered a broad perspective of the work climate and how it is currently evolving. Seth built on the concepts that Phil introduced by providing key insights from his business clients from Microsoft to Disney. Supporting his new book, The War at Work, Seth illustrated the tension between traditional hierarchy structures in the corporate world, juxtaposed against a new perspective of an interconnected web where information flows in any direction, not just from the top down.

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) and Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services (OLITS) would like to sincerely thank all those who attended. This was a collaborative effort which could not have been done without the support of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library and its staff, and the supportive administration of USFSP.

We will see you all next year for our 3rd Annual Bay-to-Bay Learning Symposium on February 10, 2018!! Stay tuned to this website for details.

2016 Event Summary

Creating a Culture of Growth, Change, and Innovation

The inaugural Bay to Bay Distance Learning Symposium was hosted on the USFSP Campus on February 12, 2016. The event sought to inspire discussion and exploration of the roles that Faculty, Staff and Students play with regards to growth, change and innovation and the future of technology enhanced teaching and learning at USF.

Featured Faculty Speakers from the USF community included Dr. Steve Diasio, Dr. Casey Frechette, Dr. Judithanne Scourfield-McLauchlan, and Dr. Phillip Wagner. Each speaker shared strategies and personal experiences with online learning; in addition to challenging attendees to explore their part in this growing field.

The Keynote Speaker, Sir Ken Robinson, engaged the audience in the consideration of the challenges and opportunities presented when creativity and technology intersect in the online teaching and learning environment.

The event continues to inspire conversations that will lead to a more engaging experience for all individuals involved in online learning at USF.

Please view the short documentary below that captures the energy and ideas from the event. This video was created by Dr. Casey Frechette and students from the Digital Journalism and Design program at USFSP.

Thank you to all who joined us for this special event. Stay tuned for details on the future of Bay to Bay!

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