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"STEPping Up to the Challenge : Designing Engagement Spaces
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About the session:

Designing learning spaces that help drive engagement has to take into account a variety of factors besides the use of technology. Research and used case data tell us that effective engagement happens when the space is designed to create an environment that meets the needs of the learner and the instructor. This talk will focus on the elements of Space, Technology, Environment and Pedagogy that have to be considered when designing for engagement. Audience participation is actively encouraged.

About the presenter:

Sunay Palsole, Texas A&M University

Dr. Palsole is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Remote Engineering Education at Texas A&M University, and has been involved in academic technology for over 20 years. Prior to Texas A&M, he was the Associate Vice Provost for Digital Learning at UT San Antonio, where he lead teams focused on enhancing the learner and teaching experiences across all spaces. His focus on the user experience and data, has led to development and adoption of design strategies that measure learning and teaching efficacies across his service in various institutions of higher education.

A geophysicist by academic training, he began to design multimedia applications for teaching and learning in the late 1990’s, developing his first online course in 1996. Since then, he has helped a few hundred faculty from varied disciplines develop hybrid and online courses. He has also taught traditional, hybrid and online courses ranging in size from 28 to 250. He is also co-developer of a Digital Academy which was a finalist for the Innovation Award by the Professional and Organizational Development Network and an Innovation Award winner. He was recently named to be a part of the Center for Digital Education’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers for 2016.

Sunay is a strong proponent of active learning strategies is involved in designing physical and digital spaces that support active learning.