NU Online, NU ITS hosting symposium on digital teaching, technology and inclusion

University of Nebraska Technology Services (ITS) and University of Nebraska Online (NU Online) are partnering to host NU Amplify 2021: A Symposium on Digital Teaching, Technology and Inclusion. The May 11 virtual event combines insight from the Innovation in Pedagogy and Technology Symposium and Women Advance IT conference.

NU Amplify 2021 offers University of Nebraska employees the opportunity to hear from nationally recognized experts, share their experiences and learn from colleagues’ initiatives across the system. The 2021 event focuses on how teaching and learning in higher education have persevered during a time of uncertainty.

The event’s nationally recognized keynote speakers are:

Shigeru Miyagawa, Ph.D., is senior associate dean of open learning and a professor of linguistics at MIT. Miyagawa works with all aspects of digital education at MIT. He was on the original MIT committee that proposed OpenCourseWare. He is also co-director of visualizing cultures with the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John W. Dower. With Dower, Andrew Gordon of Harvard and Gennifer Weisenfeld of Duke, he created Visualizing Japan, a Harvard-MIT MOOC offered by edX. Visualizing Japan was a finalist for the prestigious Japan Prize. Miyagawa is also the producer of the multimedia program, StarFestival, which stars George Takei as the voice of the main character. StarFestival was awarded the Distinguished Award at the Multimedia Grandprix 2000. In linguistics, he has over 50 articles and several books, including three recent monographs from MIT Press.

Paige Francis is vice president for information technology and chief information officer for the University of Tulsa. Francis is a strategic and performance-focused executive with 15-plus years of innovative, energetic technology leadership across a variety of industries. She is an expert in defining and implementing strategic priorities for applying technology in any environment, rallying consensus, fostering teamwork and collaboration and creating a constant learning environment at the pace of technology. She is also a motivational and nationally recognized leader known for clearly defining mission and goals, aligning people and resources and consistently delivering results that exceed expectations. Francis’ passion projects include writing for Forbes, advocating for women in technology, authoring pocket guides with abandon and leaning into lively tech discussions on Twitter.

The symposium is offered free of charge to University of Nebraska administrators, faculty and staff. Registrants will receive recordings of the event in addition to the opportunity to attend live.