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UMW hosting digital learning conference
The University of Mary Washington will host more than 250 experts from Virginia institutions in the first Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference this week.
Commonly called OpenVA, the conference will examine the future of higher education and technology.
At 2 p.m. Monday at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, a meeting called “Minding the Future: Visions for Higher Ed” will precede the actual conference. Leaders from multiple disciplines will provide 10-minute perspectives on improving affordability, degree completion rates and educational outcomes, navigating online courses and the digital learning revolution, and charting a patch for Virginia public institutions in the coming years, according to UMW spokeswoman Marty Morrison.
Those “Fred Talks” will be followed by a reception and a panel moderated by UMW professor of history Jeffrey McClurken on how technology is disrupting higher education.
The OpenVA conference Tuesday at UMW’s Stafford County campus will showcase digital innovation at Virginia’s public institutions, including digital textbooks and social media in the classroom.
The conference is an initiative of the governor’s office, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, numerous Virginia public institutions and the Shuttleworth Foundation, a nonprofit agency that provides funding for dynamic social innovators.
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