The Teaching Professor Technology Conference Opens to a Sell-Out Crowd

The inaugural conference from Magna Publications features workshops and best practice presentations on teaching with technology

ATLANTA, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Teaching Professor and Magna Publications break new ground today with the opening of an entirely new conference dedicated to technology for teaching and learning.  With the conference theme of Blended, Flipped & Massive, The Teaching Professor Technology Conference will examine the technologies that are changing the way teachers teach and learners learn. 

The three-day conference kicks off today at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta and brings together nearly 650 educators from colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The conference features three preconference workshops, 68 concurrent sessions, and 23 poster sessions. It also includes plenary presentations by three higher education visionaries. The plenary speakers are:

  • Joshua M. Kim, director of Learning and Technology for Dartmouth's Master of Health Care Delivery Science. He will lead a talk titled "The Teaching Professor in 2020: Shaping the Future in a Time of Rapid Change."
  • Brian Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education, whose presentation is on "Gradually, Then Suddenly: How Technology Has Changed Teaching in Higher Education."
  • Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for Online Learning and founding director of the Center for Online Leadership and Strategy at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. He will lead a talk titled "The Vortex of Technology: Enabling and Enhancing Engagement with Students."

"This conference will provide an excellent opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of faculty members and instructional designers around the topics of teaching and technology," said Conference Chair J. Ricky Cox, professor of chemistry at Murray State University. "Even though technology is the unifying theme for this event, the commitment to sound, proven pedagogical techniques will be prevalent in all presentations, workshops, and poster sessions."

In addition to Ricky Cox, the conference advisory board includes:

  • Conference Advisor, Ike Shibley, associate professor of chemistry, Penn State Berks;
  • Renee Cicchino, senior instructional designer with the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center, Seton Hall University;
  • Oliver (Ollie) Dreon, associate professor and Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, Millersville University;
  • Kim Hardy, executive director of Student Success and Learning Engagement at Florida State College in Jacksonville;
  • Catherine Stover, managing editor, Magna Publications;
  • Maryellen Weimer, editor, The Teaching Professor newsletter; and
  • Tim Wilson, associate professor, University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

To learn more about The Teaching Professor Technology Conference, or to download the program, visit:

About The Teaching Professor:

Magna Publications founded The Teaching Professor in 1987. The goal was simple: create a newsletter that helps college faculty improve their teaching, share best practices, and stay current on the latest pedagogical challenges and trends. Today The Teaching Professor product line includes the newsletter, conferences, workshops, and a blog —  all dedicated to the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom.  Learn more at

About Magna Publications

Founded in 1972, Magna Publications is dedicated to providing high-quality, research-based professional development resources to the higher education community.  The company's growing portfolio newsletters, online seminars, online courses, and in-person events represent some of the most trusted names in higher education, including: The Teaching Professor, Online Classroom, Academic Leader, Distance Education Report, and Faculty Focus.  The company is based in Madison, Wis. Learn more at

Media Contact: David Burns, Magna Publications, 608-227-8109,

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