UT @ SXSWedu

The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, cinematic portrayals, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities. By providing a platform for collaboration, SXSWedu works to promote creativity and social change.

The University of Texas at Austin will once again be well represented at SXSWedu in 2015.

Monday, March 9 || Tuesday, March 10 || Wednesday, March 11 || Thursday, March 12

Monday, March 9

 

Student Success 101 - How To Build Your Program - Solo Presentation

UT Austin Connection:

  • David Laude - Sr Vice Provost, Enrollment & Graduation Mgmt

What can universities do to help more students graduate in four years, incur less debt, and give them the life skills they need to be successful? In an effort to raise the four-year graduation rate, Senior Vice Provost David Laude created Student Success programs that produced record retention rates at The University of Texas at Austin, as featured in The New York Times. Dr. Laude will talk about the underlying themes that made these programs successful, and how to customize them to your campus.

Objectives:

Identify the “do’s and don’ts” when building student success programs.
Learn how to translate best practices to fit your campus needs.
Gain insight on the value of experiential learning opportunities for students.

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1:00PM - 3:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 410

 

Equal Opportunity for Deeper Learning - Panel Discussion

UT Austin Connection:

  • Sharon Vaughn, Professor/Special Education

After a dozen years of NCLB, teachers are clamoring for a new policy agenda, one that rewards efforts to engage students in truly high-level intellectual work. But is that realistic in every school? What does “deeper learning” look like for students growing up in poverty, or those who are new to the English language or who cope with learning disabilities? This session will address such questions head on, asking what schools can do to provide all students with genuine opportunities to learn.

Objectives:

To learn about recent research into the very different kinds of teaching and learning that go on in the nation’s most and least privileged schools and to outline a policy agenda that supports both equity and excellence in education.

To learn about recent research into the performance of English language learners in the nation’s schools, to learn about best practices in second language instruction and to discuss ways to ensure that ELLs have real opportunities to learn deeply.

To learn about recent research into the performance of students with learning disabilities, to learn about best practices in this area and to discuss how the field of special education can inform efforts to promote deeper learning for all students.

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1:30PM - 2:30PM
Austin Convention Center Room 16AB

 

Learning to Fail with Style and Grace - Panel Discussion

UT Austin Connection:

  • Bob Duke, Professor
  • Art Markman, Professor

Kids are taught that one of their primary goals in life is to avoid making mistakes. But, failure is a fact of life, and some kinds of failure are good. Failure is also integral to creative problem-solving and key in achieving any kind of real success as an adult. Our focus is to discuss how to redirect our education in order to teach kids to feel confident about failure and to perceive it as both temporary and a normal part of the learning experience.

Objectives:

Define good and bad kinds of failure. Failure vs negligence. Negligence is a punishable offense. Failure is an outcome. Put the effort in and learn from the back end.

Discuss the important role of failure in creative processes and offer potential solutions for teaching creative problem solving with an eye on the benefits of failure.

Offer specific recommendations to help kids (and their parents) learn how to "fail well."

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3:00PM - 4:00PM
Austin Convention Center Room 16AB

 

Interactive Strategies to Improve Student Thinking - Workshop

UT Austin Connection:

  • Cinthia Salinas, Professor of Education
  • Michael Starbird, Professor
  • Robert Quigley, Sr Lecturer

Mobile apps, political cartoons and logic puzzles all can play a role in teaching students to think critically and creatively. Three of UT Austin's most innovative faculty members will engage the audience in student-centered activities across a range of disciplines, including communication, mathematics and education. Participants will sample three classroom activities, after which the presenters will participate in moderated discussion and field questions from the audience.

Objectives:

Practice a cross-disciplinary creative design process, a collaborative problem-solving process, and a critical analysis process

Sample learning tools to support authentic engagement in various fields.

Experience a variety of instructional approaches to foster critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and creative problem-solving skills.

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3:30PM - 5:30PM
JW Marriott Salon G

 

Entrepreneurship Education: Common Myths Debunked - Panel Discussion

UT Austin Connection:

  • Rob Adams - Dir, Venture Labs

Entrepreneurship Education is a hot topic in academic and business communities right now. This panel will explore whether students should be (or can be) taught how to start business or taught to 'think like an entrepreneur'. With panelists ranging from the founder of a social venture incubator, to a serial entrepreneur, to professors that teach entrepreneurship from both a practical/lab and traditional approach, this panel has a wide range of opinions on the subject of educating entrepreneurs.

Objectives:

Is it reasonable to think that students with little or no practical work experience can be taught to start a business?

Is there a difference in approaches to entrepreneurship education in for-profit vs. social entrepreneurship ventures?

Does a new venture have to be 'world changing' or turn its industry upside down (e.g Facebook, Twitter, Whole Foods) to be considered a successful entrepreneurial venture?

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4:30PM - 5:30PM
Austin Convention Center Room 12AB

 

The Data-Driven Teacher - Panel Discussion

UT Austin Connection:

  • Jeff Hellmer, Director Jazz Studies

While the benefits of personalized learning for students have been discussed at length, what about teachers? Teachers can meaningfully benefit from a personalized learning environment too, and in this panel we are going to discuss those benefits in detail and how they can be applied. They can up-level the efficacy of learning applications, unlock new insights about content performance hidden in exhaustive data and augment teachers’ ability to teach hundreds of students more efficiently.

Objectives:

Introduce how personalized learning applications are being used to free instructors to teach higher-order concepts.

Help teachers identify and exploit hidden insights generated from personalized learning applications to improve student outcomes in online and offline classroom environments.

Provide teachers and administrators a playbook to leverage exhaustive data generated from online learning applications.

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4:30PM - 5:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K

 

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Tuesday, March 10

What A Student Needs from A Teacher for Success - Policy Forum

UT Austin Connection:

  • Alisa Pham, Student

Relationships. Engagement. Growth. That is how 2014 National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb has focused his teaching and turned challenges into opportunities for all of his students. Join Mr. McComb, Maryland Superintendent Lillian Lowery and current University of Texas at Austin student Alisa Pham to discuss the ways classroom teachers can nurture habits, mindsets and determination in students and how education systems can better support teachers in this work.

Objectives:

In the classroom of today, teachers have to partner with students to help them set academic goals and achieve them. See how teachers are creating these critical relationships.

Students not only need academic support, but emotional support. Gain a greater sense of the strategies teachers are using to give students the academic and emotional skills and support they need to succeed.

Teachers cannot do it on their own. They need support from school leaders, parents and policymakers. Learn which policy levers state education leaders are exploring to better support teachers – and their students.

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9:00AM - 10:00AM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C

 

Mapping Education: Visualizing Ed Data Through GIS - Workshop

UT Austin Connection:

  • Emily Germain, Education Policy Doctoral Student
  • Joanna Sanchez, Education Policy Doctoral Student
  • Terrance Green - Department Of Educational Administration, Asst Professor

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a computer-based tool that use spatial data to analyze and solve real world problems. GIS is innovative and underutilized in the field of education. This panel is designed to introduce educators to the basic principles of GIS, giving them hands-on experience with visualizing data in a new and more accessible way. The workshop will teach students how to use GIS maps within an educational framework, with an emphasis on data collection, output and analysis.

Objectives:

Attendees will grasp the link between non-spatial data, i.e. an Excel table, to matching geographies. They'll learn how this process can yield dynamic visual representations of data that can easily be disseminated in a powerful and accessible format.

Attendees will walk away from this workshop rethinking their approach to data-driven decision-making and problem-solving. Mapping data highlights interconnectedness that might otherwise go unnoticed, leading to more comprehensive solutions.

This workshop will provide educators, researchers and others in the field of education a means by which they can analyze data more efficiently and communicate their findings more effectively.

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9:00AM - 11:00AM
Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412

 

Mentoring Sessions

Karen Landolt - Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday March 10th 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Austin Convention Center Room 11AB

The inaugural SXSWedu 2015 Mentors represent a wide range of backgroundsand experiences that support the greater education community. From classroom teachers and professors to industry insiders and CEOs, the 2015 Mentors are well-rounded professionals with deep knowledge, ready
to share with the SXSWedu community.

Talk to me about:

  • Career Transformation
  • Gallup StrengthsFinder
  • Entrepreneurship - Founding your own company

 

Dr. Katie Pritchett - Details Coming Soon

 

Education Expo

The University of Texas at Austin - Stand 401

Texas Advanced Computing Center - Stand 209 

UTeach - Stand 325

Engineer Your World - Stand 207

The 2015 SXSWedu Education Expo is a free and open to the public event celebrating the Central Texas community’s hunger and passion for lifelong learning, from cradle to career and beyond. In 2014, the Education Expo brought more than 4,500 Central Texas students, parents and educators to the Austin Convention Center.

With an expanded program and exhibitors list for 2015, don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to explore everything that the Austin education community has to offer!

2:00pm - 8:00pm
Austin Convention Center

 

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Wednesday, March 11

Crossing the Language Divide to College Readiness - Panel Discussion

UT Austin Connection:

  • Magaly Solis, Student

Does the barbed wire end at the border or our students' desks? Does our work with English Language Learners (ELLs) and their families hinder or help them? We must learn from those who have crossed the language divide to succeed in college and careers. Engage in a rich discussion of best practices that support ELLs. Learn directly from ELL students and educators who have used structured supports and an asset-focused model of instruction to accelerate learning and succeed in advanced course work.

Objectives:

Examine the unexpected issues and barriers that many ELL students and their families face and learn how to help them overcome those issues, so that those students are able to achieve academic success.

Participants will leave this session with teaching strategies and best practices they can use in every classroom and campus to engage ELL communities.

Understand how acceleration and asset-focused instruction, rather than remediation and deficit-focused instruction, put ELL students on a more successful path to college

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9:00AM - 10:00AM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D

 

What's Next for Access and Affirmative Action? - Policy Forum

UT Austin Connection:

  • Gregory Vincent - VP, Diversity and Community Engagement

In the wake of the Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin case, rapidly changing demographics, and growing concerns about disparities in student outcomes, policy experts discuss the future of affirmative action as well as how universities can ensure that all students have a fair shake at accessing and succeeding in higher education.

Objectives:

Discuss the future of affirmative action in light of legal challenges.

Highlight best practices in college admissions and recruitment.

Raise awareness of threats to college access and success for minority students.

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9:00AM - 10:00AM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C

 

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Thursday, March 12

Visualizing Educational Data: Do's and Dont's - Panel Discussion

UT Austin Connection:

  • Paul Resta, Ruth Knight Millikan Centernnial Professor of Learning Technology

The growth of blended and online learning environments, as well as the range and complexity of data now available, generates an unprecedented amount of educational data. Data visualization offers a range of powerful tools to help educators make sense of these complex data sets. The panel of experts will discuss the challenges and strategies in developing visualizations of educational data that are timely, useable, meaningful and actionable by teachers, students, administrators and parents.

Objectives:

Understand the power of data visualization to facilitate understanding and to identify hidden patterns and connections in complex data sets.

Understand common errors made in developing customized data visualizations for teachers, students, and administrators.

Understand sound practices in development of educational data visualizations that are useful, meaningful and actionable

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9:00AM - 10:00AM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G

 

Entrepreneurship Education in Strange Places - Core Conversation

UT Austin Connection:

  • Paul Rodriguez - Performance as Public Practice Program, Asst Professor

Demand for entrepreneurship education is booming, but entrepreneurship skills are useful to higher education students outside of business and entrepreneurship majors. Theater students will open playhouses, engineering students will launch product companies and medical students will open practices. This session will explore how entrepreneurship is taught to non-business students and how we shape the future of entrepreneurship education.

Objectives:

Share best practices for teaching entrepreneurship in non-business and non-entrepreneurship fields in higher education.

Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various higher education disciplines for learning entrepreneurship and innovation skills.

Brainstorm new techniques for entrepreneurship education (ideating, prototyping, selling) inside of non-entrepreneurship-related disciplines.

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9:00AM - 10:00AM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F

 

Robot.Edu—How Robots Can Transform Learning - Panel Discussion

UT Austin Connection:

  • Peter Stone, Professor

Millions of robots are manufacturing most of the items we use everyday. Autonomous cars have started to roam the freeways. Robots are transforming every aspect of our lives, what can they do to education? How can we harness this engagement in classroom learning while achieving better career and college readiness? Learn how incorporating robots into the classroom can radically change how students learn abstract math concepts, while invigorating learning for the next generation.

Objectives:

Learn from cutting edge educators how they harness the power of robots in their classrooms.

Understand the challenges and the opportunities that robots can bring to classroom.

Get exposure to the latest and greatest teaching aids available for educators today and how they help educators and students outperform.

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9:00AM - 10:00AM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon D

 

Research, Startups, Citizens: All Together Now - Panel Discussion

UT Austin Connection:

  • Marco Bravo - Dir, IC2 Institute

The issue of knowledge transfer is quite hot these days; the economic crisis has made it even hotter. At the University of Porto's Science and Technology Park (Portugal), we're testing development models by having Design Researchers, Startup businesses and Citizen-led projects share open workspaces and daily lives: the rest, as they say, is serendipity. This panel will present examples of how this emerging sense of community has been contributing to mutual growth.

Objectives:

To reconsider traditional expectations and outcomes involving research, entrepreneurship and citizenship.

To foster a web of international partners engaged in emerging contextual R&D models.

To clarify the current role of design research as a bridge between citizens and entrepreneurs.

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10:30AM - 11:30AM
Austin Convention Center Room 12AB

 

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