uTech Expo teaches educators about changes in technology

Union University hosted its first uTech Expo Feb. 28 through March 1.

Faculty and staff from all departments were invited to learn how to integrate technology in the classroom and in higher education.

The conference had offered more than 30 sessions, including keynote presentations from guest speakers Dr. Melanie Clay, executive director of Extended Learning and dean of System of Georgia eCore at the University of West Georgia; and George Saltsman, executive director of Task Force for Innovation in Learning and Educational Technology and instructor in the journalism and mass communication department at Abilene Christian University.

The conference covered a variety of technology tools and topics, including MoodleRooms, mobile integration, social media and online learning.

uTech Expo Coordinator Dr. Sharon Evans, associate professor of nursing, said the goal of the conference was to better prepare faculty on how they can integrate technology in a practical way that engages students and enhances learning in the classroom.

Faculty and staff also had the opportunity to share ways they are using technology successfully in their courses and their interactions with students.

Evans said she hopes the conference will become an annual event where educators and students can learn about advancements in technology to better serve their departments.

— Jeff Thompson, Sports Editor

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