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Georgia Tech seeks to grow and foster a dynamic community faculty and staff who are educational innovators. For this reason, C21U hosts a number of seminars and brown bag lunches each semester. These presentations and events are designed to fuel conversation around key issues within Georgia Tech and higher ed at large.

Past Seminars

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Sept. 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m - C21U Seminar: C21U Seminar: Desired Learning Behaviors in Online Ed - Measuring Student Perceptions and Practices in the OMSCS Program w/ Marissa Gonzales

C21U hosted a Brown Bag discussion of "Desired Learning Behaviors in Online Ed.: Measuring student perceptions and practices in the OMSCS Program" featuring Marissa Gonzales of Georgia Tech's School of Interactive Computing and the Design & Intelligence Lab.

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October 10 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m - C21U Seminar: Teaching with Optical Toys, Now and Then ft. Patrick Ellis, Writing and Communication Program

C21U and Georgia Tech's Writing and Communication Program hosted, "Teaching with Optical Toys: Now and Then," featuring Patrick Ellis of the School of Literature, Media and Communication.

Speaker: Patrick Ellis - School of Literature, Media and Communication Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow Writing and Communication Program

Blockchain Seminar with Matt Lisle

November 2 from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m - C21U Seminar: Blockchain-Based Academic Credentials with Matt Lisle of C21U

C21U has been exploring the use of blockchain technologies to create decentralized transcripts that allow users to combine evidence of a wide variety of learning and achievements into credentials that are relevant to potential employers. In this session, Matt Lisle provided an update on Georgia Tech's work and describe the exciting possibilities of blockchain-based academic credentials.

As described in the CNE report, these are “new decentralized transcripts based on blockchain technology that allows students to combine evidence of learning and achievements into credentials that are relevant to potential employers.”

Specifically, the Center has been experimenting with Blockcerts. Blockcerts is an open standard for creating, issuing, viewing, and verifying blockchain-based credentials. Participants in this brown bag seminar were issued Blockcerts.

Speaker: Matt Lisle - Director of Digital Learning Technologies, C21U

Open Educational Resources Seminar

November 13 from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m - C21U Seminar: Open Educational Resources at Georgia Tech

Open educational resources (OER) are free and open resources (including text, media, and other digital assets) that are useful for teaching and learning. This seminar discussed the value of OER and learn how two Georgia Tech faculty members, Chrissy Spencer and Carrie Shepler, are using OER in their classes.

Speakers: Chrissy Spencer - School of Biological Sciences, Carrie Shepler - School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Matt Lisle and Rob Kadel, C21U