MCCC Hosts Online Tech and Learning Conference

Conference keynote panelists Dr. Lance Bush, Dr. Conrad Tucker, and Christopher Doss (at top)

POTTSTOWN PA – Following a year of working and learning from home, educators, and technology experts come together online Sept. 24 (2021; Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to share what they’ve discovered, and discuss what the classrooms of the future may soon look like.

Montgomery County Community College is again hosting its annual Technology & Learning Conference, a virtual event will feature sessions on “Classroom of Today and Tomorrow,” “Enhancing the Student Experience” and “Tech Beyond the Classroom.” The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

A conference highlight is a special keynote panel on “Artificial Intelligence, Deep Fake Videos, and Impacts on Education.” It includes Dr. Lance Bush, president and CEO of Challenger Center. The Challenger Learning Center will soon open its newest location at the college’s Pottstown Campus, and will be the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. It features space-themed simulated learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities.

The panel also includes Dr. Conrad Tucker, an Arthur Hamerschlag Career Development professor of Mechanical Engineering; and Christopher Doss, an associate policy researcher and economist of education at the RAND Corporation. The discussion begins at 9 a.m.

For event organizers Mary-Kate Najarian, director of user success and learning technologies, and Jennifer Kim, information technology manager, the conference offers an opportunity for experts from different branches of the technological and educational communities to come together and exchange ideas.

Despite the past year living under quarantine, Kim said she hoped the conference would convince those attending to continue to embrace virtual activities in the future.

Panelists’ photos supplied by MCCC