March 4 – 7, 2019

UT at SXSW EDU

Sessions
Faculty, Staff, Students, & Alumni

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Higher Education

Mar 4

Building OnRamps to College Readiness

Each year, high school students endure the exciting but stressful process of awaiting admissions and financial aid decisions of their preferred colleges. But many who did everything asked of them will soon realize their high schools didn't prepare them for college success.
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K-12 Education Track

Mar 4

Media Lit: A Make-or-Break Competency for Teachers

For students today, media literacy has become as crucial a skill as literacy itself. Not only do kids have access to more media than ever before, they are also creating it themselves every day. What role do educators play in helping students navigate all of this? What are the competencies teachers need to lead media literacy instruction, and how can we support them? Hear how higher education, national organizations, and media organizations are tackling these issues to support teachers.
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Higher Education

Mar 4

Why & How Universities Should Take on Moonshots

University-led Grand Challenge, or “moonshot” initiatives, unite faculty from diverse fields to solve specific societal problems, demonstrating the value of the university to their communities. Such efforts provide a unique opportunity to engage outside stakeholders and offer students real-world experience on issues of personal importance.
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SEL

Mar 4

Write Your Life: Hip Hop & Mental Health

Write Your Life is a first-person arts-based workshop that uses hip hop and spoken word poetry to promote youth development and resiliency. This workshop shows how creative writing and performance based activities impact social and emotional development and encourages youth to develop skills that support spirituality and wellness, lifelong learning, identity development, understanding of culture and community building, and promote education attainment.
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Arts

Mar 4

Make a Move: Bodies Creating Change

Throughout history young people have used the arts to create positive social change. This interactive performance and workshop will consider how to use the arts in education to create, to critically engage, and to make positive change within our world, our communities, and our own lives.
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Higher Education

Mar 5

Beyond the Hype: Adopting Predictive Analytics

Troubling national graduation rates for low-income students have galvanized higher ed. The rise of big data and predictive analytics presents unprecedented ways to help students navigate college, but how can institutions get beyond the buzz and build processes that actually drive results?
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Easy Learning

Mar 5

Maureen Nicol: Mentor

Talk to me about: Community organizing and activism in early childhood education. Navigating spaces as a black educator and attempting to dismantle inequities in the field. Lived experiences as a veteran early childhood educator.
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Higher Education

Mar 5

Next-Gen Ed for Artists & Creatives

Technology, globalized commerce and culture, and market alternatives to traditional residential education are challenging arts colleges to become far more innovative in preparing artists and “creatives” for career paths that are being radically reinvented—or just now emerging.
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Equity

Mar 5

Storytelling & Confronting Institutional Racism

Historically our education institutions have worked to silo particular experiences. The book As We Saw It and film Still Overcoming are examples of a story confronting problematic history and reconciling contemporary unjustices. Both are examples of narratives shaping conversations of inclusion and equity.
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Higher Education

Mar 5

The Digital Transformation of Higher Education

To meet the needs of today’s digitally native students, institutions must embrace changes that capitalize on current and future tools. This transformation of higher education involves asking many questions. How do we enhance student-faculty engagement to increase student success?
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Higher Education

Mar 5

Left Out: Getting More Students to Higher Ed

Why is America falling behind its ambitious plan to get more Americans into higher education, and what can be done about it? We talk about initiatives and new policies to help veterans, the lack of school counselors and employment needs that depend on a robust pool of trained college graduates ready for jobs that drive the economy at a time when forty six percent of American employers can't find the workers they need.
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Learning Spaces

Mar 6

Imagination & Ingenuity: Prison as Learning Space

This panel explores prisons as a learning space for imagination and ingenuity. After screening a four-minute film, panelists will discuss how the depiction of the prison inmates is informed by research and scholarship and work concerned with the relationship between Jim Crow and mass incarceration.
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Higher Education

Mar 6

Fight Fake News: Teaching Digital Literacy

So you don't teach journalism or political science. Who cares? Everyone can teach digital literacy to improve student learning and increase civic engagement. This hands-on workshop will provide instructors with practical tips to weave digital literacy skill-building into their courses regardless of the discipline
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Student Agency

Mar 7

No Tech 4 U! Students’ Stories of Tech Abstinence

What happens when first-year college students study their own digital technology use AND must give up technology for 24 hours? Students ultimately (a) accounted for their weekday/weekend tech use, (b) became aware of tech’s threads in their lives and in education, and (c) considered changes in their future tech use.
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Higher Education

Mar 7

Students Informed About Learning Improve Teaching

The University of Texas at Austin recently implemented a program to empower entering students to become agents of change in improving the quality of their own education. Data from the first year of implementation, during which new students learned about the fundamental principles of learning, memory, and skill development and were provided regularly structured opportunities to practice applying those principles in their own learning, illustrate the effects on learning and teaching at UT.
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Leadership

Mar 7

How Do Today’s Students Shape Campus Culture?

Who are today’s students? Given how they experience higher ed: they are older, attend part-time, work, balance school & family; how have they changed campus culture? How does campus culture need to change to meet the needs of today’s students? This session will examine demographic shifts in today’s student population, practical considerations for higher ed leaders, policy considerations for fed and state leaders and a discussion of changes that have already occurred to support today's students.
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