Innovate Conference Pushes Learning Technology Beyond Experimentation

innovate-logoFWEach year the Innovate conference brings our faculty best practice ideas for their classrooms by showcasing the most effective uses of technology in teaching and learning at universities and colleges across the nation.

As Ohio State’s commitment to enhancing teaching and learning with technology comes into focus this year with the development of The Office of Distance Education and eLearning, the Innovate conference is expanding for 2013.

This year’s Innovate conference is scheduled for March 26, with an added half-day for hands-on implementation on March 27, all in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registration opens February 12 at, where program information and other conference details are also available.

Ohio State is a regional leader for innovation in teaching and learning, and hosting this highly anticipated event allows us to share our ideas throughout the university and across the nation. As always faculty and staff from Ohio State have a front row seat, and have used insights from this conference to increase understanding, mobility and engagement for the students they teach.

“The theme for Innovate 2013 is Engage, and that’s exactly what technology in proper execution is proving to do,” said Michael Hofherr, Associate Vice President for Distance Education and eLearning. “In today’s educational landscape, our students’ learning styles are diverse. We’re adapting with progressive, effective teaching styles to match.”

This year, the tools and resources featured at Innovate are available for attendees to try out the very next day. The half-day expansion includes workshops on robust tools including:

  • iTunes U and iBooks Author,
  • Digital Storytelling with Creative Commons,
  • iPads in Classrooms, and
  • Making YouTube Videos More Engaging.

A fully equipped demo room will also give visitors a chance to try several technologies that interest them, with technical experts on hand for assistance. Tablets loaded with various educational apps, Carmen 10 upgrades, lecture capture, and many other tools will be available for hands-on trial.

Innovate is currently in its fourth year. Attendance has grown significantly each year, with a 70% increase in participants from 2011 to 2012. Last year’s conference hosted 383 attendees from 48 institutions and organizations across the nation, and 70 presenters from Ohio State, Harvard, the US Department of Education, and more.

We encourage attendees to register for both days of the conference, and to support colleagues in doing the same.

Questions? Contact Steve Lieb, Office of Distance Education and eLearning, at or 292-4469.