Teaching and Technology Summit Register Now March 21-22, 2024

Teaching and Technology Summit 2024 

March 21 and March 22, 2024
8:30 a.m. - Noon (Eastern), both days
Virtual via Zoom

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Hosted by the Division of Online and Strategic Learning.

The Teaching and Technology Summit showcases innovative work in teaching and its intersections with technology. Connect with colleagues and share creative ways to use technology to enhance teaching and learning. 

The engaging and informal sessions at the Summit range from quick hits (5 minutes) to deeper dives (20 minutes), meaning you can fit them into your schedule. 

All sessions will be recorded and made available for 90 days following the Summit. Chat and Q&A will not be recorded.

Mind Over Monsters Book by Sarah Rose Cavanagh

Opening Keynote: Sarah Rose Cavanagh

“Hope in a Time of Monsters: Supporting Student and Faculty Mental Health with Compassionate Challenge” 

8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 2024 

Sarah Rose Cavanagh is the author of four books, including Mind Over Monsters: Supporting Youth Mental Health with Compassionate Challenge (2023) and The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion (2016). 


Sarah Rose Cavanagh is the Senior Associate Director for Teaching and Learning in the Center for Faculty Excellence at Simmons University, where she also teaches in the Psychology Sarah Rose CavanaghDepartment as an Associate Professor of Practice. She continues collaborations developed in her postdoctoral years with an ongoing appointment as a Research Associate in the Emotion, Brain, and Behavior Laboratory at Tufts University. Before joining Simmons, she was an Associate Professor of psychology and neuroscience (tenured) at Assumption University, where she also served in the D'Amour Center for Teaching Excellence as Associate Director for Grants and Research.

Sarah's research considers the interplay of emotions, motivation, learning, and quality of life. Her most recent research project, funded by the National Science Foundation, convenes a network of scholars to develop teaching practices aimed at greater effectiveness and equity in undergraduate biology education. She is author of The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion (2016), HIVEMIND (2019), Emotion and Motivation (4e, with Lani Shiota), and upcoming Mind Over Monsters: Supporting Youth Mental Health with Compassionate Challenge (2023). She gives keynote addresses and workshops at a variety of colleges and regional conferences, blogs for Psychology Today, and writes essays for venues like Literary Hub and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She’s also on BlueSky too much, at @SaRoseCav.

Closing Keynote: Sarah Vitale 

“The Teacher as Social Worker and Cruise Director” 

11 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2024

Sarah Vitale is the winner of the 2023 Outstanding Teaching Award (Ball State University).

Dr. Sarah Vitale received her PhD in Philosophy from Villanova University in May 2014. Her dissertation was entitled “Marx and the Metaphysics of Production." Dr. Vitale’s research focuses on Marx and post-Marxism, especially on the notions of production, creativity, and utopia and their deployment in Marx’s and post-Marxist texts, as well as contemporary feminism and gender studies. She is Co-Editor of the Radical Philosophy Review, the journal of the Radical Philosophy Association, and her publications include “Castoriadis, Marx, and the Critique of Productivism” (Telos 174). 

Vitale teaches Introduction to Philosophy, as well as classes on contemporary philosophy, especially 19th- and 20th-century continental philosophy and critical theory. She is also co-advisor to the Philosophy Club.

Here’s what previous attendees loved about the Teaching and Technology Summit 

“This was a great experience. I have so many ideas to work on over the summer as I improve my courses for the fall.” 

“There's a lot of other faculty doing cool things and working hard to create meaningful experiences for our students. I made a bunch of notes on stuff to try or learn more about.” 

“I thought it was extremely well organized and I loved how engaging the presenters were. They all did an amazing job with this offering!” 

“I liked how short the presentations were and that you could pop in and out. I loved having the resources available for later.” 

“The entire event was incredibly well managed, promoted, and executed […] a perfect example of experience design in practice.”

This event is coordinated by the Division of Online and Strategic Learning. Our mission is to serve Ball State students, faculty and staff by pursuing, developing, and implementing best practices in teaching, learning, and student support services. We do this through an adaptive culture of rigorous assessment and evaluation of techniques and approaches that benefit Ball State students both near and far.