Educators Invited to UAMS Teaching With Technology Seminar

By Nate Hinkel

Early registration fees before July 6 are $75 for one day or $95 for both days. Students may attend for $35 for one day or $45 for both days. Regular registration is $75 or one day or $100 for both days.

The symposium is 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. July 19, and 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. July 20. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 am. Lunch is also provided.
The agenda and registration information are available at For more information call Jan Hart, UAMS Teaching with Technology Committee, (501) 686-6751.

The event will be highlighted by keynote speaker Patti Shank Ph.D., a nationally recognized educator and president of Learning Peaks, a Denver-based organization dedicated to designing, implementing and evaluating classroom instruction and technology. Shank will speak at noon July 19 about using technology and storytelling to engage audiences and create successful presentations and lectures. This presentation is included in the fee for the symposium, but for those who want to only attend Shank’s address and lunch, tickets are available separately for $25.

The theme for this year’s symposium is “Engaging Our Students: Technology and Active Learning.” Several different educational tracks have been developed to increase productivity and provide training for new educational technology. Breakout sessions include educational gaming, blended learning, tracking performance on learning outcomes, 3D photography, and active learning. Lightning sessions, posters and exhibitors round out the conference.

The first day is a general conference that will include an opening presentation from James Graham, M.D., and Sara Tariq, M.D., about the new Active Learning Center and Team-Based Learning which is being instituted at UAMS, as well as three breakout sessions. The second day will feature small group workshops covering eTextbooks, mobile device apps and websites, Second Life, Photoshop, Wix for website and portfolio creation, Wiggio and more.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or