UAMS Hosts Free ‘Teaching with Technology’ Symposium July 26-27

By Ben Boulden

This year for the first time, the symposium is offered at no charge to the public. It is for educators and trainers at all levels and in all disciplines. To read the full program agenda and to RSVP online, go to

The 12th annual event will be in the I. Dodd Wilson Education Building. It is organized by the UAMS Teaching with Technology Committee, with participation by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and eVersity.

“The symposium continues to be successful in helping educators throughout the state stay up to date and even get ahead in using technology to enhance student engagement,” said Jan Hart, a member of the UAMS Teaching with Technology Committee.

This year’s featured speaker is Jerad Gardner, M.D., the 2018 recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Award. His presentation will focus on the use of social media in teaching, followed by a panel discussion. Gardner, an associate professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Department of Dermatology, is known nationwide for his presence, teaching and patient advocacy on various social media outlets.

Presentations include creating images in PowerPoint, engaging students in active recall, Blackboard analytics, augmented reality, an interactive visualization table of the human body and open educational resources.

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