Montgomery County Community College To Host Online Technology And Learning Conference

September 8, 2021

The Montgomery County Community College’s annual technology and learning conference will feature a special panel discussion on “Artificial Intelligence and Deep Fake Videos and Education Impact.” The event is free and open to the community; everyone is very welcome.

After a year of working and studying from home, educators and technology experts are soon coming together to share their insights and discuss what the classrooms of the future might look like.
Montgomery County Community College will host its annual technology and learning conference online from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, September 24th. and “Technology Beyond the Classroom.” The event is free and open to the community, however Sign up necessary.

The event will host a special keynote panel on “Artificial Intelligence and Deep Fake Videos and Impacts on Education” with Dr. Lance Bush, President and CEO of the Challenger Center, bid. The Challenger Learning Center will soon open its newest location on the MCCC’s Pottstown campus and will be the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. It provides simulated space-themed learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities.

The committee also includes Dr. Conrad Tucker, Arthur Hamerschlag Professor of Career Development in Mechanical Engineering; and Christopher Doss, Associate Policy Researcher and Education Economist at RAND Corporation. The discussion starts at 9 a.m.

For Mary-Kate Najarian, Director of User Success and Learning Technologies, and Jennifer Kim, Information Technology Manager, who are organizing the event, the annual conference provides an opportunity for experts from different areas of the technology and education communities to come together and share ideas.

“It really drives innovation,” said Kim, “and helps ensure that we are moving in the right direction with technology.”

“It’s also a great opportunity for internal and external networking,” said Najarian. “People from different institutions come together to share and work together. We have built a reputation for ourselves over the past 27 years.

Each of the scheduled panel discussions has something for everyone, and both Najarian and Kim agreed that the keynote session should not be missed. “In the information age, we are constantly bombarded with so much stuff that it is our personal responsibility to decipher what is real and what is not,” said Kim. “The keynote session will show you how easy it can be to create deep fakes that are so compelling that your eyes can be fooled. You get a new framework for the information you take in online. “

“We try to offer the participants a wide range of sessions. Depending on the interests of the participants, you can learn about different learning modalities, tools for professional development and enhanced learning experiences, and much more, ”said Najarian.

Kim said that despite the past year in quarantine, she hoped the conference would convince attendees to continue engaging in virtual activities in the future.

“Not just events, but also virtual and hybrid courses,” she said. “Not only is there a need, but a desire, to keep some of these virtual components in order to maintain flexibility in course work.”

“We hope these sessions will give participants food for thought, model or think about what they can bring to the learner,” said Najarian.

Kim said she hoped attendees would take inspiration from some of the panels they attend and leave with a much bigger look at the world of education and technology.

“The big picture for me is that we all have our own perspective on what we see. There’s a whole world beyond our individual horizons,” said Kim. “This event is great for that. Even if it doesn’t specifically apply to your experience, knowing what is possible will remind you that the world is bigger than you think. “

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