KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Opening Keynote Speaker

Jared Stein

Vice President
Higher Education Strategy
Canvas by Instructure

Open for Good: How Open Education Can Grow Innovation and Change Lives

Time, Date, and Location: 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Thursday, March 16, BCH 125

Teaching with online technology lets us "thin the walls" of the classroom, opening up students' access and perspectives to the wide world of people and resources. This finding and reusing digital resources is central to open education, but the stories you'll hear in this session suggest that holding openness as a foundational philosophy enables much more. Learn why Canvas is committed to openness as a means of growing innovation in technology, teaching, and the reach of both teachers and students.


Jared Stein has worked to help teachers design effective blended and online learning since the early days of the web, emphasizing real-world practice, openness, and frictionless user experiences. Jared has also helped institutions plan for education challenges through grassroots, faculty-driven initiatives (such as open education projects) and top-level leadership strategies (such as the growth of online and hybrid offerings).

As VP of Higher Education Strategy for Canvas by Instructure, Jared and team uncovers the impact technology can have on teaching and learning, often in collaboration with higher education and K12 institutions. The Research team shares what it learns both internally, with the Canvas product team, and the larger educational community.

Friday's Plenary Speaker

Larry Gragg, Ph.D.

Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor
History & Political Science
Missouri S&T

A Plea, Change, Critics and Complainers, a Myth, Mentoring, the Donald Nicholson Effect, and Other Reflections on Teaching since 1972

Time, Date, and Location: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 125

In the forty-five years that I have been teaching, higher education has experienced enormous change.  I will use that context to discuss the shifting nature of the students we encounter and our methods of teaching.  I will note the mounting challenges faced by teachers and an enduring myth about teaching and research.  Most importantly, I will discuss what I call the “Donald Nicholson Effect” which is the most important element in student success and how I have applied it in my teaching at Missouri S&T.


Larry Gragg, Ph.D., joined the History and Political Science Department in 1977, and was chair of the department from 2003 to 2015. He is a specialist in colonial and revolutionary America, and is the author of seven books and over 30 articles on topics ranging from the Salem witch crisis to English colonization in the West Indies to the history of Las Vegas. His most recent books are Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel: The Gangster, the Flamingo, and the Making of Modern Las Vegas (Praeger, 2015), Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture (University Press of Kansas, 2013), and The Quaker Community on Barbados:  Challenging the Culture of the Planter Class (University of Missouri Press, 2009). His most recent articles include "El Sonador and the Struggle to Develop Resort Hotels in Las Vegas in the 1930s," Nevada in the West (Spring 2015), "The Anti-Nazi Gangster," History Today (June 2015), "The Role of Witchcraft in the Early Modern World," Comparative Civilizations Review (Spring 2015), and "'A Long Struggle and Many Disappointments': Las Vegas' Failure to Open a Resort Hotel, 1905-1940," Nevada Historical Society Quarterly (Fall 2015).

The recipient of 11 campus Outstanding Teaching Awards, four campus Faculty Excellence Awards, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University of Missouri System award for Excellence in Teaching, and the University of Missouri system's Thomas Jefferson Award, Gragg currently is a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor.