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EdgeCon Spring 2024

In partnership with The College of New Jersey, we are thrilled to bring this transformational event to a campus known for its natural beauty situated on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township, New Jersey, in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia.

EdgeCon Spring 2024 is dedicated to Excelling in a Digital Teaching & Learning Future. Featuring 15-20 breakout sessions exploring the event theme, EdgeCon Spring will also feature high profile, industry leading vendors from across the academic enterprise. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from a growing community of digital learning professionals while discovering innovative solutions to help institutions solve today’s biggest digital learning challenges.

Date: April 18, 2024
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Attendee Ticket: $49

Event Location:
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

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Accommodations

For those requiring overnight accommodations while attending EdgeCon Spring 2024, a Group Rate has been arranged for attendees at: SpringHill Suites Ewing Princeton South

1000 Charles Ewing Blvd Ewing, New Jersey 08628

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Or, for Attendees who want to make reservations over the phone, please call the SpringHill Suites Reservation Desk directly at 609-530-0900 and mention Phone Code: EDGS**. **phone code will not work on our marriott.com website.

Call for Proposals

Submit your presentation topic for the upcoming EdgeCon Spring 2024 conference! This year’s conference will consider our digital teaching and learning future, with topics including institutional strategy, pedagogy, accessibility, emerging technologies such as AI, the future of work, and more

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C. Edward Watson, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and
Executive Director of Open Educational Resources andDigital Innovation,
American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Announcing EdgeCon Spring 2024 Keynote Speaker

Generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, Claude, Gemini, and others, have had an astonishing impact on the ways we learn, work, and think over the past year.  Initially, the concern for many in higher education was how students might use these tools to complete assignments; however, a much more complex and daunting challenge has emerged.  A 2023 Goldman Sachs report analyzed tasks versus jobs and concluded that two-thirds of current occupations could be partially automated by AI. This doesn’t mean that two-thirds of jobs will be replaced by AI, though some positions will indeed be lost to the new technology; rather, most of our graduates will soon be asked to collaborate with AI to complete significant portions of their work each week.

Drawing from the presenter’s new book, Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning (Johns Hopkins University Press), this keynote will explore the evolving AI landscape and detail the companion challenges and opportunities that are emerging for higher education.  While academic integrity and AI detection will be discussed, the core focus of this keynote will be on concrete approaches and strategies higher education can adopt, both within the classroom and across larger curricular structures, to best prepare students for the life that awaits them after graduation.

At AAC&U, he leads national and state-level advocacy and policy efforts to advance quality in undergraduate student.  Before joining AAC&U, Dr. Watson was the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia (UGA).  At UGA, he led university efforts associated with faculty development, TA development, student learning outcomes assessment, learning technologies, and media production services.

He has published on teaching and learning in a number of journals, including Change, Diversity & Democracy, Educational Technology, EDUCAUSE Review,International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, Journal for Effective Teaching, Liberal Education, Peer Review, and To Improve the Academy, and has recently been quoted in the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Campus Technology, EdSurge, Consumer Reports, UK Financial Times, and University Business Magazine and by the AP, CNN and NPR regarding current teaching and learning issues and trends in higher education.  His most recent book is the forthcoming Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning (Johns Hopkins University Press).