What if you could engage students before, during and after class? What if you could get a holistic view of their progress, and easily identify and act on opportunities to improve their learning?

At Top Hat Engage 2020, held in New Orleans from March 5–7, join hundreds of like-minded and passionate educators on a shared mission to make a greater impact on students by teaching with insight. Discover how real-time instructional decisions—powered by data— maximize engagement, learning and student outcomes.

At Top Hat’s higher ed conference, you’ll get inspired by your academic peers. You’ll learn practical Top Hat tips and tricks that improve your teaching experience. You’ll become better equipped to help your students succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Here are five great reasons to attend.

Industry-Leading Keynotes

Top Hat Engage 2020 will feature three high-impact keynotes from some of the industry’s top influencers. First up is Dr. Christopher Emdin, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. Emdin is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and is a sought-after public speaker on hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is the author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and the New York Times Best Seller, For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too.

Dr. Lauren Herckis, an anthropologist at Carnegie Mellon University who specializes in faculty culture and the use of technology in higher education, heads up our second main stage presentation. In her research, Herckis applies anthropological methods and theory to explore the ways people engage with innovative technologies, and how these technologies shape culture. Herckis’s research informs policy making, shapes the development of learning technologies, and illuminates aspects of organizational culture and policy which affect teaching practice.

Our third and final keynote will be conducted by Mike Silagadze, Top Hat’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Nina Bilimoria Angelo, Top Hat’s Vice President, Product Marketing. Under Silagadze’s leadership, Top Hat has become the market leader in student engagement software, and is used by millions of students at three-quarters of the top 1,000 colleges and universities in North America. Named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2018, Silagadze is actively involved with the entrepreneurial and startup communities. An expert in innovation, he is on the board of Ontario Centres of Excellence since 2014 and is an angel investor in a number of startups.

Nina Bilimoria Angelo has over ten years of senior leadership experience in both the higher education publishing and technology sectors. She joined Top Hat from Pearson in 2017, where she led product strategy teams focused on personalized learning and analytics. At Top Hat, Angelo is responsible for the company’s overall message and value proposition. She is able to maintain a watchful eye on the rising trends in the higher education and technology sectors.

Three Streams of Breakout Sessions

Top Hat Engage 2020 has dozens of sessions, organized by three themes: Teaching with Insight, Teaching with Empathy, and Teaching with Experience. Teaching with Insight focuses on using the power of data to make everyday learning more impactful. Teaching with Empathy highlights student-centered approaches to higher education. Teaching with Experience offers pragmatic approaches and best practices from institutions and educators. These sessions are led by experts in their field, covering a wide variety of engaging and informative topics like active learning, interactive content creation, educational technology, student engagement, and more. While there’s plenty of structured sessions to offer, we’ve also set aside time for informal idea-swapping chats and networking.

Cross-Discipline “How I Taught This” Sessions

Learn great tips and tricks for using Top Hat in these short, 15-minute sessions. Creative instructors will inspire attendees by demonstrating the innovative ways they are leveraging Top Hat in their courses. “How I Taught This” sessions are an opportunity for educators to show their work using the Top Hat platform to other professors, academics, and administrators. These breakouts are the perfect opportunity to see how other educators in your discipline are using Top Hat to ensure student success inside and outside of the classroom.

Get Top Hat Certified

Earn your Top Hat Innovative Educator Certification at Engage 2020. Learn how to implement educational technology for maximum impact in your classroom, backed by data-driven insights. The Top Hat Innovative Educator Certification is the mark of distinction for educators committed to taking their teaching game to the next level.

The Level 1 Foundations course equips you with the skills to make the most of Top Hat’s core features, enabling you to adopt, customize and create interactive educational content. You’ll learn how to leverage Top Hat’s assessment tools to see what students are learning and better engage your students—before, during and after class. The Level 2 Advanced course will make your teaching even more effective. Arm yourself with with research-supported best practices on teaching and learning to create educational courseware that ensures lasting and impactful student experiences.

Discover New Orleans

Whether this is your first time in New Orleans or you’re a seasoned visitor, the city’s infectious spirit will invigorate, captivate and motivate you to jump in and experience everything. From streetcar rides to visiting parks and churches, there are bountiful options for fun in New Orleans. Immerse yourself in the birthplace of jazz, where brass, R&B and soul fill the air of the city’s French Quarter. You can spend the day in one of the many scenic parks, play a round at one of the city’s numerous golf courses, meander through a historic cemetery, and so much more.

Top Hat Engage 2020 will be held at the New Orleans Marriott located on NOLA’s famed Canal Street, right between the French Quarter and the Warehouse District. The hotel features rooms overlooking the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans. It’s the ideal place for attendees looking to stay close to the action (at a discounted rate).

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