The keynote speaker for Engage 2018 will be Sir Ken Robinson, the internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation in education, and author of the books Finding Your Element, The Element and Out of Our Minds.

Robinson is best-known for authoring the most watched TED Talk in history—How Schools Kill Creativity. As he explains, all children are born creative, unafraid to make mistakes. By the time they transition into adulthood—shortly before they enter higher education—they’ve had that capacity educated out of them. “They have become frightened of being wrong,” he says.

His TED series, of which the above is just the first, have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. Robinson’s latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system. In the book, he expands on the theme of prioritizing creativity and experimentation, saying that teaching must be reinvented from the ground up to be successful in the 21st century.

At Engage 2018, Robinson’s keynote Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up will challenge educators to rethink their basic assumptions about intelligence and achievement, and argue that teachers need to promote creativity for students to reach their full potential. The talk will also cover how education wastes more talent than it saves, and why we need to move from an industrial to an organic approach to education.

Engage 2018 is the second annual Top Hat conference for higher ed’s innovative educators, department heads and administrators. After last year’s focus on transformation through content, this year we’ll be looking at student-centered learning. From innovative course design to interactive, real-time content creation, Engage will empower you with the tools, strategies and insider knowledge you need to enhance your teaching methods and raise your profile in higher education.

At Engage 2018, you’ll get the chance to:

  • Hear from experts in Open Educational Resources, instructional design, active learning and interactive educational content creation
  • Build and workshop your expertise in the latest teaching techniques
  • Master the latest teaching trends and classroom tech
  • Network with like-minded educators who share your passion for teaching

You’ll also get the option to earn a Top Hat Certification in a two-to-three-hour session hosted by our team of educators and instructional designers, covering all technical aspects of Top Hat, as well as theory and practice behind classroom engagement and course authoring.

When: October 26–27, 2018
Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

More info, and ticket details, here.