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Join us for two days of interactive faculty workshops and industry-leading keynotes

February 29 – March 1, 2024

The Westin New Orleans
100 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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*Attendance limited to the first 120 registrants

Education is the key to unleashing potential.

But that can’t happen without students—and professors—feeling supported and valued. How do we ensure our classrooms are places of community? Places that invite curiosity and discovery? Places where every student has the opportunity to share their voice and realize their aspirations? When it comes to improving the craft of teaching, Top Hat Engage is where learning belongs.

Why Attend Top Hat Engage New Orleans

Industry-leading keynotes

Hear from higher ed changemakers leading the charge to ensure that every classroom is a place where students are welcomed, engaged and motivated to learn.

“I absolutely loved all of the speakers, they were incredibly inspiring. That was very different from the kinds of talks and workshops I usually attend and really valuable.”

Cindy Browder, Northern Arizona University

“The presentations were terrific and it was so energizing to talk about great teaching strategies”

Holloway Sparks, Georgia State University

Teaching best practices

Attend peer-led workshops to learn how fellow instructors are using the power of evidence-based teaching practices to enhance community, engagement and student success.

Discipline-specific networking

Get to know—and learn from—
innovative educators in your discipline!

“The entire program was outstanding! I especially enjoyed sharing a meal with other professionals from the same teaching discipline.”

Stephen Hayward, Rio Salado College


of attendees rate the location of Top Hat Engage events 5/5

A fun and vibrant destination

Top Hat Engage New Orleans will be held at the waterfront Westin hotel located in the lively French Quarter, with views of the Mississippi River.


  • Day 1

    Thursday, February 29, 2024

  • 1:00 - 6:00 PM

    Registration & Support Desk

  • 1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Welcome & Teaching with Top Hat Workshops (Optional)

    Top Hat Instructional Design Team

    Option 1: Foundations of Active Learning

    This session is designed for educators new to Top Hat or who are interested in solidifying their knowledge of active learning

    Option 2: Digital Learning Experiences That Stick

    This is an advanced workshop for educators who’ve completed Top Hat’s Level 1 Certification or have equivalent experience with Top Hat

    Option 3: Improving Student Outcomes with Aktiv Chemistry

    This session is designed for chemistry instructors seeking to improve student outcomes through active learning

    Option 4: Crafting and Customizing Content with Top Hat

    An immersive session for instructors interested in authoring their own course content or customizing Top Hat’s national interactive textbooks.

  • 4:00 - 6:00 PM

    Top Hat Product Demo Showcase & Learning Lounge

  • 6:30 - 9:30 PM

    Welcome Reception and Dinner

  • Day 2

    Friday, March 1, 2024

  • 7:30 - 8:45 AM

    Breakfast & Registration

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM

    Welcome & Morning Keynote: Teaching in the Age of AI

    Jesse Stommel, Author and Teaching Faculty, University of Denver

  • 10:15 - 11:15 AM

    From Surviving to Thriving: Creating Communities of Care

    Katie Dawson, Drama and Theatre, University of Texas at Austin

  • 11:15 - 11:45 AM

    What's New with Top Hat

    Clare Castro, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Top Hat

    Sue-Mun Huang, Group Product Manager, Top Hat

  • 11:45 - 1:15 PM

    Birds of a Feather Luncheon + Top Hat Product Demo Showcase

  • 1:15 - 3:00 PM

    Breakout Sessions: Attend Your Choice of Two Sessions!

    Promoting Engagement & Community with Evidence-Based Teaching

    Dr. Bradley Cohen, Chief Academic Officer, Top Hat

    Dr. Demian Hommel, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

    Maximizing Course Success by Teaching with Insight

    Andrea Hendricks, Mathematics, Georgia State University, Perimeter College

    Using Content Authoring and Customization to Create Community

    Nicole Fisk, English Language and Literature, University of South Carolina

    Transforming Student Learning in Chemistry

    Kimberly Arnold, Lecturer, Chemistry, Indiana University

    A Difference Maker’s Approach to Fostering Inclusive Excellence and Student Success

    Donna Smith, Professor, Mathematics, Sierra College

  • 3:15 - 4:00 PM

    Where Learning Belongs Keynote and Workshop

    Dr. Bradley Cohen, Chief Academic Officer, Top Hat

  • 4:00 - 6:00 PM

    Closing Cocktail Reception

All times in CDT. Please note the agenda is subject to change.


Mainstage Presenters

Breakout Session Presenters