Advocating for Innovative Technology Use in Higher Education

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Listen and learn : Panel

Dr. Joshua Elliott  
Nick Pinder  
Carolyn Sykora  
Dr. Cynthia Vavasseur  

The Digital Equity and Transformation pledge has helped faculty champion innovations in their programs. We will learn from faculty leaders who have successfully brought about changes in their programs in preparing future teachers for digital learning, competency-based curriculum and innovations opportunities for student teachers.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: Community college/university
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to discuss ways faculty have pushed for innovation in their university, and where else it could better be improved. Panelists will explore the benefits of technology-infused, pedagogically innovative higher education programs. Additionally, discussing the merits of further incorporation of blended/hybrid learning in the wake of the pandemic.

Panelists will address infrastructural challenges to innovation in academia and share lessons learned from their own journeys to revise outdated education curriculum.


The session will primarily be a panel discussion and Q&A.

Supporting research

“New OECD Report Shows Major Gap in Preparing Teachers to Use Technology Effectively”

"How States Can Reimagine Teacher Preparation to Ensure Edtech Skills"

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Dr. Joshua Elliott, Fairfield University

Dr. Joshua Elliott is an Assistant Professor and Director of Educational Technology in the School of Education and Human Development at Fairfield University, and ISTE Certification provider. Dr. Elliott has spoken at national and regional conferences, and is an ISTE Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator, and Apple Teacher. He runs frequent professional development workshops structured to provide teachers with strategies for effective technology integration. Dr. Elliott’s research and teaching goal is to help teachers improve their ability to incorporate technology into their teaching for optimal student learning.

Nick Pinder, ISTE

Project Manager at ISTE responsible for HIED Certification Programs, Computational Thinking, and NASA STEM projects.

Carolyn Sykora, ISTE

Carolyn Sykora, senior director of ISTE Standards programs, has more than 20 years of experience in education leadership and program management for nonprofits. She promotes the implementation of the ISTE Standards in K-12 and in teacher preparation programs. including through the development of the ISTE Certification for Educators. Carolyn specializes in project and program leadership for resources, products and services that serve school and district leaders, technology coaches, classroom teachers and higher education faculty.

Dr. Cynthia Vavasseur, Nicholls State University
ISTE Certified Educator

Cindy Vavasseur (Dr. V) is a Professor of Educational Technology and the Program Chair for Master of Educational Technology Leadership at Nicholls State University. Nicholls is an ISTE Certification Provider and the first University to gain this distinction on first submission. Dr. Vavasseur is also the 2021 ISTE Teacher Education Network Award winner for Excellence in Teacher Education.

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