July 22: Arts & Crafting Learning Experiences


Best practices in learning design for the lifelong learner (read: inclusive)

All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (this is the same as Mountain Standard Time, GMT-7).

Mess Hall & Banter

7:30 a.m. Mess hall breakfast + banter


Start your day right with informal conversation and virtual breakfast, led by Head Happy Camper Allan Novak  -- one of the emcees for the day. Take this time to greet new and old friends, fill your canteen and kick off the day with a bit of fun.

Raising the Flagpole

8:00 a.m. Around the Flagpole: The What, Why, and How of Learner-Centered Everything

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If it’s not in service of learners, then who is it serving? 

This opening session kicks off the Learning(hu)Man day 3 theme: Arts & Crafting Learning Experiences with an exploration of student-centered values, exemplars and recommendations for the year ahead. Join leaders from Instructure, the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU and Michigan State University as they carry the torch for student success and spark discussions about the next frontier of learning design and experiences.


Melissa Loble

Melissa Loble


Punya Mishra

Punya Mishra


Sean Leahy

Sean Leahy


Brent Maddin

Brent Maddin


Sabrina Cervantes Villa



Jessica Knott

Jessica Knott


Kate Sonka

Kate Sonka


9:15 a.m. Sessions

Video Post-production - Good, Fast and Cheap in the 2020s

Allan Novak, Writer, Director, Producer and Editor of film and television

Allan Novak, a media instructor, producer and veteran video editor offers a hands-on demonstration of an inexpensive and powerful web-based platform that you can create, teach or collaborate on media projects with. As an exercise, the group will make an instant video that illustrate the power of today's low cost, web-based tools.

Emerging Stronger with a 21st Century Student Experience 
Ravi Ravishanker, CIO & Associate Provost - Wellesley College
Maria Zack Ph.D., Professor and Chair Department of Mathematical, Information and Computer Sciences - Point Loma Nazarene University
Corey Fling, CIO, Point Loma Nazarene University

Join this session to hear how both Wellesley College and Point Loma Nazarene University have transformed their student experience with Workday Student. Hear how Wellesley College gained new insights into registration and was able to use such insights to proactively advise students before registration appointments. Understand how Point Loma Nazarene University was able to make swift changes on-the-fly to to support the student experience and how students embraced the new system without stepping foot on campus.

Digital Building and Sharing Immersive AR Experiences with Adobe Aero

Matthijs Clasener Motion Design Teacher, GLR, Rotterdam

Adobe Aero isn't just the latest AR application to make your reality that little bit better: it combines with a host of other services from Adobe to give you unlimited creative options. Matthijs Clasener shows you just some of this potential. Learn how to navigate through the power of the Adobe toolset to create your own 3D characters and then visualise these creations in real time. The immersive world of AR just got a whole lot easier and more exciting. This session will demonstrate a creative journey starting in Adobe Photoshop and ending in Adobe Aero.

Find assets for Adobe Sessions and more information here.

Visual Digital Notetaking 

Karina Branson, ConverSketch

When the only certainty is uncertainty, this is an opportunity to experiment and create a visual representation of YOUR idea of what the future of education might look like.  Your submissions will be added to a co-created virtual gallery where these Windows will showcase your imagination, creativity, and artistic skills - go wild! From photo collages to paintings to digital illustrations to gifs, show us YOUR vision through a Window to the Future of Education!

Georgia Institute of Technology completes freshman year in Workday Financial Management

Katie Crawford, Senior Director of Enterprise Data Management, Georgia Institute of Technology

Discover how finance leaders at Georgia Institute of Technology have embraced cloud-based financial management tools providing end users new insights, agility to make adjustments on-the-fly, and allows finance operations to continue operations from afar. Hear first hand the benefits of Workday Financial Management at Georgia Institute of Technology.

How cloud technology transformed HR and drives insights and agility at the University of Virginia

Michael Latsko, University of Virginia

Come hear how the University of Virginia transitioned human captial management and payroll in the cloud. Learn how Workday supported the university's over 20,000 employees and Academic Medical Center before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and understand how the University of Virginia is planning return-to-campus activities for the Fall 2020 semester.

Mingle Outside of the Cabin: Creating Online Community

Casey Francis, Assistant Director of Student Engagement

Challenging the notion that online students are solely focused on their studies and don’t have the time or energy to participate in the”typical” college experience, Casey Francis, Assistant Director of Student Engagement at ASU Online will explain some of the major pillars to strategies for building student community outside of the classroom. And you don’t just have to take her word for it -- Joining Casey will be five online student leaders who will speak to the importance of digital student communities and take your questions.

Creative uses of Zoom - Show and Tell Showcase

Jocelyn Widmer, PhD, Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation at Texas A&M University + Gray Garmon, Asst. Professor of Practice, Dir. of The Center for Integrated Design at The University of Texas at Austin

Zoom will be hosting an Arts & Crafts session at Learning (Hu)Man to discuss the innovative and creative ways educators globally have been using Zoom in courses, whether it be remote or distance learning or for co-curricular events. Please join us around the campfire by submitting your interesting and unique ways that you and your organization have been using Zoom for education through this link. Your Show & Tell may be selected to be highlighted during this session!

10:15 a.m. Sessions

Career Development in a COVID World: How to Support Students & Employers at Scale


Kathryn Naughton M.A., Internship Coordinator, Office of Experiential Learning, Austin Community College

How can institutions best support career-seeking students and employers during this time? Join us to hear how Austin Community College is reimagining career development programs in today’s virtual world. In this session, you'll see how the College is innovating to engage corporate partners in new ways and is creating virtual student internship programs at scale. From contributing to state-wide initiatives to activating vast internship data within Salesforce, you'll walk away with ideas to drive innovation at your institution and create a new path forward in career development.

Upcycle: Design and Prototype with Adobe XD

Mark Shufflebottom Professor of Interaction Design Sheridan College, Toronto

Mark Shufflebottom, Professor of Interaction Design, takes you through creating great UX and super slick UI with Adobe XD, the design and prototyping tool for apps. It couldn't be easier to visualise, iterate and test your app designs with XD's fully-featured toolset and access to heaps of UI kits and templates. Learn how to use voice navigation, create transitions from screen to screen with auto animate and wire up your design for prototyping.

Find assets for Adobe Sessions and more information here.

Grab the Wheel: Virtual Test Drive with Workday Student*

Jasmine Omorogbe, Solution Consultant, Workday, Charlotte Sorg, Solution Consultant, Workday, Maggie Holtgreive Searle, Senior Solution Consultant

Join Workday Student experts and your higher education peers as we look “under the hood” of Workday Student and provide an exclusive hands-on opportunity to test drive our student application for yourself. This interactive session will walk through several experiences facilitated by Workday, including administrators utilizing real-time reports and students registering for classes and accepting financial aid. Participants will get an inside look at how Workday’s intuitive platform can streamline success for the entire campus community.

Note: this session will not be recorded.

*This session will have limited capacity and is only available to higher education professionals. Ideal participants are professionals who support and lead the student experience and service areas within higher education, such as admissions, financial aid, student records, academic advising, student finance, and student success.

Engaging Students in a Remote World

Colton Neves, Designer, and Sebastian Kasza, BizDev & Outreach

Whew, what a semester. The past 5 months have been incredibly challenging for us all as we’ve adapted and changed our teaching, rolled with punches, and in most cases - been hit by them. There have been many lessons learned, and we’re all so much better equipped for the Fall. What’s become crystal clear for all of us though, is that engaging our learners is going to be so key going forward. 

Join Team Sophya for a collaborative session about student engagement. We’ll start with an emoji-filled competitive flashcard game bonanza (yes, there are prizes), gather ‘best practice’ perspectives from around the breakout session, and share how students around the world are hitting their engagement, socializing, and happiness stride with Sophya’s student-centered learning experience.

Oh, and the best-practices discussed will be curated as a take-home resource for everyone too.

Are We Being Replaced by AI?  The Science of Learning, Technology and the Future of Higher Education

Dr. Candace Thille is Amazon’s Director of Learning Science, working with the company’s Global Learning and Development team to scale and innovate workplace learning at Amazon

Higher education is struggling to address its most significant challenge: educating an increasingly diverse body of students while containing the cost that is putting postsecondary education beyond the reach of a growing percentage of the world's population. An emerging marriage of the science of learning and technology challenges the belief that improving productivity in education necessitates a reduction in quality. Moreover, the view that the processes of learning are too complex to yield to scientific understanding is no longer tenable. Learning scientists are making advances in our understanding of human learning, and this knowledge can transform how we support learners and Instructors. We have seen cycles of hype and reality. The digital ecosystem has reshaped many dimensions of our lives and will reshape the higher education ecosystem  What have we learned from all this that should shape our strategies for addressing the challenge of higher education.

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Allison Hall, Director of Learning Experience Transformation @ ASU, Wayne Skipper, Founder of Concentric Sky

For a lifelong learner, telling your story can be tricky when you don’t have all the pieces. By attaching digital credentials to learning experiences you can empower learners to craft and share their learning journey through digital artifacts. In this session, we will sit at the virtual craft table in breakout rooms to create your own digital credential while we chat about designing credentials to support lifelong learning. We will then stitch together our squares into a virtual background quilt and gallery walk when we come back together. Come join us at the quilting bee!

Three Easy Pieces: Building a Foundation for Black Swan Thinking

Ruben R. Puentedura, Ph.D.

This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, 
This ain't no fooling around.
Talking Heads, Life During Wartime

When COVID-19 struck, many organizations were taken by surprise in an unexpected way: they’d done all the crisis workshops, and discussed what-ifs and future scenarios - so why did their organizational response still fall short? It turns out that scenario work is important, but you also need to understand how the pieces work - or don’t work - when Black Swans fly in. For our LearningMan arts and crafts project, we’ll get our hands dirty playing with three key components: systems, agents, and networks. And you’ll leave with a lot more than a tangle of popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners: you’ll have a rough cut of a set of tools that can help build compasses when magnetic north has gone missing.

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Sony's Camera and Lens Innovation

Ben Manlove - Senior Pro Support Representative

Join Ben Manlove from Sony as he delivers the Sony Innovation Story on Alpha and Sony Lenses. Bring all your questions for the live session!

Camp Hike

11:15 a.m. Camp Hike + Tour :  The State of Virtual Reality - A Guided Hike Through What Is Possible Today & Imagining the Future

Exclusively in Virbela

Dan Munnerley, Heather Haseley, Auryan Ratliff

Virtual Reality has been around for a long time, but advances in technology have enabled things that a few short years ago would have been unimaginable. Join us for a guided hike through the cutting edge games, educational experiences, and industry applications in the market now. Our goal is to spark your imagination as to what will be possible in the very near future and how it can be used to enhance learning experiences for all. 

Then, refill your water bottle because we’re taking you on an invigorating Camp Hike of the ASU Virtual VirBELA Campus.  At 12:15 p.m., join a member of the VirBELA concierge team for a guided tour around the digital space of our home for Learning(Hu)Man 2020, and get to know the campus grounds. 

Note: If you can’t make the tour, you can also sign up for a personal guided tour.


11:30 a.m. Mess Hall Workshop - Hands-on Pizza Workshop Part I

In this two-part workshop, we will go over pizza basics and you will learn how to make a basic but delicious cheese pizza. In the first part, we will cover pizza philosophy and will learn how to make the dough and the pizza sauce. In the second part, we will make, cook, and eat the pizza. For equipment and ingredient list click here

Roasting marshmellows

4:15 p.m. Campfire: Launching the Learner Rocket Ship

This Fall, millions of learners will set out on an exciting new journey. Their destination might be improved career skills, nailing their university exams, or simply achieving Chief Geek status about a topic they care about.

But students are worried about the Fall semester, and rightfully so. It’s not totally clear to them how they reach their learning goals in the current online learning setup. There’s content overload everywhere they look. They don’t have ways to connect with their peers for fun, social, engaging learning. And there are few clear lines between them and the teachers they really want to be connected with.

Sophya is here to fix all this. In this plenary session, learn how Sophya provides a hyper engaging digital learning experience for students - learning science and social learning tools included. Sophya helps students to navigate and be successful in their journeys, using help from their peers all over the world, from all of the learners who came before them, and from all of YOU - the education leaders. Along the way, we make every educator and administrator’s life easier, with robust analytics and a ridiculously good user experience.

Roasting marshmellows

5:00 p.m. Campfire: Design Your Own Path - Creating Credentials of the Future


With Faith Dalzell, Pooja Addla Hari, Mukta Marathe, Jasmine Chase and Bailey Shaw

Panelists photos

This session is centered on alternative credentials and how they might be the future of education, at ASU and beyond. The program will include an overview of ASU's current offerings, a discussion on what alternative credentials are, breakout rooms discussing alternative pathways in other institutions, and a discussion of how to adapt these programs to the home institution of the attendees. The session is lead by Student Innovation Analysts from the Office of Applied Innovation. We hope to inspire those in education to think about how 21st century credentials are evolving and what we can keep doing!

Roasting marshmellows

6:00 p.m. Campfire Mixer: Zoom-Prov

Zoom-Prov is a unique and fun event exploring the creative potential of Zoom combined with improvisation to explore what makes us engage, laugh and connect. Learn advanced techniques and useful games you can bring into your own teaching and help bring students and communities together. Join Second City star Linda Kash and TV producer Allan Novak for a unique, collaborative comedy event. Bring an open mind,  a sense of play and be ready to laugh and have fun.

Missed a Session??

Don't worry we have you covered!!

All Around the Flagpole and Campfires (and most of the Neighborhood Sessions) will be available at the ShapingEDU YouTube channel. Due to the large quantity of the videos being produced over this engaging week (about 80+ videos!), it will take a couple of weeks to get them all edited and ready to share. Make sure you're subscribed to the ShapingEDU YouTube channel to be the first notified when new recordings are added!