July 23: (A)synchronized Swimming


Discussions and demos around the digital campus -- student success experiences, programs and products with direct applications for live or anytime learning

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


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

Start your day right with informal conversation and virtual breakfast, led by Head Happy Campers Dhyana Dahl and Deborah Dodaro -- 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: Rise of the Digital Campus

Hosted by

What is a digital campus and why is it important? Hear from Executives at Slack and Deloitte on how collectively we can prepare for the future of work. Then join us for a panel to hear from fellow students, faculty, and staff about how today's rise of digitally immersive campuses are setting the stage for the future of higher education.


Matt Sopha

Arizona State University

Christina Kosmowski


Jenae Cohn

Stanford University

Steven Hatfield


Austin Nabors-Keating


Neighborhood Sessions

Neighborhood Breakout Sessions

9:15 a.m. Sessions

American Popular Culture: My Journey From the Del Fuegos, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tom Petty to College Professor

Dr. Warren Zanes

Dr. Warren Zanes is a New York Times bestselling author and Grammy-nominated producer. The former Executive Director of Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation and VP of Education and Programs at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Warren has taught at several American universities, presently New York University. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesRolling Stone, the Oxford American, and more.  He is the editor of collections on Jimmie Rodgers and Tom Petty, has written books including Dusty in MemphisRevolutions in Sound: Fifty Years of Warner Bros. Records, and Petty: The Biography, which Rolling Stone named one of the top ten music books of 2015. After conducting interviews for Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Zanes acted as Consulting Producer for the Oscar-winning Twenty Feet from Stardom and a producer on the 8-part PBS series Soundbreaking. A former member of Warner Bros. recording artists The Del Fuegos, he has released four solo recordings.

Note: this session will not be recorded.

Character Animator: Real time Animation

Matthijs Clasener Motion Design Teacher, GLR, Rotterdam

If only everything in life was as clear and intuitive as Adobe Character Animator. Even its name is gloriously straightforward. Matthijs Clasener introduces you to real-time motion capture animation so intuitive and smooth, you can even livestream your creations. Prepare to be wowed.

Find assets for Adobe Sessions and more information here.

How Florida Atlantic University Gains New Insights and Transformed Financial Planning Across the Enterprise

Amy Cavasos, Finance & HR Information Systems, FAU. Stacey Bell, Associate Vice President for Finance, Planning and Analysis, FAU

Interested in learning how Florida Atlantic University provided users with the ability to combine historical and current data for trend analysis, budget decision-making, and other related analytics across financial management, payroll, and HR ? Or how the office of the CFO transformed financial planning capabilities to continuously plan and collaborate without stepping foot on campus? Join this session to learn about the benefits of Workday Prism Analytics and Workday Adaptive Planning at Florida Atlantic University.

Digital Disruption and Slack 


Samantha Becker, Executive Director of Creative and Communications, ASU & Warick Pond, Executive Director of Strategic Implementation Office, ASU

In this session, two ASU leaders involved in the enterprise rollout of Slack will share top lessons learned around strategy, communications and community, and operational change management. Does it really matter what you call a Slack channel? How do you get people excited to use yet another platform? What does it take to get 2,000 courses on Slack? We'll be tackling those burning questions and more, so get ready for actionable tips to make your team or organization's use of Slack as meaningful and valuable as possible

Surfing Chaos: Narratives Across the Digital Divide

Tom Haymes, Ideator, Ideaspaces

What a strange trip 2020 has been. From politics to pandemic to jarring digital shifts in teaching and learning and now to the politics of pandemic education it’s been hard to make sense of it all. As we struggle as teachers and educational leaders, our students are also adrift in a sea of chaos. College itself is a chaotic experience for them. There is so much to make sense of in the whirling hurricane of thought and ideas that they encounter. What am I supposed to learn? What’s important? What’s the point of it all? This was daunting when I entered college 30 years ago. Now the pandemic has cast these fragile communities of learning to the digital winds. Join us on a Learning Man hike through the construction of narratives within classes, degrees, and lifelong learning. It will challenge participants to present the narratives of learning (and the tools available to them) that they present their students and our student participants to consider the maps (tools) they are being given to navigate the complex pathways back to the Learning Man campfire. (We promise to send out search parties for those left behind in the desert.)

Meeting the Unique Needs of Your Faculty and Student Workers

Ron Wagner VP Higher Education Strategy, Workday. Kelly Williams, Principal Solution Consultant, Workday

Academic institutions are structured quite differently than organizations with corporate management. Faculty, provosts, deans, student workers, and other academic professionals have specific needs relating to information management, processing, and reporting. Hear how Workday provides a flexible foundation for managing academic pay and appointments, professorships, committees, grant funding, adjunct and student hiring, tenure, certifications, and much more. This session will include a live product demonstration.

*Note: This session will not be recorded. 

Using Data Insights and Analytics to Improve Remote Learning

Emma Giles, COO; Ayse Baybars, Chief Joy Officer

These past 5 months have been a whirlwind. Students are at home, and...so are we. So how do we know how they’re doing? Sure, we can do tests, and we can mark attendance, but do we really know how they’re doing? Who’s struggling - who’s falling behind? Who’s excelling and could help a friend? Are students using school resources? How much? Are there internet resources out there that could help all of our students if we knew about them? So many questions. So little time. 

Join Team Sophya as we do a deep dive into data, analytics, insights, and privacy in the learning environment. We’ll start with an emoji-filled competitive flashcard game bonanza (yes, there are prizes), hear from breakout participants about data that’s been helpful or that you wish you could have, and see how robust data can lead to improved curricula and ultimately to the educational holy grail: personalized learning (for real, this time!).

Canvas Community, COVID, and You

The Canvas Community is the global home for all users of the Canvas learning management system. With over 750,000 members, the Canvas Community is a vibrant and collaborative space for educators, technologists, students, and admins worldwide. Every day, tens of thousands of people come to the forum looking for answers and opportunities to connect with and help one another.  When the COVID-19 pandemic closed onsite in-person learning around the world, we saw a tidal wave of increased activity in the Community.  Like Canvas itself, the Community withstood the deluge and came out stronger than before.  Learn how you can become involved in the Canvas Community and what is in store as we move to a new community platform.

10:15 a.m. Sessions

Creating a Character with Character Animator

Kevin McMahon

Ever wondered how to create and animate a puppet or avatar to deliver online learning content to your students instead of having to be your best self everytime in front of a webcam? Wonder no more! Olympian and graphic design ninja, Kevin McMahon, shows you how to create and rig a character with Illustrator that you can use in Adobe's Character Animator.

Find assets for Adobe Sessions and more information here.

Skilling Up Students for the Digital Workforce with Salesforce

Mollie Leonard, ASU 

Learn about the free resources available to educators to help prepare students for jobs in the Salesforce ecosystem. We’ll review some of the student programs Salesforce runs, how ASU is currently educating students using Trailhead, and best practices for getting started! 

Innovation in the Classroom

Dr. Alex Mehlhase, Lecturer of Software Engineering; Professor Prescott Perez-Fox, Lecturer in Graphic Information Technology; Allie Nakonek, Slack Customer Success Manager in Higher Education

In this session we spotlight instructors from ASU who are going above and beyond to provide digitally immersive experiences for their students. We will see first hand how they foster learning experiences through Slack to engage students thoroughly in course content.

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.

Listening, Learning & Leading - What’s next for Zoom for Education?

Anne Keehn, Global Education Lead, & Tain Barzso, Education Product Development Lead

Hear from the Zoom for Education team about Zoom's commitment to education globally, security updates, and sneak preview of our product roadmap.

Empower any learning environment from virtually anywhere with Dropbox Education

Evan McWhirter, Technical Architect, EDU

People and teams are now adjusting to the realities of a remote workforce at a whole new scale. More than 10 million students, faculty, and staff in the education sector use Dropbox to enable collaboration - anywhere, anytime, on any device.

In this session you’ll learn how Dropbox is making collaboration seamless across campuses by bringing your tools, content, and people together with a secure and connected Dropbox smart workspace.

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Humersive Learning -The Making of the Framework 
Emory Craig, ASU ShapingEDU Innovator in Residence (2019-20), Co-founder of Digital Bodies & Maya Georgieva, ASU ShapingEDU Innovator in Residence (2019-20), Co-founder of Digital Bodies, and Director of Digital Learning and XReality Center at the New School

The ShapingEDU Hummersive Learning project asks critical questions about the human and student experience in the context of emerging technologies and the convergence of extended reality (XR) and artificial intelligence (AI). Join us as we continue to explore and map the five pillars of the framework:
  • Efficacy in Immersive Learning Experiences
  • Access and Accessibility in XR
  • The Convergence of Spatial Computing and AI
  • Ethics in a Digital Age
  • Innovation in the Higher Education Ecosystem

Walk the digital map, see examples and emerging practices, and make your mark by contributing to a framework in the making. In this interactive, discussion-driven, part prototyping, and design-thinking session, we invite you to participate and act as we rethink what defines humanizing learning in a digital age.

Camp Hike

11:15 a.m. Camp Hike + Tour : Scavenger Hunt

Exclusively in 

Technologist and multimedia designer Auryan Ratliff will host a scavenger hunt scouring the grounds of the ASU Virtual VirBELA Campus. Test your knowledge of the campus by finding everything on the list, and earn your navigator badge for completion.

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.

Campfire & Mixer

5:00 p.m. Campfire: Digital Education and Tribal Rights

First nation peoples are the original communities of the Americas numbering more than 40m persons. Systemic and institutional racism is part of the historic and current reality impacting all facets of life, including access, adoption, and use of digital technologies. In this camp-wide session, gain an understanding of the importance of digital inclusivity for social justice with respect to tribal communities. What is the role of education in the pursuit of social justice? How do tribal rights come into play in the digital age? Learn answers to these questions and others from speakers representing not only experts in their field, but members of indigenous communities as well.



Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy

Leah Gazan
Member of the Canadian Parliament

Matt Rantanen
Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association

Traci Morris
Executive Director, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University

Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy
President’s Professor of Indigenous education and justice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University


6:00 p.m. Campfire Mixer - Special Concert

What’s summer camp without some tunes around the campfire? From 6-8pm on July 23rd, join us for a special concert featuring world-class musicians.

Musical Performers


Wycliffe Gordon


Laura Joy


Moniquea Martinez


Terra Naomi


Nadia Angelini


Walter Richardson


Gabrielle Dodaro


Chandler White

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!