Medaille E-Learning Team Members Are Honored as VIPs at Anthology Together 2022 Global EdTech Conference, Present on Keeping Students Engaged in Online LearningPosted by Medaille University Office of Communications
Representatives from Medaille University’s Office of Online Learning and e-learning team attended the Anthology Together 2022 Global EdTech Conference, held in Orlando, Florida, from July 11 to 14, which brings together the most innovative education technology professionals from around the world. Medaille’s Director of Online Learning Mary Beth Scumaci and Instructional Technology Specialist Raymond Drechsel were honored with VIP status at the conference and were inducted into the inaugural Blackboard Ultra Ambassador Program. On July 12, Scumaci and Digital Learning Technologist Julianna Woite also presented a session at the conference, titled “Make ‘em Laugh, Make ‘em Learn: Using Humor & Pop Culture to Keep Students Engaged in Online Learning.”
Scumaci and Woite presented to a full house of education professionals from around the world, offering creative strategies and ideas for integrating pop culture and humor into the online classroom. They included research on humor in education, as well as information on how to connect with Gen Z students in ways that make them feel both inspired and at ease. Attendees were actively engaged in the presentation, sharing experiences and additional ideas for success.
As Blackboard Ultra Ambassadors and experts in online learning platforms, Scumaci and Drechsel will collaborate with Anthology on Ultra Learn projects moving forward this year, and they will use Medaille’s successful implementation as an example for other institutions across the world. Scumaci and Drechsel were recognized at an Ultra Ambassador Reception at the conference and the Anthology Together Client Advocate Reception, where Anthology CEO Jim Milton provided words of gratitude to all of the ambassadors for their work in the advancement of online education.
Anthology is a global leader in holistic EdTech solutions, including Blackboard Learn. The annual Anthology Together conference is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together industry thought leaders, education professionals and learners from all backgrounds and life experiences share and discuss the key issues and trends in education technology that will drive innovation throughout the year and beyond.
Photo 1: Pictured left to right are Mary Beth Scumaci and Julianna Woite having fun before their presentation.
Photo 2: Pictured left to right at the Anthology Ultra Ambassador Reception are Mary Beth Scumaci, Anthology Senior Director of Community Marketing Sheryn Anthes and Raymond Drechsel.