Campus DISTANCE LEARNING SYMPOSIUM FEATURES SIR KEN ROBINSON
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Keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson wowed the crowd at the inaugural Bay-to-Bay Distance Learning Symposium at USF St. Petersburg in February. Robinson, a renowned TED speaker and an internationally recognized authority on creativity and innovation in education and business, addressed the importance of instilling creativity in curricula at all grade levels. “It’s not often that we get to welcome a knight to our campus,” says USFSP Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, “not to mention one of TED’s most celebrated speakers and a best-selling author who has made the New York Times list, not once, but a couple of times.” The Bay-to-Bay Distance Learning Symposium was the first event to be hosted by the new Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, for which USFSP has received legislative funding.
USF St. Petersburg hosted the fourth annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs this spring. The three-day event brings together diplomats, military, media representatives, academics and other experts to engage in discussions about today’s most critical foreign affairs issues. Speakers included Nigerian filmmaker Nosarieme Garrick on stability in Africa; David Fidler, who tackled the complexities of China today; and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, who led a session on St. Petersburg as an international city. Panel discussion topics included the Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. relations with Cuba and Venezuela, gun control and gun rights, and health care. “This conference is a true source of pride for us,” says Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska. “It is widely recognized as a model partnership between campus and community.” The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a cooperative venture of the USFSP Honors Program and a group of civic-minded St. Petersburg residents. – CASEY CRANE ’06 | USFSP
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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION CLINT RANDLES RECORDS VIDEO FOR HIS COURSE IN USF INNOVATIVE EDUCATION’S NEW PRODUCTION STUDIO. FROM LEFT, JARED BROWN, JASON SU AND IAN CRENSHAW, ’10, WORK THE CAMERAS AND BOOM.
4TH WORLD AFFAIRS CONFERENCE DRAWS THOUSANDS TO USFSP
New Innovation Hub aids production of high-quality online courses IN AN EFFORT TO MEET THE growing demand for more flexible educational offerings, USF Innovative Education recently opened the new Innovation Hub, a collaborative space designed to empower USF faculty and staff to create affordable, accessible, high-quality online courses that meet the needs of today’s students. Located on the northwest corner of campus, the hub includes a video production studio, an audio recording booth, collaborative spaces and modern work stations. It’s the home of USF’s online course conversion and media innovation team, a group of instructional designers, multi-media designers and video production professionals who specialize in building sophisticated, interactive online courses. “If you took an online course 10 years ago, you may
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