Montgomery County Community College to Host Technology and Online Learning Conference

September 8, 2021

Montgomery County Community College’s annual Technology and Learning Conference will feature a special roundtable titled “Artificial Intelligence and Deep Fake Videos and Impacts on Education.” The event is free and open to the community; all are welcome.

After a year of working and learning from home, educators and tech experts will soon come together to share what they’ve discovered and discuss what the classrooms of the future might look like.
Montgomery County Community College will host its annual Technology and Learning Conference on Friday, September 24, online from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and “Technology beyond the classroom”. The event is free and open to the community, but registration is required.

The event will feature a special panel on “Artificial Intelligence and Deep Fake Videos and Impacts on Education” with Dr. Lance Bush, President and CEO of the Challenger Center. The Challenger Learning Center will soon open its new location on the MCCC’s Pottstown campus and will be the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. It offers space-themed simulated learning environments to engage students in dynamic and hands-on opportunities.

The panel will also include Dr. Conrad Tucker, Arthur Hamerschlag career development professor in mechanical engineering; and Christopher Doss, associate policy researcher and education economist at RAND Corporation. Discussion starts at 9 a.m.

For Mary-Kate Najarian, Director of User Success and Learning Technologies, and Jennifer Kim, Chief Information Officer, who organize the event, the annual conference provides an opportunity for experts from different branches of the communities. technological and educational opportunities to meet and exchange ideas.

“It really drives innovation,” Kim said, “and helps make sure we’re moving in the right direction with technology.”

“It’s also a great networking opportunity both internally and externally,” said Najarian. “People come together from different institutions to share and collaborate with each other. We have built a solid reputation over the past 27 years, we have hosted this event that people know come back to year after year to gain additional knowledge.

Each of the planned roundtables offers something for everyone, and Najarian and Kim agreed that the main session should not be missed. “In the information age, we are constantly bombarded with so much that it is our personal responsibility to decipher what is real and what is not,” Kim said. “The main session will show you how easy it can be to create deep fakes so compelling your eyes can fool you. You will be given a new framework for the information you ingest online.”

“We try to create a diverse set of sessions for the participants. Depending on the interest of the participants, you might learn about the different learning modalities, the tools used for professional development and the enhanced learning experience, and much more, ”said Najarian.

Kim said that despite the year spent in quarantine, she hopes the conference will convince attendees to continue adopting virtual activities in the future.

“Not just events, but also virtual and hybrid courses,” she said. “Not only is there a need, but a desire to keep some of these virtual components to maintain flexibility in coursework. “

“We hope that these sessions will give the participants something to think about, model or examine the possibilities of what they can bring to the learner,” said Najarian.

Kim said she hoped attendees would be inspired by some of the panels they participate in and come away with a much broader view of the world of education and technology.

“For me, the big picture is that we all have our own vision of what we see. There’s a whole world beyond our individual horizons,” Kim said. “This event is ideal for that. Even if it doesn’t relate specifically to your experience, knowing what’s possible reminds you that the world is bigger than you might think.”


This press release was produced by Montgomery County Community College. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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