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Marni Baker Stein is keynote speaker for UT System online learning conference

Marni Baker Stein

Marni Baker Stein

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(March 28, 2014) -- Marni Baker Stein, chief innovation officer in the University of Texas System Institute for Transformational Learning, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Innovations in Online Learning (IOL) Conference May 21-23 in San Antonio,. The theme of the event is "Sparking Innovation for Education."

With 20 years of experience in developing innovative higher education programs, Baker Stein helps promote a culture of educational innovation across Texas and expanding access to educational programs that improve learning and reduce costs.

A catalyst for innovation, the Institute for Transformational Learning works to establish the nine universities and six health institutions of the University of Texas System as world leaders in developing and implementing best-in-class resources for online learning.

With a $50 million fund, the institute works to improve learning outcomes, develop blended and online degree and certificate programs and courses, and discover innovative teaching tools that promote interactivity.

Co-hosted by UTSA and the University of Texas at El Paso, the conference will highlight innovations at UT System and other schools. Educators from throughout the state and leaders from across the UT System will meet at the Hyatt Regency hotel on the San Antonio River Walk to explore innovative ways in which educational visionaries such as Stein are transforming the field.

"Conference organizers are offering interactive and engaging presentations related to changes and innovations in online education," said Mayra Collins, co-chair for this year's event. "Presenters will address the unique challenges and opportunities that come with the delivery, support, evaluation and management of online teaching and learning."

Seminar sessions will focus on best practices, innovative research and trends in technology.

IOL is designed for higher-education faculty, staff and students engaged at any level of online learning. Early bird registration ends April 4. For more information, visit the IOL Conference website.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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