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June 3-4 | Rochester, MN

Higher Education Innovation Summit 2021

The Higher Education Innovation Summit is now scheduled for June 3-4, 2021 and will be held virtually. 

Join us virtually for the Higher Education Innovation Summit June 3-4, 2021.

The 2021 Higher Education Innovation Summit provides an opportunity to explore and share innovations in higher education, collectively considering evidence, emerging best practices and challenges.

Higher Education Innovation Summit Schedule

View the full agenda for the Higher Education Innovation Summit.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Registration and Higher Education Innovation Summit Welcome 

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Morning Keynote: Dr. Cathy Davidson “Revolutionizing Learning”

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Cathy Davidson Workshop - "How To Transform Every Classroom", Panel Presentations and Demonstrations

12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Networking

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Panel Presentations and Workshops 

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Networking

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Workshops and Roundtables


Friday, June 4

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Morning Keynote: Dr. Jennifer Sparrow

10:10 a.m. -12:45 p.m. - Workshops, Ted Talks and Demonstrations


Keynote Speakers

Cathy Davidson, educational innovator and a distinguished scholar of the history of technology and Jennifer Sparrow, Associate Vice President, teaching and learning with technology will share their passion for innovation as keynote speakers.

Session Topics

Registration to the Higher Education Innovation Summit will provide you with access to higher education researchers, practitioners and other experts as presenters and session leaders.  

A sampling of scheduled sessions:

  • How Do You Know When You're Succeeding at Innovation?
  • Multiple Theoretical Frameworks for Mindful Technology Integration.
  • Fostering Faculty-Student Relationships Through Open Space Tutoring Centers.
  • Bridging the Classroom and the Real World Through "Choose Your Own Adventure" Simulation.
  • Helping Our Students to Become Better Procrastinators.


The 2021 Higher Education Innovation Summit will be provided at a 40% discount. Registration closes June 1, 2021

  • Professional attendee rate $205

  • Student attendee rate $105

  • UMN campuses or extensions rate $175

Benefits of attending:

  • Opportunity to discuss trends, opportunities and challenges in higher education.

  • Explore best practices for teaching and learning with technology.

  • Ignite your creativity with other innovative educators.

  • Engage virtually with peers.

Who should attend:

  • Passionate innovators

  • Faculty members

  • Individuals needing a creative boost

  • Post Docs

  • Educators looking to connect with other educators

  • Graduate students

Previous Attendee Experience 

“I found the summit very helpful because it was a supportive, collaborative, non-competitive environment where a lot of cross-disciplinary sharing was available,” said Henderson Vazquez. “Attendees were from different institutions, departments and stages of their careers, but their priorities were to be collaborative, student-focused and take risks when they are supported by evidence. The Higher Education Innovation Summit was vastly different than any other conference because of this.” - Teresa Henderson Vazquez, Higher Education Innovation Summit Attendee

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