As you may know, South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film and music festivals and interactive conferences that take place every spring in Austin, Texas. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in size every year, and last year exceeded 12,000 people. Recently they added a track on education and have created a one-of-a-kind event where innovative leaders come together to change how we teach and learn, and to discuss the future of American education and career training.
Last year, Penn Foster presented “Online Education as a Passport for Learning,” which you can see our panel here.
This year we have submitted two sessions for consideration:
Future15 Presentation: Mobile Classrooms: At-risk Youth Learn On-The-Go
In this TedX-like talk, I will present our Mobile Classrooms idea. In our travels to meet our students, it became very clear to our team that transportation is hindering access to education. Our concept involves a fleet of self-driving buses, which students can “hail” through an Uber-like app. As we all know, blended learning provides the strongest outcome for our typically at-risk students, but is only available to a small subset. The Ed Mobile bus would provide students access to a classroom facilitator 24/7, so they can study, learn and progress on their time, in an environment free from distractions, with instructor support when they need it.
Playground Talk: Online But Not Alone: Linking Students From Afar
This 30 minute presentation is held in the SXSWedu Playground, showcasing a hands on experience for attendees. In this presentation, Dr. James Hurrell, director of Penn Foster’s Veterinary Academy, and Dana Hannan, one of our summa cum laude graduates, will share our award winning technologies, like our student community, and our which have helped increase student engagement, especially within the Vet Tech program.
Thank you in advance for your help and support.