May 14 conference will feature adult learner best practices

March 22, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- This year's Hendrick Best Practices for Adult Learners Conference will feature Penn State administrators, faculty and staff sharing their best practices for working with and improving the educational experiences of adult learners University-wide. The event will be held Monday, May 14, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

Sponsored by the Penn State Commission for Adult Learners, the conference will feature presentations on a wide range of topics related to adult learners, as well as a panel discussion with adult learners.

The topic of the keynote address by Anya Kamenetz, educational gamechanger and senior writer for Fast Company Magazine, is "DIY U: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education." An educational futurist, Kamenetz is the author of the 2010 book "DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education," which focuses on how technology is disrupting the higher education industry. She will discuss talent, human capital and how institutions will need to evolve to meet future challenges.

The Commission for Adult Learners, comprised of faculty, staff and students from several University locations, is dedicated to improving the adult learner experience at the University.

The commission also sponsors two awards that are presented during the Hendrick Conference: the Superior Service to Adult Learners Award and Outstanding Adult Learner Recruitment or Retention Program Award. Nominations are open to current faculty, staff and students University-wide and can be made at the award website at through April 6.

To register for the Hendrick Conference, visit online. Call Judy Wills at 814-863-1316 with any registration questions.

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