UF Online Hosts STEMPowered Conference

Event Overview:

University of Florida Online hosts and invites faculty from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to the first State University System of Florida Symposium and Showcase, featuring frank engagement and exchange of ideas on the future of STEM Courses and Labs for undergraduate students.

Join us as we discuss how to ensure the wise integration of EdTech in STEM. Be part of lively discussions among faculty across the system and enjoy the conference’s many offerings, including captivating speakers, engaging panels, and a poster session.

Call for Proposals:

We welcome proposals from faculty, both tenure and non-tenure track, from every STEM field across the State University System of Florida. Proposals are encouraged from faculty who have already amplified the engagement and learning in their classrooms and/or labs using some form of educational, interactive technology.

Presentations can be 10-20 minutes and highlight their course or lab innovation, its impact on learning outcomes, and the lessons learned in the process of integrating technology into STEM undergraduate courses and/or labs, including courses offered in the following modalities: face-to-face, hybrid, completely via digital pathways, and any options in between. Presentations must target a faculty, peer audience by discipline, be visually interesting but discrete in presentation length in order to ensure adequate time for faculty questions, dialogue, and discussion in each session.

Additionally, we welcome poster presentations featuring an innovative application of technology to the STEM undergraduate classroom, curriculum, or lab delivery method or design.

If you are interested in presenting at STEMPowered, please submit a proposal through our online portal. You will need to create an account by registering as a new user. Once you are logged in, click on Submit an Abstract and follow the prompts as directed. Please review our submission instructions and requirements carefully before submitting. Proposals are currently being accepted for both oral and poster presentations. All proposals must be submitted by August 1, 2018. Individuals selected will be notified by August 25, 2018.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Florencia Otegui via email at or by phone at (352) 273-4478.

Tentative Agenda:

Please note that all of the time slots include the secondary option to visit exploration tables.

9:00 – 9:15 am
  • Kickoff and Welcome
9:15 – 10:00 am
  • Keynote Speaker
10:00 – 10:15 am
  • Framing Overview: Today’s Sessions
  • Faculty perspectives by discipline
  • Exploration Tables available all day
  • Closing plenary discussion on issues that cut across disciplines
  • Networking Reception and Poster Session

Faculty Perspective Breakout Sessions and Exploration Tables Follow

*Final breakout session disciplines TBD*

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Breakout Session One
  • Visit Faculty and Vendor Exploration Tables
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Breakout Session Two
  • Visit Exploration Tables
2:00 pm – 2:10 pm
  • Break
  • Visit Exploration Tables
2:15 – 3:15 pm
  • Breakout Session Three
  • Visit Exploration Tables
3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Panel and Audience Q&A
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Networking and Poster Reception
    (light food provided)
  • Visit Exploration Tables

Please note that all of the time slots include the secondary option to visit exploration tables.

8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Visit Exploration Tables
9:30 am – 10:30am
  • Breakout Session Four
10:35am – 10:55am
  • Break
  • Visit Exploration Tables
11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Faculty Round Table: Cross Discipline Intersections:
    Facilitated by: Emma Brady
  • Visit Exploration Tables
12:05pm – 12:15pm
  • Closing Remarks/End of Conference

The work required for online courses can take a variety of forms such as lectures, discussion boards, reading, interactive labs, group projects, problem sets, research papers and recorded presentations. In general, you should allot three to four hours of work per week for every credit. Therefore, for an average course load of 12 credits per semester, students should schedule 36 to 48 hours of study time per week.

Here are some suggestions to help manage your coursework.

  • At the start of each term, read the calendar and syllabus for each course you’re enrolled in to understand:
    • the work required for the course
    • assignment and exam deadlines
  • Plot out your coursework in your calendar.
    • Set specific times to work on course materials.
    • Give yourself time to absorb the content; shorter, more frequent study sessions will improve comprehension (and stress levels) than one massive study session per week.

Have more questions?

For more information and to register for the event, visit the conference Registration page. To submit a proposal, visit our online portal, create an account and select Submit an Abstract . To become a sponsor of the conference, visit the Sponsorship page. Additionally, you can reach Florencia Otegui using the contact information below.

Florencia Otegui
Phone: (352) 273-4478


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