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COE’s Innovation Studio to host 2nd annual Digital Media & Learning Summer Institute

Registration is open for the Innovation Studio’s 2nd annual Digital Media & Learning Summer Institute for Teachers (DML).

The DML Summer Institute will be held June 5-9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the Innovation Studio, located in the College of Education (classroom) building, room 3157 on Georgia Southern University’s campus.

Participants in the week-long professional development can expect hands-on activities with classroom technology that can be utilized to enhance the educational experiences of students in various subject areas. Instructional technology faculty member Mete Akcaoglu, Ph.D. will lead attendees in designing and developing learning experiences using cutting-edge technology such as virtual reality, 3D printing, robotics, electronics, coding, and the development and design of games and apps.

More importantly, Akcaoglu emphasizes, are the soft skills that teachers can cultivate in their students such as analytical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills.

“Different technologies exist. Some will be obsolete in a few years, and there will be great new technologies that emerge,” said Akcaoglu. “If we just teach the technology, then every few years their knowledge becomes obsolete. Instead, what we want to do is get students to learn and practice design and problem solving skills. These skills are never obsolete.”

Attendees can view a schedule and syllabus for the event by visiting the event’s website at

Registration is $250 and will close on Monday, May 15.

For photos and videos of last year’s DML Summer Institute event, visit the Innovation Studio’s Facebook or twitter pages (see #DMLgsu2016).


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