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Thursday, December 3 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Why Student Led Innovation In Educational Technology?

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There is an untapped resource on college campuses which, if embraced, would enable us to make great strides in educational equity and effectiveness. If students who drop-out of college can revolutionize industries and create companies like Microsoft and FaceBook, then why can't current college students be innovators in education? I will be presenting four fundamental reasons why students are the optimal innovators for educational technology: Students are diverse, recently felt academic struggles, have a fresh perspective, and have better access to conduct user centered design. My colleagues at UC San Diego will then enter a panel discussion on the benefits of student-led innovation in educational technology and how universities and departments can help foster and support these students.

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Monal Parmar

Educational Vision Technologies
Monal Parmar is an engineering graduate student at UC San Diego where he is a TA for entrepreneurship courses and is Cofounder, CEO, and CTO of Educational Vision Technologies (EVT). EVT specializes in using artificial intelligence to automate the creation of content for online courses... Read More →


Joanna Boval

Director, Office for Students with Disabilities
Joanna Boval is the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at UC San Diego and has presented at national and international conferences on issues of universal design and access, policy development, and program implementation. She is also a member of UC San Diego's Equity... Read More →

Jimmy Cong

Jimmy Cong works at the Office for Students with Disabilities at UC San Diego as a Disability Specialist. His responsibilities include meeting with students to provide disability management counseling, keeping the OSD website up to date, and testing product accessibility around the... Read More →
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Treb Padula

Senior Educational Technology Specialist, University of California San Diego
Mr. Treb Padula is a Senior Educational Technology Specialist at the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Padula has worked in higher education for over 15 years. He spent 10 years working for California State University, Stanislaus, where he did everything from classroom technology... Read More →

Thursday December 3, 2020 1:30pm - 2:15pm PST