July 6-8, 2021


EdMedia + Innovate Learning Workshops

Workshop 1: Augmented Reality Makerspace: Explore, Learn, Create

Abstract: How could we talk about engaging classroom experiences if our professional development is not interactive at all? We have all sat through PowerPoint presentations and article readings. Let’s shake up this conference and make it truly reflective of what is happening in classrooms. Get busy tinkering, designing, and modelling the practices of makerspace learning in professional development!
This workshop is all about making augmented reality playful for you to develop your ideas in a safe and creative space. After the introduction and demonstration, participants have the freedom and support to explore their own interests and to come up with their own creative projects using augmented reality tools. As often emphasized, hands-on practice right after the demonstration yields best results in terms of long-term memory and chances of further usage and development. Makerspace encourages participants to engage themselves with cutting-edge technology and create their own AR content. The choice of materials that will be offered ranges from personal (AR greeting cards, AR paper toys, AR keychains) to professional (AR business cards, AR shirts, AR tutorial sheets), but all new ideas are welcomed.
Join and rediscover your creativity using the top innovative technology in the field.


  1. Understand the components of augmented reality technology
  2. Identify potential uses of augmented reality within their practice
  3. Discuss the benefits and barriers of augmented reality in specific situations
  4. Create their own augmented reality materials (BYOD- laptops required)

Presenter: Sara Mursic has started her academic training in Croatia, at the University of Zagreb. After finishing a bachelor’s degree in Educational Rehabilitation (BA), she decided to continue her education at the University of Latvia where she acquired a master’s degree in Educational Treatment of Diversity, with distinction. Combining her academic interest for inclusive education and personal passion for innovative technology, she found herself in the development of augmented reality solutions for education. Sara is currently in her final year of the Ph.D. research programme at Edge Hill University, focusing on the implementation and engagement with augmented reality in inclusive educational settings.

As part of her current research project, she leads professional development training on augmented reality in education. So far, these training sessions have received great feedback from more than 10 primary schools in the UK. Apart from school-based training, Sara has been invited to facilitate these workshops at universities in Latvia, Croatia and Serbia, at numerous conferences and as a visiting academic at the North-West University in South Africa. Her work was recognised at some of the biggest national and international EdTech events, but her passion is making an impact on teachers’ everyday practice. More about her interactive materials can be found at www.AugmentedToys.org

Theresa Wills, George Mason University

Workshop 2: Strategies and Routines that Encourage Student Voice in Synchronous Online Instruction

Abstract: This presentation will fully immerse participants in a synchronous online classroom experience where they will explore 12 productive strategies for making student thinking visible using interactive slides. Through a variety of routines such as whole group, breakout rooms, and semi-structured class shares, participants will learn specific and purposeful activities and routines for making student thinking visible in the synchronous online environment.

Presenter: Theresa Wills, George Mason University

Workshop 3: Title TBA

Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan

Presenter: Elliot Soloway,  University of Michigan Center for Digital CurriculaDept of Computer Science and Engineering

Abstract & Info: Coming soon






Workshop 4: How to Improve Knowledge Sharing Practices in Your Team

Abstract: Like the shoemaker who always wears the worst shoes, many educational teams struggle to organize content curation and knowledge sharing within the team. As a result, coworkers often don’t know about each other’s projects and don’t have a chance to reuse existing learning materials. In this workshop, we will discuss top-down and bottom-up approaches to changing the situation: where you can start as a team leader or and individual contributor and how to engage fellow educators in effective knowledge sharing. Each workshop participant will create a step-by-step plan for implementing knowledge management techniques into their team’s work. As a bonus exercise, we will ideate ways to capture and share with colleagues lessons learned during this conference.

Elena Semeyko, Google via Artech


  1. Engage participants in a discussion on how effective knowledge sharing looks like
  2. Create a plan for improving the knowledge sharing culture in your team
  3. Develop a plan for sharing lessons from Emelia + Innovate Learning with colleagues

Presenter Bio: Elena Semeyko is an Instructional Designer with 10 years of experience in creating digital learning solutions and platforms. She specializes in working with adult learners and Higher Ed students and currently creates online courses for Google, helping company’s partners to use its marketing platforms. Particular interests include lifelong learning, student-centered environments, communities of practice and knowledge sharing culture in the workplace.