Talk Nerdy to Me: Using Technology to Brand, Build, and Boost your Business

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, captain of industry, or recent college graduate, each day is an opportunity to grow and build your personal brand through networking. Whether you’re with potential clients, colleagues, or friends- networking is key to expanding your visibility. You never know where the next conversation will lead!

Attending the session you will learn how to use LinkedIn to gain insight on people and businesses, prospect in order to gain new opportunities and continue to engage with connections post meeting. Learn hands-on how to engage with the platform to increase retention and maximize functions of your account.

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Badges as Certification: Teaching Certification for Graduate Student Instructors at SIU Carbondale

Graduate student instructors at research universities are often assigned teaching appointments even though they have little or no teaching experience or any real knowledge of classroom best practices. This interactive presentation will describe a pilot program that uses badges to track, share, and reward performance toward certification in teaching for graduate student instructors at Southern Illinois University. Presenters from SIU's Center for Teaching Excellence and ed-tech company Youtopia will share lessons learned at SIU and facilitate discussion of how badges reinforce engagement, motivation, and progress. Participants will use the Youtopia ToolKit to create their own badges.

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