Hear from others about my workshops, keynotes, and consulting that I have done for institutions and organizations over the years.
Boston University, School of Social Work
Lance was the keynote lecturer for our Fall 2023 Teaching Colloquium. In his presentation, titled “The Good, The Bad, The AI: Exploring Generative AI in Education”, Lance helped our faculty and staff develop an understanding of generative AI tools such as ChatGPT in the context of teaching in learning in an MSW program. Lance did a fantastic job of helping us think more critically about how we can use generative AI effectively in our teaching and considerations for student usage in the classroom. Most importantly, Lance provided a space to discuss some of the challenges with generative AI, particularly as it relates to equity and some of the bigger implications for education. He really did a great job laying the foundation for we as a school can thoughtfully embrace generative AI as a tool for anti-oppressive and inclusive practice.
Dr. Lyndsey McMahan, MSW Director of Inclusive Pedagogy, Boston University School of Social Work. September 2023
Brightpoint Community College
Lance’s impact as the Brightpoint Fall 2023 Convocation speaker was significant and well-received by both the audience and faculty. Despite the virtual format via Zoom, Lance managed to captivate the audience’s attention from the start of his presentation. His charisma and engaging speaking style held the audience’s focus throughout the event. What set Lance’s presentation apart was his transparent effort to understand the audience’s relationship with AI. He tailored his content to align with the attendees’ professional backgrounds, showcasing his attention to detail and ability to connect with the audience on a meaningful level. This personalized approach contributed to the overall success of his presentation.
Another highlight of Lance’s presentation was the inclusion of three of his students. These students provided authentic and engaging accounts of their experiences with AI. They openly shared their initial reservations about AI but highlighted how Lance’s guidance and support helped them overcome those apprehensions. Their stories painted a positive picture of Lance’s mentorship and the benefits of AI integration in their academic pursuits.
Lance’s presence as the Fall 2023 Convocation speaker left a lasting impression. His ability to engage, his tailored approach to the audience, his evident expertise in AI, and the inclusion of student testimonials all contributed to a compelling and impactful presentation. The virtual setting did not hinder his ability to connect with the audience and deliver a memorable experience.
Dr. Shauna Mayo, Director, Center For Teaching & Learning, Brightpoint Community College. August 2023
Bunker Hill Community College
“Lance Eaton’s plenary presentation titled “Fundamentals of OER: Everyone gets Pi” was the highlight of our Professional Development Day at Bunker Hill CC. Lance is a lively and relatable speaker. His command over the topic of Open Educational Resources and engaging style resonated well with Mathematics faculty. The material was engaging and hands-on. Lance’s mid-session cellphone activity energized the audiences. Participants took away real knowledge and actionable tips related to curating, implementing, licensing, and sharing, to use in development of OER courses. After walking off the podium, he was met with several of the participants, all waiting off-stage to further interact with him. Lance continued to bond with them off-stage by sharing his expertise. Lance consistently received high ratings on quality, content, and understanding in our feedback survey.”
Swati M. Kellar, Bunker Hill Community College, Making Sure Everyone Gets Pi: The Fundamentals of OER, January 2018.
“We invited Lance to speak at our institution’s summer institute in July 2019. The sessions were conducted at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Lance connected with us via web conference from Boston. The presentation and keynote was well received and incredible! The topic was on accessibility in online learning and the faculty and staff who attended the session enjoyed the talk and have referred back to the keynote. A big thank you to Lance Eaton!”
Rachael Afolabi Royes, Carlow University. The Struggle Is Real & Often, Invisible: Accessibility and Universal Design for Online Learning. September 2018
Career Counselors Consortium NE
Lance Eaton presented a session entitled Exploring Generative AI in the Employment Landscape for the Career Counselors Consortium NE. The session was chock full of incredible content – relevant to the audience, engaging, creative and practical. With a wide range of experience with AI among the audience members, Lance provided specific information about various AI tools and used concrete examples of how to use AI when advising on career choice and job search strategies. Lance was particularly skillful at encouraging questions and answering them (there were a lot!) succinctly. He created a very inclusive, open, and welcoming learning environment for all participants.
Laurie Stickels, Career Counselors Consortium NE, October 2023
Community College of Rhode Island
“Lance was invited to come to the Community College of Rhode Island and, in a half-day workshop, inspire faculty to develop a culture of reflective practice. He was generous with his time and expertise throughout the planning process to share his knowledge with our faculty. It is a testament to his ability to engage authentically with our faculty and his command of a diverse set of teaching practices that he met this challenge and exceeded our expectations. His presentation embodied the principles he was advocating through regular points of reflection and sharing. “
Karen Bellnier, Community College of Rhode Island. Let’s Get Critical: Reflection, Inclusion, and Open Praxis in Teaching and Learning,
Franklin Pierce University
“Lance Eaton spoke at Franklin Pierce University on the topic of open pedagogy. I had heard him speak at a workshop on OER and thought he would be a good fit for the digital literacy initiative we are pursuing at Pierce. Besides providing an overview of open pedagogy, Eaton provided numerous examples of how he is applying its principles in the classes he has taught (popular culture, American Literature, among others). Some of these included having students edit existing Wikipedia pages and create blogs in order to create a kind of “digital footprint” for themselves that will help them when they begin their job search.
While obviously an advocate of open pedagogy, Lance was quick to provide numerous caveats. Faculty hoping to adopt its principles should break themselves in slowly. And not all students will respond positively to open pedagogical methods. Some may be overwhelmed by the possibility of helping to shape the content of their courses. “
Lance also discussed some leading scholars in the field, among them Maha Bali,
Paul O. Jenkins, Franklin Pierce University. Open Pedagogy: Doing By Discipline. January 2019.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Lance led a workshop on Generative AI in Higher Education tailored to the Dental Education audience. Using his knowledge and experience, and structured for a professional school audience, he demonstrated many ways this emerging technology could find its way into the institution. Mindful of the diverse audience of faculty, staff, and even the Dean, Lance engaged the audience in discussion and discovery.
Lance’s experiences as a student, a teacher, and a thinker shone through and gave him a unique ability to see both the opportunities and the drawbacks of this new set of tools. His own use of it and discussions of it in the classroom allowed him to speak authoritatively to the nature of Generative AI, and how to approach matters of policy and practice. All the while, his wit and presentation style ensured that the audience was comfortable with asking the questions in their minds. Generous with both his knowledge and his resources, Lance exceeded expectations and everyone left commenting on the value of the session.
Chad Bergeron, Instructional Technologist. Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Don’t Believe The Hype AND Don’t Panic: Exploring Generative AI in Educational Contexts. May 2023.
North Shore Community College
Lance Eaton expertly presented an “Artificial Intelligence 101” session to well over 200 faculty, staff and administrators over Zoom for a governance meeting at our community college. The goal of the meeting was to bring everyone at the college up to some minimum of knowledge and understanding of AI. Given the challenges of so many audience members and the Zoom format, Lance was extremely effective in meeting that goal. He was clear about what we know about artificial intelligence at this time and what we do not know. He gave good advice on next steps and guidelines for AI use without being prescriptive. Lance also provided an abundance of additional resources for all the participants to explore and further their understanding of AI. Mr. Eaton is a context expert but also skilled in teaching and learning methodology. Thus our college received both AI expertise and an engaging delivery that involved the audience and energized them for the future. I would recommend tapping Lance Eaton’s many talents as your institution grapples with artificial intelligence and other higher education technology trends.
William A. Heineman, Ed. D. President, North Shore Community College. October 2023
Northern Essex Community College
“Lance delivered a workshop on digital service-learning for faculty and staff to help us expand civic engagement opportunities beyond the boundaries of time and location. He was very knowledgeable on the subject and his experience as a faculty member and instructional designer proved essential and useful in encouraging newcomers into the field of service-learning.
He brought great energy, exceptional personal skills, professionalism, and expertise to the workshop. His sense of humor, strong work ethic, and passion for learning make him one the most dedicated and enthusiastic individuals with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Lance as a facilitator and educator. He will bring his extensive skills, knowledge, and experience to help create an effective and engaging learning experience to your faculty and institution. “
Melba Acevedo. Northern Essex Community College. Digital Service Learning: Taking Volunteering Online. November 2016.
Lance Eaton delivered a dynamic and engaging workshop on the use of Generative AI in Higher Education to our entire Academic Affairs department, including our part-time faculty. He began by cautioning us about the potential inequities that could arise from the rapid growth of AI. Throughout his visit, he was thought-provoking and generated lively discussion. Lance provided guided training materials and left each of us with not only a better understanding of AI, but also a host of ideas to consider as new technology develops. We were all excited about the future of AI and look forward to inviting Lance back to our university again soon.
Dr. Sandra D. Wilson Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Post University. April 2023.
Lance was invited to Providence College to speak on Open Education Resources during our faculty Instructional Technology summer institute in June 2021. He did a wonderful job working with both faculty familiar with (and using) OER and faculty being introduced to open pedagogy and resources for the first time. The discussion was lively, fun, and our faculty felt it was a great use of their time. I highly recommend Lance and we will be asking him to come back!
Julie A. Cicilline, Providence College. OER’s Secret Level: Open Pedagogy And Empowering Student Engagement. June 2021.
South Carolina Technical College System
“Lance Eaton conducted a session titled “Choice by Design: Using Hybrid Flexible Pedagogy to Empower Students” at the South Carolina Technical College System’s annual Faculty Institute. Faculty from the 16 technical/community colleges were given resources to aid in the pedagogical process. Lance’s presentation style and knowledge about the subject kept the audience engaged throughout the session. Due to the positive feedback from Lance’s session at the Faculty Institute, we invited him to conduct a webinar for faculty and staff across the state. The webinar, “Let’s Talk: Strategies for Meaningful Discussions & Rewarding Group Projects in Online Courses,” was our most popular session for 2018. Participants learned how to improve discussions in online courses, engage online students in meaningful group projects, and various other methods to engage students in online courses. Lance’s ability to engage audiences and openness and flexibility to the audience needs makes him a joy to work with on professional development training.”
Texas Christian University
Lance Eaton facilitated a two-part virtual workshop on Open Pedagogy to TCU faculty interested in community-based learning. It was a pleasure to work with Lance to develop the plan for the workshop. He created online materials and led the initial session to provide the basics for adopting Open Pedagogy, challenging faculty to practice some of the tools before re-grouping three weeks later to discuss their experiences. Faculty members in attendance were very intrigued by the topic and developed innovative approaches to increase student engagement and agency. I was very satisfied with the balance between theory and hands-on activities Lance incorporated in his facilitation. He certainly contributed to enhancing teaching and learning for instructors and their students.
Rosangela Boyd, PhD, Texas Christian University. Beyond the Semester: Using Open Pedagogy to Make Learning & Activities Have Lasting Impact. October 2020.
Urban College of Boston
Lance provided multiple faculty development sessions at the Urban College of Boston during Fall 2022. He spent careful time working to understand the unique position of our entirely adjunct faculty, our multilingual student population, and our campus technology landscape. He crafted college specific training materials that the faculty are still raving about – and the live-virtual sessions were the top reviewed offerings of the semester. I’m so glad we asked Lance to join us as part of our faculty development series.
Dr. Danielle Leek, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Urban College of Boston. October 2022.
University of Saint Joseph
We invited Lance to offer a three-part workshop series on HyFlex Pedagogy to prepare our faculty for the Fall semester. The sessions were held remotely on Zoom to facilitate social distancing. Lance was able to engage faculty from a variety of departments and with a variety of technological abilities, helping to ease some of their concerns about preparing for the Fall semester. At each workshop, he provided valuable resources and group activities to help faculty map out their courses and anticipate potential issues they might encounter. Faculty appreciated how Lance balanced sharing his own ideas and experience with letting faculty hear from their colleagues.
To add to the concerns of preparing for a HyFlex semester, the workshop took place right when a hurricane hit Connecticut, leaving some of our faculty without power for several days. Lance was understanding and flexible, working with us to shift the workshop so that faculty wouldn’t miss out on the content. I highly recommend Lance as a professional development facilitator. Thanks for an engaging program!
Kaitlin M. Walsh, University of Saint Joseph. Hybrid Flexible During a Pandemic Workshop. January 2021.
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