EMBA Tech Conference Closes Gap Between Tech and Academia


In an attempt to better understand and integrate technology with graduate education, Saint Mary’s hosted the third annual EMBA Tech conference in San Francisco this March. EMBA Tech brings together leaders in the academic and business communities to cultivate innovation and increase communication between disparate elements of higher education.

Attendees of the conference included CEOs, CTOs, deans, directors and publishers from major organizations and universities.  Industry leaders like Kaiser Permamente, the Stern School of Business at New York University, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Microsoft, XanEdu Publishing, and the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California, among others, participated in the two day event.


“The convergence of technology and academia is already a part of us,” said SEBA Graduate Business Director of Technology and Online Programs Barry Eckhouse. “How we move forward from here is no longer an IT conversation or an academic discussion. We’re in this now, and we’re in it together.”

Key topics on this year’s agenda included flipped classes and faculty development, cloud-based mobile e-learning, digital literacy and proficiency, and instructional support systems.

Saint Mary's College Professors Nancy Lam and Rebecca Carroll joined Eckhouse at the conference. Professor Lam led a presentation titled “Case Study of a Management Course Using Second Life,” while Carroll delivered an address concerning digital voice assessment of student work. Saint Mary’s Chief Technology Officer Peter Greco also participated in a panel discussion titled “Anytime, Anyplace...and Now Any Device?” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Beth Dobkin was also a participant at the conference.

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Clips and presentations from the conference are being uploaded continuously. Visit embatech.com to catch all of the highlights.