Each year, Hobsons University brings together some of the most passionate people in higher education to learn, share, and build relationships around common challenges and opportunities from P-20.
In 2017, we'll have even more inspiring speakers, engaging sessions, useful training, and opportunities to network with colleagues. We hope you can join us.
5 Reasons to Attend
Bring your team to set goals and discuss successes and lessons learned. Discover what strategies institutions similar to yours find effective.
Hobsons strategically selects the keynote speaker for our attendees who will be engaging, inspiring, and will help you to gain a new perspective on your important work.
Forge New Partnerships
Make organic connections with your colleagues, share best practices, and elevate the presence of your institution. Attend events with our partners to discuss ways to assist your students on their journey to success.
Learn new techniques to become more efficient and productive in your role. Gain insight into best practices to share with your institution.
Pre-conference courses and general sessions led by Hobsons staff and client power users will provide you with the knowledge you need to make the most of Hobsons solutions at your institution.
Jane McGonigal is today’s leading speaker on the engagement economy and the application of game-design to the real world. Referencing lessons learned through her work creating games for organizations such as the World Bank, the Olympic Games, the American Heart Association, the New York Public Library, and many more. Jane is notable for bringing gaming to the healthcare space. Her best-known project is SuperBetter, a mobile app and web-based game that helps individuals challenge personal health challenges (depression, anxiety, chronic pain, stress reduction), and get support from their “allies” — real-life friends and family. With more than 400,000 players, it is currently under study at OSU Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania. Jane’s other healthcare games include collaborations with the American Heart Association and the Myelin Repair Foundation.
Her book, SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient (debuted at #7 on the New York Times Advice bestsellers list), reveals a decade’s worth of scientific research into the ways all games change how we respond to stress, challenge, and pain. She shares stories and data from players who have followed the SuperBetter rules to get stronger, happier, and braver in the face of depression, anxiety, illness, and injury.
Jeffrey J. Selingo has written about higher education for two decades. He is the author of three books, the newest of which, There Is Life After College (HarperCollins, 2016), is a New York Times bestseller. Named one of LinkedIn’s "must-know influencers" of 2016, Jeff is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, a special advisor and professor of practice at Arizona State University, and a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities.
Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University.
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