May 11, 2015

Dr. MJ Bishop, director of the Center for Academic Innovation, will deliver the keynote address for the 12th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age 2015, 24 – 26 October in Maynooth, Greater Dublin, Ireland.

The CELDA conference aims to address the main issues concerned with evolving learning processes and supporting pedagogies and applications in the digital age. There have been advances in both cognitive psychology and computing that have affected the educational arena. The convergence of these two disciplines is increasing at a fast pace and affecting academia and professional practice in many ways.

Paradigms such as just-in-time learning, constructivism, student-centered learning and collaborative approaches have emerged and are being supported by technological advancements such as simulations, virtual reality and multi-agents systems. These developments have created both opportunities and areas of serious concerns.

This conference aims to cover both technological as well as pedagogical issues related to these developments. Main tracks have been identified, however innovative contributions that do not easily fit into these areas will also be considered as long as they are directly related to the overall theme of the conference – cognition and exploratory learning in the digital age.

April 20, 2015

(Adelphi, Md., April 20, 2015) –  At a tribute for retiring Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents announced that it is naming the Center for Academic Innovation for Kirwan. At the event attended by nearly 750 guests, former Board of Regents Chair Cliff Kendall announced "in recognition of your extraordinary leadership of the University System of Maryland, to acknowledge your transformative impact, and to honor your commitment to keep the System on the leading edge of the academic transformation movement, I have the great privilege of announcing that with tonight’s gala we also dedicate the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation." "It's a fitting way to honor Brit's achievements over the span of an incredible career, and his deep dedication to making higher education more accessible and affordable for everyone," says Center Director MJ Bishop. "We're proud to have the Center carry his name."

February 24, 2015

On Tuesday, February 24th, Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard and Montgomery College Innovation Works invited viewers to join in this engaging discussion about change and innovation in higher education.

The program was moderated by Chief Innovation Officer of Montgomery County Dan Hoffman. Panelists included Dr. MJ Bishop director of the Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland and Dr. Shelli Fowler senior director of Networked Pedagogies and Professional Development at Virginia Tech University.

Montgomery College Innovation Works is an integrated Think and Do Tank, a center for supporting and nurturing mission-driven innovation. For more information visit­s/