The biola.digital conference is designed to empower individuals with the vision, knowledge, and relationships necessary to be thoughtful stewards of digital technologies for the cause of Christ.
Join us as we gather together like-minded people around one primary goal: to understand how we can use digital technologies to accomplish the missions of our organizations. The conference will be organized around three tracks: Education, Strategy, and Theology.
This year we are honored to host Michael Hyatt as our keynote speaker.
June 4-6, 2013
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639
Full Conference Registration: $199
Includes Michael Hyatt keynote and two days of sessions
Faculty/Staff Discount: $59
Student Discount: $49
Just show your faculty/staff/student ID from any school or university
Michael Hyatt Keynote Only: $29
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Sessions in the Theology track are designed to explore the complex issues surrounding the practice of our faith and the use of digital technologies. Speakers will address issues such as: How does the use of these technologies deepen our faith? How does it help us love our neighbor?
Sessions in the Strategy track provide insight into how organizations can leverage Internet and social media tools to make their organizations more successful. Speakers in this track will address practical issues such as how to gain more social media followers and increase return on investment.
Sessions in the Education track will explore the topic of using technology for academic and community-building purposes. Attendees should expect to learn from experts in the field on how to more effectively use social media and mobile technologies to deliver educational value and deepen relationships with students.
Michael Hyatt has spent his career in book publishing. As a publisher, former literary agent, New York Times bestselling author, and popular blogger, he has a unique perspective on the rapidly changing world of content creation and delivery.
Michael is the former Chairman & CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest faith-based publisher in the world and now part of HarperCollins. He began his career at Word Publishing while a senior at Baylor University. In the 30 years since then, he has worked in nearly every facet of book publishing.
He is also an expert in the field of social media. His newest book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His blog, MichaelHyatt.com, is ranked by Google in the top one-half percent of all blogs with more than 300,000 unique visitors a month. His podcast, This Is Your Life, is consistently in the top ten in the Business category on iTunes and downloaded by more than 100,000 people a month. He has more than 150,000 followers on Twitter.
While Michael loves his work, it is not the most important thing in his life. That position belongs to his family. He has been married to his wife, Gail for thirty-four years. They have five daughters, four sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. They live just outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Scott E. Hamm is the Director of Mobile Learning Research at Abilene Christian University in the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning where he directs the mobile learning fellows research program. He teaches online and face-to-face and is a member of the Sloan Consortium's workshop faculty and presents workshops for the Sloan Consortium's online teaching certification and mobile learning mastery series. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in computing technology in education from Nova Southeastern University. Recent publications include a chapter in the Handbook of Mobile Learning and a forthcoming chapter in Mobile Pedagogy and Perspectives on Teaching and Learning, an IGI publication (In Press).
Scott will be leading a session in the Education track entitled "Mobile Learning: Research, Trends, and Implications for the Christian University."
John Edmiston is the CEO of Cybermissions and is a transformational leader involved in developing other leaders both online, in the seminary classroom, and in and face to face mentoring. John has had a deep interest in technology and its uses for the Kingdom of God since the early 90's. He likes to stretch the boundaries of the mind with challenging presentations.
John will be leading a breakout session in the Theology track entitled "The Ubiquitous Gospel: What Changes When The Gospel Goes Global?"
Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.Com and the lead blogger at Christian Web Trends. Paul lives in Safety Harbor, FL with his wife and 3 children, where he serves as elder of Cypress Meadows Community Church. He also blogs at LiveIntentionally.org and serves on the board for SpringsOfHopeKenya.org, a home for children in Nakuru who have lost their parents to AIDS.
Paul will be leading a breakout session in the Strategy track entitled "Grand Central: Making Your Website a Powerful Hub of Communication, Connection & Growth."
Carolyn Mae Kim has experience working with national and global clients on creative communication strategies. Her specialization is in social media and organizational relationship building on digital platforms. She serves as a full-time faculty member with Biola University, leading the public relations emphasis in the Journalism & Integrated Media department. A member of the Public Relations Society of America, Carolyn is an Accredited Public Relations professional (APR) and also a speaker and author for Social Media and Search Engine Optimization.
Carolyn will be leading a breakout session in the Strategy track entitled "How To Ignite Your Pinterest Boards: Steps to Double Your Engagement & Measure Your ROI."
Dr. Rebecca Hong teaches in the graduate online program in the Biola School of Education. When Rebecca is not teaching research methods courses, she is examining ways in which to improve the online learning experience for students. Dr. Hong believes that all students have a desire to know and to be known, whether in-person or online. Based on this truth, her primary area of investigation in online learning is the leveraging of motivation in learning achievement by the creation of community and a sense of belonging.
Rebecca will be leading a breakout session in the "Education" track entitled: "Building Relationships One Tweet At A Time."
Georgia is the Director of Production, and Content Strategy & SEO Subject Matter Expert at Five Q. Before joining Five Q, Georgia was Marketing, Communications, and Research Manager at Copesan in Menomonee Falls, WI and the Director of Communications at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI, where she was responsible for developing and managing the 6,000-member church’s first Communication Department. She graduated from Biola University with a degree in Business Administration and recently completed SEO certification with Bruce Clay. Georgia, her husband Bobb and their daughter live in Atlantic, IA.
Georgia will be leading a breakout session in the Education track: "Beyond Trends: Web 4.0 and the Future of Learning."
Beau is a strategist and account manager at Monk Development where he's helped some of the largest and most influential churches, ministries and non-profits in North America. Beau's passion is to help organizations use digital as a tool to do good, foster community and create meaningful human connection.
Beau will be leading a session in the Strategy track entitled: "Human-Centered Content & Design Strategy: Creating Analog Connections in a Digital World."
David Rogers is a respected thought leader in the area of mobile learning and development and heads MobileGov's development lab in Orlando, Florida. He also serves as the CEO for the social enterprise Allogy, which provides mobile learning solutions for students throughout the world. David serves as a research associate at the Institute for Simulation & Training at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he performed his doctoral research in the Text & Technology program.
David will be leading a session in the Education track entitled: "M-Learning and a return to Classical Education."
Jason Caston is a Creator, Innovator, Author and Internet Church Expert. He is more than a man on mission; he's a man with a calling, having worked with major ministries and built websites and social media properties that reach over three million people daily. In 2012 Jason Caston authored The iChurch Method Vol 1 (ichurchmethod.com), and followed that up in 2013 with The iChurch Method Vol 2 and How to Get One Million Social Media Fans.
Jason will be leading two breakout sessions in the Strategy track: "The iChurch Method: How to Advance Your Ministry Online" and "How to Get One Million Social Media Fans: Take Your Social Media to the Next Level."
John Mark Reynolds is the provost of Houston Baptist University. Prior to joining HBU, he was the founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute, and Associate Professor of Philosophy, at Biola University.
John Mark will be leading a session in the Education track entitled "The importance of creating digital place."
Neil Perlin is an internationally known consultant, strategist, trainer, and developer for online content ranging from online help and books to mobile. Neil helps clients design content, select outputs, understand the coding, and select and learn authoring tools. To do this, he brings 34 years experience in technical communication, 28 with online outputs in many formats and tools. Neil has been a columnist for several professional journals and is a popular conference speaker. He is the founder of Hyper/Word Services of Tewksbury, MA, www.hyperword.com.
Neil will be leading two breakout sessions in the Strategy track: "Mobile 101: Understanding What Your Ministry Needs to Do Now!" and "A Deep (But Non-Techie) Dive Into Mobile."
Ryan Bolger is Associate Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. For the last few years, his missiological focus has been the intersection of faith and technology. Each year, Bolger teaches a course on "Church in the Age of Facebook" to MA, D.Min, and PhD students. Bolger is currently writing a book on faith and technology for Baker (due later this year) and wrote a chapter on life online for churches and teens in an upcoming Eerdmans volume on Mission to Teenagers. Before coming to academia, Bolger served both as a systems programmer/analyst and a church planter.
Ryan will be leading a breakout session in the Theology track entitled "Christ-followers in the Network Society: Loving the Other in Mediated Contexts."
Ron Hannaford currently serves as the Director of Distance Learning at Biola University as has been tasked with assisting all 6 schools at the university with developing and offering online programs that effect holistic education. He has previously served Fuller Theological Seminary in a similar capacity. Ron’s strategic envisioning of new programs and comprehensive implementation experience have resulted in innovative programs being offered to students who serve in global church and mission contexts with outstanding results.
Ron will be leading a breakout session in the "Education" track entitled: "Using Social Media in Education: Connection or Isonection?"
Dan Saugstad serves as a web strategy consultant at Trinet Internet Solutions, an industry-leading full service web firm specializing in strategy consulting, web design and development along with ongoing web management, support and analysis. Saugstad has a background in online marketing strategy and implementation, and currently runs campaigns for large non-profit and faith-based clients including ADRA, Fred Jordan Missions and Classical Conversations. He also has a background in local church ministry and Biblical Counseling and currently teaches in the Education and Discipleship ministries at his local church.
Dan will be leading a breakout session in the Strategy track entitled "Persona & Purpose: Who are you reaching and what are you doing with those you reach?"
Eric serves as a digital strategist and consultant for Five Q. An early adopter of the Web, his experience in broadcast, content, marketing, and e-learning fuel his passion for integration and collaboration. Before Five Q, Eric owned WeirdGuy Creative Solutions and was Vice President of Training Outreach for In Touch Ministries. He has worked with such companies as Chick-Fil-A, Hilton Hotels, and Rockwell-Collins. A board member for several startups, he currently serves on the Board of Lifetime Ministries. Eric, his wife, and two children live in Atlanta, Georgia. You can find him at WeirdGuy blog where he writes about learning, leadership, community, and creativity.
Eric will be leading a breakout session in the Strategy track entitled: "Strategic Integration: Smashing Silos with the Power of Collaboration."
|7:00 PM - 8:30 PM||Michael Hyatt Keynote|
|8:30 AM - 8:45 AM||Welcome and opening prayer|
|8:45 AM - 10:15 AM||Breakout Session 1|
|10:30 AM - 12:00 PM||Breakout Session 2|
|12:00 PM - 1:30 PM||Lunch — Sign up to have lunch with one of the speakers|
|1:30 PM - 3:00 PM||Breakout Session 3|
|3:15 PM - 4:45 PM||Breakout Session 4|
|5:00 PM - 6:30 PM||Get your dinner at the cafeteria and join us for Pecha Kucha presentations|
|8:30 AM - 8:45 AM||Opening prayer and announcements|
|8:45 AM - 10:15 AM||Breakout Session 5|
|10:30 AM - 12:00 PM||Breakout Session 6|
|12:00 PM - 1:30 PM||Close out the conference with more Pecha Kucha presentations|
Christ-followers in the Network Society: Loving the Other in Mediated Contexts
The Ubiquitous Gospel: What Changes When The Gospel Goes Global?
The importance of creating digital place
Human-Centered Content & Design Strategy: Creating Analog Connections in a Digital World
Grand Central: Making Your Website a Powerful Hub of Communication, Connection & Growth
Persona & Purpose: Who are you reaching and what are you doing with those you reach?
The iChurch Method: How to Advance Your Ministry Online
How to Get One Million Social Media Fans: Take Your Social Media to the Next Level
Strategic Integration: Smashing Silos with the Power of Collaboration
Mobile 101: Understanding What Your Ministry Needs to Do Now!
A Deep (But Non-Techie) Dive Into Mobile
How To Ignite Your Pinterest Boards: Steps to Double Your Engagement & Measure Your ROI
Using Social Media in Education: Connection or Isonection?
Building Relationships One Tweet At A Time
Mobile Learning: Research, Trends, and Implications for the Christian University
Beyond Trends: Web 4.0 and the Future of Learning
M-Learning and a return to Classical Education