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NETA 2019 Education Innovation Roadtrip

In conjunction with the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Annual Conference and CPB Thought Leader Forum January 21-23, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah

January 24, 2019
8 am - 4 pm

hosted by Utah Education Network/KUEN contact Laura Hunter or Tim Stack


The Education Innovation Roadtrip provides an opportunity for participants to:

Professionals representing public television stations, public media national groups, producers and industry partners will convene in Salt Lake City this January 21-23, 2019 for the national NETA and CPB conference. Adjacent to the conference, Utah Education Network/KUEN is hosting a one day (approximately 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) professional learning experience on a chartered bus to several education venues in the area.

Roadtrippers will experience innovative education practices, world-renowned facilities, and education partners and experts with particular focus on technical education and programs for high demand careers. Education programs highlighted on the Roadtrip represent established partners of Utah Education Network/KUEN. They are knowledgeable and willing hosts.

Registration and Cost:
$100 additional fee includes transportation and lunch. Registration for the roadtrip is through Neta.

Planned Venues:
(NOTE: Venues may change prior to event.)

Eccles Health Sciences Library
At this venue, participants will explore how technology is being used in innovative ways for medical and dental education through the National Library of Medicine’s National Training Center. The mission of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The library contributes to the success of health professionals, students, researchers and the community.

The library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery. Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is a Regional Medical Library (RML) for the Midcontinental Region in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) awarded by the National Library of Medicine. The library is also home to the National Library of Medicine's National Training Center, which offers e-learning and in-person classes related to NLM products and services.

Utah Valley University, Orem Utah
Utah Valley University is Utah’s highest enrolled institution with 37,000 students offering a unique “Engaged Curriculum” dual-mission model that serves learners ranging from vocational training to those seeking master’s degrees. Growing from a WWII war production training program producing arms and ammunition for Allied forces, UVU has developed into a revolutionary institution. UVU recently hosted the National Summit on Dual Mission Institutions in Higher Education. At UVU, the fusion of academic and hands-on learning referred to as "engaged learning" drives their mission.

Along with the institution's longrooted commitment to serving the needs of the community, UVU's emphasis on engaged learning led to its classification as "community engaged" by the Carnegie Foundation.

Located at Utah Valley University, the Roots of Knowledge Exhibit celebrates the best of human progress expressed through art. It is a bold and large-scale project that taps the ancient storytelling art of stained glass, uniquely adapted for a modern, secular setting. This impressive fusion of art, education and public space is comprised of 80 individual panes 10 feet in height and 200 feet in length. Over 350 students and faculty contributed to the development of the project: historians, researchers, craftspeople and artists. Hosted at the campus library, the exhibit illustrates the history of humanity from primordial ooze to present day, with major figures and world events cataloged through thousands of pieces of class, actual rock fossils, jewels, coins, meteorite, petrified wood, coral, a Purple Heart and a silicon chip.

International Press Coverage

Lunch Stop - Chuck-A-Rama
Enjoy lunch at this iconic Utah buffet restaurant, celebrating 52 years in business. Taking their name from Boy Scout’s “Scout-O-Rama” and the western chuck wagon that served meals to hungry cowhands on the trail, this institution is known for feeding large families and tour groups – with plenty of choices for everyone. Be sure to sample the varieties of jello, as Utah is the leading consumer of jello in the nation. Other local favorites include “Apple Beer” sparkling non-alcoholic apple soda, scones fashioned after Navajo fry-bread, and cheesy “funeral potatoes,” the area’s go-to-dish for hungry funeral goers. There are some healthy options too, including a salad bar.

The University of Utah Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and Lassonde Studios
The place “where ideas come to live,” this nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah provides transformative experiences through entrepreneurship. Students experience mentorship from area businesses, develop and launch hundreds of startups each year, and get inspired to improve the world through creativity and hard work.

Lassonde Studios is an inspiring 160,000 square foot building with public creative and mixed-use space and home to 400 student residents. This is not your typical dorm experience.

“Princeton Review” has ranked the University of Utah among the top-25 universities in the country for entrepreneurship since 2011.

The University of Utah ranked the No. 1 College for aspiring entrepreneurs in 2016 by LendEDU.

Amazon ranked Utah the No. 1 state for entrepreneurship in 2018.

Milken Institute ranked the University of Utah the No. 1 University for Technology Commercialization in 2017.

“No, this is not one of Silicon Valley’s many office spaces cum playground; it’s Lassonde Studios, a $45 million experiment in education.” – Fast Company (2017)

“In many of the new buildings, an industrial look prevails, along with an end to privacy. You are more likely to find a garage door and a 3-D printer than book-lined offices and closed-off classrooms, more likely to huddle with peers at a round table than go to a lecture hall with seats for 100.” – New York Times (2016)

Eccles Broadcast Center for KUEN, KUED and public radio station KUER
Located on the University of Utah Campus, Utah’s two public TV stations KUED and KUEN along with NPR station KUER are co-located in a central broadcast facility nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range.

Visitors will explore station facilities along with the Utah Education and Telehealth Network Operation Center. From this location, over 1500 education, telehealth, and library Internet network sites are monitored and receive support. Distance Learning programs like KUEN’s partnership with Utah’s Hogle Zoo will be featured here.