About the Conference
Save the Date! Mark your calendar for Maricopa Community College's premier learning technology event on May 17, 2011 at Glendale Community College. The program will include track and poster sessions, presentations, round tables, and more. Topics will include online, hybrid, blended or other modes of technology enhanced learning, emerging Internet and Web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning, new and emerging technologies, technology applications that facilitate communication and collaboration, instructional models for collaboration in virtual worlds (Second Life, Open SIMS, etc.), distance learning including mobile learning, open content and open source, E-portfolios and other assessment tools, student success and assessment strategies in online learning, online learning resources (library, learning centers, etc.), and many more. Wireless access will be available, so please bring your favorite mobile device so that you can participate in the social networking of the conference!
This year's theme of Change will encourage attendees to think critically about the current state of higher education and how technology plays a positive role in addressing the challenges that both students and educators continue to face. The conference will serve as a platform for open dialogue on analyzing the traditional perspectives of higher education, and how to utilize the benefits of learning technologies and advanced instructional innovations to encourage forward thinking of today’s students. In addition, the conference will showcase many of the emerging technologies likely to have a strong impact on teaching and learning in higher education within the next five years (one such example is augmented reality). Be sure to check out the augmented reality workshop and other exciting hands-on technology preconference sessions on May 16!
This event has been approved for 5.25 clock hours of Faculty Professional Growth.
**Proposals due March 7, 2011. To submit a proposal, click here.
Jim Groom is an Instructional Technology Specialist and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington(UMW). He has over a decade of experience in teaching and administration, with a consistent focus on the development of teaching and learning in higher education. He has been involved in extensive collaborations with faculty and students, with a specific focus on curricula and pedagogical and technology enhanced projects.
Recent projects include working on a “technology lab” in which students built their own online literary journals; working with faculty at UMW to implement UMW Blogs, a multi-user blogging environment (powered by WordPress Multi-User, an open source publishing platform) designed to provide a web-authoring solution to faculty and students that is flexible and open; and is currently exploring the implications of open online courses, in particular with a digital storytelling class (http://ds106.us) currently being offered at the University of Mary Washington. It has almost 300 members, only 60 of whom are enrolled at Mary Washington.
Mr. Groom writes regularly about his work as an instructional technologist in addition to cultivating an ongoing conversation on media of all kinds on his personal blog, bavatuesdays.
For more information on Jim Groom, visit his website: http://jimgroom.net/about/
Keynote Lecture: Edtech Transmissions: We Control the Vertical and Horizontal
We recognize that not everyone is at the same place in using technology in instruction. For that reason, the 2011 Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference program was developed around the needs and interests of three types of technology experience levels. The conference sessions will be organized according to these categories so that you may choose based on your level of experience.
Novice: Minimal or no experience in using learning technologies. Come and learn the basics or get an overview for an entry into applying technology in your instruction.
Experienced: 2-4 years of experience using learning technologies and is ready to try/learn new things. Learn what the latest software can do for you in instruction, and/or integrate new,engaging teaching practices in your existing learning platform.
Advanced: 5+ years of using learning technologies and feels comfortable experimenting with and seeking new tools. Learn about the latest and greatest in new, innovative technologies and their potential to apply them in your classes.
Breakout Session Topic Areas
The conference will provide a rich and diverse learning experience through exciting, interactive and thought-provoking presentations focused on relevant topic areas in educational technology. Presenters will showcase effective instructional use of learning technologies and highlight innovations in the classroom related to one or more of the following topic areas.
- Integrating Technology in the Classroom: This topic area is designed to share technologies that can be used in the face-to-face classroom to enhance the teaching experience and effectively impact student learning.
- Communication and Collaboration: This topic area is designed for those presentations that discuss communication and collaboration techniques that can be used for student success and work productivity.
- eLearning: This topic area covers online learning techniques and course development processes for both online and hybrid instruction. This track is designed to share ideas and resources for online and hybrid instruction, including strategies for systematic, instructional course design.
- Emerging Technologies: This topic area is designed to share emerging technologies that can be integrated into the classroom and the work process. This area looks at technologies that affect learning and teaching, as well as trends for the future.
- Information Technology: This topic area is designed for discussions and presentations that focus on campus and district-wide information technology issues. You may learn about campus or District-based IT initiatives, and have in-depth conversations with IT administrators about what is occurring on campuses and where IT is going in the future.