Highlights of the conference include:
- Virtual Keynote: The Ed-Tech Journey: Are We There Yet? by Josh Baron, Director of Academic Technology and eLearning, Marist College
Josh Baron considers some of the reasons why technology has not been the "silver bullet" that education institutions had hoped for, but more importantly, he looks at how we, as educators, can change the direction of our ed-tech journey and chart a course towards a future where technology becomes a catalyst for a true transformation of the educational experience.
- Five Elements of Exceptional Technology Enhanced Learning by Stephen Laster, Chief Information Officer, Harvard Business School
This session gets back to basics by concentrating on the creation of instructionally sound experiences that leverage the power and reach of today's collaborative technologies.
- Lessons and Outcomes from University of Minnesota's Future Classrooms by Jeremy Todd, Classroom Management and Linda Jorn, Digital Media Center, University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota explored the future of classroom design by constructing two pilot classrooms designed as student-centered, integrated, flexible learning spaces, with goals including stimulating interest in innovative classrooms and demonstrating new flexible classroom construction techniques.
- Immersive Technology Platform Standards: Sharing Your World by Aaron E. Walsh, Director, Boston College; Julian Lombardi, Duke University; John Lester, Second Life, Linden Labs; and Jordan Slott, Sun Microsystems
This session examines emerging standards for immersive environments, and considers the issues technology and academic leaders on campus should take into account as they explore the amazing opportunities of immersive education.