Just finished dinner with Leah Carter (Dean of CTE), Todd Coston (IT Director), and Bill Moseley (Department Chair of Business Management Information Technology) and talked technology at BC.
Todd and Leah organized a team of 10 from BC to attend this technology conference and use the time between sessions to think about the future of technology at BC. They creatively put together funding from several grants to be able to pull off this effort.
The participants for the conference: Lisa Harding, Carla Gard, Jennifer Johnson, Kristin Rabe, Tracy Lovelace, Bill Moseley, Todd Coston, Leah Carter, Dave Barnett, Sonya Christian. Attending virtually….Bernadette Towns and Nick Strobel.
I am also following the Emerging Technologies Conference on twitter
Tracks for this year’s conference include Learning Spaces and Communities, Open and Accessible Learning, Evidence-based Learning, Faculty and Student Development, and Innovative Media and Tools. Woven into the conference program and offered within the structure of the tracks will be special emerging technologies, future academics, sandbox, leadership, and STEM sessions.
Conference link: http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2013/et4online/welcome
Link to all the sessions: http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2013/et4online/all_sessions
Here is the email invitation that Nick Strobel sent all faculty on April 4th to join the discussions with the BC team via skype:
From: Nick Strobel [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2013 2:40 PM
Cc: Todd Coston; Leah Carter; Sonya Christian; Bill Moseley
Subject: Tech Boot Camp preview — Skype’ing with BC attendees at Sloan Conference next week
I’m going tag on to Bill’s announcement about the Tech Boot Camp with an invitation to two Skype sessions with the BC employees going to the Sloan Conference on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning next week (April 8 to 11). The group going to the conference will be developing a work plan to bring the lessons learned there back to campus to improve how we use technology in the classroom regardless of the mode (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) and thereby increase student engagement with the content of our classes. For those of us who couldn’t go, I’ve arranged with Todd Coston to try to get in on some of the action through Skype during their lunch meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, assuming they can find a place with good broadband access where they have lunch.
We will meet in L182 (bottom floor of the library in the Information Services’ teleconference room) at the following times:
Tuesday 12:30 to 1:30 and Wednesday 12:45 to 1:30 (or so).
I should know by Monday evening if the internet connection at their end is going to work or not, so keep an eye out for an email about the Tues/Wed lunch sessions.
If you would like some background about the Sloan Conference, see my March ISIT report posted at
http://www2.bakersfieldcollege.edu/nstrobel/isit/mar2013.htm (item 1 of that report)