CT at the Show

a staple in higher ed

The annual Educause conference rose to new heights in Denver, this past fall. From pre-conference seminars and keynotes, to six tracks of concurrent sessions and birds-of-a-feather sessions, attendees were kept busy four days in the mile-high city. Of note: The Educause Leadership Awards—always a draw for attendees—went to University of California’s (ret.) M. Stuart Lynn and the University of Washington’s Jacqueline Brown. For conference proceedings and related information, visit www.educause.edu.

campus technology at the show

Our own Campus Technology magazine made its show debut on the floor at Educause. CT’s new editor-in-chief, Kathy Grayson (left) and publisher Mark Sande (right) happily respond to questions from Agilix’s Brad Baldwin (center) about the expansion of SyllabusMedia and CT’s print, eMedia, and conference franchise.

never a dull moment

In a busy exhibit hall, close to 200 vendors displayed their latest technology and related products and services for higher ed, and vied for the attention of conference-g'ers. Educause execs report satisfactory attendance; spot interviews of vendors on the floor revealed interest from qualified attendees.

educause leadership

Award winner Stuart Lynn delivered a featured session, passing on advice—sometimes serious, sometimes tongue-in-cheek—to future leaders in higher education technology.

sign on

Keynote Judith B'ettcher offered her “Ten Core Principles for Designing Online or On Campus Learning,” after which she signed her book, Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, published by the League for Innovation (www.league.org).

governor gets behind community colleges

“Technology has radically altered how we work and interact,” said Nov. 8 keynote speaker Jeb Bush, governor of the state hosting the event in Tampa. He added that Florida community colleges “will be at that intersection,” and promised that over the next two years, state administrators would set policy to provide support for the colleges’ technology advancement needs.

responsive vendors, new solutions

At the 2004 CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment Show (San Francisco), CTIA lead Steve Largent (right) and vendors showed off technologies that will fit right in to the academic computing environment. New entry Loudeye (www.loudeye.com) ballyho'ed fresh spins on traditional media delivery technologies for application/commerce services, content management/fulfillment,/asset protection and promotion. Motricity (www.motricity.com) touted Wi-Fi solutions that push content to handheld devices, enabling organizations to deliver to cell phones and PDAs everything from ringtones to eBooks. Verizon Wireless (www.verizon.com) rolled out new services to facilitate wireless VoIP. PalmOne (www.palmone.com) showed off its new handheld operating system and products at $200 or under (ideal for higher ed students, professors, and staffers). Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems (www.cisco.com), unveiled new products that help users easily set up affordable wireless networks at home.
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