Seen&Heard: Five Days Smarter
- By Katherine Grayson
This July, a handful of days in Hollywood will change the way you see technology
on your campus.
Normally, I reserve this column to ruminate about something I’ve “seen
and heard” that begs for comment. This month, however, I intend to enthuse
shamelessly about something I haven’t yet seen or heard, but can’t
wait to: the remarkable lineup
of speakers and 40-plus sessions and panels planned for Syllabus2005 in Los
Angeles, and at UCLA (July 24-28). Here’s what’s
behind our Hollywood “Spotlight on Innovation, Integration & Collaboration.”
Just take a look at these keynotes:
If you’re interested in the move to 24/7 learning via mobile devices,
you’ll want to hear about Duke University CIO Tracy Futhey’s
experiences with “Handheld Andrew” when she was at Carnegie
Mellon. (“Andrew” predated but anticipated the network-
and location-based services emerging in the industry today.) In her opening
keynote, she’ll also give us an insider’s look at Duke’s iPod
First-Year Experience, wherein the entire Class of 2008 was outfitted with iPods
for academic use.
Is your institution a next-generation catalyst for community-wide technological
advancement? If so, you won’t want to miss CIO Lev Gonick’s (Case
Western Reserve) talk on OneCleveland—the big, bold, 21st century
project that will deliver advanced IT capabilities to communities, to enable
them to meet priorities for economic development, learning, job training, research
support, preeminence, and distinction.
And if an enterprise-wide project is on your horizon, University of
Georgia CIO Barbara White will detail essential building blocks of
successful ERP initiatives, with “Good, Bad, and Ugly” examples
of strategic readiness and planning, change drivers, knowledge-centric attributes,
Is your campus ready for tech-savvy students who demand technology in all aspects
of their lives? Join Educause VP Diana Oblinger as she examines these expectations
and their implications for campus practices and programs.
Finally, the need to “marry” autonomy to connectedness is at the
core of countless campus technology decisions today. So, during our time at
UCLA, Syllabus2005 attendees will discover (with the help of associate vice
chancellor of IT Jim Davis) how that forward-thinking institution has found
the “sweet spots” that merge vision with technology, culture, and
If these keynotes intrigue you, glance at the conference brochure in this issue
and scan the Syllabus2005 program at www.syllabus.com/summer2005.
Technology decision-makers—from CIOs, provosts, VPs, and IT directors,
to academic and administrative computing directors, and tech-savvy faculty—will
not find campus technology session content this rich anywhere else. This summer’s
sessions will give you the takeaways (best practices, networking, hands-on solutions)
you’ve hoped for.
Come join us—I’ll be looking for you at Syllabus2005!
What have you seen and heard? Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Grayson is is a Los Angeles based freelance writer covering technology,
education, and business issues.