Annual Conference Highlights : Campus Technology 2009

This year’s annual summer conference, held in July in Boston, reflected IT trends at higher education institutions and was a chance for attendees to explore Web 2.0 technologies, social software, smart classrooms, new instructional media, and more. Here, we share some images of this inspiring and productive event.

A Meeting of Minds: The Executive Summit

Campus Technology 2009An invitational summit brought together higher education technology leaders for a daylong discussion of technology and leadership. Joan Falkenberg Getman of Cornell University (NY) led three plenary panels on emerging technologies, societal trends, and leadership. Discussion panelists pictured (above, left to right): Julie Smith, CDW-G; Aaron E. Walsh, the Media Grid; Phil Long, The University of Queensland (Australia); with moderator Getman.
Campus Technology 2009
Campus Technology 2009

Julie EvansProject Tomorrow leader Julie Evans (left) gave a luncheon keynote focusing on the upcoming generations of college students, including the “free agent” learner.

Campus Technology 2009Afternoon discussion workgroups were led by Chris Dede of Harvard (MA). In small groups, summit participants personalized the day’s experiences by talking with peers about technology customization at their own institutions.

Campus Technology 2009A “technology sandbox” gave summit participants hands-on time with current products supplied by sponsor CDW-G and a just-launched immersive mixed reality product courtesy of the Media Grid.

Thought-Provoking Keynotes and Sessions

Chris Dede, Aaron E. Walsh, Phil LongChris Dede gave the opening keynote on emerging interactive media and their implications for teaching and research. Aaron E. Walsh, one of the 11 Campus Technology Innovator awardees for 2009, spoke in his keynote session about immersive technologies and their potential impact on education. Phil Long’s closing keynote was an intriguing glimpse into one education technology leader’s own global IT journey.

Greg Shields, Josh BaronBreakout and workshop session topics ran the gamut from briefings on the latest social software tools to in-depth examinations of technology infrastructure. Mark Frydenberg of Bentley University (MA) presented a breakout session on how to engage millennial students, and attendees used Web 2.0 tools interactively during the session (below left). Stanford University’s (CA) Academic Technology Specialist Menko Johnson and research scientist Helen Chen joined a panel moderated by Director of Technology Services Bob Smith on “Supporting Technically-Facilitated Intercultural Classes” (below right, left to right). In two seminars delivered by virtualization expert Greg Shields (above far left), attendees could get a half-day crash course on virtualization and opt to continue for the rest of the day to take a “deep dive” into the topic. And Josh Baron (above left) of Marist College (NY) gave a breakout session to update attendees on Sakai, and later led a panel discussion and open forum on open education.
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Campus Technology 2009Attendees enjoyed in-depth conversations with CT Innovator award winners during a Birds of a Feather luncheon, exploring technologies and tech topics informally.

Campus Technology 2009Numerous poster sessions provided an array of choices to fit every information need at the conference.

A Buzzing Exhibit Hall

Campus Technology 2009A busy exhibit hall demonstrated that Campus Technology 2009 remained prosperous even in a challenging economy—the place to be to learn and share knowledge about IT in higher education.
Campus Technology 2009

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