Campus Technology 2009:
Keynotes and General Sessions

Monday, July 27, 2009:  12:30 - 1:15

Coming Soon to Campus: The New "Free Agent" Learner--Are You Ready?

Julie Evans
Julie Evans
Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow
The profusion of emerging technologies is propelling today's students to make new demands on education institutions for technology-rich learning experiences and environments.  Enabled, empowered and engaged, the next wave of students coming to your campus is bringing a new set of objectives for 21st century learning.  Get a first-hand glimpse into the expectations of tomorrow's students from Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009: 8:30 - 9:45 am

Emerging Interactive Media: Implications for Teaching and Research

Chris Dede
Chris Dede

Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
The array of Web 2.0 interactive media for groups to create and share knowledge is rapidly expanding. Faculty have two sets of questions: What should I use, when, and how in my teaching? How can I integrate and apply these tools in my research? Both these dimensions of higher education are transforming as we gain mastery of these new media.

Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. Chris has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment, the U.S. Department of Education’s Expert Panel on Technology, and the Steering Committee for the Second International Technology in Education Study. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009: 8:30 - 9:45 am

Enabling the Age of Education

Aaron Walsh
Aaron E. Walsh

Director of the Grid Institute, an International Best-selling Author, and a Boston College Faculty Member

Aaron E. Walsh takes attendees along on a fast-paced journey of innovation, though his past twenty years developing new forms of learning technology that together enable the age of immersive education we are in today. His presentation incorporates a combination of rich media, early prototypes, and modern immersive technology as he recalls the inspirations, advances, and setbacks he encountered along the way. Looking toward the horizon, Walsh gives attendees a pioneer’s view of the exciting road ahead for immersive learning technologies and their potential long-term impact on education and society.

Walsh is Director of the Grid Institute, an international best-selling author, and a Boston College faculty member. In 2006 Walsh received the Teaching with New Media award for his work on Immersive Education. He received this prestigious national award for his pioneering work on immersive education, which was recognized as “...innovative, promising technology which holds the potential to significantly affect society in the near future.” In 2007 Computerworld named him one of the forty most innovative people in the information technology industry. After more than a decade of research and development in the field, Walsh began using his prototype technologies to teach Boston College courses from a distance. At that time he coined the term “Immersive Education” to describe learning platforms that combine interactive 3D graphics, commercial game and simulation technology, virtual reality, voice chat, Web cameras, and rich digital media with collaborative online course environments and classrooms.

Thursday, July 30, 2009: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Global IT Journey

Phillip Long
Phillip D. Long
Professor of Innovation in Educational Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives

Phillip D. Long is a Professor of Innovation in Educational Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives. At UQ he is the founding director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Technology and eLearning strategist. Long made the move from Boston to Queensland within the past year and will reflect on his own IT journey as he considers global trends in technology and their implications for higher education. He’ll share his current research interests, which focus on designing learning spaces to support active learning, emerging technologies, the use of virtual worlds, and digital tools that . extend understanding of the physical world.

Long’s portfolio at UQ includes research, development, and evaluation of innovative uses of technology for research and higher/tertiary education. While at MIT he led the outreach effort projects that emerged from the MIT iCampus project and integrated MIT iCampus technologies into the MIT learning experience. Long’s professional activities are numerous: New Media Consortium Board (2006-09), former chair of the NMC Board, NMC Project Horizon (2005 to present), NMC Project (2008), 2006 Campus Technology Conference Campus Host, 2006, the SAC Program Committee (2005-07, 06 Chair), Adobe Higher Education Advisory Board (2007 to present), Stevens Institute of Technology WebCampus board, past member of the US Army Distance Learning Subcommittee, MIT DSpace Policy Committee and many others. He is also a Senior Associate with the TLT Group, a non-profit dedicated to improve teaching and learning by making more appropriate and cost-effective use of information technology.

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