Seen & Heard

Summer Snapshot

Here's a fast glance at the Campus Technology 2007 sessions you simply won't want to miss this July.

Year after year, teaching, learning, and associated technology challenges shift and evolve as campuses change and the world changes, too. But two things never change: 1) Campus technologists want to help guide their schools to positions of institutional leadership and competitive edge, and 2) Campus technologists are understandably interested in advancing their careers—especially as more and more CIOs join presidential cabinets.

That is why Campus Technology 2007 (Washington, DC, July 30-Aug. 2) is designed to deliver attendees a true "Roadmap to IT Leadership." Let me share with you a quick sampling of the results-focused workshops, sessions, and plenaries you should not miss. (Article continues below.)

BI and DW Crash Courses!

Campus Technology 2007 attendees will be getting the inside track on critical business intelligence and data warehousing issues at this summer’s Roadmap To IT Leadership. A sampling of the sessions with powerful data-driven decision-making focus:

BI and Data Warehousing: Powering Better Decisions in Higher Ed

Jump-Start Your BI and DW Initiatives: 60 Minutes of Solutions

The Economics of BI: How to Drive Cost-Effective Implementation Strategies

Leading Organizational and Program Change to Foster 21st Century Digital Literacy

Creating Faculty-Centered Quality Assurance for Online Courses

What is the Learning Impact of the Technology-Empowered Education You Deliver?
Presenters include Rensselaer Polytechnic’s BI guru Ora Fish; acknowledged data-driven decision-making leader Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges; Ron Abel, IMS Global learning Consortium; and more. Don’t miss your chance to hear from the BI experts and return to campus with truly actionable strategies and tactics. See you there!

For instance, in "Your Personal Guides to IT Leadership," Tufts' Mely Tynan, the indomitable Annie Stunden (formerly of U Wisconsin), and Ron Bleed (Maricopa Community Colleges) will serve as personal consultants to attendees, helping to develop actionable institutional and career takeaways. Then, in his workshop, "Protecting Confidential Data: From Task Force Blueprint to Your Institution," Boston College's David Escalante will drill down through the complex layers of potential data breaches, and detail the precise steps needed for attendees' customized data-protection blueprints. In workshops and sessions focused on the newest teaching and learning technologies, Jim Wolfgang (U System of Georgia), Keith Politte (U Missouri-Columbia), and Frank Lowney (Georgia College & State U) will share the keys to successful social software and academic podcasting initiatives, while an expert panel from Appalachian State will walk attendees through "Teaching and Learning in a 3D Immersive World," and Wake Forest IT leaders will share their MobileU program model for "Moving to the New Converged Device Campus."

Included in the 50-plus sessions are in-depth focuses and dynamic panel discussions on "smart" classroom decision-making and funding; the use of gaming, iTunes and other edgy technologies to educate; the cutting-edge use of ePortfolios; the next wave of community source initiatives; the newest success keys for online learning programs; and even the centralization of high-performance computing for increased impact and efficiency.

What's more, they will tackle the impact of business intelligence and data warehousing on competitive edge; disaster recovery and security, post-Virginia Tech; overcoming faculty barriers to IT integration; positioning IT as an entrepreneurial application service provider; surviving and thriving in a Web 2.0 world; and so much more.

But this special leadership-centered conference is also crammed with opportunities for attendees to hone their personal leadership skills, including: "Self-Mentoring to Leadership Success," "Understanding Your Critical Leadership Stages," "Diary of a New CIO," and "The Leader's Toolbox," all topped by "Leading in a New IT Environment," delivered by keynoter Ken Klingenstein, Director, Internet2 Middleware and Security.

So, join us for an invaluable networking experience, and tour the University of Maryland's innovative tech implementations while you're at it. You'll head back to your campus with IT leadership skills elevated to a new level.

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About the Author

Katherine Grayson is is a Los Angeles based freelance writer covering technology, education, and business issues.

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