Students and technology focus of March Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — On March 4 and 5, university educators and educational technologists from the Midwest will meet at the Teaching and Learning with Technology conference in Stewart Center. Presentations, workshops, poster sessions, and vendor exhibits address this year’s theme: “Enhancing the Student Experience.”

“We selected the student as our theme because it echoes one of the University’s strategic planning themes,” says Ed Evans, interim executive director of ITaP’s Teaching and Learning Technologies unit. “Also, TLT is exploring different ways we can better leverage our technology to improve student learning and increase their assessment and retention.”

Nancy Wilson Head, director of TLT’s Instructional Development Center, and Michael Brorby, director of user services and instructional technology at Purdue Calumet, evaluated this yearÕs proposals.

“We were pleased with a third more submissions than last year, and they address a broad number of instructional technology topics,” Brorby says.

Sessions discuss social networking sites, mobile learning games, podcasting and vodcasting, wikis, tablet PCs, wireless video networks, distance learning, service learning, calibrated peer review, collaborative technology, new Web 2.0 technologies, video remote interpretation, WordPress blogging tool, Second Life virtual world, YouTube, and iTunes.

The conference also provides training or demo sessions in some popular technologies, such as Adobe’s Presenter and Captivate, Blackboard’s Vista 4.0, and Horizon Wimba’s Pronto Instant Messenger.

“The TLT conference this year will be an excellent networking event, especially for Purdue faculty and staff from all our campuses. We encourage instructors to reserve some time in their schedule to attend,” Head says. “Our faculty members present more than 50 percent of the sessions, so this is an easy way to explore the current teaching methods and educational technology in use at Purdue.”

TLT will announce the 2008 digital content development grant winners at the conference, and the 2007 grant winners will give presentations on their programs.

Conference registration is free, thanks to key corporate partners, Apple, Blackboard, CIM AudioVisual, and Xythos Software. The first-come, first-served Tuesday night dinner sponsor is Echo360. With limited dinner seating, registration is encouraged.

To register or learn more about the conference, go to http://tlt.purdue.edu.

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