1. Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers with Technology (PT3)
Advances in software, hardware, and internet technologies in the past decade have created many new opportunities to enhance learning for students of all levels. Yet, how well prepared are the teachers to take advantage of these new opportunities? This track is designed to explore the preparation of teachers at the K-16 level for teaching with technology.
Examples of suitable projects for presentation in this track might include:
- Projects from schools of educaton targeting K-12 teacher preparation
- Innovative faculty development ideas
- New technologies that are being used by collaborating groups of teachers
2. Learning Outcomes & Assessment: Raising the bar with technology
With the increasing need to demonstrate "value-added" knowledge and competencies, there has been a concomitant increase in the use of technology to demonstrate that learning has in fact occurred. A broad range of topics fall into this track, and can include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Computer-based competency exams
- Electronic portfolios
- Role of technology in self-assessment and self-paced learning
- Assessment of General Education
- Assessment in accreditation
- Standardized assessments
- Security issues in technology-based assessment
3. Emerging Technologies
Emerging technologies can play an important role in providing tools for new learning environments in the 21st century. Innovative and creative focus on new technologies can transform the way students learn. This track focuses on fostering excellence in learner-centered, technology-enhanced education.
Possible technologies presented in this track could be wireless networking, tablet PC's, notebook computers, handheld devices, streaming media, distance learning management systems, portals, web, Internet2, and your unique idea.
What technologies are being used, how are they being used, and how are they contributing to the education of students?
4. Instructional Partnerships
K12/college partnerships, higher ed/community programs, corporate and global partnerships represent some of the new connections being forged to enhance learning using technology. Instructors are collaborating in exciting ways with librarians, textbook publishers, web developers, online producers, technology vendors, media specialists, etc. to strengthen and better integrate content, delivery, and assessment methods.
The 64 SUNY campuses, SLN and TLT groups, the SUNY Training Center, and others are developing interesting intra-campus collaborations worth sharing. Collaborative partnerships frequently make sense as a means of cost sharing as well as enabling new curricular programs responsive to today's learners. This track seeks to tell the stories of successful new instructional partnerships and provide models for others.
5. Current Grant Projects & Funding Opportunities
- Are you in the process of writing a grant?
- Can you inform other educators about available grants?
- Have you collaborated on a successful grant?
- Can you inform others about what grants are the best fit for specific goals?
- Have you had experience with a successful grant leading to a permanently funded program?
If you have any of the above experiences, your proposal for this track is welcome. The focus must be on community outreach or cooperation.
Discuss your experiences with the grant writing and funding process. Share the specifics of your grant-funded project or program: the research, writing, outcomes, and evaluation methods.
6. Faculty Development: New Approaches and Opportunities
Providing faculty with examples and strategies that will allow them to further develop their abilities and skills in teaching, learning, and technology is an exciting challenge on a number of campuses. One approach to this effort has involved the SUNY-wide Faculty Development Initiative.
In addition, many campuses have created new and exciting programs organized by Centers for Learning and Teaching, Training Centers, and Provost office events which bring together faculty and staff to create a community of educators involved in these areas.
This track will include both invited and submitted talks in the area of faculty development. Participants, including senior administrators, faculty, and CLT/TLT staff will benefit from sharing experiences, engaging faculty, and helping SUNY faculty with:
- Applying educational technology in residential and online learning environments.
- Bringing new research on learning to the classroom.
- Providing infrastructure to support creative discussion and small group activities in and out of the classroom.
- Initiating new faculty into the culture and community of the campus.
- Finding support for new initiatives related to learning, teaching, and technology.
7. Issues in Technology & Education
Technology is introduced into a learning environment to bring about change, hopefully change that results in improved, more efficient and more effective learning. However, the resultant change is not always as predicted, is difficult to measure, or raises tangential challenges.
The collection of sessions in this track will provide a venue for the discussion of those issues created when technology and education intersect and are not included in other CIT tracks. Faculty, scholars, technologists and researchers are invited to submit proposals that explore a wide range of topics.
The long term impact of technology solutions on learning, cause and effect impact of utilizing technology, unintentional consequences of innovation, cost benefit analysis of technology solutions, pedagogical challenges, inventive technologies, etc. are but a few of the anticipated topics this track will include.
8. Scholarly Communications, Information Literacy and Research
Until now, academia has turned out a steady stream of scholarly content for free to publishers. Anointed by an age old communication process, this content has traditionally been sold back to the academy to be collected, saved, and commented on by other members of this same community of academics, all seeking recognition.
The aggregation of small academic journals by aggressive corporate vendors combined with the desire to continue using traditional criteria for faculty renewal, promotion, and tenure have forced colleges and universities to start to rethink the nature of scholarly communications. The spiraling costs of peer-reviewed publications have come at a time of unprecedented access to information resources. Access, however, is becoming increasingly limited only to those individuals whose institutions can pay. The current atmosphere of up-against-the-wall pricing and shrinking library budgets have made for some complex negotiations and hard decisions.
What changes are needed in the scholarly communications process to insure survival in today's publishing environment? Who and what will lead the academic world toward better access to scholarly work? What changes will insure this process be a fair and accurate representation of the world of ideas and scholarly achievement? Will reinvention of the scholarly communications system as we know it ever address all the needs of the community it serves?
How will the peer reviewed Web publishing, Web repositories, authors/publishers sharing copyright, print-on-demand, e-journals, e-books, blogging and other new models of information exchange effect the most sacrosanct of academic traditions?