Thursday, May 29
Marti Harris, who is a Research Director at
Gartner Inc., will
give an address entitled Gartner Update on E-learning in Higher Education.
Abstract: Colleges and universities moving
toward monolithic e-learning environments run the risk of being unprepared for
the more complex environments that will break into the mainstream in 2004.
Vendor changes, financial issues, and strategic plans for e-learning will be
discussed in light of Gartner's latest global e-learning survey for higher
Key issues covered in presentation:
-What issues must institutions resolve as e-learning becomes mission-critical?
-What strategies should higher education institutions adopt to provide e-content
and protect intellectual property?
-How should institutions assess and adopt new technologies for e-learning?
Friday, May 30
Van Weigel from
Eastern University will give a keynote address
entitled "Deep Learning and Digital Stewardship: Discovery and Discernment in
Christian Higher Education". Van is the author of
Learning for a Digital Age: How Technology can Transform Higher Education.
Abstract: What is the meaning of
stewardship for Christian higher education in the Information Age? The
presentation explores this question in light of the potential of collaborative
Internet technologies for deep learning, with special emphasis on
discovery-based learning and developing skills in discernment. Using QuickPlace
from IBM/Lotus and Groove from Groove Networks as two low-cost options for
collaborative learning, the presentation will examine two key institutional
constraints that must not be dismissed or underestimated: (1) the constraint of
faculty time and energy; and (2) the constraint of diminishing institutional
budgets for technology and technical assistance.
Van Weigel Bio
Saturday, May 31
Lorne Oke from
Bethel College in Indiana will give an address on Planning
for Information Technology in the Small College, based on his dissertation
research on Technology Master Plans.
Abstract: The results of a descriptive
study of CCCU institutions with enrollments under 3,000 students will be shared.
Levels of planning integration will be identified and various practices for
decision making described. Recommendations for planners derived from a synthesis
of current literature and the study will be expanded upon.