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This year's conference, "Empowering Today's Students for Tomorrow's World," will highlight the creative, sustainable, and collaborative ways we can promote student success by transforming teaching and learning, research, enterprise services, and the student experience through information technologies. Join your colleagues and leaders in the higher ed IT community at this conference to learn, share, and explore how to provide transformative leadership in attaining this goal.

Corporate and Campus Solutions Track Presentations
Visit the Corporate Participation page.

Each proposal will be evaluated in one of the tracks listed below.

Enhancing the Student Experience: From Application to Alumni

Technology plays a crucial role in the student experience, from the prospective phase through the academic program to alumni status. This track will take a comprehensive look at how technology is used effectively by different constituents that often work independently to promote student success at each stage of the student's relationship with the institution. In what ways can these different groups leverage technology to empower their supporting role and connect with the other groups? In what ways can we leverage technology to empower students to succeed at each stage? What effective collaboration practices have been established to serve both the student and the institution? We invite engaging and interactive formats for this collaborative track.

Key topics include:

  • Using technology to engage the prospective student
  • Working with know-it-alls: The typical 18-year-old and technology
  • Leveraging technology to acclimate the new student to campus/college life
  • Reaching students at the beginning: first-year courses/seminars
  • Maximizing retention through greater communication
  • Leveraging technology for job hunting/graduate applications
  • Maintaining connections with alumni
  • Connecting alumni with students
  • Showcasing academic success for donors
  • Connecting admissions, career services, and alumni for strong student support

Enterprise Technology

Enterprise technology permeates nearly every aspect of campus life. The enterprise technology track encompasses areas traditionally identified as administrative systems as well as networking, infrastructure, web and portal services, cloud-based solutions, and other similar integrated campus-wide or unit-wide solutions. We seek proposals that highlight innovative services and practices, or those that illustrate promising emerging technologies, as well as solutions that have proven to be effective, cost-efficient, and sustainable. Panels on collaborations and other leveraging practices with constituent and stakeholder groups are welcome. We encourage proposals that will engage the community both at the conference and in the future.

Key topics include:

  • Resourcing and structuring IT services including cloud computing and SaaS
  • Centralized/decentralized models
  • Open-source solutions
  • Virtual servers, virtual desktops, and virtual labs
  • Economic impacts on core IT: moving beyond survival
  • Leveraging administrative systems
  • Environmental sustainability: green IT and our campuses
  • Business process reengineering
  • IT security
  • Identity management
  • Business continuity planning and disaster recovery
  • Networks/infrastructure
  • Web services

Leadership and Management

In addition to understanding processes and technologies, IT leaders and managers must be able to connect people, ideas, services, and technologies to reach goals at all levels. IT leaders must also help shape and set those goals and understand how outside forces like regulations or competition affect the demand for planning, implementation, and assessment of IT.

How can we lead from wherever we are to ensure that IT capital (human and hardware) is deployed (managed) in the most efficient and effective way possible while being tightly connected to institutional goals? How can we work with our constituents to quickly optimize and also strategically plan IT on campus? How can we motivate our teams and get them the tools they need to connect, to complete projects, and to innovate? This track seeks engaging, interactive sessions to move these ongoing conversations forward.

Key topics include:

  • Understanding higher education, the campus, and external influences
  • Collaborative IT and campus planning and goal setting
  • Forming and nurturing strategic relationships, partnerships, and collaborations
  • Strategies for systemic innovation
  • IT policy development
  • Change leadership for the institution and the organization
  • Defining success: assessment and measurement
  • Failure in IT: what we can learn, avoid, or troubleshoot from these experiences
  • Leadership versus management: understanding the difference
  • Creating and supporting effective work teams
  • Staff development: empowerment and mentoring
  • Retaining and sharing what we learn in professional development programs
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Time management, priority setting, and delegation

Teaching and Learning

Delivering effective blended and online courses is a growing expectation in higher education. To engage today's learners we must develop frameworks for the implementation, delivery, assessment, and support of technology-driven education practices. Identifying the best practices, appropriate technology tools, and instructional design strategies, as well as appropriate instructor training and preparation, will support student success in these changing times. This track focuses on managing faculty and student expectations and supporting innovative learning practices and assessment in a constantly changing environment. We encourage proposals for presentations in interactive formats that include multiple perspectives, engaged exploration, and ongoing dialogue.

Key topics include:

  • Faculty development and support
  • Student expectations and support
  • Program and technology support
  • Course and student assessment
  • Learning environments for student engagement
  • Emerging technologies for teaching and Learning
  • Games, simulations, and virtual worlds
  • Mobile learning
  • Social networking tools in the classroom
  • Blended and online course design
  • Effective practices in online teaching and learning
  • Literacies (information, digital, and visual)
  • Library and IT collaborations for learning

Corporate and Campus Solutions

The program committee will not review proposals that include a corporate presenter. Corporate and Campus Solutions track presentations will be accepted via the Corporate Participation page. These are presentations by a corporation coupled with a client campus on technology challenges and solutions, and there is a fee for presenting.

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