March 16, 2007

Purdue conference highlights technology in teaching, learning

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 10th annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference will take place April 3-4 at Purdue University's Stewart Center.

John Campbell, associate vice president of Information Technology at Purdue's Teaching and Learning Technologies area, said the conference has become increasingly popular among Indiana's higher education technology community. This year's conference will offer more than 100 presentations, a 17 percent increase over the number of proposals accepted last year.

"I was impressed with the percentage of proposals that came external to Purdue," said Marne Helgesen, director of Purdue's Center for Instructional Excellence who evaluated presentation submissions for the conference. "It's clear that the TLT conference is filling a pedagogical and technological need."

The conference, which has the theme Learning Without Boundaries, attracts higher-ed faculty, administrators and educational technologists from states including Utah, North Carolina, New York, Florida and Texas, as well as Indiana.

"People will come from throughout the United States, as well as a few overseas universities," Campbell said.

In addition to panel presentations and poster sessions, the conference provides training or demonstration sessions in some popular technologies, such as Adobe's Acrobat Connect Professional, Creative Suite and Captivate; Thomson's Endnote; Blackboard Learning System's WebCT Vista 4.0; Horizon Wimba's Pronto; and Microsoft's Producer.

Attendees also can tour exhibits sponsored by Apple, Microsoft, HP and other vendors, as well as Purdue's Envision Center for Data Perceptualization, Adaptive Learning Programs Lab and the Digital Learning Collaboratory.

"We are encouraging faculty members from Purdue University to come out more than ever this year," Campbell said. "Purdue faculty conduct 50 percent of the sessions, so this is a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, explore new teaching methods and see the latest educational technology."

The keynote speaker, Curtis Bonk from Bloomington, Ind., was named by the British instructional design company Epic Group PLC as one of the top 10 American e-learning gurus. Bonk, whose career path involved accounting and educational psychology before educational technology, is fascinated with how students interact with technology, other students and their instructors.

His research in instructional systems technology at Indiana University centers on Web-based instruction, electronic collaboration and conferencing, computer support for writing, cooperative reading strategies, learner-centered instruction, and social interaction and dialogue.

Bonk injects humor and enthusiasm into his presentations about online learning. His keynote address is titled "Podcast and Wikis and Blogs, Oh My! Online Learning Is Not in Kansas Anymore." In addition to his opening talk, Bonk will make two additional presentations.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration, while encouraged, is not required, and walk-ins are welcome. Program details and online registration are available at http://www.purdue.edu/tlt/.

Writer: Writer: Carol Bloom, (765) 496-7998, cbloom@purdue.edu

Sources: John Campbell, (765) 494-1289, john-campbell@purdue.edu

Marne Helgesen, (765) 496-6424, du helgesen@purdue.e

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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