ComETS 2012 Symposium
This year, the focus of the symposium will be on mobile computing and mobile-enabled computing strategies.
When: Thursday, March 22nd, from Noon until 5:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Union
Schedule of Events
12:00-1:00, Sun Room - eText Panel Discussion
1:00-2:30, Sun Room – Keynote by Dr. George Saltsman, Executive Director of the Adams Center for Teaching & Learning at Abilene Christian University
2:45-3:30, Various locations in the MU – Lightning Strikes. Short (10 minute maximum) presentations from members of the ISU community on technology projects, instructional strategies, or new technology experimentation.
3:30-4:45, Gold Room – Student Panel on Mobile Technology
March 23, 9:00-11:00, 1230 Communications Building - Workshop:Increasing Student Engagement with Mobile Learning Strategies
(Additional registration required. See Below)
Register to attend all, or part of, the ComETS 2012 Symposium. You can also register on-site in the Memorial Union on the day of the event.
Sign up to present a Lightning Strike. Have an interesting project or observation about instructional technology? Share it with the group by presenting a lightning strike.
Keynote Title and Abstract
Empowering the Academy for the Digital Age
We live in the golden age of information. Digital technologies are transforming the world. Universal access to information has reshaped industries, governments, and human society. Despite this exponential growth, formal teaching and learning remain largely unchanged. As we collectively consider the future of the academy, the digital world continues to evolve without us. Will the historical ideals of traditional education continue or decline into extinction? This presentation addresses why and how mobile computing, digital textbooks and the ubiquity of information will ultimately transform the academy as we know it.
About the Keynote Speaker
George Saltsman is the Executive Director of the Adams Center for the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning. He is also a university instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and an electronic publishing consultant. His education includes a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Organizational and Human Resource Development. He recently co-authored the book An Administrators Guide to Online Education.
Dr. Saltsman offers assistance and consulting on any technical matter and works with faculty to enhance the teaching and learning process. He also offers assistance in the creation of online courses, and the supplementing of traditional courses with online technologies. He holds training sessions on the use of Blackboard and other portal tools on a rotating basis throughout the year and has travelled internationally to present on mobility in computing.
About the Workshop
March 23, 2012 9:00-11:00, 1230 Communications
Title: Increasing Student Engagement with Mobile Learning Strategies
Presenters: Drs. George Saltsman & Stephen Baldridge, Abilene Christian University
Explore simple strategies using free digital tools that increase student engagement. This workshop provides researched-backed hands-on approaches that can be used in a variety of disciplines both in and outside the traditional classroom. Topics include strategies for student-produced course content, remote teaching, mobile enhanced inquiry-based learning, class blogging, and use of mobile devices to drive student engagement during in-class activities. Bring your laptop, smartphone and/or tablet device and explore how simple techniques can provide measurable differences in student engagement.
Registration is required to attend this workshop. You may register by logging in to AccessPlus and choosing HRS Training from the Employee tab.