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EDUCAUSE Western Regional: Finding Common Ground Among Shifting Technologies and Expectations

Downtown - Photo by R.Voelker-Morris 4/15/09

I returned from the EDUCAUSE Western Regional conference a few weeks ago and thought I would share some of the session resources.

The conference was themed: Finding Common Ground Among Shifting Technologies and Expectations and included some very interesting sessions, plus it is always a bonus attending a conference in San Francisco!

Recently personal response systems have become very popular on campuses around the country.  The University of Oregon began using clickers across the campus last year.  So I wanted to find a couple sessions focusing on the use of polling technology for gauging student learning .  The two sessions:

Using Student Response Systems to Promote Student Learning

Polling 2.0: Agility In and Out of the Classroom

Additionally, another popular topic has been online learning and a couple sessions did a nice job on this:

Engaged or Enraged? Student Outcomes from Hybrid Courses in the Sciences and Humanities

Streaming for Success: Supporting Online Teaching with Podcasting and Vodcasting Technologies

The following session discussed the challenges of the “net generation:”

Navigating the Digital Landscape with the Net Generation

Issues of e-research and e-scholarship were addressed in this session:

E-Research and E-Scholarship: Enabling the Scholarly Communication of the Future

I also found that an intriguing strand in many of the sessions was the issue of accessibility, and this session directly addressed the ways in which schools in the California State University system are addressing the topic:

Accessibility, Faculty Development, and Engaging Learning

Image: Downtown San Francisco  – Photo by R.Voelker-Morris 4/15/09

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