More than 135 information technology professionals, librarians, faculty members, and other higher education partners from across the state convened on the campus of Spalding University for the 5th annual AIKCU Technology Conference on Friday, June 8.
Spalding President Tori Murden McClure welcomed attendees by emphasizing the important role that technology plays in creating compassionate, globally focused and relevant higher education institutions. Spalding became the world’s first designated “Compassionate University” in 2011.
Renowned education technologist Curtis Bonk provided the opening keynote, sponsored in part by AIKCU business partner Moodlerooms. Bonk said colleges needed to take notice of the rapidly evolving world of open education. “There has probably been more progress towards flat education in the last 5 months than in the last 7 years,” he said.
Bonk reviewed a wealth of free online resources and challenged attendees to explore open education and innovative ways to engage students. He emphasized that free and open didn’t have to be threatening for traditional institutions, because “Online learning is opening up new ways of teaching face to face, improving learning.” Bonk expounded on ways to use open resources in the classroom during a later concurrent session. (Download Bonk’s slides from both presentations here.)
The rest of the conference was filled with concurrent sessions in four tracks: information technology (networks, hardware, and software), instructional technology, libraries, and Moodle open source learning management system implementation and management.
The conference was coordinated by AIKCU’s Steve Dooley and a committee of IT directors and library professionals representing our member institutions. The conference was free for attendees thanks to the generous sponsorship of AIKCU’s technology business partners. In addition to AIKCU staff, attendees included representatives from the Council on Postsecondary Education, Jefferson Community and Technical College, and KET. More than 50 representatives from nearly 30 business partners also attended the conference.
AIKCU is grateful for the support of our business partners and to everyone who worked to make the conference such a tremendous success, especially the the conference planning committee, the staff of Spalding University, and of course Steve Dooley and the AIKCU support staff. We look forward to another great conference in 2013.