Innovate: OSU's Annual Conference on Technology in Teaching and Learning

Innovate is Ohio State’s annual conference on technology in teaching and learning. It’s the largest of its kind in the Midwest, taking place March 26-27 in the 4-H Center on Ohio State’s West Campus. 

There are several new features for the fourth annual Innovate conference:

Hands-On Expansion
Innovate started as a one-day event, but is expanding to a day and a half for 2013. Day one will be full of presentations and deliberation on how to incorporate technology into today’s classroom in an effective, engaging manner. After learning of new digital resources for instruction, attendees need time to implement them within their own contexts. Day two was specifically created for attendees to explore the featured tools in several hands-on environments.

The half-day expansion includes workshops on robust tools including iTunes U & iBooks Author, Digital Storytelling with Creative Commons, iPads in Classrooms, and Making YouTube Videos More Engaging. A fully equipped demo room will allow visitors to try several technologies based on their interest, with tech buffs on hand for help. Tablets loaded with educational apps, Carmen 10 upgrades, lecture capture, and many other tools will be available for hands-on trial.

Keynote
Jim Groom is sure to change things up and provide a brand new perspective on how education and technology collide. Groom is director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington. He has more than 15 years of higher education experience, focusing on the evolution of teaching and learning.

Groom’s keynote, "Futures of Engagement: a Domain of One's Own," will examine the possibilities of framing a future for online engagement by offering all students and faculty a domain and web host as a sandbox for creating, controlling, and sharing the work they do online. What would it look like, to quote Gardner Campbell, "if every student were to be a sysadmin of their education?" Groom will also speak on a MOOC panel in a later breakout session.

Breakout Sessions
The dynamic lineup of breakout sessions has something for everyone. It includes course redesign, a Q&A between students and university leadership, mobile learning, a visit from Apple’s Strategic Initiatives Manager, and much more. The complete list is available at http://digitalfirst.osu.edu/innovate2013/sessions.

Registration
Admission to Innovate is free, thanks to several sponsors including LOTH Inc. and WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone. Sign up at go.osu.edu/innovatereg.

Conference Resources:
Website: elearning.osu.edu
Twitter: @InnovateOSU
Accommodations: digitalfirst.osu.edu/innovate2013/accommodations
Press: digitalfirst.osu.edu/innovate2013/press
Other inquiries: innovateU@osu.edu

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