Looking Forward to ACU ConnectEd Summit 2011

I’m off to Abilene for the 2nd ACU ConnectEd Summit 2011, appropriately titled “Turning the Page, the next chapter in education”. I’m looking forward to meeting Steve Wosniak, wondering if Adrian Sannier’s Pearson perspective on “burn down the libraries” has changed and will Karen Cator offer hope for how the Department of Education is dealing with all of this mobile computing change. Those of us who have actively participated in the mobile transition remember the 2009 ACU ConnectEd summit as an event that shaped the initial explosion of mobile computing in the world. However, today that explosion has spread far beyond our educational borders. So this summit is still extremely important for how education opens the next chapter but we are no longer as influential. And this is most evident in that we are reacting to the mobile transition rather then influencing it. But that is just economic reality.

We academics may not be influencing the mobile effect in our world, but we may understand it better then most. Over the last few weeks we have witnessed unprecedented political change in the middle east. And we cautiously attribute some of it to social networking allowed because of mobile communication. We know it is not as simple as jumping on Facebook and joining the revolution. However, there is a deeper understanding of the power of social networking and collaboration that may very well have come from our halls of learning. It is this power that I hope to better understand and mentor for the good of teaching and learning with a greater responsibility for how this may influence our world and our future. Looking forward to some stimulating discussions over the next few days in Abilene, TX.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith has retired. His last position was the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education came from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on February 26, 2011, in ACU Connected, E-Textbooks, Facebook, Mobile Computing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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