Spring approaches so we prepare for higher education technology conferences that focus on specific disciplines. It makes sense, we start of the year with the more broad university technology conferences highlighted by Educause. And the summers seem to be good for our affiliation conferences that accommodate our regional or institutional peer groups. But the Spring is our time to recap what has worked and what we need to work on. EdTech gatherings are taking place and then come our enterprise user group conferences. We can’t participate in all so we delegate our attendees, but for me EdTech issues in support of teaching and learning justify my attention.
With the release of NMC’s Communiqué from the Horizon Project Retreat that identifies the 10 most significant Meta-Trends shaping educational technology, and now the 2012 Horizon Report, the stage is set for a great, February 13-15 in Austin, TX. Our university has been a strong supporter of ELI as it has offered valuable resources and collaboration that enables us to be innovative with our use of technology in teaching and learning. Whether we are fine tuning our online or hybrid delivery or re-envisioning our smart classrooms ELI is one of the most valuable partners. Our Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, NWACC, also has strong ties to ELI as we promote our own for our EdTech professionals. I am especially looking forward to the gathering since I have recently joined the ELI Advisory Board.
Another good Spring Conference that I am speaking at is the CraigMichaels Technology Summit on April 1-3.