Focus Areas at CT 2015

CIO: Next Generation—NEW this year!

The higher education chief information officer role continues to evolve rapidly, keeping pace with the technology innovations that are continuing to speed to market. Recent assessments, such as the 2013 Study of Higher Education CIO Roles and Effectiveness, point out that at least 50 percent of the higher education CIOs plan to retire within the next 10 years. Higher education CIOs grapple with a long list of priorities that consume their time. The higher education CIO must understand academia and the higher education industry, which operates under a different set of rules and priorities. The scores of higher education CIOs who are preparing to retire signals not only a changing of the guard but an opportunity for change led by the next generation. This track is designed to help train the next generation of CIOs and prepare them for the transition ahead.

Potential topics include: Leadership and training, staffing, IT team-building and budgeting, Future of Higher Education, cloud computing, virtualization, teaching and learning technologies, risk management, information management and security, enterprise resource management (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems, business process improvement and disaster recovery

Audience: This track is being designed for current and future CIOs, technology directors, provosts, associate vice presidents, as well as IT professionals aspiring to fill future leadership roles.

Higher Ed IT in the Digital Age—NEW this year!

Higher education institutions are disrupting themselves from the inside out and the impact on campus IT is widespread. True disruption occurs when existing institutions begin to embrace the forces of transformation. The innovations taking place now are likely be more far-reaching, challenging established business and staffing models. This track takes a close look at emerging trends and technologies impacting higher education. Additionally, policy implications of emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) for higher education are explored through the eye of IT.

Potential topics include: Mobile learning, networked equipment (3D printers, digital signage, wearables, interactive devices), emerging technology, openness (OER, eTextbooks, content sharing, MOOCs), game-based learning, using analytics and data-based decision making, digitalization and consumerization

Audience: This track is being designed for higher education administrators, faculty, staff, and IT professionals who seek to successfully implement distance and online education.

IT Leadership and Policy

With today’s rapidly evolving technologies, institutional pressures for accountability, and a challenging economy, higher education IT leaders are facing their most challenging operational environment to date. But many IT organizations are poised to increase their effectiveness and influence on campus as they develop new IT/academic partnerships and find opportunities to lead institutional change.

Potential topics include: Collaboration, communication, compliance, computing facilities, distributed computing (BYOD, consumerization of IT, mobile computing), financial management, policy and law, institutional management, international, learning space design, IT effectiveness, innovation, change management and leadership development, licensing, optimization, research and development, organizational structure, disaster recovery planning, research and reporting, risk management, staffing and IT workforce development, productivity, professional development, student technology use, support services, sustainability/green IT, technology and vendor selection

Audience: This track is being designed for technology directors, provosts and CIOs, academic or technology planners whose work impacts the institution at an enterprise level, business, marketing, operations, finance management, as well as IT professionals.

Online and Blended Learning

The expansive growth of online learning in higher education requires updated pedagogy and technological tools. As digital materials, online and blended teaching are evolving on campus, whether through formalized mobile projects and programs or as informal student communications choices. Along with these devices come high expectations for mobile learning applications and online services on campus. Presenters in this track will explore a range of relevant online applications and digital services on campus and consider trends and implications as online learning and MOOCs find their place in the business of education.

Potential topics include: Digital libraries, information discovery and retrieval, IT-library collaboration, e-Content (digital collections, digital publishing, e-Books, e-Textbooks, knowledge management, badging and microcredentialing), library administration, planning and management, scholarly communications/publishing, state authorization, e-Learning, blended learning, massive open online courses (MOOCs), online course development planning, online learning, funding and accreditation, professional development for faculty, online teaching and assessment strategies to increase engagement

Audience: This track is being designed for higher education administrators, faculty, staff, and IT professionals who seek to successfully implement distance and online education.

Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

A broad category of digital tools, eTextbooks, online resources and services under the heading of digital media is changing the face of instruction and offering new potential for the campus community. Whether you're integrating social media in instruction, leveraging open education resources (OERs), exploring MOOCs or documenting real-world knowledge in an ePortfolio, you are engaging in one of many new education practices enabled by digital media. Presenters in this track will explore all types of digital media in the education environment.

Potential topics include: Alternate credentials/badges, assessment and evaluation, faculty, instructional designs (flipped classroom), assessment, instructional technologies, digital video and video cameras, e-Portfolios, learning environments, collaborative learning, adaptive and personalized learning, teaching and learning strategic planning, academic partnerships, social media (blogs, Twitter, wikis), student engagement and interaction, curriculum development, teaching with technology, professional development

Audience:This track is being designed for faculty who teach with technology, instructional designers and curriculum developers, and academic technology program managers.

IT Management and Networking

Campus IT organizations today must effectively manage large-scale institutional technology programs and enterprise implementations. The institutional technology infrastructure is, in a sense, defining the institution now even more than brick-and-mortar infrastructure used to. This track gives attendees an opportunity to examine the technology infrastructure, networks, data administration, security and internet access that's now helping shape our institutions.

Potential topics include: Applications development, data administration and management, enterprise infrastructure, networked information, software maintenance and management, cybersecurity, enterprise information systems, open source, productivity applications and systems, technology lifecycles, advanced networking, cyberinfrastructure, high-performance computing (HPC), network applications (Google apps, Internet and web applications, streaming media, web services), state education networks, universal access and design, network infrastructure, network management, telecommunications, web administration, design, and development and metrics

Audience: This track is being designed for IT managers and staff.

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