TELR Prototypes Online Conference Registration, Electronic Payment

Article by Sally Hritz and Steve Acke
Originally published in a different format

TELR’s third annual conference, Illuminating Learning with Technology, is noteworthy for a reason other than its academic success. It marks the first time, as far as we know, that online registration and automated collection of credit card payments were accepted for an Ohio State academic event. The processing of registrants and payments was handled almost totally in a virtual environment. TELR Coordinator Catherine Gynn built the registration form and coordinated all the details so that participants could register online and the TELR Office could accept electronic payments through credit cards, 100W orders, procurement cards, and flexible payment cards.

The TELR conference registration system is a small-scale model of how student registration and tuition payments could be accomplished in the expanded distance learning environment. Other prototyping tools built by OIT/TELR staff members, a calendering system by Scott Cantor and class rostering software by Bryce Bate, provide an early glimpse of what an enterprise-level Student Information System could become.

The ADA coordinator’s office on campus will be trying out our registration payment system for its upcoming April conference, Disability in Context, and the Ohio Learning Network has selected the system for its March conference, Energizing Higher Education through Instructional Technology. These activities also reflect the growing collaboration between the Office of the CIO and OSU Outreach and Engagement.

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