Innovate 2011 Culminates the Year of eLearning

The theme “Enhancing Student Engagement” will inspire the participants at the Office of the Chief Information Officer’s (OCIO) second Innovate Conference. This April 27 conference is an event to build connections and share ideas about the role of technology in teaching and learning and culminates the Year of eLearning at Ohio State.

Innovate 2011 will feature breakout sessions, posters, and PechaKucha, a fast paced, fun-filled showcase of eLearning in practice.

Over 220 people registered for Innovate 2010, and attendees came from 30 Ohio colleges and universities and from Kentucky, Michigan, and Indiana. Victoria Getis, OCIO Digital Union director, said, “Session evaluations during the conference day showed 99% of respondents rated the sessions as either good or excellent. We were thrilled to see that a vast majority of participants were excited about attending a similar event again this year.”

Innovate 2011 is being held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, which has free parking. Attendees can also follow the conference through Twitter updates.

Innovate is a part of five days of eLearning events at Ohio State from April 25-29, including Turning Technologies' pre-conference clickers workshops and Apple’s AcademiX and developers conference. There is no charge for the April 27 Innovate Conference for faculty, staff, and students, but preregistration is required. Special guests include educational consultant and keynote speaker Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Ohio State Chief Information Officer Kathy Starkoff, and Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Alutto.

Innovate is sponsored by the Office of the Chief Information Officer with support from the McGraw-Hill Companies.

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Keynote speaker: Michelle Pacansky-Brock received the 2007 Sloan-C Excellence in Online Teaching Award and the 2010 Sloan-C Effective Practice Award for her use of VoiceThread. She is an active blogger, with a global following of educators; she partners with Cisco Systems’ as a blogger on topics related to global learning innovations; and consults with universities interested in supporting faculty to cultivate 21st century learning environments.