Want to Learn or Share About Using Technology in the Classroom? Join the OCIO for Innovate!

Learning Technologies, in the Office of the Chief Information Officer, invites you to attend Innovate, our annual conference featuring the best uses of technology in teaching and learning at universities and colleges across the Midwest. Held on Thursday, April 12th, the event will be hosted at the Leed Certified Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Our 2012 theme, transformation, will highlight ways that technology can promote dramatic changes in the ability to engage students in the classroom and impact research and field study opportunities across the globe. One of the goals of Innovate is to create connections among faculty and staff interested in exploring the relationship between technology and teaching. With a broad range of sessions from participatory learning to large course transformation, and from technology based research to student engagement and e-coaching, the conference is an opportunity to learn about the most cutting-edge approaches to technology enhanced learning and research across campus and the state.

This interactive, highly engaging program is built upon two years of tremendously successful events in 2010 and 2011. A short video highlight of the 2010 event is available at elearning.osu.edu.

Faculty and staff are welcome to submit a presentation proposal through our RFP, which will be available at elearning.osu.edu beginning February 1. We welcome a wide range of presenters from novice to advanced users, from graduate student instructors to tenured faculty. Presentation formats will include poster sessions, breakout sessions, and a "steal my idea" showcase, with five minute presentations about exciting learning technology approaches that can be enacted in a wide range of environments.

This daylong event is free and open to faculty and staff participants and presenters from across the region. To learn more about the conference and how to become involved, please visit elearning.osu.edu. It is my hope that you will encourage your faculty to submit presentation proposals and attend the event. We look forward to seeing you and your faculty at Innovate 2012 on April 12 at the Nationwide 4-H Center.

To learn more about Innovate, contact Liv Gjestvang at gestvang.1@osu.edu or 614-247-6457.