April 12 Innovate Conference focuses on Teaching and Learning

Please join us for Innovate 2012, Ohio State University Office of the Chief Information Officer's annual conference featuring the best uses of technology in teaching and learning across the nation. Held on April 12Innovate is a free event at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State's campus.

This year's theme, transformation, highlights the 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 who are 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, the conference is an opportunity to learn about the most cutting-edge approaches to technology enhanced learning and research across campus and the state.

Special guests this year include keynote speaker Karen Cator, director of Office of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education, and Joe Lambert, founder of the Center for Digital Storytelling. New this year, will be an emphasis on faculty-led presentations about transformative approaches to teaching, research and outreach in a wide range of disciplines.

The conference includes a wide range of presenters from novice to advanced users, from graduate student instructors to tenured faculty. Presentation formats include poster sessions, breakout sessions, and a "steal my idea" showcase, with 5 minute presentations about exciting learning technology approaches that can be enacted in a wide range of environments.

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. Past attendees have included faculty and technology staff from 30 colleges and universities in Ohio and this year includes presenters from Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, California and Washington, D.C.

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 in the future.

"We are excited about the continued growth of Innovate in its third year," said Liv Gjestvang, conference lead, "This year we have added 25% more breakout presentations, and feature more faculty-led presentations than ever before. We look forward to continuing to develop the collaborative community around teaching and learning with technology at Ohio State."

The conference is free for university faculty, students, and staff, and registration is open through March 30 at elearning.osu.edu.

Keynote speaker: Karen Cator has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education. She also served as special assistant for telecommunications for the Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She is the past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on the several boards including the Software & Information Industry Association—Education.