May 14, 2009
Yesterday, I attended the University of Mary Washington’s annual Faculty Academy conference. About 100 instructional technologists, librarians, faculty, and other higher-ed professionals from across UMW, Virginia, and beyond enjoyed a day of debating the usefulness of course management systems and the benefits of open course content, enriching students’ educational experiences by fostering community with Twitter, learning how to craft a unified digital identity despite a fragmented career across different educational institutions, and taking in a showcase of blogs in and out of the classroom. Not to mention following the meaningful discussions among attendees (and those watching from afar via ustream) on the Twitter backchannel #umwfa09.
I’ll leave you with an entertaining teaser. Cole Camplese, Penn State’s Director of Educational Technology Services, shared Irving Fields’ original “Youtube Dot Com” Song during his talk, “Engaging the New Classroom Conversation.”