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November 14, 2012 / dlitgroup

EDUCAUSE Conference – Week in Review

From Tuesday, November 6 through Friday, November 9, over 4,800 college presidents, chief information officers, deans, directors, faculty, and technologists throughout the world along with over 2,800 exhibitors converged in Denver at the 2012 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference to share best practices and discuss how to advance education through technology.

   
This conference had over 270 exhibitors and a wide array of 400 sessions and workshops designed to provide thought provoking dialogue and opportunities to learn and share expertise in the ongoing efforts on college campuses to improve teaching and learning through technology.  These sessions were categorized by the following domains:
  • Enterprise Information Systems
  • Infrastructure, Security, and Identity Management
  • Leadership and Governance
  • eResearch and Digital Content
  • Support Services and Strategies
  • Teaching and Learning
There were many themes of focus at this conference as well such as: analytics, cloud services, bring your own device models, strategic innovation, mobility, open education, professional development, social media, student success, universal design, and accessibility.
The sessions included a wide array of types such as:
  • Meet and Greet
  • Technology Solution Sessions
  • Client-Led
  • Discussions
  • Hot Topic Panels
  • Featured Speakers
  • Community Updates and Open Meetings
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Posters
  • Pre-conference Seminars
While difficult to capture the entire experience, from motivating and informative keynote presentations, to informal meetings with colleagues and peers from across the nation, to discussions with exhibitors, to breakout sessions on current challenges and innovative technologies, a few of the highlights from this conference include the following:

Overall the EDUCAUSE 2012 Annual Conference provided excellent opportunities to explore, discuss, imagine, and share how technology intersects with teaching and learning.  For more information, check out the full conference program which provides a comprehensive view of many of the “game changers” in play in higher education today!  Also, check out the Twitter hashtag #EDU12 to see highlights from conference participants.

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