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As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of JMU's TLT Conference, it is worth reflecting upon how teaching and learning with technology has changed in the last decade. A dizzying choice of open-source, mobile, and cloud-based software are accessible from smarter, smaller, and cheaper screens. Classroom interactivity has been transformed by social media networking, increasingly powerful learning management systems, and more sophisticated use of in-class technologies such as interactive whiteboards and clickers. These and other tools extend the possibilities of how we teach and learn together. Now, more than ever before, we have the opportunity to creatively blend online spaces and technologies with face-to-face communication in the classroom.  Yet, with creativity comes responsibility: it is vitally important that the blended futures we build together maintain solid instructional and philosophical foundations. Join us on October 21st in the Festival Ballroom for a day of exciting presentations by JMU faculty and guests, who will share best practices and perspectives that will inspire our work in the classroom and beyond.

"Steal This Syllabus"

Keynote Address by David Parry

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The digital network has radically increased our ability to share knowledge, yet somehow in the midst of this historical change knowledge has become by many measures, less free and more controlled than ever before. The Open Access movement within academia seeks to counter this trend and insure our research is made widely and freely accessible, but we also need an equal focus on Open Access pedagogy in an effort to make sure our teaching is as available as possible. In this talk Professor Parry will explain why he believes ethically in opening up his pedagogical practice as well as discuss some of his more recent experiments.

David Parry is an associate professor of Digital Media and Chair of the Department of Communication at Saint Joseph’s University. His work focuses on the cultural effects of the digital network. He has published and presented on topics including social media and protests, digital games, digital literacy, and the future of digital scholarship. He can be found at http://www.outsidethetext.com or on Twitter as @academicdave.

View David Parry’s Keynote Presentation

Technology Award

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of CIT’s, Teaching and Learning with Technologies Conference (TLT), we have decided to recognize teachers who have proved to be leaders in teaching with technologies at JMU. We invite any member of the JMU community to nominate part-time and full-time instructors who have:

•  adapted familiar tools to create innovative learning experiences, and/or
•  successfully experimented with and adapted new technologies in their classes.

Individuals are allowed to submit multiple nominations; we also encourage self-nominations. Entrants who progress beyond the first stage of the competition will be contacted directly by the panel of judges to submit further materials. If you are nominating someone else, you will have the choice to remain anonymous throughout this process. Winners of the awards will be announced at the “Blended Futures” conference on October 21.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, October 4 at 5pm. To submit a nomination, please follow this link to complete the online submission form:

http://jmu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ezjxeUUdLKM3fuZ

Thank you for participating in this competition! We look forward to seeing you at the “Blended Futures” conference on Monday October 21.

Sincerely,

The “Blended Futures” Conference Committee

Schedule

TLT Conference schedule of events

Schedule

8:00am - 8:45amRegistration/Coffee (Festival Ballroom A)
8:45am - 9:00amConference Welcome (Festival Ballroom A)
Sarah Cheverton
9:00am - 9:40amInnovative Solutions Designed for Collaborative Online Learning (Festival Ballroom A)
Michele Estes, Juhong Christie Liu, and Shenghua Zha
9:40am - 9:50amBREAK (Festival Ballroom A)
9:50am - 10:30am Hit Publish: Blending Traditional Academic Writing and Social Media Tactics in the Writing-Intensive Classroom (Festival Ballroom A)
Seán McCarthy, Sarah O'Connor, and Cathryn Molloy
10:30am - 10:40amTECHNOLOGY AWARD (Festival Ballroom A)
10:40am - 11:40amKeynote Presentation "Steal This Syllabus" (Festival Ballroom A)
David Parry
11:40am - 12:40pmLUNCH (Festival Ballroom A)
12:40pm - 1:20pmSelect one of the concurrent sessions below to attend
Visual Communication for Online Learning (Festival Ballroom A)
Diane Wilcox, Jane Thall, and Annika Wilcox
Using WordPress to Create and Deliver Documentation for Events Management Planning (Festival Ballroom B)
Tassie Pippert
1:20pm - 1:30pmBREAK (Festival Ballroom A)
1:30pm - 2:10pmSelect one of the concurrent sessions below to attend
Blending it Up: Using Blended and Team-Based Learning in a Large Class (Festival Ballroom A)
Merle Mast and Erica Lewis
JMU 3-SPACE: 3D Printing in the Classroom (Festival Ballroom B)
Laura Taalman
2:10pm - 2:20pmBREAK (Festival Ballroom A)
2:20pm - 3:00pmEngaging Students in a Post-Clicker World (Festival Ballroom A)
Carolyn Schubert
3:00pm - 3:10pmBREAK (Festival Ballroom A)
3:10pm - 3:40pmClose Reading 2.0: Genius Media and Social Annotation in the Classroom (Festival Ballroom A)
Jeremy Dean
3:40pm - 4:00pmDOOR PRIZE (Festival Ballroom A)

Travel

Directions to Festival Conference and Student Center (C12 Parking Lot)

If traveling on I-81, take exit 245. Turn west onto Port Republic Road. Go a short distance to the stoplight at Port Republic Road and JMU’s Bluestone Drive. Turn right onto Bluestone Drive and proceed straight. At the stoplight, turn right onto Carrier Drive. You will go over I81, past ISAT and the Rose Library. Directly past the library you will turn left into the C12 parking lot to park. If you do not have a JMU parking pass, you will be issued one after checking in at the conference.

If traveling on route 42/High Street, go to Maryland Avenue. Turn east and go to South Main Street. The street becomes Port Republic Road after crossing over South Main Street. Continue east to the next stoplight at Port Republic Road and JMU’s Bluestone Drive. Turn left onto Bluestone Drive and proceed straight. At the stoplight, turn right onto Carrier Drive. You will go over I81, past ISAT and the Rose Library. Directly past the library you will turn left into the C12 parking lot to park. If you do not have a JMU parking pass, you will be issued one after checking in at the conference.

If traveling on Route 11/South Main Street, go to the Port Republic Road and South Main Street intersection. Turn east onto Port Republic Road and go to the next stoplight at Port Republic Road and JMU’s Bluestone Drive. Turn left onto Bluestone Drive and proceed straight. At the stoplight, turn right onto Carrier Drive. You will go over I81, past ISAT and the Rose Library. Directly past the library you will turn left into the C12 parking lot to park. If you do not have a JMU parking pass, you will be issued one after checking in at the conference.

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Accessibility

If you need accommodation to attend or participate in JMU’s TLT Conference, please call CIT at least one week in advance.