Saturday, March 27, 2010

STEMtech Promotes Interactive Learning


The League for Innovation's annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT) is transitioning into a new conference envisioned as an interactive learning experience with a strong focus on:

  • science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in general education and workforce training; and
  • uses of technology across the institution.

“Excitement is building about the new STEMtech conference,” said League Board Chair Jackson Sasser, president of Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. “STEMtech provides an opportunity for community college technology specialists, CIOs and other educators who use technology to continue gathering around topics of specific interest to them, while acknowledging the growing importance of STEM disciplines in community college education.”

STEMtech will be available to participants in two formats: on site and online. The 2010 on-site conference will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Online activities will be available Nov. 1-2 and will include live streaming of general sessions, track keynotes and special sessions, as well as several webinars.

“Providing an online option was at the forefront of planning and developing the format for STEMtech,” said League President and CEO Gerardo E. de los Santos. “Those who would like to participate and contribute to an international conference but are unable to do so because of distance or budget constraints will now be able to share and learn through the online option.”

STEMtech conference tracks include five in the STEM areas:

  1. Health and Science;
  2. Energy, Environment, and Sustainability;
  3. Mathematics, Engineering, and Architecture;
  4. Manufacturing, Industry, and Agriculture; and
  5. Technology and Communication

Two tracks will also be offered in institutional technology;

  1. Technology Systems and Applications; and
  2. eLearning Resources

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