Great conferences are extremely valuable to IT professionals, professors and administrators in the higher education community. You can always read a book or a blog about the newest technology, but the real value comes from networking with peers. “Is that new technology really worth our time and money?” and “How are you implementing mobile devices in the classroom?” and “Wait a minute, what about pedagogy?” are questions that may provide priceless insight.
You’ll get that and much more at these 5 annual great higher education conferences.
The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education provides an abundance of resources for liberal arts schools, whose students want technology to be part of their education as much as students at other college do. Leaders from business, government and education come together to provide strategic guidance about technology for the academic world.
Association Supporting Computer Users in Education covers “academic and administrative technology issues and innovation in higher education.” For schools, IT professionals and professors looking to take steps toward highly integrated technology, this is a must-attend event. ASCUE has been doing this since 1968, when they formed to help schools teach students to use the IBM 1130 computer!
Formerly known as EduComm, the University Business Leadership Institute — or UBTech for short — helps colleges deal with every technology topic, from campus commerce to the admissions process. There is a session for nearly every department at UBTech, so be sure to pass this along to friends in marketing, finance and the library.
This says all you need to know: “Campus Technology’s information-rich program is presented in a variety of meeting structures and designed to maximize peer networking and collaborative opportunities.” Not enough? You can expect four days of keynotes, presentations, workshops and more.
One of the best conferences around, EDUCAUSE covers in-depth IT topics, such as cloud computing and virtualization, as well as social media and communications for higher education. And speaking of technology, if you can’t make it to Denver, you can join the conference online.
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