Introducing the TeAchnology! Conference

New format addresses needs, accommodates more

Educational Technologies at Missouri (ET@MO) adopted a new format for its annual TeAchnology! event this year. On April 21, 2009 ET@MO will host more than 60 people in the first TeAchnology! conference that will be held in Memorial Union. Deans, chairs, instructors, support staff and librarians representing each school and college are already registered; marking the largest and most diverse group at an event that ET@MO has organized to date.

Since its inception eight years ago, participants have consistently praised the TeAchnology! workshop for the personalized attention they received from ET@MO staff, and the in-depth coverage of educational technology tools. Until this year TeAchnology! has been a single event taking shape as a one-week workshop where faculty apply, and are selected, to work intensively on a specific project. Applicants had to choose between two tracks that are offered each morning or each afternoon of the week. The application process was competitive, and space was limited. Under the old format, many faculty members were not able to take advantage of this opportunity. With this additional format, ET@MO is able to make the most of the resources available.

The goal for the new format is to provide an additional learning opportunity for those needing introductory level training paired with examples of best practices. One track of the conference focuses on the foundations of effective technology integration. As online courses and the use of technology in the classroom become more common, an increasing number of instructors are faced with the need to have keen computing skills as part of their arsenal of teaching tools. By offering the conference format ET@MO covers more topics through concurrent sessions and allows attendees to build their own itinerary based on whether they are preparing to teach online, or just want to be more comfortable with the basics of computing.

This year the spring conference will be followed by the summer workshop that will feature just one track for advanced technology projects. Registration for the conference is open until the day of the event. Information about the summer workshop will be released in May.