OIT's Learning Technologies team Hosts 2016 CCUMC Conference Campus Tour at the UTSA Main Campus

November 08, 2016

by Nicole Duff at 7:15 AM in Campus Community, Interesting


(Attendees of the CCUMC conference touring the Learning Playground (left) and the Learning Studio (right) in the Main Building.) 

The Learning Technologies team of the UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) hosted this year's Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) national conference which convened in San Antonio for the first time. The conference ran from November 2-6 and was held at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk. As part of the agenda for the conference's penultimate day, the team led more than 200 attendees on a tour of the UTSA Main Campus.

"I've never been to Texas at all," said Andy Borts, classroom/event technology specialist at Westminster College in Pennsylvania. "Getting to see UTSA was awesome. I've found something enriching out of every session [at the conference] and the hosts have been phenomenal."

The tour commenced with a Welcome Address from Interim Executive Director of Infrastructure Services and Deputy CIO Anthony Espinoza. Afterwards, attendees from technology companies and more than 50 institutions of higher education spanning across the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt and England, including Harvard Business School, Yale and Stanford Universities, were given a first-hand look at some of the technology and furniture utilized to facilitate learning at UTSA.

Some of the buildings attendees explored included the Main Building which houses the Learning Playground (MB 0.104) and the Business Building, in which the Learning Studio (BB 2.04.16) is located. The Learning Technologies team recently redesigned both of these spaces as part of OIT's effort to increase student engagement and ultimately success. Attendees were given an opportunity to experience the technology as well as the movable and collaborative furniture that have been incorporated into these spaces.

The CCUMC conference unites various institutions of higher education and technology companies for a series of keynote presentations, interest groups and concurrent sessions focused on leveraging technology in higher education. In addition, it features a vendor showcase of current and emerging audio visual technology from leading companies. This year a total of 34 states were represented at the conference.

This year's conference focused on the theme "Deep in the Heart of Learning," and delved into a myriad of topics such as increasing student engagement through Active Learning Classrooms (ALCs), best practices in pedagogy, as well as ways to leverage audio visual technology to enhance learning. Keynote speakers included Associate Dean of Student Success and Instructional Innovation in the UTSA College of Science Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, Ph.D. and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Remote Engineering Education at the Texas A&M University Sunay Palsole, Ph.D.

"My team and I were excited to showcase UTSA and the projects we've been working on with our faculty over the last year," said Joe Tobares, director of Learning Technologies. "We're doing great things here and it's good to share them with our peers from across the nation to get feedback and ideas to further our efforts as we begin to rethink learning spaces on campus."

Tobares along with his team helped coordinate and provide the audio visual and technical support for this year's event.

"I loved the conference," said Regina Greenwood, associate director of Instructional Media Services at the Texas A&M University. "A lot of work went into it."


For more information about CCUMC, please visit http://www.ccumc.org/

To learn more about the UTSA Learning Technologies team, please click here.

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