OIT’s Learning Technologies Team Hosts Academic Technology Unconference

July 31, 2017



 

Classroom support staff from Southwestern, Trinity, Texas State, Schreiner and St. Mary’s Universities were invited to join the UTSA Office of Information Technology’s (OIT) Learning Technologies team for its second annual Academic Technology Unconference on July 21.

Held in the OIT Learning Studio (BB 3.04.16), the free and all-day event united local and nearby institutions for discussions aimed at fostering innovation at various campuses. It also served as an open forum for attendees to network with peers at other institutions and share insights and experiences related to the use of classroom technologies, vendors, and topics centered around academic technologies.

“The unconference allowed us to converse with individuals in an informal environment,” said Joe Tobares, director of Learning Technologies. “This environment was designed to spark discussions between professionals who share the same passion for instructional technology and who want to technologically and pedagogically improve their campus.”

Attendees were able to formulate the agenda for the event, as is customary at unconferences, which are usually devoid of keynotes, panels or poster sessions that are usually common at conferences. In addition, attendees were able to choose from an array of potential topics related to academic technologies including:

  • Classroom furniture and technology
  • Non-classroom technology
  • Campus cable television
  • Instructional technology
  • Productivity and collaboration tools
  • Multimedia production
  • Support and training
  • Conferencing technology
  • Departmental policies, budgets, personnel

The unconference featured lite refreshments and lunch for attendees and was sponsored by Biamp, SKC Communications and Hitachi.

“The event went well overall,” said Tobares. “A lot of ideas were shared on next-gen technologies and how we coordinate our area to better support faculty and students.”

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To learn more about the Academic Technology Unconference, click here.

For more information about the Learning Technologies team, click here.