Academic Technology Team at Educause

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference brings together IT professionals and technology providers in  higher education. This year Academic Technology and their CIS colleagues offered the following three presentations:

Virtual Reality in the classroom

Virtual reality and 3D video, long time dreams of both science fiction writers and internet theorist, is now becoming an accessible tool for faculty and students. This presentation used faculty case-studies to explore the past, present, and future applications of virtual reality in teaching and learning.

– Kelly Egan, Andrew Goodman

Rethinking Academic Technology for 21st-Century Teaching and Learning

Pedagogical and technological changes are upsetting the status quo of course delivery. To remain relevant, academic technologists must be responsive, agile, and forward-thinking within a context of rapid change, high demand, and limited resources. Participants learned how Brown’s academic technology unit strategically prioritized and responded to these challenges in today’s climate.

– Hong Chau, Catherine Zabriskie

IT’s Easy: Creating an Engaging IT Organization

When we’re stuck in an under-resourced and overworked state, how can we step back, break the cycle of reactive support, and become an engaged and engaging IT community on campus? Brown University has seen the positive results of focusing on internal and external engagement, from support clinics to funny YouTube videos. Participants learned how to connect with students, faculty and staff in creative ways to learn what they really want from their University organization.

– Gillian Bell, Stephanie Obodda

If you’d like to learn more about any of these topics, feel free to contact us at ITG@brown.edu.