Now that we’re back from break and diving into a brand new year, preparations kick into high gear on the TLT Symposium. I can’t believe that there’s only 72 days until this year’s event. There’s still a lot to do, but I enjoy watching the event take shape as pieces begin to fall into place. Symposium is incredibly well organized, and I’m always amazed at how smooth operations and logistics are every year. It’s really a pleasure to work on this event. I lead Rogue team (shocker!) whose job it is to engage the community and help get people excited. There’s quite a lot to get excited about: our amazing keynote speaker Jane McGonigal, for one. Author, gamer, researcher, TED speaker, and Violet Blue’s #1 Sexy Geek of 2011 (this is how I envision her when she heard that news), Jane is one formidable force. In addition to this incredible keynote speaker, we’ve got innovative examples of new ways to involve technology and engage students by our incredible faculty members (think gamification, flipping the classroom, digital scholarship and informal learning spaces–to name just a few). We’ve even got a couple of surprises, all wrapped up in this year’s theme: Embracing change and the culture of teaching and learning.
I’m currently working on our Symposium mobile app. It’s new this year, and I’m really excited about it. We are using Guidebook, an application that works with Sched.org to enable attendees to access the day’s schedule, choose sessions they want to attend, and follow the conversation on the social networks. We’ll also be able to push out immediate updates and changes. We’ve got the smart phone bases covered — iPhone, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and even the iPad. Who could ask for more?
Did I say it’s only 72 days until Symposium? But of course I did. If you haven’t registered yet, do it now, because you are NOT going to want to miss it.
It’s gonna be legen — wait for it — DARY!