WPI Conference Focuses on Technology in the Classroom

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WORCESTER, Mass. WPI will host Adding Pizzazz to Pedagogy: A Faculty Forum on Technology Enhanced Learning Environments on Thursday, Oct. 19, in Fuller Laboratories. The conference, sponsored by The Colleges of the Worcester Consortium, will focus on the exchange of information about the application of technology in the classroom and its effect on teaching and learning.

Faculty from all disciplines, academic computing and media support professionals, networking and library professionals, information technology specialists, and academic budget directors and policy makers will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on discussions and listen to presentations on such topics as the electronic classroom, academic uses of the Internet and the World Wide Web, investigative hypermedia and multimedia and distance learning. More than 200 people are expected to attend the conference, which was conceived by the consortium's Instructional Technology Committee. Pennie Turgeon, director of WPI's Instructional Media Center, represented the Institute on the committee.

WPI President Edward A. Parrish will give the welcoming address and present an overview of the conference. Steven W. Gilbert, director of technology projects for the American Association for Higher Education, will be the keynote speaker. Gilbert has provided leadership and vision in the field of educational technology for more than 25 years. He is the moderator of one of the most highly regarded electronic listservs for discussion of education and technology and is responsible for lau nching the AAHE Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable and the Teaching Materials of the Future (TMOTF) Project, both of which are aimed at helping colleges and universities with the responsible application of technology.

Other presenters include WPI librarians Joanne Williams, Donald Richardson and Margaret Riley; WPI President Emeritus Edmund Cranch, now a consultant for the New England Board of Higher Education; electrical and computer engine ering Professor David Cyganski; Ann Loranger of the University of New Hampshire's Education Department; Steven Wertheim of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center's Office of Medical Education and Cell Biology; Stephen Cavrak, director of Academic Computing Services at the University of Vermont; and Charles McMahon, of the University of Pennsylvania's Materials Science and Engineering Department.

"The conference features many exciting sessions that will provide our faculty with an opportunity to explore how their colleagues are utilizing varying technologies to enhance the learning of students," says Turgeon, who notes that this is the first such conference in Central Massachusetts.