Academic Technology Week Planned for Next Month

Academic Technology Week Planned for Next Month

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

A presentation on the future of academic technology at Boston College, hands-on demonstrations of the latest instructional and research software applications, and workshops on World Wide Web and multi-media development will highlight Academic Technology Week during May 13-16.

The event is a successor to the annual Faculty Technology Day, reflecting faculty members' suggestions for an expanded schedule and more offerings, according to organizers.

"We heard from a lot of people about how we could make this more useful to them," said Academic Technology Services Director Ted Gaiser, who organized the event with Academic Development Center Director Suzanne Barrett and Assoc. Prof. Alec Peck (LSOE).

"We think this line-up will offer something for everyone," said Gaiser.

Technology Week will feature two major addresses: a luncheon keynote lecture on Monday, May 13, by Mitchel Resnick of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, director of a research group that develops new technologies to help promote new methods of teaching; and, on Thursday, May 16, a talk by Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John Neuhauser that will detail the development of the University's Academic Technology Services division and other facets of academic technology at Boston College.

Instructional sessions held throughout the week will focus on a variety of cutting-edge technologies that organizers hope participants will be able to employ in the classroom.

"This will offer a chance to see some new technologies demonstrated and have an opportunity for hands-on instruction," said Barrett.

Several sessions will offer instruction in WebCT, a course management software application that some BC faculty use to enhance their teaching. Workshops on digitized video, presentation software and Web application development, as well as tutorials on the new Apple OSX, UNIX and Linux operating systems, will be available.

A panel discussion is slated for Tuesday, May 14, at which BC faculty members will describe their experiences in using technology to complement their courses.

A full listing of Academic Technology Week events, times and locations will be available at the Web site


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