HigherEdBlogCon: Just 11 days left to submit your proposal

January 19th, 2006 Karine Joly No Comments

As you probably know by now (after all, isn’t it the third time I’m posting about this event?), a very special conference will be held this April on a computer near you: Higher Ed BlogCon, an online conference focusing on the use of blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasts, vblogs and other digital tools.

I know a lot of the Web professionals reading this blog are involved in very interesting Web 2.0 initiatives, so I’m a bit surprised that only Matthew Winkel from The College of New Jersey is the only one who has submitted a proposal as of today.

I know everybody is busy with work and life, but this online conference is definitely a great way to share your experiences, ideas and opinions about what’s about to shake our world.

Besides, your presentation doesn’t have to be long and/or even written: it can be a short piece, a podcast or a screencast (so, if you don’t feel like writing, you actually don’t have to).

Not sure if you have anything interesting to share? Have a look at the suggested themes for the Web track chaired by Mike Richalwsky from Allegheny College:

~The evolving role of the Webmaster in the age of social tools — including how these technologies will affect working relationships across areas and disciplines. (Andrea, maybe? Between 2 potlucks)
~Uses of and coordination of RSS and syndication across the institution
~Implementation and utilization of social software and other applications in higher education Web sites (anybody out there from the University of Alabama to talk about myBama Family Connection?)
~Web standards and accessibility in blogs, wikis, etc.
~Utilizing students in the development of Web sites, Web applications, and social applications
~Production and distribution methods for podcasting
~Choosing, installing, and maintaining a blogging system
~On the horizon: Next-generation Web 2.0 applications

Along with the talented Rob Pongsajapan, I’ve been asked to help Mike in trying to put together a great Web track. That’s why I really look forward to reading, listening or watching your presentations.

I know how good some of you are. So, don’t be shy and submit a proposal ASAP – and definitely before January 31st.

If your proposal is accepted, you’ll have until March 15 to make it the best possible.

You’re not a Web pro? No problem. Higher Ed BlogCon will also be featuring presentations in the following 3 other tracks:

Admissions, Alumni Relations, Communications & Marketing

~Effective integration of new media and conventional media in marketing campaigns
~Demographics of prospective students: Who’s using what tools?
~Student blogging and podcasting in marketing campaigns
~Social networks and prospective students
~Consumer-generated media as a new source of marketing material
~Addition of syndicated communication channels to the marketing mix
~Measurement and evaluation of blogging and podcasting efforts
~Social network analysis applied to admissions and alumni relations
~Intersection of online alumni and donor communities with social and business networks
~RSS as a medium for student recruitment and alumni and donor communities
~Use of wikis in university relations

Library and Information Resources

~Library 2.0: What does Web 2.0 mean for libraries?
~New media and the new librarian (What skills do librarians need to create the 2.0 library?)
~Impact of social software on learning in library and information science
~Using social software to communicate, educate, and build community online in libraries (blogs, wikis, RSS, IM, podcasting, photo sharing, screencasting, etc.)
~Improving Access to Resources (search engines, Federated Search, OpenURL, collaborative filtering, usability, accessibility, etc.)
~Web services and the library: seamless, interoperable, modular, reusable
~User-created content (folksonomies, wikis, wiki-like function in the catalog, etc.)
~Does or should technology affect the way we define and teach information literacy?
~Guidelines for evaluating and recommending tools
~Emerging technologies in libraries: Looking ahead


~The changing nature of in-class activity in the age of podcast lectures
~Impact of new media on attendance patterns
~Impact of new media on online learning
~New media and course platforms
~Challenges surrounding intellectual property
~What do new media mean for the so-called digital divide?
~Video versus screencast versus podcast
~Wikis and learning
~The RSS divide
~The role of games in education
~Open courseware
~Changing expectations of the student and teacher at the educational interface

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