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
~Changing expectations of the student and teacher at the educational interface