News & Events



October 19-22, 2003
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For more information contact
Ed Leach (480) 705·8200 x233


Hosted By:
Wisconsin Technical
College System

Future Conference Dates:

November 7-10, 2004
Tampa, Florida


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Learning Center Courses

Learning Center Courses are special three-hour or full-day fee-based sessions that deliver a body of practical knowledge and applications. Learning Center Courses augment the conference program by providing in-depth exposure to specific topics in each of the seven conference tracks and by linking participants with a community of learners who share common interests. Selection of faculty for these courses is very competitive and is based on course content and thoroughness of the proposed course design. Participants receive continuing education units (CEUs) for completing Learning Center Courses.


Learning Center Course Descriptions

Courses held in computer labs are represented by the following icon: Computer Lab Class

Saturday Full-Day Learning Center Course

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Certified Web Designer Associate Certification Course ($200)
IT certifications have been shown to increase salary levels, especially for technology-related jobs. During this demanding six-hour Learning Center Course, participants review all the relevant knowledge and skills needed to become a WOW-certified Web Designer Associate. This course is geared toward the practicing education web professional who is familiar with most, if not all, of the material covered. If you are a web professional with experience in web development, you should take this intensive course that prepares you for the WOW Web Designer Associate Exam. WOW will administer the certification exam, which is included in the cost of the course, at the completion of the course. Get additional information.
Bill Cullifer, Executive Director, World Organization of Webmasters, CA

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Sunday Full-Day Learning Center Courses

8:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

First Annual Community College Web Professional Summit ($200)
Working within the community college environment creates distinct challenges. Community college web professionals have to create great-looking, accessible, performance-based websites; maximize staff productivity; convince variously skilled web designers and developers to use consistent interfaces and tools; and keep up with rapidly changing design and technology methods and techniques, all on a limited budget. The World Organization of Webmasters has designed a summit event designed specifically to address the many issues faced by community college web professionals. This exceptional experience allows participants to network; learn about the latest web technologies, techniques, and best practices; and attend networking sessions, all within a supportive peer environment. Whether you are a webmaster or an instructor of web development courses at a community college, this extraordinary inaugural event is for you. Get additional information.
Bill Cullifer, Executive Director, World Organization of Webmasters, CA

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Chief Information Officers Summit ($150)
This summit is a must-do event for technology leaders and interested college administrators. Chief Information Officers from around the world discuss effective strategies, investigate important issues, and review model programs pertaining to community college information technology and infrastructure. The summit’s experienced facilitators share creative approaches to issues facing technology leaders, including current hot topics such as cybersecurity, disaster recovery planning, ERP systems, course management systems, and technology plans. Join colleagues from around the world in this annual event aimed at creating a strong network of community college CIOs committed to improving the information technology systems of today while continuing to set a vision for tomorrow.
Todd Jorns, Senior Director, Instructional Technology, Illinois Community College Board, IL; Doug Allen, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Information Services, Johnson County Community College, KS; Ann Strine, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Information Technology, Pima Community College, AZ

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Design and Implementation of an Institutional Web Strategy: Considering the Website and the Classroom ($150)
Computer Lab Class
This Learning Center Course offers participants the exceptional opportunity to experience instructional technology from two sides: The student-teacher front line, including examples of face-to-face, online, and hybrid learning, as well as the IT backend that supports learning and the business operations of the college. The presenters alternate between demonstrating a collegewide system that uses a portal and database-driven content management tools and hands-on exercises using Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash. This course gives participants the opportunity to examine the complete range of educational technology services in and out of the classroom. By examining in-class as well as organizational technology solutions, participants will be better prepared to develop their own varied and integrated technology skills and solutions, as well as answer the big-picture question, "How do all of the parts of instructional technology fit together?"
Eric Kraus, Assistant Professor, Developmental Studies; William Struhar, Professor, Psychology; Russ Little, Manager, Web Systems; Andy Runyan, Director, eCollege, Sinclair Community College, OH

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Sunday Morning Learning Center Courses

8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Realistic Planning for the Effective Integration of Academic and Administrative Technologies ($100)Computer Lab Class
This engaging Learning Center Course focuses on the collaborative interaction of Chief Academic Officers and others at their institutions responsible for the convergence of technology, pedagogy, and administration. Whether implementing web-based courses, distance learning, new student information systems, or a major instructional technology infrastructure upgrade, strategic technology planning, organizational alignment, and faculty involvement have become critical components for success. The presenters address issues, options, and alternative approaches that have worked well for integrating administrative systems and teaching and learning technologies, as well as discuss a variety of proven methods for managing a complex portfolio of academic and administrative technology projects. Also discussed are historical perspectives, trends in academic technology, new planning processes, new governance structures, and distributed ownership. Note: An online forum will be available for related discussions prior to and following the conference.
Steven Gilbert, President, The TLT Group, MD; John Grose, Senior Principal Consultant, Global Education Solutions; Patricia Fenn, Senior Director, Academic Solutions, SCT, PA


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Mobile Learning: Making It Work! ($100)
Computer Lab Class
This Learning Center Course demonstrates how mobile learning strategies can be implemented in community college environments. In this interactive session, special attention is given to mobile systems implementation, user training, buying versus building educational content, industry expectations of users, and accommodating a variety of learning styles. Participants use mobile devices including pocket PCs, laptops, and tablet PCs to review academic materials, websites, and provide continuous session input. This session is designed for faculty, administrators, and IT professionals interested in emerging technologies.
Michael Walsh, Dean, Business and Information Technology, Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI; Nicolle Schieffer, Associate Product Manager, McGraw Hill Higher Education, IL; Ann Watts, Technologist, Instructional Design, Des Moines Area Community College, IA; David Grypp, Instructional Chair, Business, Milwaukee Area Technical College

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The Migration to SCT Banner: Year One-Reality After the "Go" Decision ($100)
This Learning Center Course will benefit individuals or campus teams implementing the SCT Banner product, and is the first in a series of courses and forums that share insights, process and migration models, best practices and documentation, and experiences with implementing enterprise systems. This series of presentations will allow participants to follow, in real time, Monroe Community College’s (MCC) migration from SCT Plus to SCT Banner, as well as the path from planning to implementation to evaluation for all five Banner modules. Participants are also provided access to the web-based MCC Banner website to review MCC’s Banner implementation progress.
Jeffrey Bartkovich, Vice President, Educational Technology; Robert Bertram, Associate Dean/Director, Computing Services; Marie Fetzner, Assistant to the Vice President, Banner Project Manager, Monroe Community College, NY

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Issues and Challenges Facing Community and Technical College Libraries ($100)
Think you’re alone in facing issues related to your community college LRC or library? Think again! Join this discussion about the particular challenges facing LRCs and libraries and develop answers to issues such as the changing role of the community college librarian and the place of the library in the academic mission of two-year institutions. Course participants also brainstorm solutions to problems such as technology fees, collection development, and dealing with diminished budgets, as well as discuss how to develop outside funding sources and build partnerships within the institution. All librarians face new challenges in the community or technical college environment that are different from those of other academic institutions. Here’s your chance to sound off, meet your peers, and leave with a set of best practices to meet problems head-on.
Steven Heser, Instructional Librarian, Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI
; Lisa Swanson, Director, Learning Resources, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, WI; Jeff Grossman, Librarian, Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI; Jeff Jackson, Director, Library and Information Services, Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI

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Organizing for Outcomes in a Technology Mediated Learning Environment ($100)
Rapidly proliferating online and blended learning environments create newly emerging challenges for faculty and administrators. Inconsistent results or even catastrophic failures may result when adapting successful courses from traditional settings to online and blended learning environments. Online delivery environments interact with curriculum choices, making organizing for outcomes critical. Participants in this Learning Center Course examine a communication-based, student-centered, outcomes-driven model for designing and evaluating online delivered curriculum. Participants apply model elements to personal examples to examine the model’s impact on course design, student outcomes, and quality control.
Rusty Holmes, Director, Distance Learning, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, NC; David Smith, Coordinator, Arts and Sciences, North Carolina Community College System, NC

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Sunday Afternoon Learning Center Courses

1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

What's the Scenario? Learning and Assessment for IT Across Careers ($100) Computer Lab Class
Educators in all subject areas and grade levels are moving from traditional knowledge-focused learning outcomes to performance outcomes demonstrated in authentic activities. The key to success with scenario-based material is to bring together relevant problem-based exercises with appropriate instructional components. The presenters share tools for teaching IT-related topics recently developed by the NSF IT Across Careers project. This interactive hands-on session will benefit faculty interested in developing their own lessons and assessments.
Joyce Malyn-Smith, Director Strategic Initiatives, Workforce and Human Development; Siobhan Bredin, Senior Technology Associate; Linda Scott, Project Coordinator; Center for Education, Employment, and Community, Education Development Center, Inc., MA


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Designing and Developing a Classroom Website ($100)
Computer Lab Class
A classroom website is an effective method of distributing course information such as syllabi, reading lists, and handouts, as well as a valuable portal for collaborative communication through chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards. Participants in this exceptionally interactive and hands-on Learning Center Course cover concepts and techniques for planning, designing, and developing a companion website for traditional face-to-face courses. The session begins with a demonstration of a classroom website, followed by participants working in groups to design their own websites. The course concludes with the presenter introducing participants to tools used to develop websites. Course participants leave the course with their own working websites and the knowledge necessary to maintain and publish their website.
James Taggart, Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems, Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ

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Developing a Virtual Toolkit: Promoting Success for Learners and Instructors ($100)
Computer Lab Class
Faculty members often ask for specific examples of guidelines, tools, and techniques that can help them be successful in their online classes. This workshop presents a number of these ideas so that instructors can implement them in existing or new online classes. Through this hands-on approach to course development, participants not only are presented with new ideas, but share their own tips for success with their colleagues.
Rena Palloff, Core Faculty, Education; Keith Pratt, Core Faculty, Education, Capella University, CA

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Critical Legal Issues in Distance Education ($100)
This Learning Center Course, designed especially for educators who deliver instruction at a distance, focuses on the practical aspects of legal issues in distance education. This timely course has an emphasis on copyright fundamentals for online course delivery and the new TEACH Act, which has finally become law. The presenter provides background knowledge about copyright notice, copyright protections, copyright duration, copyright registration, and Internet-related copyright issues. Fair-use doctrine, public domain, lost copyright, and intellectual property are also covered.
Mary Sorensen, Online Faculty, Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI

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From Fish Eggs to Caviar: One Team's Journey ($100)
The challenge? Moving a division from out-of-date to state-of-the-art technology. The players? The Health and Public Safety Technology Advancement Team at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Join with colleagues for an interactive hands-on session about a visionary project and a team of faculty that facilitated divisionwide environmental scanning to develop trends and a strategic plan. The process, resources, how the division is living the vision, and future directions are highlighted.
Lori Suddick, Instructor, Health and Public Safety; Scott Finger, Dean, Health and Public Safety; Lori Rasmussen, Research Specialist, College Advancement, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, WI

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Small Stuff or Big Hype? The Reality of Building a Nanotechnology Program ($100)
This session provides a quality-oriented program development model community colleges can use to construct a nanotechnology program for continuing education, workforce development, corporate training, or credit. Session participants discover where to uncover treasure troves of nanotechnology resources such as current research, potential partners, alternative funding sources, and what other schools around the country are doing. Participants establish a methodology for further exploration to determine whether nanotechnology is something their institution should pursue or a program development model that can be used to research the viability of other program ideas. Come and learn how to put nanotechnology to work for you in the new millennium.
Mark Champion, Information Analyst, Institutional Research and Planning, Grand Rapids Community College, MI; Rene Prupes, Program Director, Corporate and Continuing Education, Brookhaven College, TX

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Tuesday Morning Learning Center Course

7:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Qi Gong, Tai Qi Ch'uan, and Other High-Touch Strategies for Educators in the Age of High Tech ($100)
With our students, colleges, and communities moving so quickly, and with technology driving ever hyperbolic dialogues and debate, many educators are searching for strategies to find personal and organizational balance. This interactive session involves participants in an exploration of ancient strategies—what are often referred to as ‘internal arts’—for slowing our pace and centering our efforts. Participants explore the roots of Qi Gong and learn the beginnings of a Tai Qi Ch’uan form. We’ll connect these activities to our roles in education and explore ways to bring balance and energy to our work as teachers, reachers, and leaders in the community college. Please wear comfortable clothing (sweats or shorts preferable) and prepare to actively participate.
Mark Milliron, President and CEO, League for Innovation in the Community College, AZ; Ray Fisher, Master, Arizona Chuan Fa Society, AZ

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