League for Innovation Announces New STEMtech Conference for Fall 2010
October 10, 2009, Detroit, Michigan. During the opening plenary session of the League for Innovation in the Community College’s 25th annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT), League President and CEO Gerardo E. de los Santos announced the transition of CIT into a new conference envisioned as an interactive learning experience with a strong focus on (a) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in general education and workforce training, and (b) uses of technology across the institution.
The introduction of the new STEMtech Conference continues a long-held practice of the League to regularly and routinely evaluate and revise conference offerings. “Excitement is building about the new STEMtech conference,” said League Board Chair Jackson Sasser, president of Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. “STEMtech provides an opportunity for community college technology specialists, CIOs, and other educators who use technology to continue gathering around topics of specific interest to them, while acknowledging the growing importance of STEM disciplines in community college education.”
STEMtech will be available to participants in two formats: on site and online. The 2010 on-site conference will be held October 31-November 3 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Online activities will be available November 1-2 and will include live streaming of general sessions, track keynotes, and special sessions as well as several webinars. “Providing an online option was at the forefront of planning and developing the format for STEMtech,” said de los Santos. “Those who would like to participate and contribute to an international conference but are unable to do so because of distance or budget constraints will now be able to share and learn through the online option.”
STEMtech conference tracks include five in the STEM areas – (1) Health and Science; (2) Energy, Environment, and Sustainability; (3) Mathematics, Engineering, and Architecture; (4) Manufacturing, Industry, and Agriculture; and (5) Technology and Communication – and two in institutional technology – (6) Technology Systems and Applications; and (7) eLearning Resources.
STEMtech 2010 will open with a general session to kick off the conference and will close with a final plenary celebrating successful achievement in STEM disciplines and institutional technology. Each track will feature its own Keynote Session led by a national or international leader in the track content area. STEMtech will also bring together educators in each of the STEM track areas in respective STEMtech Summits, which will also include a STEM Chairs Summit and a CIO Summit. As with CIT, Special Sessions will highlight major programs, projects, and issues, and Hands-On Labs will provide opportunities for on-site participants to try out new products from League Corporate Partners and others. Concurrent Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, and Poster Sessions will provide opportunities for presentations and small group interaction. Lunch Conversations will be held following Track Keynote Sessions and Special Sessions as a continuation of the conversations generated by those presentations. STEMtech will also include an exhibition showcasing products and services provided by League Corporate Partners and Friends.
The League’s CIT began 25 years ago as “The Community College and the Computer” – a conference at which reports indicate no computers were actually present – and over the years was variously called “Serving Students in the Age of Information Technology,” “Computing Across the College Spectrum,” “Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: The Role of Communications Technology,” “The Difference Technology Makes,” and finally, in 1995, the “Conference on Information Technology.”
Looking forward to the new direction and energy of the 2010 Conference! (The location is not bad, either.)