1999 C.I.T. Program Tracks

1999 Conference on Information Technology


The heart of the conference program is found in the breakout sessions presented by practitioners from hundreds of community colleges throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and around the world. This year’s forums and round tables are divided into the following tracks:

Track 1: 
Applying Technology to Teaching and Learning

Technology is being applied in many ways in classrooms and laboratories across a spectrum of disciplines. This track focuses on innovative technology applications for teaching and learning as well as for instructional support and management. Topics include computer-assisted instruction, development and use of multimedia instructional materials, technology innovations for "at-risk" learners, use of Internet technologies for traditional classes and labs, virtual reality and learning simulations, and technology-based course management systems. Model and visionary uses of technology in teaching and learning are emphasized.

Track 2:
Distance and Asynchronous Learning
Most community colleges now participate in some form of distance learning. The notions of anytime, anyplace learning are becoming realities in many innovative colleges today through myriad synchronous and asynchronous audio, video, and digital technologies. This track focuses on diverse applications of technology for distance and asynchronous learning, as well as related administrative, pedagogical, curricular, and student support issues related to distance learning.

Track 3:
Innovations in Information Technology Infrastructures
The critical and constantly evolving technology systems that underlie information technology applications in community colleges are the focus of this track. Included are topics related to planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining diverse technology systems used throughout colleges, including telephone systems, video systems, information management systems, network applications, and kiosk systems.

Track 4:
Leadership, Technology, and Change
This track focuses on leadership and management topics related to integrating information technology into community colleges, including strategic technology planning and implementation, institution-wide technology initiatives, and organizational change. Related topics include enhancing staff involvement and support for institutional initiatives, measuring and leveraging the investment in technology, addressing obsolescence, creatively managing information services, and technology's effects on community colleges and their students.

Track 5:
Student Services in the Information Age
Giving special attention to the critical role of student services in addressing diverse and rapidly changing student needs in the community college, this track covers the range of ways technology is enhancing and changing student services. Innovative applications of technology for recruitment, admissions, registration, enrollment management, orientation, retention, counseling, advisement, placement, financial aid, and support for special populations are among the topics addressed.

Track 6:
Technology and Partnerships
Community colleges have been pioneers in building partnerships, and today, more than ever, creative technology-based linkages are being forged between institutions and a wide range of partners-other community colleges, public schools, transfer institutions, community and government organizations, businesses and industries, as well as organizations in other countries. These innovative partnerships use technology in a variety of ways: to promote student learning, to prepare students for the workplace, and to develop and maintain meaningful educational relationships.

Track 7:
Vendor Solutions and Demonstrations
This track provides opportunities for conference participants to become familiar with products and services developed by educational vendors serving community colleges. Sessions in this track are designed to provide a context for understanding how these products and services offer solutions and enhancements for specific institutional or student needs.