Northern Voice, 2007

Northern Voice is a two-day, non-profit personal blogging conference held at the University of British Columbia’s main campus. This conference covers a whole range of topics, including educational blogging, and offers a personalized, informal, and highly energized space to meet with folks who are pioneering their respective fields with Web 2.0 tools.

D’Arcy Norman and I presented at Moose Camp (the informal sessions preceding the event) on how open source applications such as [[WordPress]] and [[Drupal]] can offer an educational institution a lot more than simply a blogging platform, part of a larger discussion on providing a campus with powerful free tools to easily author on the web.

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Educause Learning Initiative Annual Conference, 2007

This presentation for the ELI 2007 annual conference focuses on the questions surrounding where innovation has gone in the Course Management System (CMS) over the past few years, and where we might want it to go in the future through the use of open-source tools.

  • “Notes Towards an Open (Source) University” co-presented with Jerry Slezak

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City University of New York IT Conference, 2006

Notes Towards an Open (Source) University” was a presentation delivered at the 2006 CUNY IT Conference focused upon ways of incorporating an open source toolkit in the teaching and learning technologies.

Museums and the New Web (Seminar)

The The New Web: Interactive and Collaborative Technologies in the Museum World seminar was a five-day, intensive course held at the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program and led by Jim Spadacinni. This course focused on web-design and the developing trends of Web 2.0 technologies and the educational mission of museums .

University of Mary Washington’s Faculty Academy, 2006

The Faculty Academy on Instructional Technologies is a free annual event hosted by the University of Mary Washington. Faculty Academy brings together faculty and staff from both campuses at UMW to share and celebrate the year’s efforts and accomplishments in the classroom, with teaching and learning technologies as the specific focus (or, one might say, catalyst) of the event.

This presentation features the UMW Instructional Technology Specialists (Martha Burtis, Patrick Gosetti-Murrayjohn, Jim Groom, Andy Rush, and Jerry Slezak) discussing how services available on a commercial web-hosting service have transformed both their work with UMW faculty and their own professional development.

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ACCS of Virginia Conference, 2006

The Association of Collegiate Computing Services (ACCS) of Virginia is a state-level organization that supports the sharing of information among technology professionals in Virginia’s colleges and universities.

This presentation focuses upon the grand experiment at UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies which has efficiently introduced open source tools into the campus environment by means of affordable, off-site web hosting.

  • “Bluehost: A Fantastico Expedition” Co-presented with Martha Burtis, Jerry Slezak, Andy Rush, and Patrick Gosetti Murray-John