CUNY’s 17th Annual IT Conference will explore the complicated balance between the challenges and opportunities of using technology in higher education. There is no doubt that technology connects our lives and underlies many educational offerings. This comes with a set of inherent challenges, both mundane and serious. Educators and universities must grapple with what technologies to use in classrooms, and how to equip students with the technological literacy they need both to succeed and to make informed choices outside of school. Our movements, metrics and digital footprints are tracked in ways that were inconceivable just decades ago, and data often seems vulnerable to security threats. Nevertheless, technology brings true opportunities in the nature of enhanced engagement, access and interconnection, to name a few.
The theme of “Challenges and Opportunities” includes:
1. How does technology provide challenges and opportunities for multiple stakeholders at CUNY and across the varied sectors of teaching, learning, research and administration?
2. How do educators perceive the challenges and opportunities of technology in the classroom? And how do they balance them?
3. How can technology create new opportunities for students? What challenges does technology present that may also be viewed as opportunities for teaching and learning?
As has been the case since its inception, the conference will be held at John Jay College, offering overviews of the University and colleges’ key IT initiatives, discussions of how technology can support and advance teaching, scholarship and administration, and a chance to meet with exhibitors.
The conference is hosted in partnership with the Center for Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute specializing in education technology trends, policy and practices.
Keynote Presentation: Monkeys, Robots and Centaurs – Learning for the Digital Age
Keynote Speaker: Anya Kamenetz, Educational Futurist / Lead Education Reporter, NPR / Acclaimed Author