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Higher Education: Digital Education Leadership Conversation 2012

October 16, 2012 - October 16, 2012

and October 17, 2012

A conversation among those who choose to lead.

The Digital Education Leadership Conversation (DELC) is a unique education event that unites chief information officers, chief technology officers, curriculum technologists, policy makers and senior IT industry executives from around the country. This event will convene education leaders to discuss and explore new ways of thinking about our schools through group interaction.

Free of charge to public-sector leaders, the symposium is a valuable opportunity for innovators to meet face-to-face to exchange ideas and focus on the most significant issues facing education executives today.

Please note: This is an invitation-only event.

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Featured Speakers

Clay Jenkinson HeadshotClay S. Jenkinson
Author, Cultural Commentator, First Person Interpreter
Dakota Sky Education

Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs and is considered one of the most entertaining public speakers in the United States. He is also one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas Jefferson, having lectured about and portrayed Jefferson in 49 states over a period of 15 years. Jenkinson also portrays Meriwether Lewis, John Wesley Powell, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Theodore Roosevelt. He has performed before Supreme Court justices, presidents, 18 state legislatures and countless public, corporate and student audiences, as well as appearing on The Today Show, Politically Incorrect, The Colbert Report and  CNN.



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2:30 p.m. – Welcome

3:00 p.m. – Keynote: Citizens, IT and Democracy
Hosted by President Thomas Jefferson
As portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson, Humanities Scholar

4:00 p.m. – Break

4:30 p.m. – Walk Through Historic Boston
*Please wear comfortable walking clothes and shoes appropriate for Boston fall temperatures.

6:00 p.m. – Dinner


7:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions

9:00 a.m. – Session 1:
Campus Infrastructure
This session will highlight the emerging and critical aspects of infrastructure that campuses need to address to be prepared for the future, including networking, the cloud, data center virtualization and storage and security concerns. We will also discuss the “people” side of the education equation: human resources, IT management and leadership. Panelists will share their personal experiences and set the stage for why infrastructure is so important to the evolution of education.

Celeste M. Schwartz, Ph.D., Vice President Information Technology and College Services, Montgomery County Community College, PA
Marc Seybold, Chief Information Officer, The State University of New York College at Old Westbury, NY

10:15 a.m. – Break

10:30 a.m. – Session 2:
The Textbook Reformation and Digital Content
The advent of digital textbooks and the proliferation of digital content on the Internet and elsewhere are enabling students and teachers to take learning to new heights. This session will explore the legislation – both emerging and existing laws – that help promote the use of digital textbooks and any obstacles that exist during this shifting landscape of learning. Panelists will share where they are in the shift to digital content and the best practices that make for a successful transition – including leadership advice, professional development tips, student adoption stories and more.

Nik Osborne, J.D., Chief of Staff, Indiana University
Tim Tirrell, Ph.D., Director of Educational Partnerships and Planning, California State University/MERLOT

11:45 a.m. – Lunch

12:45 p.m. – Session 3:
The Blended and Virtual Learning Frontier
Digital teaching and learning is expanding education methods to include online learning, virtual learning, blended learning and hybrid learning. This session will explore the new blended and virtual learning frontier with a view of the technologies that enable these alternative environments, the personnel perspective and how these specialized programs can help students learn in the manner and mode that suits them best.

John DeAngelo, Director, Educational Technology Services, University of California, San Francisco
Michael Lucas, Director of Instructional Technology Support, University of Massachusetts Lowell

2:00 p.m. – Break

2:15 p.m. – Session 4:
Campus Specialty Tech Programs
Enriched learning environments are assisting students in the classroom – as well as readying them for colleges and careers. Education institutions are employing intensive and often specialized technologies – including math and science labs, gaming and media programming labs, art labs, GIS/CAD labs, project-based learning environments, chemistry labs, and special needs programs – to equip students with the skills they need. This panel will discuss how these technologies and others are delivering near real-world experiences to students and helping to specialize learning to ensure student success.

Jean-Pierre R. Bayard, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Technology Initiatives / Director of Academic Technology & Creative Services, California State University, Sacramento
Dr. Brian Beatty, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Operations, San Francisco State University, CA

3:30 p.m. – Adjourn

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Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108

Room Reservations

  •     Room rate: $289 per night
  •     Call 800.THE.OMNI (800.843.6664) and reference DELC
  •     Deadline for reservations: Friday, September 21, 2012

Ground Transportation (fares subject to change)
The hotel is two and a half miles from Logan International Airport. It normally takes 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic. Taxi fare from Logan Airport averages between $20 and $25.