Hitting the Road (Part 2): Concurrent Sessions at the POD Network Conference

I’ll be heading to St. Louis in November for the POD Network 2010 conference. I’m contributing to two concurrent sessions there. Details below. If you’re in POD or interested in educational development, I hope to see you there!

Revolution or Evolution? Social Technologies and Pedagogical Change

Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University
Dwayne Harapnuik, Abilene Christian University
Jim Julius, San Diego State University

Friday, November 5th, 2:15-3:30, Grand Ballroom G

Social technologies such as wikis, blogs, Twitter, and smart phones open up avenues for learning and collaboration that hold great promise for transforming education. Do these technologies, along with the easy access to information that the Web provides, call for a revolution in education, one that rejects what some call the Industrial Model commonly practiced? Such a revolution sounds exciting, but is revolution possible or even appropriate in an environment where evolution—in fact, slow evolution—seems the norm? This session will explore the forces for and against revolution, as well as practical strategies for encouraging change in educational technology use.

Publicity 2.0: Creating an Efficient Publicity Machine

Rhett McDaniel and Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University

Day, Time, and Location TBA

For anyone wanting to improve publicity efforts by developing a systematic and consistent mechanism, this session explores the use of social media for publicity purposes. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at how to configure applications to automate many publicity tasks. By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • create attention-grabbing blog entries even when you think you don’t have anything interesting to blog about.
  • implement timesaving tips for increasing exposure.
  • appreciate why incorporating social media into your publicity plan is important.
  • recognize how a strategic process can improve efficiency in marketing efforts.

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