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Past President, NCLCA
Technology is present in our everyday lives from e-mail to e-Commerce from Internet to Instant Messaging from Youtube videos to video conferencing from social networking to Skyping from texting to online textbooks. Technologies bring together the seemingly disparate concepts of ease and complexity. Compared to just ten years ago, we have much more ease in accessing information, resources, and multimedia, but keeping up with emerging technologies can be complex and overwhelming. Knowing what technologies your students have and how they can be leveraged to increase students' success in college can be intimidating. Emerging technologies such as social networking, multi-media sharing, collaborative workspaces, and mobile technologies are significantly changing the nature of learning and learner expectations for interaction, access, and engagement. Learning center professionals need to leverage emerging technologies in ways that can enhance they ways in which we deliver services, create resources, market our centers, manage and train staff, and evaluate our centers. This pre-conference institute will address the following:
Provide a practical guide for how to best understand and evaluate the usefulness of emerging technologies;
Introduce participants to some free technology resources that can help learning center professionals maximize their resources and outreach to students;
Discuss best practices in implementing technology innovations in learning centers; and
Help participants devise a plan for how to choose the technology tools that will help them meet their goals in managing their learning center.