UMW’s 15th Faculty Academy

All of us here at DTLT are currently preparing for UMW’s 15th Annual Faculty Academy which will be happening this Wednesday and Thursday—May 12th and 13th. It’s my favorite event of the year at UMW, and it is both inspiring and downright fun.  This year, as we have the last four years thanks to Andy Rush’s video prowess, we’ll be live streaming the plenary and keynote presentations here:

Additionally, you can follow the conference Twitter account, which is @umwfa10, or just search for the conference hashtag: #umwfa10 Additionally, you can browse session titles and abstracts using the online program here.

What’s more, seems Inside HigherEd‘s Josh Kim has picked up on the event, and had the following to say:

The list of ways that the University of Mary Washington sets the example in learning and technology is indeed long. UMW is at the forefront of a movement to provide open access to course material and faculty and student contributions through its pioneering UMW Blogs platform. Check out the “Courses” section of UMW blogs for an aggregated view of the most recent semester’s classes available for viewing on this open platform.

While this is certainly flattering to all of us at UMW, I’m also happy to say it is true to some large degree 🙂 Fact is, Faculty Academy is an open, free, and an extremely collegial event wherein the unbelievable work of faculty and students at UMW is not only showcased, but also serves as the means for thinking and discussing the most important ideas and issues facing teaching, learning, and scholarship in the 21st century. And to push that envelope, we invite a number of guest speakers—this year we are lucky enough to have Julie Meloni, Mike Caulfield and Siva Vaidhyanathan—to inject the atmosphere with generative ideas, challenges, and a whole range of ideas to cross-pollinate the conversations. And I have no doubts that this year’s conference will do just that.

NB: It is no coincidence that UMW’s Faculty Academy is just about as old as the World Wide Web, these two transformative technologies are coeval!

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