Sunday, July 10, 2011

That rejuvenating faculty vibe

There are some things about faculty life that really get me excited. They seem to hum with excitement, exude a powerful vibe, rejuvenate a tired mind. Conferences, such as Educational Technology for Online Learning (ET4OL) by the Sloan Consortium, are those events that can fire all of my mental pistons and somehow, despite a heavy summer load and demanding courses, fill me with renewed eagerness for teaching and collaboration.

View from my hotel: San Jose, CA
Today I arrived in beautiful San Jose as a presenter and attendee at ET4OL. I have spent a lot of time reading and re-reading the program as there are so many things that I want to attend--I will have to find a way to clone myself and attend multiple sessions! One of the best things about ET4OL is the way that the pre-conference talk (via Twitter and great discussion boards) already has enhanced collaboration while providing me with new ideas and thoughts about my course design, delivery, and devices...and the conference is not yet officially underway.

Though conference travel can be an expensive and unexpected side of faculty life, the rewards are not often exalted enough. New ideas and new energy = priceless part of faculty life, a part that I am quite thankful to explore in the upcoming days.

More information? Check out #ET4OL2011 on Twitter or examine the program here.
View my presentation prezi here.

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