The Chronicle Technology Forum April 5-7, 2009 Arlington, Va.


Updated March 27, 2009

Sunday, April 5

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

During the reception you can experience a live recording of Tech Therapy, The Chronicle's signature technology podcast featuring reporter Scott Carlson and technology consultant Warren Arbogast.

Monday, April 6

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Session

Building the Classroom of the Future: From iTunes U to Twitter

The world is a classroom more than ever before thanks to technology. Today's students learn the scientific method from the Discovery Channel's MythBusters, hear the basics of physics from MIT's Walter Lewin on iTunes U, and debate politics on Facebook. Are these "classrooms" poised to be even more popular venues for learning in the future? How can colleges leverage these tools?


Cole W. Camplese, director, education technology services, Pennsylvania State University at University Park

Jason Ediger, director of iTunes U and mobile learning, Apple Inc.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

The Googlization of Higher Education

The official mission of Google is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible." That is also the goal of colleges throughout the world. As institutions increasingly surrender information organization and technology functions to Google, is the academy itself surrendering its function and goals to a private corporation?


Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor, media studies program, University of Virginia

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Sponsor Case Study Sessions

Presented by Adobe

Improve Campuswide Productivity and Collaboration With Adobe Acrobat

Implement cross-campus portfolio initiatives, foster collaboration among faculty and staff, simplify administrative workflows, provide safeguards for confidential information, and conserve budget with Adobe Acrobat solutions.


Phil Ice, director of course design, research, and development, American Public University System

Presented by Google

Google Apps Education Edition: A Panel Chat With Notre Dame and VCCS About Bringing Your School Into the 21st Century

Jeff Keltner from Google will lead a panel discussion with Notre Dame and Virginia's Community Colleges about how Google Apps Education Edition can help campuses save money while providing a rich set of technology tools that will enable schools to meet the demands of savvy students and foster creativity in the use of technology for teaching and learning.


Jeff Keltner, business-development manager, Google


David Carter-Tod, information-systems architect, Virginia's Community Colleges

Matt Lawson, director of enterprise services, Virginia's Community Colleges

Katie Rose, manager, academic technology services, University of Notre Dame

Paul Turner, program manager for enterprise initiatives, University of Notre Dame

Presented by OnBase, Hyland Software

Syracuse University Takes Document Management Across the Enterprise

Learn how Syracuse University selected, planned for, and implemented an enterprise-wide document-management solution to improve processes and productivity campuswide.


Diane Oad, senior project analyst, energy and computing management, Syracuse University

Presented by SunGard Higher Education

Work Smarter: Develop an IT Plan Aligned With Institutional Strategy

Through a strategic-planning exercise, Georgian Court University prioritized competing interests, redesigned business processes, and obtained a more strategic view of its technology to achieve its mission, vision, and goals. Learn how the university continues to innovate and excel during an uncertain environment.


Jan Baltzer, senior vice president, opportunity management, SunGard Higher Education

Mary Ellen Fuhrman, RSM, special assistant to the president for mission and planning, Georgian Court University

Frank J. Johnson, chief information officer, Georgian Court University

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Luncheon Session

Digital Scholarship and What It Means for Your Campus

Despite the revolutions in networked information technology over the last 30 years, scholarship in the humanities and social sciences looks much as it did in the era of typewriters. Edward L. Ayers, the president of the University of Richmond who is both an award-winning traditional scholar of the American South and a pioneer in digital scholarship, is trying to broaden the sense of possibility with the institution's new Digital Scholarship Lab, headed by Andrew Torget. Together they will discuss innovative digital-history creations and talk about how to spark similar projects on your campus.


Edward L. Ayers, president, University of Richmond

Andrew J. Torget, director, Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM


1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

A Textbook Lawsuit: Why Online Courses Risk the Wrath of Copyright Lawyers

Publishers have sued Georgia State University, charging that its online course material infringes copyrights. Are other colleges vulnerable? Are there legal ways to distribute course material digitally and avoid getting sued by publishers?


Jennifer Ruark, The Chronicle of Higher Education


Laura (Lolly) N. Gasaway, associate dean for academic affairs and professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

Peter Givler, executive director, Association of American University Presses

Data On the Loose: Mobile Devices and Security Hazards

An IT staffer walks off campus with a flash drive, and 10,000 staff and student credit card numbers are at risk. A hacker swipes a professor's password and then steals his students' Social Security numbers. Data security has become a nightmare, and mobile computing has made it even worse. Learn how wise colleges are limiting their liability — and the danger — by adopting a series of IT practices that minimize the threat.


Josh Fischman, The Chronicle of Higher Education


Brian Basgen, information-security officer, Pima Community College

Marti Harris, research director, Gartner Inc.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM


2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

From Eager Applicant to Generous Graduate: Managing the Student Life Cycle

Technology is reshaping college admissions, course-management systems are making it possible to detect students in academic trouble before it gets too deep, and development offices are creating social networks that energize alumni giving. But not every high-tech strategy pays off for colleges. This session will highlight expensive pitfalls as well as rewarding opportunities.


Michael Zastrocky, former managing vice president, education research leader, and research director for academic strategies, Gartner Inc.


Stephanie Balmer, dean of admissions and financial aid, Dickinson College

John Campbell, associate vice president for information technology, Purdue University

Cole W. Camplese, director, Education Technology Services, Pennsylvania State University at University Park

Andrew Shaindlin, executive director, Caltech Alumni Association

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM


4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Library Designs in Changing Times

Libraries today are much more than just repositories of books. Libraries now include learning centers, group-study areas, classrooms, social spaces, and technology centers. Two experts on library design — an architect and a former university librarian — discuss big trends in library buildings and what they might look like in the future.


Scott Carlson, The Chronicle of Higher Education


Scott Bennett, library space-planning consultant; senior advisor, Council of Independent Colleges; and Yale University librarian emeritus

Steven M. Foote, library architect and principal, Perry Dean Rogers/Partners

Should You Hand Off Your Campus E-Mail Service to a Tech Giant?

E-mail has become a mission-critical service for colleges. But major technology companies now offer customized e-mail services for campuses at a price that's hard to turn down: free. A panel of college leaders — some who have taken the leap, and others who have decided to run their own e-mail systems — talk about their decisions and the future of campus communication.


Jeffrey R. Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education


Brian T. Cohen, associate vice chancellor for technology and university CIO, City University of New York

Wendy Woodward, director of technology support services, Northwestern University

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM


5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

An Insider's View of Silicon Valley

Is Silicon Valley still the leading high-tech hub in the world? John Markoff, a reporter for The New York Times who covers the tech industry there, will discuss the trends college officials should know about in the coming years from hot companies to emerging technologies.


John Markoff, correspondent, The New York Times

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Networking Reception

Tuesday, April 7

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:15 AM - 9:00 AM

Can Distance Education Save You (or Even Make You) Money?

Distance education has gone mainstream. Yet while colleges have begun to master the technology and pedagogy, many are still struggling with the financial mysteries of this new medium. Two college officials who understand the economic ins and outs of distance-education programs — one from an all-online, for-profit university and another from a giant public institution with a great international reach — will share some of their management secrets.


Goldie Blumenstyk, The Chronicle of Higher Education


Susan Aldridge, president, University of Maryland University College

Michael J. Offerman, vice chair for external university initiatives, Capella Education Company

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Sponsor Case Study Sessions

Presented by Blackboard Connect

Integrating Enrollment Management Strategies and Digital Tactics During Demographic Changes and Economic Turbulence

Joe Merante, one of the pioneers of enrollment management philosophy, discusses how the demographic changes and economic turbulence fosters creativity and innovation in student recruitment. Learn about the integration of current digital technologies with enrollment management..


Joseph A. Merante, president, Merante Consulting

Presented by CDW-G

The 21st-Century Campus: Are We There Yet?

Join CDW-G for an interactive discussion on how technology is shaping today's college learning environment. CIO's will discuss the tools and best practices needed to create and sustain an innovative and dynamic campus for Generation Y, including the latest national research from CDW-G on student and faculty computing trends.


Julie Smith, director for higher-education sales, CDW Government, Inc.


Bryan Krusniak, vice president, information-technology services, A.T. Still University

Calvin Williams, information resources and technology, Saint Xavier University

Presented by HP/Microsoft

HP Tablet PC's and Collaboration-Facilitating Software in the Engineering, Math, and Science Classroom: The Case of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Rose-Hulman has pioneered the use of HP tablet PC's with Microsoft products and additional collaboration-facilitating software in a variety of courses and disciplines. The result has increased student/faculty interaction and engagement.


Julia M. Williams, executive director, office of institutional research, planning and assessment, and professor of English, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Closing Address

The Enemy Within: How to Predict and Prevent Computer Attacks From People Inside Your Institution

While outside hackers and break-ins worry college officials, the reality is that the insider threat — damage or theft by employees or others on campus — can be far more dangerous. By the time a disgruntled employee is fired, the damage is usually already done. An expert on computer security will discuss the behavior patterns and signs that allow managers to predict who will become a threat — and how to take steps to prevent it.


Dawn Cappelli, senior member, Computer Emergency Response Team, Carnegie Mellon University