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Report from EDUCAUSE 2006

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

The EDUCAUSE annual conference, held October 9-12 in Dallas, was a big success. According to a source at the EDUCAUSE headquarters in Colorado, approximately 4,000 people attended the entire session, with 300 opting to just go through the exhibit hall.* Approximately 2,200 additional attendees were exhibitors. At least 26 of those attending represented UNT, including people from CITC, the Libraries, CDL and other areas.

I attended the three excellent general sessions, discussed here in this month's Network Connection, as well as quite a few conference sessions. Of the conference sessions I attended (click for the full conference schedule), these currently have resources available on the EDUCAUSE website:

Conference Presentations and Resources

As the conference website states, access to a growing pool of resources from EDUCAUSE 2006 is available to both those were in attendance and those who were unable to attend. These resources include online video recordings of select general and featured-speaker sessions, session audio tapes and CDs, and conference blogs and snapshots. Resources are added as they are received, so check back if you don't find what you're looking for. Check for:

Presentation Videos

Following are select general session and featured speaker presentations from EDUCAUSE 2006. Note: The videos may not work with browsers other than Internet Explorer:

General Session Presentations

  • Uncovering the Science in Computer Science: Challenges for the 21st CenturyVinton G. Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
    View: Mediasite Windows Media

Featured Speaker Presentations

  • Time, Space, and HistoryEdward L. Ayers, Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia; William G. Thomas, III, John and Catherine Angle Professor in the Humanities, Department of History, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
    View: Mediasite Windows Media
  • Still Crazy After Two Years (Kuali panel)Bruce K. Alexander, Director, FIS/HRIS Project, Michigan State University; J. Michael Allred, Associate Vice Chancellor - Finance/Controller, University of California, Davis; Lee Belarmino, Associate Vice President, Information Technology, San Joaquin Delta College; Sally Jackson, Vice President for Learning & Information Technologies and CIO, The University of Arizona; David Lassner, Chief Information Officer, University of Hawaii; John F. Walsh, Senior Director, e-Business Services, Indiana University
    View: Mediasite Windows Media
  • Career Development for IT ProfessionalsMarilu Goodyear, Professor and ECAR Fellow, University of Kansas; Susan E. Metros, Deputy CIO & Exec Director for eLearning & Professor, Design Technology, The Ohio State University; Eugene L. Spencer, Associate VP for IS & Resources, Bucknell University; Moderated by Cynthia Golden, Vice President, EDUCAUSE
    View: Mediasite Windows Media
  • Good Judgment Comes From ExperienceDaniel A. Updegrove, Vice President for Information Technology, University of Texas at Austin
    View: Mediasite Windows Media
  • From Today's CMS to Tomorrow's Learning Support SystemJoel M. Smith, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer, Carnegie Mellon University; Malcolm B. Brown, Director of Academic Computing, Dartmouth College; Carolyn Lee Windham, Student, North Carolina State University Moderated by David Lassner, Chief Information Officer, University of Hawaii
    View: Mediasite Windows Media
  • Pioneering New Territory and TechnologiesMalcolm B. Brown, Director of Academic Computing, Dartmouth College; Saiid Ganjalizadeh, Assistant Director for Instructional Technology, The Catholic University of America; Leslie P. Hitch, Director, Academic Technology Services, Northeastern University; Pablo G. Molina, CIO, Information Systems Technology, Georgetown University; John S. Moses, Director, Technology Planning, Biological Sciences, University of Chicago; Art St. George, Manager, Advanced Communications Technologies, University of New Mexico; M. Christine McMahon, Manager, Advanced Technology, Saint Louis University
    View: Mediasite Windows Media
  • The Challenge of Campus CyberinfrastructureJames R. Bottum, CIO/VP For DCIT, Clemson University; Bonita M. Neas, Interim Deputy CIO/Executive Director ConnetND, North Dakota University System; Patrick Dreher, Project Director and Research Scientist, MIT
    View: Mediasite Windows Media

Next Year

I was very pleased with all the sessions I attended and look forward to more opportunities to attend EDUCAUSE conferences in the future. The Southwest Regional Conference will be in Austin February 2123, 2007 and the next annual conference is slated to be in Seattle October 23-26, 2007. It's never to early to start planning!

* If you are really interested, "2006 Attendee Demographics" can be found here (scroll down the page a bit).


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