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Wednesday, June 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Session 1 - Got Street Cred? Creative Strategies for Faculty Development

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The vast storehouse of human knowledge has rapidly become searchable and readily accessible at our fingertips, and we can now easily publish text, images, sound and video to a variety of audiences. Networked communication and social media have transformed the web into a platform of participation that offers seemingly limitless opportunity for creativity and interaction. Higher education too, is witness to the increased digitization of nearly every aspect of the academic enterprise. As colleges and universities work to understand these complex changes, they are finding the need for new models of partnership and collaboration, and perhaps more profoundly, an “unrolling” of roles. For those of us who support faculty members and students at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology, exciting opportunities and challenges exist. Often housed within traditional IT / Library organizations, we are recognizing the need to shift from “fixers and coders” to thought partners and designers of learning experiences. While the shift may seem obvious, it is anything but simple. Who is / should be leading the conversation(s) about the meaningful use of technology in teaching and learning? What is the role of “educational development” in supporting faculty adoption and use of technology to enhance teaching? What models are emerging that are proving successful at liberal arts colleges? This panel discussion will explore the work of four academic technology leaders at small liberal arts colleges, as they seek to “come in from the margins” to support, or conceivably more boldly, facilitate, meaningful change. 

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Rene Thatcher

Director of Services and Outreach for Libraries and Information Technology, St. Lawrence University
Rene Thatcher is the director of services and outreach for Libraries and Information Technology (LIT) at St. Lawrence University. Working with faculty, students, and staff to understand the needs of the modern teaching and learning environment, her role is to ensure collaborative and transparent decision making to foster a consistent and effective technology experience for the entire campus community. | | Rene oversees many of the services... Read More →


Juliet Habjan Boisselle

Juliet Habjan Boisselle leads the Digital Learning Team at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Juliet has worked in small liberal arts environments since 1999 in both librarian and educational technology roles and has a particular affinity for women’s colleges having studied or worked thus far at Smith, Mount Holyoke and William Smith Colleges. Juliet's interests include a love of language learning and developing programs to catalyze faculty... Read More →
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Lisa Forrest

Director, Research & Instructional Design, Hamilton College
Lisa A. Forrest, Director of Research and Instructional Design at Hamilton College, leads a dynamic team of librarians and educational technologists in the Division of Library & Information Technology Services. Lisa is the recipient of the Excellence in Library Service Award from the Western New York Library Resources Council, and a fellow of the Educause Leading Change Institute (2014) and the Western New York Library Resources Council... Read More →

Jeff Nugent

Jeff Nugent is Director of Academic Technologies, and Associate Director of the Center for Learning, Teaching and Research at Colgate University. In his current role at Colgate, Jeff provides leadership to advance teaching and learning with technology through enhanced support for faculty, program development and ongoing assessment of services. He has broad experience leading educational development of initiatives including the design and... Read More →
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Denise Snyder

Director of Learning Technologies & Environments, Union College
Denise Snyder is currently the Director for Learning Technologies and Environments at Union College, as well as adjunct faculty at Harvard Extension School teaching “Introduction to Instructional Design” (former courses include “Exploring Educational Technologies” and the “Capstone for Educational Technologies”). She has held multiple roles in her 20 years experience in higher ed: instructor, administrator, project manager... Read More →

Wednesday June 15, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Parmly Hall 307 Science Center