Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching - MERLOT
Eighth International Conference
MERLOT: Still Blazing the Trail and Meeting New Challenges in the Digital Age
7-10 August 2008
Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System was created through the merger of three existing higher education systems – the state university system, the community college system and the technical college system. The 32 institutions of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System comprise the fifth-largest system of two-and-four-year colleges and universities in the country, based on student enrollment.
For more information on Minnesota State Colleges & Universities visit the website http://www.mnscu.edu/
The MERLOT Conference Committee invites you to attend the eighth Annual MERLOT International Conference (MIC08) to be held in Minneapolis from August 7-10, 2008. The MIC08 conference theme MERLOT: Still Blazing the Trail and Meeting New Challenges in the Digital Age recognizes that Trailblazers do more than keep people on the right path. They help people see where to begin and provide direction. How can educators and users of instructional technology around the world prepare for a future filled with technology that provides content at a faster-and-faster pace? How can instructional technology be used to enhance teaching and learning? Who will organize all this change? This year’s Conference Committee expects that we will all do this together. Conference attendees span all disciplines and the continuum from novice to expert in the development and use of online resources.
The MERLOT International Conference is designed to foster learning, innovation and practice in the use of information, instruction, and communications technologies in higher education. It is the venue for educators, administrators, and technologists who have interests and expertise in technology-enabled teaching and learning and who recognize the need to remain current in this rapidly advancing field of educational practice and theory.
MERLOT is based on the premise of discipline-based communities of practice in which common interests in specific fields of knowledge, methods of teaching and especially in the development of technology-based teaching materials are shared. At the same time, the strength of the conference is the broad appeal across all disciplines in the use of educational technologies and the new and exciting ideas that come from exchanges among all domains of knowledge.
Important aspects of the MERLOT International Conference include the facilitation of collaborative initiatives in the development of shareable resources and in the scholarly investigation of their effectiveness on student learning in higher education. A rigorous approach to academic research and inquiry with an outcomes-based focus on the use and effectiveness of technology-enhanced teaching at the college and university levels is integral to the MERLOT philosophy.
At the same time, the Conference offers many opportunities for attendees to gain practical skills in the use of educational technologies through numerous interactive hands-on workshops lead by peers and through industry-sponsored technology showcases. It is frequently in these practical workshops and demonstrations that refreshing new insights into applications of these technologies to higher education are gained.
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