Technology conference for higher education is Oct. 4-5

The University of North Dakota is sponsoring the sixth annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5. at the UND campus. The Beyond Boundaries Conference is designed to promote innovative practices for using technology in teaching and learning. Nearly 250 participants in higher education from the upper Midwest region and Canada are expected to attend this year’s conference.

The Beyond Boundaries Conference highlights experiences and successes with implementing the use of technology in various learning environments. Participants have the chance to learn from higher education faculty, staff and administrators who have first-hand experience in dealing with the technology issues they face. Throughout the conference, more than 40 sessions are offered to faculty and administration, students, distance education professionals, technology support specialists, librarians and student service representatives.

Keynote sessions include:

* Shirley Waterhouse, representative of the Office of the Provost directing the Centers for Teaching and Learning Excellence for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), will review guidelines necessary for institutions and individual faculty to attain the maximum potential of elearning instruction. Waterhouse has won the outstanding teaching award for 11 semesters during her tenure as professor in the Department of Computer Science at ERAU. Keynote session will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

* Randy Bass, assistant provost for teaching and learning initiatives at Georgetown University and executive director of Georgetown's Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, will discuss the concepts used to expand learning assessment when accommodating new forms of teaching. In 1999, Bass won the Educause Medal for outstanding achievement in technology and undergraduate education. Keynote session will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

The cost of attendance for this year’s conference is $150, which includes conference materials, meal functions, Thursday evening reception and access to the Exhibit Hall. The conference is coordinated by the Division of Continuing Education.

For a registration form, complete conference schedule and more information, visit or call the UND Office of Conferences Services at 701-777-2663 or 866-579-2663 (toll free) or e-mail (ATTN: Beyond Boundaries).