Organizers hope e-Volution conference inspiresinnovative technology, distance-education uses
here is no Wizard of Oz of-fering solutions but weavingtechnology and teaching along theyellow brick road could enhancelearning for students.e-Volution: Innovations in learning environments andthe Agriculture and Natural Resources Western RegionTeaching Symposium seeks to help teachers and trainersdiscover and share innovative ways to use technology toenhance teaching and learning.The conference is Friday and Saturday, September 13-14, in the Wyoming Union. Its keynote speaker says we’renot in Kansas anymore.“We need to make sure what we teach
and how we teach is reective of the pres
-ent, not the past,” notes Gary Moore, profes-sor of agriculture and extension education atNorth Carolina State University.His presentation contains images,sound, and video from the “Wizard of Oz.”Conference partners include the Col-lege of Agriculture and Natural Resources,UW Outreach School, Ellbogen Center forTeaching and Learning, and UW Libraries.Its theme is Finding the Balance: Technol-ogy and the Future of Education.“Gary Moore is fun, inspiring, and veryenergetic,” says Professor Karen Williamsin the College of Agriculture and NaturalResources and member of the Western Re-gion Teaching Symposium (WRTS). She is a member of the joint conference committee organizing the conference.The event includes best practices for integrating socialmedia into the classroom, virtual laboratories, pedagogicalinnovation with technology, video-conferencing, bloggingin the classroom, assistive technology, UW’s new learningmanagement system, and online group projects.The conference will stream online on its website atwww.wyoforum.org.
Williams reects two rsts for the annual e-Volutionconference: the rst time e-Volution has partnered with acollege on the UW campus, and the rst time WRTS has
decided to partner.
The nancial partnership of WRTS with e-Volution
results in no registration fees for WRTS, and e-Volutionwants its partnership with the College of Agriculture andNatural Resources to be a model to partner with a differentUW college each year.The partneriship has addeddifferent technology and peda-gogy to WRTS, says ProfessorDonna Brown, associate dean and
director of the Ofce of Academic
and Student Programs in the College of Agriculture andNatural Resources. She is also chair of WRTS.“Such as virtual attendance at many of the sessions,”she says. Her goal is to help faculty members in some of the agriculturally related disciplines see how they can in-corporate technology and distance education techniquesinto their teaching.The conference isn’t agricultural re-lated.“For each concurrent session, there willbe two options,” says Williams, who alsodirects the Bachelor of Applied Science Pro-gram at UW. “One is by a faculty member ina college of agriculture and one is by a pre-senter in a different area. However, all thepresentations are great for anyone to attend.The content highlights interdisciplinary ap-plication for strategies.”Each presenter from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has beenhonored repeatedly for excellence in teach-ing and use of technology in teaching: Wil-liams; Rachel Watson, associate academicprofessional in molecular biology; AssociateProfessor Kari Morgan and Professor RandyWeigel in the Department of Family and Consumer Sci-ences; and Professor Emeritus Steve Williams in the De-partment of Ecosystem Science and Management.Other presenters are:• Athena Kennedy, student engagement coordinator atColorado State University onlinePlus.• Debra Beck, longtime teacher for the OutreachCredit Program at UW and a member of the UWCollege of Education. She incorporates audio, socialbookmarking, wikis, and YouTube in her courses.• Benjamin George, an instructor in landscape andarchitecture and environmental planning at UtahState University,• Cody Connor, instructional technology educationalspecialist in the UW Outreach School. And,• Wendy Alameda, assistive technology specialist forthe WIND Assistive Technology Resources at UW.
Professor Karen Williams