Hope Hosting National College Technology Meeting
Posted June 13, 2002
HOLLAND -- Representatives of liberal arts
colleges from around the country will meet at Hope College
on Thursday-Saturday, June 20-22, to consider the use of
information technology as a learning tool.
Hope will be hosting the annual meeting of the
Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges (CLAC). Approximately
130 representatives of 59 liberal arts colleges will attend.
The conference's theme is "CLAC 2002: Gadgets,
Gizmos and Gigabytes: Great Stuff?" The event will examine
whether or not new technologies are useful in education, how
to measure their effectiveness and examples of use.
The keynote address, "Literacy for the Just Do It
Generation," will consider how the emerging, computational-
based environments and traditional text-based contexts might
blend to present an engaging way for students to learn. The
speaker, Dr. Elliot Soloway, is professor in the College of
Engineering, School of Education and School of Information
at the University of Michigan, and leads the Center for
Highly Interactive Computing in Education. Additional
sessions include "Wireless Networking: What's It For?,"
"Learning Objects: The New New Thing or Same as it Ever
Was?" "Paper Waste and Social Norming," and "One Card: Big
Brother or Great Service."
CLAC focuses on the uses of computing and related
technologies in the service of the liberal arts mission,
including academic computing, administrative computing,
library automation, Web services, telecommunications and
campus-wide networking. The first annual conference was
held in 1987.
The conference's participating institutions span
the nation, and range from Amherst College in Amherst,
Mass., and Connecticut College in New London, Conn., to
Harvey Mudd College and Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.
In addition to Hope, the Michigan schools attending are
Albion College, Alma College and Kalamazoo College.
Corporate sponsors of this year's conference
include Ameritech, Apple Computer Inc., CDW, Element K,
Gateway Inc., and the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.