Pencils and Pixels: 21st Century Practices in Higher Education

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 12:00am to Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 12:00am

POD Conference


We cordially invite you to participate in the 37th Annual POD Conference to be held in Seattle, Washington on October 24-28, 2012.

With this year's theme, Pencils & Pixels: 21st Century Practices in Higher Education, we invite an informed exploration of the unprecedented array of technologies, both high-tech and low-tech, in use at institutions of higher learning. New technologies continue to arise, faster than most of us can assimilate. Some are seductive. Others seem to be more trouble to learn than they are worth. Some may seem frivolous, but upon closer examination have exciting applications for teaching, learning, and professional and organizational development. At the same time, many of the very best pedagogical technologies are neither new nor digital. It is probably no coincidence that the growing interest in contemplative practices and "slow teaching" is occurring simultaneously with the current smart phone and social media explosion. How are digital technologies affecting the way students learn? How can we support faculty and students many of whom wear their smart phones like appendages in selecting appropriate technologies for the work at hand? When, if ever, is it appropriate to insist that students, faculty, and even organizations disconnect entirely from digital tools and social media? How do high-tech and low-tech pedagogies inform each other?

We invite you to share the tools, approaches, and practices that foster excellent teaching, learning, and professional development; strategies and rationale for supporting the technology-resistant to choose and use excellent digital tools; technology-related research findings; and examples of productive disengagement from technology addictions. We invite you to contemplate critically and reflectively why and how you choose new, old, digital, or analog technologies appropriate to your goals, and how those choices shape your teaching, learning, professional, and organizational development work.

Seattle provides the setting for this year's conference. Home to Microsoft and Starbucks, the city is associated with fast-paced, West Coast "wired" culture. But its location on the shores of Puget Sound, in the shadow of the majestic Mount Rainier, steadily reminds residents and visitors of the beauty and rejuvenating, energizing force of nature. The setting is sure to provide an inspiring backdrop for an exploration of appropriate uses of technology in our field.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle this October!

Natasha Haugnes, Conference Co-Chair,
Cassandra Horii, Conference Co-Chair, 
Danilo Baylen, Program Co-Chair, 
Victoria Bhavsar, Program Co-Chair,


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