North Atlantic Regional Fall One-Day Conference

Living in a Digital World:
How Community Colleges Are Making the Connections

Friday, September 29, 2006
8:30 AM–5:30 PM
Manchester Community College
Manchester, CT (USA)

In a world of constant change, find out what kind of implications global trends will have on the nature of learning and teaching in the higher education arena.

Registration has closed. No onsite regsitration is available.

8:30 AM–9:00 AM Registration and Coffee
@ Atrium/Café adjacent to Auditorium
9:00 AM–9:15 AM Welcome to Manchester Community College
Co-chairs: Lenell Kittlitz and Pam Loeffelman
President Jonathan M. Daube
9:15 AM–10:45 AM Morning Plenary
Ian Jukes
Living on the Edge of the Future of Community Colleges where Gutenberg, Gates and Google merge the GI Generation with Digital Kids:

Today, in a world where change is the constant, you can't trust your eyes. As a result, the implications of global trends can only be understood by seeing them as part of the continuum from where they've come from to where they're heading. By carefully examining the significance of seven exponential trends (Moore's Law, Photonics, the Internet, InfoWhelm, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Neuroinformatics) this presentation profoundly challenges your fundamental assumptions about the world we live in and the future that awaits us. It explores the impact these trends will have on our lives both personally and professionally then considers how they are and will affect our children, our learning institutions, the nature of teaching and learning, and even our definition of intelligence.

Every educator knows that today's kids are fundamentally different from the kids in the past. These differences have little to do with their clothing, hairstyles, body parts they pierce, tattoo and/or expose, or even the music they listen to. These differences have everything to do with the fact that many of today's kids, the Instant Messenger (IM) Generation, are growing up in a global digitally networked landscape filled with innovative, interactive, and powerful communication technologies. For most of this generation, there's never been a time when such technologies haven't existed. They are "digital natives" operating at "twitch speed." Digital natives process information, interact, and communicate in fundamentally different ways than any previous generation.

Meanwhile, many of us, having grown up in a relatively low-tech, stable, and predictable world, are at best, the "digital immigrants," struggling with the unprecedented speed of change, technological innovation, overwhelming amounts of information, and the unpredictability of today's world.

These are the constituencies that today's community colleges are dealing with. How can we best reconcile these new developments with current instructional practices particularly in a climate of diverse student needs and desires, with ages ranging form 16 to 80, and frames of reference shaped by all the countries of the world?

10:45 AM–11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM–11:50 AM Session 1: An Overview: Diverse Academic Profiles that are responding to change—The Presidential Perspective
Ira Rubenzahl, President
Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA
Cathryn Addy, President
Tunxis Community College, Farmington, CT
D. David Conklin, President
Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY
11:55 AM–12:40 PM Session 2: Closing the Gap: Fund Raising
Gail Mellow, President
La Guardia Community College, New York, NY
12:40 PM–1:25 PM Lunch
1:30 PM–2:15 PM Afternoon Plenary
Marc S. Herzog, Chancellor
Community Colleges in a Flat World
Connecticut Community Colleges, Hartford, CT
2:15 PM–3:00 PM Session 3: The Middle College High School Concept
T. Whitcomb Iglehart, AIA, Partner
Tai Soo Kim Partners, Architects
Thomas N. Bavier, Dean of Administrative Affairs
Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
Alice L. Savage, Dean of Academic Affairs
Manchester Community College
Alfred L. Carter, Dean of Students
Manchester Community College
Thomas M. Danehy, Ed.D., Principal
Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College
3:00 PM–3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM–4:00 PM Session 4: Workforce Development in Applied Technologies
J. Thomas Failla, Director Business and Industry Service
Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, CT
Anthony Benoit, Director of Technology
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT
Gail O'Keefe, Director of Workforce Development
Connecticut Community Colleges, Hartford, CT
4:00 PM–4:30 PM Closing Comments
4:30 PM–5:30 PM Reception


Registration has closed. No onsite registration is available.


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