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Prof. Dennis Trinkle is Keynote Speaker at Instructional Technology Conference

March 18, 2004

March 18, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Dennis A. Trinkle, director of 361° Initiatives, coordinator of information services and technology, and Tenzer University Professor in Instructional Technology at DePauw University, will deliver the keynote address this evening at the Midwest Instructional Technology Consortium's conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event, "Instructional Technologists at Liberal Arts Colleges 2004: Critically Evaluating Technologies for a Liberal Arts Context," continues through Saturday. It will also feature presentations by Eric Harvey, video specialist for the Information Technology Associates Program and the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media; Carol L. Smith, director of instructional technology support; Brooke Cox, manager of the Peeler Art Center's Visual Resource Center; Julianne Miranda, associate professor of music and director of FITS; Dave Morine, student ITAP video associate; and Alicia Clapp, FITS graduate intern associate at the Peeler Art Center

Dr. Trinkle, a 1991 graduate of DePauw, will speak on "Shaping the Dialogues: The Roles of Instructional Technology in Liberal Arts Education." A synopsis of his address reads, "Approaching instructional technology in ectower duskthe liberal arts as a 'dialogue' can be revealing and useful. There are many vital questions about the appropriate roles for technology that must be addressed through campus conversations. For example, what are the appropriate roles for technology in liberal arts education? Which specific technologies are most appropriate for particular pedagogical approaches? What roles should instructional technologists play in shaping campus dialogues about technology and pedagogy? Many questions about technology also point in two different directions. One might say that there is an internal dialogue even around best practices. For example, wireless networks open up collaboration and exploration, while they also create unprecedented distractions for instructors in the classroom. By considering the interplay between all of these dialogues on campus, we can better assess how technology can help fulfill the mission and goals of liberal arts education and determine the best paths to follow on a daily basis."

Learn more about the conference by clicking here and here.

MITC is an initiative of two consortia, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and the Great Lakes Colleges Association and of their members, 26 small, selective liberal arts colleges in the central United States. Read more by clicking here.

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