Genesee is the First Community College to Host CIT / Conference on Instructional Technologies

When: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 to Friday, May 30, 2008

Where: Genesee Community College
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020

Who: Approximately 600 faculty and instructional support professionals from SUNY and private colleges across the nation


Genesee Community College is pleased to be the first community college ever to host the annual Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) since its inception in 1992. Genesee was selected as this year’s conference setting in part because of its location between the cities of Buffalo and Rochester with easy access from New York State Thruway, but even more importantly, because of Genesee’s cutting-edge technology resources and its state-of-the-art facilities.

According to a 2007 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), students ranked Genesee significantly above the mean for all colleges in technological innovation, especially for the use of the Internet or instant messaging to work on an assignment and for using email to communicate with instructors.

“It is with great pleasure that Genesee welcomes CIT 2008 attendees,” said Dr. Stuart Steiner, President of Genesee Community College. “We are honored to be the first community college ever to host this event and are looking forward to the wealth of ideas and information that are sure to come out of the experience.”

This year’s conference, Are We There Yet? Teachers and Learners in a Digital World, is expected to attract approximately 600 faculty and instructional support professionals from SUNY and private colleges throughout the nation. Although the exact schedule for the four-day event is being finalized, the conference begins on Tuesday, May 27 with pre-conference workshops and a sampling of local flavor, including a Ghost Walk through historic downtown Batavia.

The remaining three days will feature presentations, panels, and hands-on demonstrations in several categories, such as digital scholarship challenges and opportunities; new modes of knowledge creation; technology development, use and support; discipline-specific technologies; teaching in a virtual space; and strategies for teaching, learning, and assessment.

“CIT is an important part of SUNY’s dedication to collaboration between campuses,” said Mary Jane Heider, Manager of Academic Computing at Genesee Community College. “The conference encourages the integration of teaching, learning, and technology across campuses and helps SUNY stay at the leading edge of academic technology.”

The conference provides faculty and instructional support professionals with an opportunity to share experiences and expertise, discuss common problems, brainstorm solutions, and explore ways to improve learning with technology.

CIT is sponsored by Faculty Access to Computing Technologies (FACT) Committee, Faculty Council of Community Colleges (FCCC), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and University Faculty Senate (UFS).

For further information, go to www.cit.suny.edu

The local Batavia contact for the CIT conference is Mary Jane Heider, Manager of Academic Computing at Genesee Community College, 585-343-0055 x 6363, email: MJHeider@genesee.edu.

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