Michael Wesch headlines Western’s education technology symposium

Internationally acclaimed education technology expert Michael Wesch headlines Making TIES @ Western, a day-long symposium at Western University on Friday, March 8 in which more than 90 faculty, staff, and students will demonstrate and share their innovations for teaching in higher education.

Topics for discussion at TIES (Technology In Education Symposium) include uses of social media, blended learning, instructional and eLearning technology tools, promoting online learning communities, information literacy and legalities and ethics of using teaching technologies.

The symposium, organized by Western’s Faculty of Education, concludes with a reception featuring a panel of undergraduate students, who will share their own impressions of teaching technologies in their roles as 21st century learners.

With an aim to build a strong local community with a shared interest, TIES is open to all current and future Western faculty, as well as, staff and graduate students and colleagues at affiliated university colleges and Continuing Studies.

John Doerkson, Western’s Vice-Provost (Academic Programs and Students), describes TIES as important and timely within the context of education in Ontario and around the globe.

“The symposium will serve as a significant stepping stone as Western enhances its e-learning presence,” says Doerkson, who chairs the eLearning Task Force at Western.

This inaugural event is co-sponsored by the Registrar’s Office, the Teaching Support Centre, Western Libraries, ITS and the Faculty of Education. Symposium organizers represent a diverse range of positions and experiences, but all share a passion for addressing issues and innovations in eLearning and instructional technologies.

Beginning at 9 a.m. in the J.G. Althouse Faculty of Education building, the symposium is offered free to all members of the university and affiliates. Registration for the symposium is available on the Teaching Resource Centre website. Free parking is available in the North and South parking lots at the Faculty of Education building.

For more information, please visit the TIES website at ties-at-western.com or contact ties@uwo.ca. Follow TIES on Facebook and on Twitter (#TIES13).