Apple Digital Campus

Leadership Institute

Georgia College & State University hosted the second Apple Digital Campus Leadership Institute November 1-3, 2005.

Teams consisting of provosts, deans, CIOs, department chairs, curriculum directors, and faculty from some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning attended the institute which offered information on transforming teaching and learning by putting innovative, ubiquitous, pervasive technology into the hands of students.

The two-and-a-half-day forum provided opportunities for university teams to confer with their peers on ubiquitous computing trends and best practices. Presenters represented some of the most innovative and forward-thinking higher education leaders in the country.

Participants listened to best practices on integrating technology into the curriculum through laptop initiatives, uses of iLife, faculty development, assessment methodology for measuring the impact of technology on teaching and learning, iPod integration into the curriculum, and open source student digital portfolios.

A pre-institute hands-on session gave some participants a chance to personally experience iLife, Apple’s fully integrated suite of digital applications that includes GarageBand, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and iTunes.

Panel discussions covered various topics including perspectives on technology from the University System of Georgia and Apple. Some of the topics examined included “Learning with the Net Generation,” “iPods, iTunes and Podcasting in Higher Education,” “Tools That Change Learning,” “The Critical Role of Faculty” and more. Panelists represented such institutions as the University of Michigan, University of Georgia, Emory University, Missouri School of Journalism, Stanford University, the University of Central Florida, and Georgia College.

The institute grew from the Apple Digital Campus Exchange, an online community which serves as a meeting place and resource center open to all faculty, academic leaders, and other education professionals who share lessons learned, best practices, and ideas about new ways of teaching and learning within Apple ubiquitous computing environments.

The website features “blogs,” or open chat rooms, by campus leaders covering a range of topics. Jim Wolfgang, GCSU's Chief Information Officer, leads the blog on iPods and ways in which they are used on the GCSU campus.

The first institute, which focused on podcasting, was held at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Just after the first Apple Digital Campus Leadership Institute, Apple sent two executives to the GCSU campus to check out what we were doing. They got so excited about the diversity of our iPod projects, they asked if we'd consider hosting the second Institute and focus on iPods.

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