We are delighted to welcome you back to Christchurch for the 36th Annual Tertiary ICT Conference. Many of you will have attended the last event here some six years ago, in the aftermath of the earthquake events that rocked our city.
You will now find a city that has moved strongly into regenerating itself, with many new, innovative and interesting developments, not least of all the new Kahukura building on the Ara campus where we will host the 2018 event.
The theme for the event will be “Building for a Diverse Future”. The theme will investigate the impact digital innovation and change are having on the New Zealand higher education sector. This is a deliberate reference to the rebuild of our city, but with a strong emphasis on the massive change and challenge that the digital world brings to our practice, be that technology or pedagogy.
We will investigate themes involving the support of great learning through technology and of course, enjoy some socialising and conversation, which is always such an important part of this event.
Recently I was reading some work from Marc Prensky, who offers a real insight into our challenges.
“Reflecting on technology’s role in education led me—despite my being a strong proponent of using digital technology for learning—to the distressing conclusion that our educators, in their push to get our classrooms and education up to date, too often add technology before the teachers know, pedagogically, what to do with it. Unfortunately, because of the speed with which our technology now moves, this often leads to the technologies becoming obsolete before it can ever add value. So despite huge financial investments, educational technology is often not realising its great promise to improve our student’s education. I therefore think about the role technology should play in the learning process; my answer: technology only helps when it supports a pedagogy of “Partnering”.
I look forward to welcoming you to our city in October.
Chair, 36th Tertiary ICT Conference Committee.
Call for Abstracts Opens:
3 April 2018
30 April 2018
Call for Abstracts Close:
5 June 2018
26 June 2018
3 July 2018