On January 4-5, 2011 I had the opportunity of providing the keynote address, "Dynamic Technologies to Engage Learners" and also two breakout sessions entitled, "Building Bridges to Innovative Learning Environments." The theme of the Convocation was, "Constructing New Opportunities for Learning." I found the experience exceptionally well conceived and planned. The college writes that the event is used as a strategy for promoting learning, discussion and development of common ground about teaching and learning among faculty and staff." Some of the topics covered included, teaching and learning, learning space design, student sucess, active learning, and student engagement through technology.
My keynote session was given in the Mitby Theater. It is an excellent facility that seats approximately 1000. Madison College was recently successful in securing $133 million dollars in funding to aid in the construction of new facilities and to incorporate innovative teaching and learning environments to the campus. The Convocation was an excellent first step for both faculty and staff to understand and be a part of the process.