CAIS Academic Technology Retreat

The CAIS Academic Tech Retreat was created as a time and place for busy academic techs to get away from the pressures of school to reconnect with colleagues and professionals in their field. Moving into its fourth successful year, the conference focuses on such topics as curriculum integration, new technologies, customer service and professional development. The relaxed format of the retreat allows conference attendees to form connections and become comfortable with new concepts and ideas to bring back to their work.

Located on a bend in the Housatonic River, just a half-mile from the covered bridge in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, the Trinity Conference Center is the perfect place to reconnect and rejuvenate! We look forward to seeing you there!

Attendees may include: Technology Coordinators, Directors of Technology, Faculty with a leadership role in technology

Note: We will make every attempt to ensure you have a single room, however, in some cases we may need to ask you to share lodging (we will ask, not assign).

Link to Open Forum Topics - Enter Yours Here!
Click here for the April, 2008 Conference Notes

April 2009 CAIS Academic Retreat

9:00-9:30 Sign in, breakfast and introductions (Butler Hall)
9:30 -10:15 Welcome, Open Forum Format, Resources - Justine Fellows

Laurie Bartels
Three Pounds that Packs a Punch
Link to index card brainstorm -
We are all adults and we all spend part of our jobs helping other adults make use of technology. What can we take from the realm of adult learning and the brain that can be useful to us as learners and teachers? We'll touch on brain basics, adult brains, aging brains, memory, learning, and professional development. Be prepared to think as much about yourselves as about your colleagues! Laptops are fine to bring with you, though they won't be our only tools.

11:15-11:30 Break, Snacks, Open Forum additions
11:30-12:15 Open Forum (Session 1)

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch

Open Forum (Session 2) (Various Locations)
Open Forum (Session 3) (Various Locations)
Open Forum (Session 4) (Various Locations)

4:00 Check in at front desk
5:00-6:00 Cocktails!
6:00 Dinner

Thursday evening:
Relax and enjoy each others’ company- Techy Charades!

Friday Morning:
9:00-9:45 -
Open Forum (Session 5) (Various Locations)
10:00-10:45 -
Open Forum (Session 6) (Various Locations)
11:00-11:45 -
Teacher Tool Kit Update 2009 (Butler Hall)
11:45-12:00- Conference Wrap Up
12:00 Box Lunch - Conference Ends

Conference Resources:
CAIS Connect Wiki -
Open Forum Schedule - The forum schedule will be posted in Butler Hall.