Academic Technology Retreat 2016

May 19-20th, 2016 11th Annual Academic Technology Retreat!

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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 eighth 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.

The Guest House is a beautifully renovated country inn on private wooded land, adjacent to a state forest with hiking trails and two neighboring lakes. Conveniently located midway between New York City and Boston, Guest House is easily reachable via major highways or by train. The Guest House is the perfect place to reconnect and rejuvenate! We look forward to seeing you there!

Possible attendees may include: Academic Technology Coordinators, Directors of Technology, Faculty with a leadership roles in academic technology

What is an open forum or "unconference"?
An unconference, according to the Wikipedia entry, is a "conference where the content of the sessions is driven and created by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by a single organizer, or small group of organizers, in advance." While unconferences are becoming popular (because they provide an excellent, flexible venue for ideas, networking, and participation), they have been around for decades, with the best-known format articulated by Harrison Owen as "Open Space Technology ". For an excellent description of the unconference format, see this Huffington Post article, An "Unconference" for Online Communities.

Thursday May 19th:

9:00-9:30 Sign in, Continental Breakfast and Conversation (The White Barn)

9:30 -9:45 Welcome, Introductions, Open Forum Explanation & Resources - Sharon Plante, Eagle Hill Southport

9:45-10:45 Keynote Speaker- Evan Booth

Jittery MacGyver: Engineering Takeaways from Building a Bionic Hand out of a Coffee Maker
In May of 2015, it was estimated that a pod-based coffee maker could be found in nearly one in three American homes. Despite the continued popularity of these single-cup coffee conjurers at home as well as in the workplace, it has become clear that these devices are not impervious to mechanical and/or electrical failure. It was this intersection of extremely prevalent hardware and relatively short lifespan that prompted me to begin exploring the upper limits of what could be created by repurposing one of the most popular pod-based machines: the Keurig.

In this talk, we'll see what makes pod-based coffee makers tick, talk about the rationale behind repurposing them for complex builds, go hands-on with the results (yeah, pun intended), and finally, identify and discuss lessons learned about engineering and creativity throughout the process.

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Tech Smack Down with Sharon Plante, Eagle Hill Southport
This round table session will give everyone a chance to share their favorite new technology. From a simple new iPad App to a more elaborate integrated tool, each participant should bring something that they have discovered to share with the group. The tool kit update is meant to move at a fast pace. Technologies that draw a lot of attention can be added to the open forum board for further discussion.

12:00-12:30 Open Forum Initial Sign-Up - (Sharon Plante, Eagle Hill Southport)

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

12:30-4:15 Play Space: Bring your tech toys for others to experience (small dining room off Sun Room)

1:30-2:15 Open Forum (Session 1) (Various Locations)

2:15 -2:30 Snacks available in the Sun Room

2:30-3:15 Open Forum (Session 2) (Various Locations)

3:30-4:15 Open Forum (Session 3) (Various Locations)

4:15 Check in at front desk

4:15 CAIS Commission on Technology Members - Meeting

5:00-6:00 Cocktails -The Sun Room or Outside

6:00 Dinner

Thursday evening:

Relax and enjoy each other’s company- Croquet, Music, Techie Charades, games, fire, conversation…

Friday Morning, May 20th:
8:00-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-9:15 - Schedule Additions, changes and Viewing

9:00-12:30 Play Space: Bring your tech toys for others to experience (small dining room off Sun Room)

9:15 -10:00 - Open Forum (Session 4) (Various Locations)

10:15-11:00 - Open Forum (Session 5) (Various Locations)

11:15-12:00 - Open Forum (Session 6) (Various Locations)

12:00-12:30- Conference Wrap Up & Giveaways (The White Barn - Sharon Plante)

12:30 Lunch - Conference Ends but the Connections Continue!