BLEND conference welcomes speaker Michael Wesch

Explore effective ways of using technology for online and web-enhanced teaching at the 2011 BLEND Technology Conference October 14-15 at FPU.

BLEND (Better Learning through Engagement, Networking and Delivery) takes place on the FPU main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, at the Chestnut-Butler intersection. The title is “Building New Learning Environments for New Media Environments.” Early bird registration for both days is $80 before October 1. Regular registration is $100. One-day registration is also available. Discounts for faculty and staff of FPU, including seminary, and AIMS. To register or for more information, contact http://blend.fresno.eduor 559-453-3460.

Presentations will follow three tracks: higher education best practices, K-12 best practices and media/tools/web 2.0. Among the highlights will be the keynote address at 11:00 a.m. October15 by speaker Michael Wesch, Ph.D., an anthropologist at Kansas State University. Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Wesch studies the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His honors include Wired’s Rave Award and the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

BLEND is geared toward experienced professionals and interested newcomers, such as:

·         Educators in all disciplines

·         Administrators (K-12 and higher education)

·         Technology and media trainers

·         Anyone interested in using technology to support teaching and learning