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March 8, 2016


Faculty and staff attend conference in Wichita


iTracSeven Cowley College faculty and staff attended the Innovative Technology to Recharge and Connect (iTrac) conference Friday, March 4 at Wichita Area Technical College’s National Center for Aviation. The conference offered four learning tracks:  Communication and Collaboration, Mobile Learning, Online and Blended Learning, and Web. 2.0 Digital Teaching Tools. 

Cowley math instructor Dr. Alan Dsouza presented a session titled “Excel: The Wonderland of Innovative Graphing and Charting,” Humanities instructor Julie Kratt led the session “Zoom: To Affinity and Beyond” with Learning Management System Administrator Julie Rorabaugh. 

Dr. Mark David Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, served as the keynote speaker. Dr. Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world.

He addressed the audience encouraging instructors to “challenge students to bring more purpose, engagement, and tenacity—what many call the non-cognitive factors, resilience, and grit to bear on their learning journeys and to use innovation and technology in our institutions on purpose to create more learning-centered, high-value education pathways.”

Meg Smith, director of Cowley’s journalism program, noted, “I always try to get at least one solid ‘take away’ from a conference, something I know I can incorporate into my classroom, curriculum advancement or professional attitude. This year iTrac, for me, was all about getting back to basics while keeping the focus on the whole student.” 

Kratt added, “My Cowley colleagues and I are so grateful to administrators Dr. Harold Arnett and Stephani Johns-Hines for their ongoing support of professional development opportunities like this one, which give us the chance to network with and learn from fellow regional educators.”