This June I will be giving several presentations at a conference hosted by Innovative Educators called Increasing Enrollment and Retention via Technology: Blending High Tech and High Touch. Here is the conference overview:

Using technology is essential in attracting students to your institution and creating an atmosphere that cultivates success. Some feel that when incorporating technology you lose the personal touch that makes institutions memorable. However, high tech and high touch do not have to be mutually exclusive. Knowing how to use technology to target the individual needs of students is the key to successful implementation.

As students move to the web for information and more and more services are provided online, combining high tech and high touch becomes imperative. One of my main messages at the conference will be the value of Web 2.0 tools in achieving this goal. For me, Web 2.0 is the social web. Web 2.0 is about connecting people. It’s about conversation. It’s about building and sustaining relationships.

I’m really looking forward to this conference. There are many great speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds and the program covers many interesting topics. Hopefully I will see you there.