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About The IST Conference

The IST conference is a student-run conference that offers graduate students a safe venue to gain experience in presenting, organizing, and attending professional conferences. This year, we plan to invite residential and distance students, alumni, and faculty of the IU IST department as well as IST students from other universities and students from other IU departments.

Time and Venue

The 7th Annual IST Conference will take place on Friday, March 2, 2007 through Saturday, March 3, 2007 in the W.W. Wright School of Education of Indiana University - Bloomington.
A more detailed schedule will be available soon.

Keynote Address

We are proud to welcome Dr. Andrew S. Gibbons from the Instructional Psychology and Technology department at Brigham Young University, to be the 2007 keynote speaker for the IST Conference. More information about Dr. Gibbons can be found here.

Dr. Gibbons will present on the topic:

"Science and Technology: Differences That Make A Difference"

If instructional technologists see themselves as scientists, they will neglect important knowledge that is required for them to practice the design and development of instructional artifacts. Technologists must have a clear vision of their own goals and processes for knowledge-creation. This opens to them a world of new research topics and questions.

The keynote address will take place in the School of Education auditorium from 11:15 am-12:45 pm on March 2, 2007.

Dr. Andrew Gibbons and his wife, Marsha

Other Special Events

Job Fair

Meet potential employers for an informal discussion or to arrange an interview for an internship or full-time position.  Learn more about the job fair on the Job Fair page.

Job Fair will take place from 1:00-2:00 on Friday, March 2.

Design Knowledge Across Design Fields Round-Table

Last year, Keynote Speaker Erik Stolterman (Human Computer Interaction Design) talked about the role of the designer and the designer's own design sensibilities and knowledge in the creation of designed objects or experiences.  This year, Keynote Andrew Gibbons (Instructional Psychology and Technology) will continue the discussion begun last year, speaking about the types of knowledge a field like Instructional Technology must have in order to become a mature design field, and focusing on the differences between technology (or design) knowledge and questions, and scientific knowledge and questions.

In a special round-table session presided over by Elizabeth Boling, Chair of the IU IST department, Dr Stolterman and Dr Gibbons will be joined by experts from a variety of design areas from across the IU community in a discussion about the types of knowledge design fields must accumulate, and the similarities and differences between processes used in diverse design fields. Attendees will be invited to participate actively in the discussion. 

Currently anticipated round-table members include:

  • Elizabeth Boling, MFA, Chair of the Instructional Systems Technology department at Indiana University
  • Dr. Andrew Gibbons, Chair of the Instructional Psychology and Technology department at Brigham Young University
  • Fred M. Duer, MFA, Department of Theatre and Drama, Indiana University
  • Marleen Newman, MArch, Department of Interior Design, School of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University
  • Dr. Martin Siegel, Professor of Informatics in the Human Computer Interaction Design program and Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for the School of Informatics at Indiana University
  • Dr. Erik Stolterman, Director of the Human Computer Interaction Design program at Indiana University
  • Dr. Richard A. Schwier, Professor of Educational Communcations and Technology at University of Sasketchewan 
The round table will take place at 2:00-3:00 on March 2, 2007.

Professional Associations - Short and Sweet

Wondering which professional associations, if any, might be relevant to you?  Dr. Molenda will provide a quick overview of your major options from the perspective of one long-time member of many of them.

This informative session will take place from 4:15-4:40 on March 2, 2007.

Portfolio Workshop

Members of the IU IST Distance and Residential Masters programs as well as IST minors are invited to participate in a Portfolio Workshop.  Elizabeth Boling and Dr Robert Appelman will present and facilitate a discussion about portfolio building.  Bring your work-in-progress to share, and receive comments from Professor Boling, Dr. Appelman, and your peers.

The portfolio workshop will take place from 10:00-12:00 on Saturday, March 3rd.

Stay tuned for information on registering and preparing for this special session.

Play The Diffusion Simulation Game

Prof. Molenda is one of the co-authors of this simulation game, which has been used in the IST curriculum and around the world since 1978.  In it, you play the role of a change agent attempting to gain adoption of an innovation in a school setting.  You make decisions about how to spend your time—gathering information about the school and the people in it and conducting various diffusion activities, which hopefully will move you closer to your goal.  After the game play there will be a debriefing discussion to share your feelings of frustration and elation and share ideas about what worked and why.

The diffusion simulation game will take place from 2:00-4:00 on Saturday, March 3rd.    Remote attendees may wish to play the online version of the game, and join in for the debrief at 3:30.

Social Events

IST Department Sponsored Breakfast

The IST department will sponsor a continental breakfast starting at 8:30 AM on March 2, 2007.  All conference attendees are invited to join us in the IU School of Education Atrium (2nd Floor of the School of Education).

Conference Luncheon

Lunch will take place on March 2, 2007 from 1:00 - 2:00.   Register  for a buffet lunch as part of your conference registration, or brown-bag it and network with the lunch attendees.

Register for lunch as part of your registration on the conference registration page.

AIT/AECT Sponsored Evening Reception

AIT and AECT are sponsoring an Evening reception on March 2, 2007 at 8:00.  All conference attendees are invited and encouraged to attend.  This should be a great chance to network as well as to socialize.  Light refreshments will be served. 

A basket-raffle will take place to raise funds for next year's conference!

There is no cost to register for the reception.  Register for the reception as part of your registration on the conference registration page.

Day Two Lunch & Campus Tour

A campus tour will take place during the lunch break on Saturday, March 3rd.  This may be a good opportunity to sample local restaurants for out-of-town visitors! 

The campus tour/lunch break will take place from 12:00 - 2:00.

Announcements and Updates Minimize
The Schedule of Presenations - Sunday, February 11, 2007 - Sunday, February 11, 2007
The Schedule of Presentations is now available! 


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