April 26th, 2008
Friday, April 25th was tech day at FIT and it was a huge success thanks to Beth Harris.
She had been advocating for a day to be set aside for the entire campus to explore new technologies for at least 4 years and yesterday she made it happen––really well. The emphasis was on immersive technologies and the entire program was relevant, thoughtful and really exciting. By my reckoning, nearly 300 faculty, students and administrators attended as well as many who came from outside FIT. This event raised the bar for us and showed conclusively that our faculty and students are hungry for technologies that will support their teaching, learning and research. We now have a critical task before us, namely putting into place an infrastructure that can support and foster creative uses of technology for our teaching and for our industries. But as in any institution, vested interests can hamper even critical strategic needs. Beth made the case yesterday in the strongest terms, now we need to follow through.