July 3, 2006
Faculty and staff invited to attend online
UCSC faculty and staff are invited to attend the Online Teaching
and Learning Institute offered July 19-21 by UC College Prep
Online (UCCP). The sixth annual institute takes place at the
University Inn in Santa Cruz. Faculty and staff may attend free
of charge after registering online at www.uccp.org/institute.
The theme of the institute, "Any Place Academy: Education
without Borders," explores the bridging of educational
and geographic borders through online collaborations and partnerships,
and focuses on best practices in instruction and technology
development, particularly in middle and high schools. This year's
event emphasizes hands-on experience with online programs and
strategies, and attendees at most sessions will be provided
laptops to explore the technologies and topics addressed first
Among the highlights of the institute:
A keynote speech by Jaime Tacher y Samarel, general
manager of Educational Television, a project of the office of
the Secretary of Public Education in Mexico, who will address
the power of technology to propagate learning.
A special session on collaborations between Mexico and
the University of California to create online resources and
access for Spanish-speaking students on both sides of the border.
UCCP director Moises Torres will preview the findings
of a wide-ranging study on online learning in California.
The institute offers a full range of workshops and seminars
that give participants the opportunity to explore innovative
technologies and software applications designed to accelerate
student achievement. Led by leaders in the fields of education
and technology integration, sessions are organized to address
all levels of experience, from novice to expert.
UCCP is a University of California academic initiative to develop
and deliver quality online courses, test preparation, and academic
support services to students in California, across the nation,
and beyond. UCCP also provides online content for classroom
use and teacher training in educational technology. UCCP was
created in 1999 to equalize access to college preparatory courses
and materials by providing students and schools with curricula
that may not be available otherwise.