Instructional/Information Technology at CUNY:
Challenges and Opportunities

CUNY’s 12th Annual IT Conference
Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, 2013 @ John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Instructional/Information Technology in CUNY: Disruptions and Developments

Note:the deadline has passed and proposals are no longer being accepted.

The City University of New York’s 12th annual IT Conference will look back over – and beyond – a year of touted disruptions, of promised tsunamis and revolutions in the way IT is deployed in academe. How much has changed? How much that was prophesied may still come to pass? It would be good to get together and talk about this, and the CUNY IT Conference seems to be the ideal occasion.

As has been the case since its inception, the conference will be held at John Jay College, offering overviews of the University’s key IT initiatives, discussions of how technology continues to affect teaching, scholarship, and administration, and a chance to meet with vendors. As always, proposals for presentations are invited from the CUNY community, particularly those addressing developments that are demonstrably or potentially game-changing — or, on the other hand, are evidence that the game is resistant to being changed.

  1. Do the real and touted changes reach beyond processes and procedures to change us, our students, our mission, our culture? What should we talk through together as we weigh priorities and investments of time and resources? What ongoing discussions and structures do we need to consider the changes we are confronting, either as prospects or realities?
  2. We see new prodigies of scale – MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), enterprise-wide plans and deployments, systems talking to systems. What are the gains and losses of scaling up thus? As new configurations emerge, do they only add to the mix or change it?
  3. What does all the heralded change mean for our ability to manage change, to plan, to preserve what we do and persevere in it? Are changes more apparent than real, more superficial than deeply transformative? Are we keeping our eyes on the ethical (what should change) as well as the trending (what will change)?

Proposals are invited for panels or presentations but also roundtables, workshops, and other interactions. Specifying format as well as focus, each proposal should include a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and the name and affiliation of each party to the proposal. (Proposals are welcome from individuals but are particularly welcome from groups that have found ways of arranging multiple perspectives on a subject.)

Proposals are due by 9/12/13. Acceptances will be announced by the end of that month.

Note:the deadline has passed and proposals are no longer being accepted.

If you have questions or comments about this process, contact the conference chair, George Otte, at