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What to expect

Much as we’ve been doing since mid-March, conference attendees will rely on Zoom and MS Teams to bring us together for Statewide IT.

This year’s conference begins with preconference activities on January 20, 2021. On January 21–22, we’ll host keynote talks, breakout sessions, virtual networking opportunities, and maybe even some games. See the schedule for details.

The keynote experience

Rob Lowden, who took the helm as IU’s vice president for IT and CIO in August, will open the conference with a brief talk about his priorities for his first year, where we’ve been, where IT at IU is going—and how we will continue to help IU further its missions of teaching, learning, and research.

Later on, Lowden will talk with Dr. David Kellermann, of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. An engineering professor and evangelist for using high tech in higher ed, Kellermann has pioneered the use of MS Teams in the classroom, earning the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence along the way. This keynote is made possible by our title sponsor, PIER Group.

For our closing keynote, IU deputy CIO and School of Education interim dean Stacy Morrone will moderate a discussion with IU’s past and present chief information officers: IU President Michael A. McRobbie, Kelley School of Business professor Brad Wheeler, and Vice President for IT and CIO Rob Lowden.

Conference tips

Whether you’re an attendee, presenter, or exhibitor—or maybe all three—here are guides to help you make the most of the conference.

  • You’ll have plenty of time to socialize: MS Team rooms will be available in the Networking Lounge on Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22, opening an hour before conference activities begin each day, closing one hour after the last event.
  • We will offer several breakout sessions at each designated time, and each will take place in a different Zoom room that attendees can enter at will.
  • Keynotes and breakout sessions will be recorded and archived for later viewing. Details on viewing will come after the conference.
  • The Virtual Tech Expo includes exhibits from both IU staff members and vendor sponsors.
  • Ready for some friendly competition? Go to Games to learn how to start playing.

  • We recommend logging in to your session at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time, to make sure all the tech is working correctly and to say hello to any early birds.
  • Each session lasts 25 minutes with five minutes between each one. On such a tight timeline, it’s important to stay within your time.
  • Zoom presentations need a little extra “oomph” to boost engagement—consider using interactive tools like quizzes, polling, and Q&A to liven up your session.
  • Each presenter will have a session monitor, who will record the session and keep an eye on the chat.
  • Questions? Ask breakout session chair Beth Moellers. (bamoelle@iu.edu)

  • The Virtual Tech Expo will only be open at specific times throughout the day on the 21st. See the schedule for exact times.
  • Each exhibitor/sponsor will be assigned a dedicated Zoom room, where they can share materials with visitors and gather contact information via video and chat.
  • Questions? Ask sponsorship chair Ivanna Park (ispark@iu.edu).