Ninth Annual CATS Conference: The Power of Community

The 9th annual CATS Conference takes place March 20-22, 2006 at CSU Monterey Bay.

The Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) conferences focus on the major themes, issues, topics, and technological and educational advances influencing the direction of academic technology. Conference goals include providing useful information and training about current and emerging technologies, and sharing strategies to support faculty use of technology. Another important goal is to provide networking opportunities, enabling peers at different campuses and institutions to solve problems they all face.

To celebrate the collaborative spirit of CATS, this year's theme is "The Power of Community." All CATS programs encourage the sharing and creation of knowledge. CATS members from the different campuses collaborate on projects that benefit the entire CSU. They present at conferences, regional events, and online workshops on topics relevant to academic technology, and support one another via the CATS listservs. Equally important, they develop friendships at events that are sustained from year to year. CATS is a community in every sense of the word.

Streaming Video of Plenary Sessions

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Keynote Speaker: John D. Smith

Community of Practice for Gaining Practical Knowledge, Making Friends, and Influencing People

Photo of John D. SmithKnowledge doubles rapidly, and the development and cultivation of applied knowledge is so fundamental to today's organizations that healthy Communities of Practice (CoP) are practically an organizational imperative. John D. Smith, president of LearningAlliance, co-founder of CP2, and an expert in CoP development, will get us thinking about how CATS can enhance support of its members and their campuses.
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2006 Conference Evaluation

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