One thing is for certain – today’s students are adopting new technologies at a faster rate than ever before. The demand for these new technologies shows no signs of decreasing. So, how do you meet the ever-evolving needs of today’s students, as well as the faculty and administrators that support them? This question led us to select Technology Adoption as a key theme of BbWorld 2012. It is also the reason I encourage you to make attending BbWorld a priority for this year. As a former educator, I know how important it is for you to stay up to date on how your peers are leveraging new technologies on their campuses in addition to the strategies used to successfully encourage their use. So, in the words of jazz great Wynton Marsalis, “See you N’Awlins, ya’ll!” TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION: Top 5 Session Playlist 1.) The Feedback Generation – Sending and Getting Feedback to and from Students Using Affordances in Technology Presenter: Mohamad Ridwan bin Othman, Senior Assistant Director, Nanyang Technological University This session will showcase why it’s important for educators to now respond to the generation of learners who crave feedback from educators and peers, as well as the opportunity to share their own feedback. 2.) Northern Illinois University: Success with Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Mobile, and More Presenters: Jason Rhode, Assistant Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Northern Illinois University Valerie Schreiner, Senior Director, Product Management, Blackboard Collaborate This presentation will discuss how NIU has harnessed the power of multiple Blackboard platforms to create a smooth-yet-powerful online program that has truly become world class. 3.) Liberate Your Learning Environment! Presenters: Sharley Kurtz, Instructional Designer, University of North Dakota Kristi Swartz, Instructional Designer, University of North Dakota Learn the basics on how to teach anywhere, anytime, online with Blackboard Collaborate, and more about the self-paced, online training course developed in Blackboard to bring out the awe-inspiring teacher in you! 4.) Inside the Classroom: A Day in the Life of 21st Century Students and Teachers Presenter: Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow Join this interactive panel discussion with students and teachers from Calcasieu Parish Public Schools and learn how technology has been integrated into many aspects of their daily lives and is personalizing the teaching and learning experience, from accessing multi-media resources for teaching and learning, to collaborating with classmates and colleagues, to teaching and taking courses remotely. 5.) Social Learning in Blackboard Learn Presenters: Francesca Goneconti & Greg Ritter, Blackboard Learn Participate in a discussion on what the term “Social Learning” means, why it’s important to the success of an institution, and how Blackboard Learn plans to foster Social Learning. You’ll get an opportunity to preview the Social Learning features in development and hear how students were involved in the design and development of these features.