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AUBURN -- The Auburn University College of Business will host and co- sponsor with the statewide Faculty Development Consortium a three-day conference on instructional technology on March 17-19.

The FDC is composed of eleven Alabama universities and colleges, including Auburn, Birmingham-Southern College, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Judson College, University of Montevallo, John Patterson State Technical College, Spring Hill College, Stillman College, Talladega College and Tuskegee University.

The Auburn conference will feature a series of nearly 100 seminars, panel discussions, presentations and field trips to share information and ideas on teaching laboratories and technology.

AU faculty and staff, as well as faculty and staff from the other FDC-member schools, will present most of the programs.

Conference-goers will have the opportunity on March 17-18 to visit seven innovative and recently completed computer classrooms on the Auburn campus. They include a lecture hall in the College of Liberal Arts, a foreign languages lab, the College of Science and Mathematics' new lab, a computer classroom for the teaching of writing and literature, the new FDC Design Center and adjacent lab, the Department of Communications-Athletic Department's collaborative facility and the assistive technology lab

The conference will open at 9 a.m., on March 17 at the AU Hotel and Conference Center with a session on "Creative Teaching and Instructional Technology."

On March 18-19, the conference will move to AU's Lowder Business Building, home of Auburn's College of Business. There also will be some sessions in Tichenor Hall.

A sampling of some of the seminar topics includes:

Resources for Teachers on the World Wide Web, Funding and Designing Teaching Labs, Instructional Technology and Math Instruction, Implementation of Instructional Technology for Enrichment in Rural K-12, Frontiers in Collaborative Web Sites, Developing Professional Presentations An Electronic Field Trip, IT Literature, and Cultural Engagement, Beyond the Ivy Walls, Networking in the New Millennium, Developing Interactive Courseware, Identifying and Setting Budgeting Priorities for IT, Technology Skills and Distance Learning, Making the Teacher's Job Easier, Designing a Teaching Web Site, Making Web Pages Accessible to the Learning Disabled

The conference will also feature presentations by many of the major players in the electronics and computer industry, including Apple, Dell, Gateway 2000, IBM, Macromedia, Microsoft, Netscape and WorldNet.

Additional information on the conference, including the complete agenda, can be found by clicking here.

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