New Tech Tools Examined at CSUN Event

  • CSUN Technology Fair

    The campus community gathered at the fifth annual CSUN Technology Fair to learn about new trends and emerging technologies in higher education that will benefit students, faculty and staff in and outside of the classroom. Photo by Luis Garcia.

  • Holly Ludgate

    Holly Ludgate, a representative from New Media Consortium and one of the event speakers, discussed “On the Horizon: Trends, Challenges, and Emerging Technologies in Higher Ed.” Ludgate was one of three speakers who discussed various aspects of technology usage. Photo by Luis Garcia.

  • Mike Robertson

    Mike Robertson of lectured on "Finding the Power, Finding the Point: Using Technology for Engagement and Retention." Photo by Luis Garcia.

  • HP representatives

    An HP representative discusses his products with CSUN faculty and staff during the Technology Fair. Attendees talked with technology vendors and engaged with speakers. Photo by Luis Garcia.

  • OnBase vendor table

    Attendees stop by the OnBase vendor table to talk with representatives about their technology. The event provides an opportunity for the CSUN community to personally visit and ask questions of many of the technology vendors that participated in the CSUN TechFair. Photo by Luis Garcia.

Cross-institutional collaboration, hybrid/blended learning and redesigned or “flipped” classrooms are among some of the trends in technology in higher education shared at California State University, Northridge’s recent Technology Fair.

These and other developments were shared by presenters at the fifth annual fair on May 28. Samantha Becker and Holly Ludgate of New Media Consortium, a Texas-based group of universities, museums and research centers that encourages the exploration of new technologies for teaching and learning, talked about “trends, challenges and emerging technologies in higher education.”

Mike Robertson, an award-winning speaker and author, explained how to use technology for engagement and retention. He told the audience that technology is a “tool” meant to be used to engage; however, he said that technology without creativity and vision is incomplete.

Hilary Baker, CSUN’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer, welcomed the campus community to the annual event, which serves as an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn about trends and emerging technologies in higher education.

Vendors at the fair included Box, a leading company in online file collaboration;, a provider of online video tutorials in various subjects; and OnBase, a strategic enterprise content-management (ECM) solution. Representatives from Apple, Dell and HP were also on hand to answer questions.

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