Volume 9, Issue 3 (2011) Teaching Transformations 2011: Contributions from the May 2011 Joint Annual Conference of the Center for Innovative Teaching (CIT) and Educational Technology (EdTech) at UMass Boston

The present, Summer 2011 issue of Human Architecture — a fourth of its annual “Teaching Transformations” series — brings together selected proceedings of the joint CIT/EdTech conference held on May 12, 2011, at UMass Boston. How the two, separately held conferences in the past came to be brought together is a story worth telling.

As many of our readers know, Boston’s culture of valuing teaching and learning has been supported by two annual conferences, one that is usually offered in January by UMass Boston’s Center for Innovative Teaching (CIT, formerly the “Center for the Improvement of Teaching”) and a second, in May, which is sponsored by IT/Educational Technology (EdTech) and the University Library, which focuses specifically on the uses of educational technology in teaching and research. CIT had organized, as in the past, its Annual Conference on Teaching for Transformation and scheduled it for January 2011. However, because of severe snow conditions on the day of the conference, the university was forced to close. As a result, and in order to not cancel the conference altogether, the CIT Advisory Board explored alternative plans and dates for the conference. With IT Liaison and CIT Advisory Board member Ellie Kutz, CIT Director Vivian Zamel met regularly with representatives from Educational Technology, which holds its annual conference at the end of the spring semester, and the coorganizers collaborated together to hold a joint CIT/EdTech Conference on May 12, 2011, for the first time.

Editor's Notes



Addressing Plagiarism in A Digital Age
Eleanor Kutz, Wayne Rhodes, Stephen Sutherland, and Vivian Zamel


Issue Co-Editors
Eleanor Kutz, UMass Boston
Vivian Zamel, UMass Boston
Journal Editor
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston