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June 10: TelePresence Conference on Teaching, Learning

Conference is first of its kind.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 6-7-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will hold a conference on “Teaching and Learning with Immersive TelePresence” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, June 10 that will be mediated through TelePresence “hubs” at more than 20 Minnesota and Wisconsin educational institutions. The conference will be held in Room 116 of Wissink Hall in Mankato and in Room 345 at 7700 France Avenue South in Edina, Minn.

The main themes of the conference include strategic partnerships (among pre-K-12, community colleges, and four-year institutions); effective practices for teaching with TelePresence; and supporting TelePresence.

Speakers will participate from their home institutions, connecting via their own TelePresence system, to hubs where the other participating institutions will connect.

The event, organized by Minnesota State University, Mankato and sponsored by Cisco, is the first event of its kind in Minnesota, and possibly in the world, said Jude Higdon, assistant chief information officer for academic technology services at Minnesota State Mankato.

“The advent of immersive videoconferencing technology promises to be a game-changer for P-20 education,” said Higdon. “The quality of the video experience, the ease of use of the systems, and the ability to connect seamlessly across hundreds of miles in such an engaging way has already sparked the imaginations of our faculty and has begun to really broaden the conversation about what teaching and learning in the 21st century will be like.”

The conference web page, with a list of participating institutions and speakers, can be found here.

“Our ability to connect all of these endpoints is remarkable,” Higdon said. “Imagine the money we are saving by hosting a conference in this way - from travel to hotels to food costs. Strategic investments of this nature provide a way for us to connect with one another more cost-effectively and efficiently, while learning from one another how to promote student success.”

For more information on the conference, please contact Ed Clark, vice president for technology and chief information officer at Minnesota State Mankato by phone at 507-389-6651 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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