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Jan. 8: Minnesota State Mankato's 2nd Annual Teaching and Learning with TelePresence Conference

More than 80 attendees from across Minnesota to attend Thursday conference at 10 locations.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-7-2015

Mankato, Minn. – More than 80 faculty, staff and administrators from Minnesota colleges and universities will participate in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s second annual “Teaching and Learning with TelePresence” conference at 10 locations throughout Minnesota from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8.

Participants will attend the conference at their home institutions, connecting via TelePresence systems to the other TelePresence endpoints at participating institutions.

Conference attendees will learn how TelePresence and other high-quality videoconferencing tools can be used effectively in teaching and learning, to include implications on pedagogy, support, student experience and strategy.

The conference is also intended to inspire faculty and administrators to use this or similar technology to power partnerships to benefit students.

“High-quality video-conferencing allows us to teach at a distance in ways that many of us understand intuitively,” said Jude Higdon, interim associate vice president for information technology at Minnesota State Mankato. “We can see our students, follow their expressions, gauge their engagement levels and respond to their confusion points as if they were sitting in a chair across from us.

“It’s an entirely new model for teaching and learning at a distance that maps very well to what we know about how people learn from the educational sciences. But we’re still learning the most effective practices for how to teach in this new mode. This conference will help us begin to build that understanding for the future.”

The agenda includes speakers and panelists from institutions throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

To arrange for a media interview or for more information on the conference, please contact Jude Higdon, interim associate vice president for information technology at Minnesota State Mankato by phone at (507) 389-1477 or by email at

The conference is sponsored by Academic Affairs and Information Technology Services at Minnesota State Mankato as well as Cisco Systems.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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