OCDE Conference Brings Howard Rheingold to Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- January 27, 2004 -- Howard Rheingold, one of the world's foremost authorities on the social impact of the Internet and digital technologies, will be the keynote speaker at the Ohio Commons for Digital Education 2004 - The Convergence of Libraries, Learning & Technology Conference, March 7-9 in Columbus, Ohio. On Monday, March 8, Rheingold will address the theme of the conference--the convergence of libraries, learning and technology--using his own research and unique point of view.

Rheingold was the editor of The Whole Earth Review, the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, and founding executive editor of HotWired webzine. He is the author of several innovative books, including Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution, The Virtual Community, and Tools for Thought. For more about his work, visit his website at www.rheingold.com.

The OCDE 2004 Conference is three-day event offering three pre-conference workshops and 50 sessions on the topics of instruction, technologies for research and education, e-learning, libraries and digital education, and new partnerships and collaborations. Visit the conference home-page at www.oln.org/conferences/ to register for the conference, view the program, and more!

And, there is still space available for you at Innovation Island! Innovation Island will showcase some of the most innovative technology applications for learning environments in Ohio, particularly those related to distance learning. If you are interested in showcasing your most recent and innovative applications of technology to the higher education and distance learning community, visit www.oln.org/conferences/OCDE2004islandprop.php to submit a proposal. Proposals for Innovation Island will be accepted until January 30, 2004.

Opportunities for vendor booths and conference sponsorship are also available. For more information, visit: www.oln.org/conferences/OCDE2004boothinfo.php.

The OCDE 2004 Conference is jointly sponsored by the Ohio Learning Network, OhioLINK and OSC.