George Mason University Hosts Regional Conference on Student Technology Skills

April 16, 2001

IT Everywhere — a regional conference on student technology skills

The conference addresses strategies for identifying, developing and assessing IT skills that students need to succeed in their academic and professional careers. On Monday, April 30, keynote speaker Herbert Lin, a senior scientist with the National Research Council, discusses “Fluency in Information Technology: What is It and Why Do We Need It?” Lin led the NRC’s national study on IT literacy and the international study on the IT work force of the future.

Speakers follow from George Mason, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Longwood College, Northern Virginia Community College, the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, Georgetown University and Wake Forest University.

On Tuesday, May 1, panel discussions address efforts of colleges and universities to ensure that all students graduate with technology skills; methods used in assessing the success of IT skills development programs; and IT fluency in high schools and the role of libraries in developing IT skills.

When: Sunday, April 29, opening reception, 6-8 p.m.

Monday, April 30, 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1, 8:15-to noon

Where: George Mason University, Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center Multipurpose Room

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Contact Information

Elena Barbre, (703) 993-8782 or

Muneeza Alam, (703) 993-8780 or