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Higher education technology—Informit joins the conversation

John Nuutinen with Informit trivia competition winner, Jennie Woodfield from Massey University.

THETA, The Higher Education Technology Agenda, was held recently in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Held every two years with the aim of advancing higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, the conference attracted over 600 delegates.

They ranged from practitioners and senior decision makers across tertiary education and research in Information Technology, Teaching and Learning, and Library and Knowledge Management.
Informit Senior Business Development Manager, John Nuutinen and Liam Ryan, Informit Production Operations Manager attended the conference, themed Connecting Minds. Creating the Future.

“We were pleased to participate for the first time in such a highly respected event, enabling us to join the conversation and collaborate with our New Zealand customers, associates and colleagues,” Mr Nuutinen said.

“In a changing and challenging environment, conferences such as THETA provide direction and counsel to senior decision makers in the library segment.”

Mr Nuutinen said the range of posters, workshops and presentations shared at the event were highly valuable and informative.

In his keynote address, Getting to the Bottom of the Top Issues, CEO and President of non-profit organisation EDUCAUSE, Dr John O’Brien, laid the platform for discussion by profiling the most pressing issues in education.

Drawing on his experience as a professor, provost, president and IT leader, Dr O’Brien explored why information security, student success, data-informed decision-making and strategic leadership were in the top 10 IT issues for 2017.

THETA 2017 was jointly hosted by the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, and run under the direction of the Australian Councils for: University Librarians (CAUL); University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT); and Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE).

Informit is a leading provider of information management services to the education, government and corporate sectors.

The Informit New Zealand Collection is a multi-disciplinary database about and of interest to New Zealand students, teachers and researchers and features over 35,000 records. Covering a wide range of topics including economics, education, health, history, human geography, law, literature, politics and the performing arts, this database explores New Zealand culture and society. 

Join the conversation and tell us how technology impacts you in higher education. Whether you’re a student, lecturer, researcher or librarian, we’d love to hear from you. Use #InformitAndHE.