I'm flying off tomorrow to the spring break hotspot of...Kansas City. w00t! I'm going out for the USITT Conference. I haven't been in a few years, and this year I'm on two panels. The first is Wednesday from 1:30-3pm, with the boys from Stage Research, called:
Integrating Show Systems Without Resorting to a Sledgehammer
With so many systems that need to be integrated for a successful show, Stage Research will explore some of the possible tools and devices used to coerce unlikely systems into proper etiquette for communication. Not for the faint of heart.
The second is Saturday from 3 to 4:15pm, on an interesting panel set up by Rich Dionne from Purdue:
The Future of Graduate TD Programs
Examining instructional design theories and models and their application to teaching the complex skills that technical directors would ideally possess.
Rusty Cloyes from the UT Austin is also a panelist, and this actually could be a pretty interesting panel, since Mr. Dionne has found some very interesting research about changing learning styles.
I'm flying out tomorrow to, I hope, do some storm chasing before the conference. Of course, as of today, it looks like the severe threat may be Thursday or Friday (and if that happens, I might dissapear from the conference for a day or two). My backup plan is to knock off one or more two states off my list. I've been to 44 now, and just have Iowa, North Dakota, Michigan, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Hawaii left. If there's no decent severe weather I'll try to knock off Iowa and North Dakota on this trip. Any recommendations of what I should see?