With this year's theme, Pencils & Pixels: 21st Century Practices in Higher Education, we invite an informed exploration of the unprecedented array of technologies, both high-tech and low-tech, in use at institutions of higher learning. New technologies continue to arise, faster than most of us can assimilate. Some are seductive. Others seem to be more trouble to learn than they are worth. Some may seem frivolous, but upon closer examination have exciting applications for teaching, learning, and professional and organizational development. At the same time, many of the very best pedagogical technologies are neither new nor digital. It is probably no coincidence that the growing interest in contemplative practices and "slow teaching" is occurring simultaneously with the current smart phone and social media explosion. How are digital technologies affecting the way students learn? How can we support faculty and students—many of whom wear their smart phones like appendages—in selecting appropriate technologies for the work at hand? When, if ever, is it appropriate to insist that students, faculty, and even organizations disconnect entirely from digital tools and social media? How do high-tech and low-tech pedagogies inform each other?
We invite you to share the tools, approaches, and practices that foster excellent teaching, learning, and professional development; strategies and rationale for supporting the technology-resistant to choose and use excellent digital tools; technology-related research findings; and examples of productive disengagement from technology addictions. We invite you to contemplate—critically and reflectively—why and how you choose new, old, digital, or analog technologies appropriate to your goals, and how those choices shape your teaching, learning, professional, and organizational development work.