Evaluation Data and Return on Investment

2010 IT Education Summit: “Inspiring Faculty for Tomorrow’s IT Workforce”

Information Technology Developments:  What Do the Next Five Years Men for You?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Attendance:  148

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Overall Summit

Overall quality of this event        4.37 (87%)

Educational value             4.27 (85%)

Logistics (registration, confirmation, accommodations, etc.)        4.73 (95%)

Opening Keynote

Information Technology Developments: What Do the Next Five Years Mean for You?Jon Perera, General Manager, Microsoft            4.68 (93%)

Session #1

How to Refresh Your IT Program (Microsoft IT Academy) – Jeff Johnson, MS Learning Academic Area Lead, Microsoft                    4.17 (83%)

SharePoint 2010: What’s New – Steve Fox, Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft 4.23 (85%)

Web 2.0 Technologies for Your Classroom – Jean Kent, North Seattle Community College            4.55 (91%)

Session #2

The Evolution of the Windows Kernel Architecture (Windows 7 and beyond) – Dave Probert, Principal Architect, Microsoft                4.05 (81%)

Online Collaboration (SharePoint 2010, Office Web Apps, Windows Live Services) – Lance Baldwin, Business Development Manager, Microsoft        4.16 (83%)

What’s New? Adobe Creative Suite 5 – Ron Austin, Bellevue Community College              3.53 (71%)

Session #3

Shared Source, Windows Academic and Faculty Curriculum Resources: supporting teaching and research world-wide – Arkady Retik, Director, Technical Faculty Programs, WW Education Group, Microsoft       4.02 (80%)

Web Design and Development (Expression Studio, Silverlight) – Uni Ravindranathan, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft                4.09 (82%)

Mobile Application Development (Windows Mobile applications) – Michael Klucher, Lead Program Manager, Microsoft                4.38 (88%)

Session #4

Productivity in the Age of Information Overload (Office 2010)Scott Kennedy, Solutions Specialist, Microsoft  4.72 (94%)

Virtualization (Hyper V, Virtual PC and Server) – Kevin Lane, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft           4.77 (95%)

Devices are increasingly parts of larger solutions – why is this and how do we adapt? – Colin Miller, Product Unit Manager Microsoft            4.17 (83%)


  • An enjoyable summit!  New and interesting ideas that stimulated thinking grabbed my attention and at times excited my futuristic outlook for education.
  • Excellent!
  • Excellent! As I would have expected.  Very impressive.
  • Great sessions; great information and all presenters knew their subjects.
  • Learned new technologies and got new ideas.  Great event!
  • Lots of great ideas to take back to students. Thanks!
  • So awesome!
  • So many good choices; it was hard to decide which to attend.
  • Thank you for this opportunity to access information from MS experts on MS campus!
  • Thanks.  It was really a great day!  We all appreciate all you do to make us welcome.  Great lunch too.
  • Very informative.  I especially enjoyed the keynote speaker.
  • Very well paced.  An hour per session is good.  Nice mix of college and high school.  Good opportunity to peer network.

Return on Investment

Almost 150 (148, enrollment up 18% over 2009) K-20 IT teachers and CTC faculty attended the one-day, free IT Futures Summit at Microsoft.  Faculty began their day with a 60-minute keynote presentation by Mr. Jon Perera, General Manager, Microsoft, who addressed the “Information Technology Developments: What Do the Next Five Years”.  His keynote presentation was extremely well-received and historically one of the best rated.  Mr. Perera also had time for a brief question/answer session.  Then participants were able to attend four of twelve sessions, in one-hour blocks.  Networking opportunities were available to attendees during the one-hour luncheon.  Finally, there was a drawing for a number of prizes, including one Microsoft IT Academy Program memberships (a $1,500 value), BC Foundation-sponsored prizes totaling $658, and flash drives.   Total in-kind monetary value of giveaways was $2,159. In-kind was the facility rental fee ($2,101) which was waived as Microsoft sponsored the event.  Breakfast, snacks, and lunch were provided for all participants.

In reviewing the average registration fees for a comparable event, the fee for a one-day event is between $250 and $650 (average of five different conferences is $400.)  Food is in some cases not provided.

Return on Investment Breakdown:

Actual Expenses

Facility                                             $2,332 ($2,101*)

Food                                                 $4,480

Printed Material                               $1,000

Prizes and giveaways                     $2,159*

Travel/Time (speakers)                 $2,250 (1,250*)

Labor                                                $6,500 ($5,000*)

Total                                                 $18,721 ($8,351)

Total expenditures through the CoE totaled $10,370.  In-Kind/Donations totaled $8,351 (denoted by *) covered 45% of the total costs associated with this event.

If in-kind donations had not been solicited it would have adversely affected the quality of the event, while at the same time increase the total CoE funds needed to cover expenses.  If approximately $70 dollars per attendee had been charged to cover actual CoE expenses it would have negatively impacted CTC professional development dollars available to faculty and it would have adversely impacted access for faculty whose respective colleges couldn’t afford approximately $200 to $400 to send between three and four faculty to the Summit.    If faculty paid a minimum of $400 to attend an alternate, one-day event featuring IT industry speakers, panelists, subject matter experts discussing and demonstrating new IT products, emerging technologies, how to use them in their classroom, and advice on how to update IT programs to meet changing industry needs, it would cost the state and taxpayers approximately $59,200 (based upon the 2010 attendance number of 148).

The IT Futures Summit at a cost $110 per participant (this does not include the associated financial value of the in-kind donations), saved $48,830.

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