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Kent Brooks

IT Director, A Teller of Tales, and Author

Technology in Higher Education: Communication & the Future

“Students can no longer go through higher education without using technology, much of which they don’t understand, to enroll in college, communicate with other people, and pay their tuition. People in all organizations are increasingly dependent on, but don’t have any idea how these technologies actually work. Colleges have to adapt and provide Amazon like services and communicate differently to be relevant to the student of the future. “

Kent Brooks currently he serves as the IT Director at Casper College in Casper Wyoming. He provides leadership for administrative computing, academic computing, networking, and voice services at Casper College.

He is a blogger on various technology topics for his own blog KentBrooks.com, a local history blog BacaCountyHistory.com, and has contributed content to MoodleNews and Wes Fryer’s Internationally acclaimed “Speed of Creativity” blog. Kent is the publisher of the annual listing “The 15 Must Follow Community College CEO’s on Twitter”. He served as Chief Technology Officer/ Dean /Computer Coordinator at Higher Education Institutions in Oklahoma and New Mexico for over 20 years. While in New Mexico he was actively involved in the Los Alamos National Laboratory EDUNET program which sought to bring telecommunications technologies to the four corners area of the US. Kent has been heavily involved in numerous teacher-training projects and efforts to bring networking and telecommunications technologies to rural areas. Kent’s work interests include the acquisition of technology and training resources for rural under-served communities.

In the past several years he has turned his spare time to recording the colorful history of Southeastern Colorado where he grew up. He has published 7 books which focus on Southeast Colorado and/or the Westward Migration in the 1880s.