About fifteen months after Jerry Slezak introduced me to the wonders of Jon Udell, I was standing before a capacity crowd in Combs 139 introducing Jon as the keynote speaker for Faculty Academy 2006. Now, almost two months after that introduction, you too can enjoy this moment. Beginning with Teilhard de Chardin and Doug Engelbart, and ending with a stirring challenge to transform higher education into a truly open, outward-facing public resource, Jon provided every bit of the focus, insight, and vision that mark a truly great keynote address. More than that, however, Jon combined a deep conceptual grasp of the project of higher education with the top-level professional expertise generated by a lifetime of leadership in information technologies. In this address, and in the Web 2.0 panel that followed, you’ll hear the depth and precision I’m describing.
Thanks, Jon. You did us proud.