I was asked to present with my colleague, Bart Pursel, on new ways to engage audiences to the Big Ten Communication Conference held here at University Park. Bart and I decided to tackle the notion of engaging communities -- trying to spark some discussion around the use of tools to help bind communities together. I talked about some of the things we are doing with youtube, Twitter to drive traffic, and podcasting. Bart spent his time discussing SecondLife and the work he is doing in the College of IST and with the Educational Gaming Commons. It was a good discussion and fun experience.
Last year I was a featured keynote at the Annual One to One conference here at Penn State. This year I've been asked back to lead a conversation about web 2.0 and some of the fears surrounding it in our schools. I hope I can make the case! Description they gave me follows:
Critical Conversations: Web 2.0, Hype or Hidden Opportunity? What school leaders should know about social networking, Conversation Thought Leader: Cole Camplese, Information Technology Manager, The Pennsylvania State University, Moderated by Anytime, Anywhere Learning FoundationIn light of the constant stream of media reports around the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of web 2.0, and associated social networking technologies, it is critical that all school leaders fully understand the relevance or otherwise of them. So much is now impacting on the lives of students, and as leaders we must be well informed about their potential to support or intrude on learning. Too much is written by inexperienced or overtly biased journalists, and if we are to ensure relevance, we must keep an open mind to these new ideas until proven otherwise.
Mashups are emerging on our campus in places we'd never expect. Faculty and students alike are building mashups using the platforms we've been implementing and with sites outside the Penn State web. With this in mind, I will be presenting at the NMC Symposium on Mashups on April 2nd, 2008.
Mashing it up at a Big University
While most of our faculty and students don't realize they are creating mashups, some amazing things are happening on our campus. Here at Penn State University we've worked very hard to create flexible platforms to support faculty and students' use of emerging technologies for teaching and learning. What we are starting to see is amazing to us. During this session we will highlight examples of faculty and student mashups from PSU -- some of which are directly supported by our Education Technology Services group and some that are just showing up. We will cover the PSU Platform for Digital Expression that is empowering faculty innovation, discuss issues facing implementing mashups at a large university, show real examples that are emerging on campus, and discuss how we facilitate effective creative use by both teachers and learners.
From the Symposium's website:
"The NMC Symposium on Mashups will itself be a mashup of venues, with sessions taking place in the 2D web environment of Adobe Connect, with support by LearningTimes and selected activities in the 3D world of the NMC Conference Center in Second Life (all Second Life events will be streamed back into the Connect environment)."
At the conclusion of the session I will post a PDF of the slides here.
I spent the last couple of days at the University of South Florida where I had been invited to give a talk in the College of Public Health as part of their Dean's Lecture Series. I had been invited to talk about the changing landscape of teaching and learning with technology and meeting student expectations. I t was interesting because this was not a technology focused conference or anything, as a matter of fact the Dean told me it was the first time they invited someone from outside the Health Sciences to be a part of this lecture series. I planned on spending time sharing some early results from our most recent technology survey from PSU, but I just wasn't able to digest the latest data and integrate it into my talk. I did spend quite a bit of time talking about student expectations and sharing thoughts on a handful of themes that have emerged in the teaching and learning space.
I have to say that I enjoyed this opportunity as much as any others in the recent past. I had a great time talking to everyone I spent time with, from the Dean to the ID staff ... it was really a smart and energized group of people. I enjoyed the time I spent after the talk in meetings with people as well -- so many challenges that we face are also high on the radar at USF. The one thing that made me chuckle a bit were the posters they had up informing people of my talk. First rate group all the way! Grab the PDF of the slides ... usf_preso_final.pdf
I will be taking part in a day long pre-conference workshop for the PA Department of Education. The event, Leading for Educational Change in 1:1 Computer Environment is focused around the Classrooms for the Future project in the state of PA. I'll be presenting a half day set of sessions focusing on the use of emerging technologies for teaching and learning. The first session will attempt to provide an overarching framework as it relates to emerging trends in student use and expectations of technology as well as a survey of three emerging trends. The other sessions will focus on blogs and RSS as tools for managing content and knowledge. It should be an interesting day.
On Monday, I will be presenting with my colleague, Allan Gyroke, at the 2008 Educause Learning Initiative annual meeting in San Antonio, TX. Allan and I will be giving a talk titled, Building the New Platform for Digital Expression. We will try to share the approach we've taken at PSU to encourage, support, and manage faculty and students' use of digital media for teaching and learning.
Here is a blog entry recapping the session from the University of Washington.
Download the PDF of the presentation.
Session recording is now available for download.
Our session description as submitted to Educause:
Given the increased acceptance of digital media as a form of academic evidence, Penn State University's Education Technology Services group has invested in the creation of what we call the platform for digital expression. We have worked to create a scalable University-wide infrastructure that supports faculty, staff, and students in the design, development, delivery, and management of digital media. Building on Penn State's strong information technology underpinnings, we have worked to create a suite of services that provide all members of the University community with opportunities to integrate digital media into the teaching and learning landscape.
Within the last 18 months we have launched University wide blogging and podcasting services, moved elements of our support services to a Community Hub model where members of the University community support each other, begun the implementation of 21 Digital Commons facilities across the Commonwealth of PA, reinvented our faculty Engagement Process, forged new relationships with our public broadcasting station, and opened the walls of our own organization through the use of technology and physical events to create new ways to learn about what we do. This investment is leading to new ways for faculty to provide opportunities for students to utilize digital media throughout their learning.
In this session we will share the PSU Platform for Digital Expression and take the opportunity to discuss how disruptive technologies can be integrated into the teaching and learning with technology landscape by leveraging existing University infrastructure. Furthermore we will discuss how we have worked to blend physical infrastructure, human resources, and social environments to create new ways for our audience to
engage with us.
This new digital media eco-system has allowed faculty to feel comfortable integrating digital media in their teaching and learning. In addition, students are now supported in the creation of digital media at every step -- from initial planning, through creation, and ultimately through sharing.
Our approach will illustrate a digital media value chain that leads faculty from awareness, through design of curricular components, to student outcomes via the University wide initiatives described above. Much of this work is based on faculty, staff, and student academic computing data Information Technology Services at Penn State has been collecting for the last 20 years. Approximately three years ago we saw a shift in faculty and student interest in digital media and recognized that we need to make changes to the ways our physical spaces are designed, how our faculty are supported in their curricular design, and the types of services we need to offer to encourage the use of digital media for teaching and learning. In addition, the work of bodies such as Educause and the Pew Internet and American Life Projects have helped shape our understanding of our students and have pushed us to think critically about where we invest. Based on what we have learned in the last three years it has become evident that it is incumbent upon us as central information technology providers to create a new landscape for faculty and student use of digital creation and publishing tools.
On January 9th, 2008 I will be giving a keynote talk I am titling, Building a Platform for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. I was an invited featured speaker at Maricopa's Teaching and Learning with Technology conference this past year and have been invited back to open one of their events this year. I am really looking forward to it! Below is the description for my talk.
During this talk we will discuss strategies for realistically achieving innovation in teaching and learning by understanding your environment, leveraging existing infrastructure, and tapping the power of your community. We’ll explore how Penn State University has worked to utilize existing tools to create new opportunities and achieve an IT culture based on agility and with an eye towards innovation. One of the other things we will look at is the ETS Engagement Process and our Hot Teams approach. I've included a PDF of the Engagement Process here as well.
Download PDF of the Slides
On January 8th, 2008 I will be giving a keynote talk I am titling, Enabling the New Classroom Conversation. I am heading back to the Maricopa system where I did a similar talk last year.
During this talk we will investigate three key trends impacting educators in their overall design of learning. Focusing on the emergence of user-created content, social spaces, and mobile devices we will take an integrated look at how we can better utilize technology within these areas to meet the needs of the net-generation. We will also explore how these technologies have, and continue to, impact both faculty and learners and review some active examples within each area. During this talk, we will focus attention on how educators can leverage technology to shape learning outcomes in new ways.
On January 8th, 2008 I will be talking to a group of faculty from Maricopa about RSS and its overall use. I have decided to do a presentation I am calling, Personal Content Management & Modern RSS: Reuse, Reduce Recycle. Description is below.
When we first became enamored with Really Simple Syndication we thought of it as a time saver for acquiring new and fresh content. When it was introduced to us we were often told something like, “with RSS you can read 100 websites in 15 minutes.” Now that our understanding and use of RSS has matured the ability to create content in simple environments and reuse it across the static web. RSS is no longer simply about consuming other people’s content quickly – it is now about finding innovative ways to embed content from multiple sources into your work. We will discuss how by using a personal content management tool – a blog – you can discover ways to syndicate news into your course website, a department page, or create new ways to engage students through fresh news sources.
In our sessions we will discuss the basics of RSS for content consumption, but will also look at several new ways to reuse existing material, reduce redundant content creation, and recycle things you create for new uses.