My friend and colleague, Bart Pursel and I will be sharing what we hope will be a growing body of insights and research related to data analyzed from some of Penn State's web 2.0 platforms. We will share stories related to how the Penn State Wikipsaces and the Blogs at Penn State are being used in educational settings through the lens of discoveries from the PSU Data Warehouse. Bart and I are making some very interesting discoveries related to the use of these platforms at the college, curricular, and student level. This is a preview of a presentation recently accepted for ELI 2011.
I've been invited to speak to a group of faculty and staff at Penn State Abington to kick off the new spring semester. The talk will focus on how social computing can impact teaching and learning. The idea is to help faculty rethink the role of the open social web as to begin to see value in the approaches emerging across the Internet. I'll be sharing some thoughts that I hope will resonate with the group and perhaps push some of them to take advantage of many of the technologies we have available here at Penn State.
I will be once again giving a talk at the Penn State Libraries focusing on the rise of social media and its impact in higher education. I will be giving a updated and revised version of my "Enabling the New Classroom Conversation" talk to a University-wide audience. I will be presenting in Foster Auditorium, but it will also be made openly available on Media Site Live. As the date approaches I will share the URL.
I've been invited to give a talk to the Penn State Learning Centers related to the explosion of social media and its potential impact in education. This will be an opportunity to speak to not only University faculty and staff, but also to students. I always find it interesting getting to share thoughts with such mixed groups -- and I love getting to see how students react to my perspective on "their" space.
I've been invited to speak to a group of faculty, staff, and students at Penn State's Brandywine campus about the role of social computing in teaching and learning. I'll be sharing some thoughts that I hope will resonate with the group and perhaps push some of them to take advantage of many of the technologies we have available here at Penn State.
I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours talking with the Faculty at Penn State Mont Alto about our students and ways to engage them. It was a great time! We spent our time looking at PSU and national trends about students' technology use and explored new ways to integrate technology into teaching and learning. I wrote about it on my personal blog.
Scott McDonald and I presented our thoughts from our C&I 597C: Disruptive Technologies for Teaching and Learning course at the Learning Design Summer Camp. We shared our feelings about how integrating several layers of social opportunities into the design of the course produced some very interesting and surprising outcomes.
Yesterday I spent an hour sharing stories of how ETS is using social tools to create and engage our communities. The talk was titled, "Engaging Communities" was relatively well attended and seemed to capture the attention of the audience. The best stuff happened during the question and answer period at the end when we got into a real conversation about how we could be thinking more broadly about engaging our audiences. People really seemed to want to discuss Twitter in particular -- the initial reaction is always centered around, "this is the dumbest thing I have heard of." We talked through how Twitter is connected to our primary website and how it has become our number one source of traffic at the ETS site. I think that kind of stunned people. The other thing that stood out was when I showed the ETS is ranked number 2 in search results for "education technology services" ... right behind our friends at Berkeley ... and in front of about 64 million other results. All in all it was an enjoyable hour and am more than happy to share more thoughts from it.
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.