I got to the session pretty early:
But it was nice because I got my computer online and was able to do a tiny amount of catching up. The session (and the next two I plan on attending) is just 15 minutes!
Emerging Technologies for Learning
Jeanette McDonald – session chair
Janet Shanedling, and Billie Wahlstrom – University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
- Talked a bit about generations.
- Talked about how to do emerging technology work you have to have support and an alliance with IT.
- Want to bring tech to meet student and teacher needs. Know that one size fits all won’t work and forces use won’t work.
- Choosing between a maze and a doorway: chose a portal solution.
- For a number of reasons: too much information, hipaa
- Asked for student feedback on portal.
- Wanted it when accepted, not when school starts. Can meet people in dorms, etc.
- Customized views based on audience
- Human content providers
- Doing a lot of continual assessment
- This is a lot like WFU’s WIN, but with a lot more data: email, local news that might impact campus, courses, library, academics, career, finance, health, etc.
- Integrated social networking using Moodle
- Library has information for each department: librarian, databases, journals, if you have books checked out, your own database selection
- Used affinity strings to tie role, program, degree, unit, campus information into your own page
- Once they had a gateway, the question is what is it a gateway to?
- Platform is scaffolding for the academic side: course content, student services, student life, etc.
- Includes: faculty, instructional designer, course coordinator, librarian, graphic artists, videographers, etc.
- Used mouth-to-mouth marketing among faculty
- Digital campus goes public in December.
- Recommends that once you make content, put it out in every place you can think of. Youtube, website, etc.
This session had a lot of content. They could have used 30 minutes or an hour.