Presentation: March 2008 Archives
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