I was asked to come and talk to a group from PSU's Student Affairs about how a publishing platform — like the Blogs at PSU — could form the basis for personal portfolios. I am a part of the ePortfolio team here at the University and have been making the pitch for some time that a blogging environment is ideal for a personal portfolio. We had a great discussion and I think we'll be working together more as we flesh out our move to integrate blogs into the existing ePortfolio space.
PDF of my slides are available here.
I was asked to spend an hour discussing some of the things we have been working on that impact teaching and learning with technology. I spent the time sharing information on several of our larger initiatives that are designed to let faculty do interesting things in and around their classrooms. I have attached my slides as a PDF … it is 4 MB. Download the file here.
I had the pleasure of presenting to a group of faculty from the SMEAL College of Business yesterday. We spent the better part of an hour and a half talking about the many opportunities we provide here at the University to integrate technology into teaching and learning. The time was well spent with lots of great questions and ideas being thrown around. I reshuffled my PSU Platforms for Digital Expression presentation and added some ideas on how to use ANGEL as the hub to all of the new things we've been doing.
Download the presentation as a PDF.
Next Tuesday I will be giving a talk at the Broadband Advisory Committee in Lewisburg, PA talking about Web 2.0 and the need to be prepared to deal with the shifts in web usage. I'll share some insights into general trends in technology as it relates to the behaviors of young adults and the web. Should be an interesting change of pace for me.
Last week I was lucky enough to give a guest lecture in my good friend, Bart Purselâ€™s, IST 110 class. I used to teach IST 110 nearly every semester while I was at the College of IST. As a matter of fact, I had a big hand in the design of the course â€” my team built the first hybrid offering of the course that took full advantage of the web, a problem-based learning approach, and new ways of thinking about how faculty and students should interact. Letâ€™s just say I feel very attached to the course and the kinds of students it attracts. This class was no different â€” 50 or so very smart students all wanting to talk, engage, and discuss nearly every point I tried to make. Bart is doing a great job with the students â€¦ introducing them to all sorts of technology â€” from blogs and wikis to podcasts and virtual worlds. He is taking a week by week approach to ask them to work and interact with different technologies throughout the semester. Each time I said, â€œdo you know about Xâ€ they would all say yes. It was nice talking to students who seem to be in the know.
I spent the better part of an hour discussing emerging trends related to mobility, social tools, and user generated content. We talked quite a bit about FaceBook and how the students see the environment. Lots of good questions and a great conversation.
Allan Gyorke and I presented a session at the CIC TechForum titled, "Open Communication and Web 2.0." What we covered was our process for innovation and engagement. It seemed to be well received by the audience. I decided to do something different in sharing this presentation — I have added it as multiple formats.
iPod Friendly Video | PDF of Slides | Flash Version
On September 25, 2007 I will be presenting and leading a session titled, Implementing Disruptive Technologies into the Learning Process to members of the Technology In Business Schools. This is a follow-up session I gave face to face at the annual meeting hosted by Penn State's Smeal College of Business. This is a totally online experience, so it should be fun and interesting.
I am delivering the same slides as I did with only a few small modifications. Find them here.
On September 19, 2007 I will spend a few minutes providing an update to the e-Education Council related to Digital Commons, Blogs, and the Community Hubs. All three of these projects are making solid progress and are attracting solid attention. I am linking it here as a PDF. Download file … any thoughts for me, send them along.