April 23, 2010

2010 CLA Academic Technology Showcase

April 7, 2010

Exhibit 1: Minneapolis Art on Wheels Interdisciplinary Program in Collaborative Arts Department of Art

Ali Momeni
Assistant Professor

Members of the Minneapolis Art on Wheels

Andrea Steudel

Minneapolis Art on Wheels (MAW) is a vehicle for activating public spaces with large-scale projections of sound and video. MAW develops software, hardware, and methodologies for participatory urban projection, and helps artists and community organizations utilize these instruments to creatively claim and transform public spaces. MAW disseminates these instruments and works with artists interested in technology to promote mobile public projection. MAW aims to connect patrons with artists and artists with communities through commissioning programs. Commissioning programs are tailored to the needs of a specific event and include performances on-demand, training of artist with a mission, and collaborative development of public performance events sought by community organizations.


Exhibit 2: Use of Technology in Arabic Instruction Arabic Program, Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

Hisham Khalek
Lead Instructor of Arabic Language and Culture
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Lindsey Lahr
Instructional Technology Fellow
CLA-OIT; CLA Language Center
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The ultimate goal of this project was to create audio content for students enrolled in Beginning Arabic courses that corresponded with the curriculum and text. Audio exercises are part of the curriculum for the courses; therefore, making them accessible for student review was the priority. Having the course content available through iTunes U was decidedly the best channel to disseminate the content and have it remain accessible for students enrolled in the Beginning Arabic courses. The process of making this possible included recording the audio at the CLA Language Center, editing the audio using Adobe Soundbooth and Peak Pro software, hosting the content through CLA's MediaMagnet, and supplying the information through an RSS feed into iTunes U. The content remains available for enrolled students for review throughout the semester.


Exhibit 3: The TandemPlus Program: Connections Through Technology CLA Language Center

Dan Soneson

Rick Treece
Educational Specialist

Diane Rackowski
Technical Coordinator

Bethany Schowengerdt
Tandem Assistant

Ellen Wormwood
Tandem Coordinator

TandemPlus is a CLA Language Center program that provides CLA students the opportunity to practice language skills and explore other cultures through partnerships with native speakers of other languages.

Face-to-face language partnerships are matched thanks to a web application and database designed by Language Center staff. The database matches about 500 students per year on the basis of their stated preferences in language, group size, class schedule, gender, etc.

Class-to-class virtual exchanges have allowed hundreds of CLA students to be matched with partner students in Chile, China, France, Mexico, and Spain. Participants use Tokbox, Wimba, Skype, and email to exchange text and video communications. The video exchanges are mainly conducted using Tokbox, a free web-based service.


Exhibit 4: Making Media Handy: iPod Touches in German Class Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch

Beth Kautz
Director of Language Instruction and Liaison to the CLA Language Center
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Rebecca Raham
Sr. Lecturer

Diane Rackowski
Technical Coordinator, CLA Language Center

Twenty students in German 3014, "German Media," were issued an iPod touch to use throughout the semester. Students used a custom made app on the iPod touches to access German news and events via podcasts, online newspapers, radio, and YouTube videos. After analyzing different genres and cultural themes in the media, they created their own video podcast, which they shared with their classmates via iTunes U. The iPod touches were funded through a small grant from CLA Student Technology Fees.


Exhibit 5: Using Technology to Deliver Interactive, Cultural Content to Students of Beginning French Department of French and Italian

Jonathan Fulk
Coordinator of First-Year French
Teaching Specialist

Patricia Mougel
Director of Lower-Division French

Rick Treece
Educational Specialist

In an effort to deepen the content and cultural study of first-year French courses in a way that was both affordable for students and sustainable for the program, we created online learning modules composed of web sites, video, text, images, and interactive activities. These modules are used both in and out of the classroom as a means to easily deliver interesting content to students. This project has resulted in an increased awareness and interest in French culture by our students as well as content-enriched courses that are easily updated without requiring another costly textbook.


Exhibit 6: Google Apps. for Accreditation Review School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Darin Mather
Senior Instructional Technology Fellow
Ph.D. Student, Sociology
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Daniel Wackman
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Maggie Cosgrove
Undergraduate Student Personnel Coordinator

The accrediting body for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication requires that independent professionals review student projects in each class. This new requirement presented two logistical challenges. First, the department needed an efficient system for gathering the student projects and securely distributing them to the appropriate reviewers. Second, reviewers needed clear evaluation guidelines on a form that would easily capture their responses and make them available for analysis. In this presentation we will demonstrate how Google Apps can be used to efficiently address all of these needs.


Exhibit 7: Time, Space, and Deep Learning: The Archaeology Portal Grows Up and Fills Out Department of Classic and Near Eastern Studies

Andrea Berlin
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The CNES Archaeology Portal, originally funded through a Student Technology Fee grant, has been a robust tool for integrating principles of time and space into the study of archaeology for years. Over the past two years, with additional STF funding, Andrea Berlin and her graduate students have used the TimeDig interactive timeline platform to add more sites and objects to the space, creating a rich arena for active, discovery-based learning.


Exhibit 8: Technology in Contexts Department of Sociology

Chris Uggen
Professor and Chair/Co-editor

Doug Hartmann

Letta Page
Managing Editor

Sarah Lageson
Graduate Student

When the Department of Sociology brought Contexts magazine to Minnesota, they wanted to make good on the award-winning print publication's public outreach mission. This project will showcase the work of CLA faculty and students in creating a popular website, contexts.org, a network of blogs such as the Contexts Crawler for students and teachers, and our lively podcasts featuring interviews with sociologists and public intellectuals.


Exhibit 9: CLA Survey Services CLA Survey Services, College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology

Thomas Lindsay

Andrew Sell
Survey Designer

CLA Survey Services serves faculty, graduate students, and staff researchers. Our team of professionals has experience working with academic research and takes a consultative approach to the design, programming, deployment, collection, and/or analysis of researchers' surveys. Now in our fifth year, we have worked with researchers to run over 200 projects varying from single-page preference polls to large-scale time-series projects with dozens of separate instruments. Our services are available to all researchers in CLA and CSOM. We also occasionally engage in projects for other colleges as resources allow.


Exhibit 10: Passing Through The Portal: mySWS as a Tool for Writing Consultation and Learning Center for Writing

Debra Hartley
Assistant Director
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Kirsten Jamsen
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Katie Levin
Assistant Director
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Mitch Ogden
Assistant Director
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Huy Hoang
CLA-OIT Information Technician Professional

Daniel Balm
Undergraduate Technology Specialist

Linda Clemens
Graduate Writing Consultant

Learn about mySWS, an evolving portal interface that helps students access both face-to-face and online Student Writing Support consultations in the Center for Writing. At our exhibit, audience members will be able to try out mySWS to schedule consultations, submit writing for consultant response, participate in a synchronous chat, and review/reflect upon previous consultations--with guidance from members of the center's collaborative technology development team. We hope that seeing mySWS in action and considering how we developed this interface as a technological expression of our philosophy of student ownership and engagement with their own learning will provoke new ideas and discussion about academic technologies.


Exhibit 11: Discovering the Complexity of Metropolitan Life: Interactive Maps, Online Modules, and Conversations with Urban Professionals Department of Geography

Brenda Kayzar
Assistant Professor
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Steve Manson
Associate Professor
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Drs. Kayzar and Manson received a Course Transformation Program grant to build a suite of online, interactive modules for students in the URBS 1001/3001W course as a way to introduce them to the complexities of the cities and metropolitan areas around them. Through a series of video podcasts with urban professionals, online quizzes, and online interactive map projects focused on Twin Cities locations, students gain a better understanding of key urban studies concepts related to urban morphology, connectivity and transit systems, housing provision, and neighborhood and community development.


Exhibit 12: Risk: The Democratic Republic of Congo Edition Department of Writing Studies

Bernadette Longo
Associate Professor
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Douglas Ernie
Associate Professor
Computer and Electrical Engineering

Gerald Sobelman
Associate Professor
Computer and Electrical Engineering

This educational documentary project tells the story of women entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). To put a human face on historic power shifts, the fight for natural resources, and globalization, our story will feature two to four entrepreneurs and highlight the cultural, political, and socio-economic issues facing the Katanga Province in DRC. In recounting the complex logistical issues of bringing food produced in rural areas to market in urban Lubumbashi, we hope to help audiences understand who the players are in this complex region and how the U.S. is connected to this region through mobile phones. We hope to create a call-to-action, which will include classroom projects, political awareness, and research projects. This means looking at interdisciplinary questions related to long-term consequences of our cultural, societal, and personal actions, as well as framing issues related to definitions of abundance and scarcity.


Exhibit 13: DAKOTA GOES DIGITAL! Using Contemporary Technology to Revitalize an Ancient Language Department of American Indian Studies

Sisokaduta Joe Bendickson
Dakota Language Teaching Specialist

Beth Brown
Program Associate for Dakota Language

With fewer than 10 fluent first speakers left in Minnesota, Dakota is an endangered language and we are at a crucial point in saving it. The primary focus of the Dakota Language Program at the University of Minnesota is to actively work toward the revitalization of the Dakota language by supporting students in advanced language and teacher education opportunities. In order to make our program more accessible to students in key Dakota communities in rural Minnesota as well as in the metro area, the Department of American Indian Studies implemented a distance component to allow students from outside of the Twin Cities to take the Dakota class via the Internet using UMConnect.


Exhibit 14: University Film Club Student Unions and Activities Office

Michael Olson

Alex Mena
Vice President

Alyson Jubert

Mike Smylie

Shonit Jain
Web Designer

Gary Ludwitzke

The University Film Club was founded in March 2009, with the mission of bringing the spirit of film back to the University of Minnesota campus. Dedicated to both film appreciation and production, the University Film Club is the place to be for cinephiles and aspiring filmmakers alike. The Film Club plays host to film screenings, guest speakers, and lively discussions. We also organize student film productions for fun and competition, and provide a place for students interested in the filmmaking process to network with one another. If you like film, this is the place for you! We accept everyone, whether you're an SCMC major or just someone who enjoys a great movie now and then. We meet on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. in 105 Blegen Hall.