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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
[no photo provided]

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
[insert photo]

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
[insert photo]

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
[insert photo]

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
[insert photo]

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.


Exhibit 15: CLA Video Services

Gary Ludwitzke
[insert photo]

Laura Cervin
Studio Manager
[insert last year's photo]

CLA Video Services provides a wide range of services and support related to video technology. Based out of Rarig Center, CLA Video Services operates two commercial-grade digital production studios that are used by courses from a range of CLA departments. One of the studios is shared with OIT Video Solutions, with whom CLA Video Services staff and student workers collaborated on client productions. In conjunction with the TV studios, CLA Video Services offers a large inventory of equipment that is loaned to students for off-site production. This includes a range of high definition digital camcorders, lighting kits, microphones, and monitors. Students can also take advantage of our editing suite, which offers six powerful non-linear editing stations with the latest hardware and software. Stop by to view videos produced by CLA students, and to find out how you can take advantage of these resources.


Exhibit 16: Faculty Position Semi-Final Interviews Go Skype Department of Art History

Steven F. Ostrow
Professor and Chair
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Venugopal Maddipati
Instructional Technology Fellow
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Rather than send the faculty committee to the annual conference for preliminary interviews with a large pool of semi-finalists for an open faculty position, the Department of Art History used Skype, a free, low-threshold videoconferencing solution, helping them to realize appreciable cost savings.


Exhibit 17: Digital Content Library Visual Resources Center, College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology

Rebecca Moss

Ginny Larson
Assistant Curator

Denne Wesolowski
Assistant Curator

The Digital Content Library is an online collection of audio, video, and images from collections all across the University of Minnesota. With our partners in the College of Design, we have over 210,000 objects for faculty and students to use for teaching and research. If the material you need is not in the library, please bring us the source materials and we will digitize, catalog, and make them available for you to use. Order forms and instructions are located on our web page.

We are currently adding the Weisman Art Museum collection and are partnering with the University Libraries to add special materials from their collections. There are 45 departments and units represented, and the depth and breadth of what we have to offer is truly amazing. Our Media Drawers allow you to collect and share content with others, so don't hesitate to take advantage of this wonderful resource.


Exhibit 18: Supporting East Asian Studies Program with Technology East Asian Library, University of Minnesota Libraries

Su Chen
Head of the East Asian Library
University of Minnesota Libraries
[insert photo]

Ryan Bean
Reference and Outreach Archivist, Kautz Family YMCA Archives

Hangtae Cho
Head of Korean Program, ALL

Nobu Kadoyama
Undergraduate Student Assistant

Tim Johnson
Curator of Special Collections & Rare Books

Hiromi Mizuno
Associate Professor, History

Rebecca Moss
Coordinator, CLA Visual Resources Center

Robert Poor
Professor, Art History

Jason Roy
Head of Digital Collections Unit

The project showcases our two-fold purposes: A) Supporting teaching: Translating, subtitling, and streaming Chinese and Japanese classical films for teaching purposes; and B) Accessing resources for teaching and research: Taking advantage of the rich resources that libraries have been collecting for centuries, and using new technology to aggregate the visual resources scattered in various libraries and collections and present them in an identified theme.


Exhibit 19: Medieval Cities of Europe: Click, Tweet, Map, and Present Department of History

Kay Reyerson
[insert photo]

Kevin Mummey
Doctoral Candidate

Nicholas Bray
Undergraduate, French Studies major
French and Italian

Kurtis Scaletta
Senior Instructional Consultant, OIT
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HIST 3611 received a Course Transformation Program grant to redesign the curriculum to include more active learning and to increase student engagement during course lectures and films. Our mission was to employ technologies to enhance students' interaction with the instructor and among themselves in a large lecture format (70+), taught without discussion sections. In the redesigned course, students "build" a medieval city with an interactive map; use Twitter to respond to a series of prompts during films shown in class; answer questions during class discussions using clickers; and give video-taped presentations in class on the Pirenne thesis, medieval town councils, medieval guildhalls, medieval marketplaces, and medieval urban ceremonies. We also supported the class with a Moodle website and enhanced lectures using PowerPoint presentations, rich in images and maps.


Exhibit 20: Driven to Discover: The Research Series Office of Information Technology (OIT)

Paul Pecilunas
Media Producer

Susan Tade
Video Production Manager

The Office of Information Technology (OIT), in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts, University Relations, and the Academic Health Center, is producing "Driven to Discover: The Research Series."

The Driven to Discover series looks inside the lives and work of the University of Minnesota's most daring researchers and sees that they are in fact incredible people who make unbelievable discoveries that improve our lives, our planet, and our understanding.

This collaborative effort leverages the production skills of OIT's video production staff, CLA Video Services, and other media producers on campus to build a high-quality, comprehensive, all-University series. In addition, students are given the opportunity to work on a professional series enhancing their media skills.

The series can be viewed online at http://www.oit.umn.edu/research-series. New segments are released every Tuesday.


Exhibit 21: Apple Technology University of Minnesota Bookstore

Mark Forsyth
M Tech, U of M Bookstore

Come and see what is new from Apple. Representatives from Apple and the Bookstore will be here to answer questions. Don't forget to register to win an iPod Nano!


Exhibit 22: Assignment Calculator and UThink Blogs University Libraries

Shane Nackerud
Web Services Coordinator

Kate Peterson
Information Literacy Librarian

Jerilyn Veldof
Director, Coordinated Educational Services

The University Libraries will showcase two of our more popular web applications: The Assignment Calculator, http://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac, and UThink Blogs, http://blog.lib.umn.edu. The Assignment Calculator breaks down research and writing projects into manageable steps based on the due date. You can adapt your own assignment from a bank of existing assignments (e.g., research paper, speech, or video) or create your own from scratch. UThink Blogs has been in existence since 2004 and is the largest academic blogging site in North America. Many classes and departments use UThink for a variety of purposes. Come and learn more about both of these popular tools!


Exhibit 23: 4-HELP: First Step to Improving Tech Support College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology

Kevin Smith
Tech Support Coordinator

Joel Turbes
East Bank Service Manager

Reed Munson
Service Desk Manager

Taylor Olson
Service Desk Manager

Providing high quality and personalized technical support is a top priority for CLA-OIT. Our commitment to providing every department and faculty member with a dependable, well qualified, and experienced regional technician is fundamental and unmodified. Under the new technical support plan, we ask that you contact the CLA Service Desk, 4-HELP. We offer a comprehensive service for CLA faculty, staff, and graduate students. Calling CLA's Service Desk should be your first step for addressing your technical issues. Our intention is to get you the service you need, in a manner that works for you, and within an accepEXHIBIT amount of time. We are here to serve you.


Exhibit 24: Course Conversion Pilot Project Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Bernard M. Levinson
Professor and Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible

Brynja Gudjonsson
Instructional Technology Fellow

Our presentation is on the work that we have been doing to convert the CNES/RelS/JWST 1201/3201 course to a supporting website in Moodle. This is the pilot project for the ITF course conversion project. To date we have created a Moodle site with a complex online grade book and trained all users to use the Moodle site. Over the term we have reorganized the site and scanned both readings and course handouts to digital format. One of the larger aspects of this project has been converting scanned typewritten handouts to ediEXHIBIT files that can be regularly updated as needed. We have also been working with testing services to integrate test results into the Moodle grade book. Dr. Levinson also received a small technology grant to use Turn-it-in.com, which has been successful at identifying incidents of plagiarism and would be an excellent resource integrated into Moodle. The goal of the Course Conversion Project is to integrate technology more seamlessly into courses at the University. Each project is done in close conversation with the professor and any graduate assistants.


Exhibit 25: Online Video to Enhance Clinical Music Therapy Skills School of Music

Michael J. Silverman
Assistant Professor
Music Therapy
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There is a sizable amount of research supporting the use of video to teach music therapy students (Ademek, 1994; Greenfield, 1978; Hanser & Furman, 1980). The Music Therapy department in the School of Music at the University of Minnesota has incorporated digital technology to train music therapy students using results of previous research.
Each week, music therapy students role-play clinical scenarios based from Standley and Jones (2008). These presentations are recorded using a Flip Video Camera, then uploaded to Media Mill. These videos are then transferred to UThink. Students then watch all videos and make four positive and one negative comment on each video, giving them clinical supervision experience. These comments are also emailed to the instructor for grading purposes. At the conclusion of each semester, students write a two-page reaction paper to the comments their peers made on their presentations. This has developed into a time-efficient and effective learning opportunity for students.


Exhibit 26: Office of Information Technology: Advancing the Thoughtful Application of Digital Technologies Office of Information Technology

Kimerly Wilcox
Senior Instructional Multimedia Consultant
[insert photo]

Lauren Marsh
Senior Instructional Multimedia Consultant
[insert photo]

Presentation of Office of Information Technology (OIT) services in the area of academic technologies; specifically, Emerging Technologies, Evaluation and Research Services, Faculty Development Programs and Consultation Services, Technology Training, and Usability Services.


Exhibit 27: Is All This Technology Even Worth It? Student-Led Applied Research to Determine Learning, Motivational, and Administrative Outcomes in Technology-Rich Courses

CLA Office of Information Technology

Mark McKay
Graduate Evaluation Consultant
[insert photo]

Danneka Miller
Evaluation Consultant, Psychology, GWSS
[insert photo]

Samantha Wettenstein
Evaluation Consultant, History, Urban Studies

Nick Bray
Evaluation Consultant, History

Jude Higdon-Topaz
Managing Director of Technology-Enhanced Learning
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The 2009-10 Course Transformation Program (CPT) had a cohort of six high-enrollment courses in five CLA departments. In the first semester that each of the transformed courses were offered, the program touched over 1500 students. But was it worth it? Did the investment of time and money pay dividends, or at least begin to, in terms of increasing student learning and motivation in the transformed courses? Did the investment of time make the courses easier to manage? What was the experience of the instructors in the course? Using a student cohort of six undergraduates, and with a 25 percent graduate student manager, the CTP has offered a robust evaluation system to the course teams that has required very little input from instructors, and has provided valuable insights both into what is working in the transformed courses and what areas could use further attention.


Exhibit 28: The College of Liberal Arts Enrollment Tracking System CLA Student Services

Colin DeLong
Coordinator of Technology & Analysis

Tina Falkner
Academic Support Resources

Eric Perrino
Programmer/Systems Administrator

The Enrollment Tracking System (ETS) is an electronic tool providing near real-time information to academic advisers about their advisees and alerting them to those in need of assistance. The system includes a streamlined user interface for accessing detailed student records data, such as color-coded enrollment information, appointment history, major/minor program history, holds, and currently active alerts/warnings. Additionally, each morning the system automatically emails advisers about advisees with new alerts or warnings, who can then log contacts and set automated reminders for future follow-up. Administrators within the college can also view aggregate data and create reports to help identify trends. The system was built with extensibility in mind, easily handling the incorporation of new or altered data elements into its interfaces, filtering mechanisms, and access controls.


Exhibit 29: Computer Labs, Tech Stop, and Technology Training at Tech StopOffice of Information Technology

Simin Hickman
Director, Academic Distributed Computer Services
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Presentation of Office of Information Technology facilities and services in support of academic technology on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.


Exhibit 30: Creativity + Technology: Artists Mix, Make, and Remix Media Department of Art

Sonja Peterson
Information Technician Professional

Jan Estep
Associate Professor

Caroline Houdek

Lynn Lukkas
Associate Professor

Cheryl Wilgren Clyne

Diane Willow
Assistant Professor

A sampling of student work to give an overview of the Photography area and the Experimental Media Arts area in the Department of Art.


Exhibit 31: Managing Drafts and Multiple Editions of Written Homework OnlineDepartment of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Frances Matos-Schultz
Senior Lecturer
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

First-year second language learners produce a considerable amount of writing samples that need to be drafted, processed, and edited by both the instructor and the writer. Using Cuaderno, an online writing-processing tool developed by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, these writing tasks are managed online in collaboration with peers. Cuaderno 's draft, peer-edit, and re-release features facilitate the individualized management of writing assignments and development of language skills with minimal administrative intervention.


Exhibit 32: American History X: Technology for Creating a Holistic Learning Community Department of History

Tracey Deutsch
Assistant Professor
[insert photo]

Lisa Norling
Associate Professor

History of the American Empire, a high-enrollment introductory course with more than 200 students, received a Course Transformation Program grant to redesign the curriculum to address three issues: 1. To make the lectures more interactive; 2. To provide more advanced students with additional materials; and 3. To provide graduate TAs with a vehicle to share and learn from one another's lesson plans. The goals were achieved through the use of clickers, an instructor's course blog, and a wiki in Google Sites for the course TAs.


Exhibit 33: Online Examinations in Psychology 1001 Department of Psychology

Thomas Brothen
[insert photo]

Kate Briggs
[insert photo]

Daniel Goldman
Teaching Assistant

Carla Bates
Information Technology Professional

We report on the techniques we used to create, deliver, and refine online examinations during fall and spring semesters this year for approximately 1100 students in Psychology 1001: Introduction to Psychology. The examinations were three mid-semester exams and a final. We created them in WebVista and first delivered each in the HHH computer lab in two-day blocks during fall semester 2009. Students signed up and came during those times or, if they missed them, made them up in sessions in the Elliott Hall computer lab. We delivered the exams securely using the WebVista IP address security feature and Respondus LockDown Browser. In addition, we had proctors at the exam site. We revised the exams based on data from fall and are repeating the process in spring semester.


Exhibit 34: Large Lectures, Sensitive Topics, and Transformative Technologies Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Jigna Desai
Associate Professor

Remy Corso
Undergraduate Student

Lauren Marsh
Senior Instructional Multimedia Consultant
[insert photo]

Teaching GWSS 1002 Politics of Sex is delightful and challenging. The challenges are its large lecture format (60-90 students), the discussion of provocative and sensitive topics, and the wide range of student knowledge and experience. Using a CLA Course Transformation Program grant, we were able to devise unique uses for current accessible technologies to foster more active and applied learning in the classroom. The presentation discusses the deployment of Clickers, Blogs, and TimeDig within the class.


Exhibit 35: Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Leveraging Technology in Large Classes

Megan Lewis
Assistant Professor
[insert photo]

Chris Batteen
Instructional Technology Fellow

Anna Wakefield
Undergraduate Team Member

Kimi Johnson
Graduate Student Team Member

Lauren Marsh
Senior Instructional Multimedia Consultant
[insert photo]

We will share some of the many technologies we have tested and employed to best meet the goals of our large, gateway Introduction to Theatre class, including Moodle, NING, Clickers, Video Ant, and others.


Exhibit 36: Intersections: Hire A Grad College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology

Jamey Hansen
Director of InfoTech Services

Scott Appelwick
Assistant Director of Financial Services, CLA Administration

The project began with the desire to automate the preparation, review and approval of CLA's standard HRMS worksheet. The result was a product we call Intersections, the benefits of which exceeded our expectations. Intersections eliminated the manual routing of the worksheet amongst academic units, financial service teams and payroll departments. Instead the worksheet is routed electronically. Additionally, the system was designed to mine any pre-existing data and utilize defined roles to staff who are experts in a particular juncture of the process. This eliminated the duplication of effort, confusion of responsibility and significantly streamlined the payroll process for CLA.


Exhibit 37: Tech Chatter: We Keep Talking, Even If It's Just to Ourselves... CLA Office of Information Technology

Jude Higdon-Topaz
Managing Director of Technology-Enhanced Learning
[insert photo]

Colin McFadden
Senior Media Specialist
[insert photo]

Once a week (or so) ├╝ber-geeks Colin McFadden and Jude Higdon sit down to do what they do best: natter on endlessly about emergent trends in technology and what they do--or don't--mean for teaching and learning and higher education. You can tune into this slightly irreverent podcast at the EXHIBIT today, and pick up some propaganda that will help you subscribe to the podcast for the future. One of us! One of us!


Exhibit 38: CourseBlender Course Capture CLA Office of Information Technology

Colin McFadden
Senior Media Specialist
[insert photo]

CourseBlender is a set of applications designed to ease and enhance the process of lecture capture and online learning. With a few simple steps, faculty members can begin recording their lectures and posting them to iTunesU, Moodle, or other course websites. Stop by to find out how it all works, and to pick up a tutorial handout.


Exhibit 39: iTunes U and YouTube Channels College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology

Jude Higdon-Topaz
Managing Director of Technology-Enhanced Learning
[insert photo]

Sean Miller
Undergraduate Instructional Technology Fellow
Communications Studies major
[insert photo]

CLA has engaged actively in innovative social media engines to enhance teaching and learning and to provide platforms for user-generated content from instructors, administrators, and students. With an eye toward promoting student work and curricular media initiatives, CLA's iTunes U and YouTube channels provide another vehicle for the robust suite of audio and video projects being produced by our faculty and students.


Exhibit 40: Behind the Message: Journalism Pedagogy in a 3-D MUVE Environment School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Sean Miller
Undergraduate Instructional Technology Fellow
Communications Studies major
[insert photo]

Kathleen Hansen

Nora Paul
Program Director

Using a 3-D MUVE development environment called "Thinking Worlds," Sean Miller, an undergraduate with very little programming experience, has produced a game designed by Nora Paul and Kathy Hansen of SJMC in which students learn important lessons about story angle and working on deadline while trying to get the story of a train accident and hazardous waste spill. Stop by and play the game and see how you fare trying to get "Behind the Message."


Exhibit 41: CLA Tech Fee-Whre It Goes and How You Can Get Involved College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology

Jen Mein
Director for Academic Technologies
[insert photo]

Sarah Knoblauch
CLA-OIT Project Manager

The CLA Student Technology Fee Committee is composed of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff from the College of Liberal Arts. In addition, a few representatives from units outside the college attend in a consultative manner. The committee meets during the academic year about 3-4 times a semester. The committee is responsible for reviewing grant proposals and making recommendations to CLA Administration on which projects are worthy of Student Technology Fee funding. In addition, committee members learn more about where and how the student technology fee is spent through facility tours, guest visitors, etc. We encourage you to get involved in this very important committee. Contact Jen or Sarah to learn more, or email techfees@umn.edu.


Exhibit 42: Sound Spatialization via Intuitive Visual Metaphor School of Music

Jeremy Wagner
Instructional Technology Fellow

School of Music Technology Committee

Sound spatialization has a long history in music composition dating back to early church music. More recently, modern composers have employed electronic means of sound diffusion for creating spatial dimensions to their compositions. Finally, the emerging ubiquity of home theater systems has provided the means by which surround sound recordings can be widely disseminated and enjoyed. The current research focuses on extending the surround sound paradigm and exploring its implementation as an interactive learning environment. Using off the shelf technology we have devised a system by which the student can manipulate the position of sound sources within two- and three-dimensional sound fields using a simple, intuitive Java interface. The user can even set individual sound sources into motion against each other. Spatial reflections and Doppler cues are calculated via a physical model for maximal realism. For this demonstration the user can participate in remixing and spatializing a classic, well-known recording.


Exhibit 43: Social and Behavioral Sciences Laboratory (SBSL) CLA Social and Behavioral Sciences Laboratory, College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology

John Easton
[insert photo]

Pernu Menheer
Research Technician
[insert photo]

The SBSL has two facilities for investigators to conduct research with human participants: a 41-seat Windows XP computer lab in 170/174 Anderson Hall, West Bank campus, and a Tobii x50 eye-tracker device in a separate small lab. Many subjects may be run simultaneously using any IRB-approved computer-based survey, testing, programmed research, or web-access protocol. Related research method classes can also be accommodated. The lab is staffed by a manager and a research support technician, who work closely with the investigator to meet the protocol. We also coordinate with the research consultants, the web-based Survey Service, and the programming group in CLA-OIT.


Exhibit 44: The Pedagogy of Digital Storytelling in the College Classroom Department of African American and African Studies

Walt Jacobs
Associate Professor and Chair
[insert photo]

Candance Doerr-Stevens
Ph.D. Student, Curriculum and Instruction, CEHD
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In the fall of 2008, Walt Jacobs (African American & African Studies) and Rachel Raimist (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies) collaboratively designed and taught the course "Digital Storytelling in and with Communities of Color" to 18 undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines. Candance Doerr-Stevens (College of Education and Human Development) audited the class as a graduate student. This presentation will examine the media-making processes of the students in the course, asking how participants used digital storytelling to engage with themselves and the media through content creation that both mimicked and critiqued current media messages. In particular, the presentation will focus on how students used the medium of digital storytelling to build and remix identities for purposes of 1) rememory, 2) reinvention, and 3) cultural remixing. The digital stories and composing processes of the students will be explored through the same multimedia genre that the students were asked to use, that of digital storytelling.

We plan to show the digital story four times during the showcase: 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, and 2:30. This digital story runs for 12 and a half minutes; we will then have time for 15 minutes of questions before the next screening.