December 04, 2007

TEL Seminar - Wed. Dec. 5

Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Seminar Series:
Learning Outcomes. Assessment, and Technology

Wednesday, December 5, 2007, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Walter Library, Room 402

Panelists: Ron Aminzade, Sociology, CLA, TC * Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Writing Studies, CLA, TC * William Goodman, Family Social Science, CE+HD, TC * Kathleen Krichbaum, School of Nursing, AHC, TC* Kurtis Scaletta, DMC, OIT, TC

This seminar will be an opportunity to learn more about institutional learning outcomes, hear from faculty members involved in a pilot program to integrate these outcomes into their specific courses, and explore the role of technology in facilitating assessment and achievement of learning outcomes.

Sponsored by the Office of Information Technology, Academic & Distributed Computing Services, Digital Media Center, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

November 28, 2007

Educational Technologists Forum - Thurs. Dec. 13 3:00 in Walter 402

The next Educational Technologists Forum (ETF) session is scheduled for December 13, 2007 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. in 402 Walter. We encourage you to come at 3:00 for snacks and conversation with your fellow educational technologists.

Our group session will feature a discussion about best practices in video for teaching and learning. Peter McCauley and Brad Hosack (CE+HD) and Paul Bernhardt (School of Public Health) will demonstrate some of the video projects they've developed in their colleges. Topics include using video to deliver compelling content, and the use of an annotation tool to make video more interactive.

November 27, 2007

Second language learning in the digital age

Learning Strategies in the Digital Age*

Wednesday, November 28, 12:20–1:10 p.m.

Location: Nolte 140, U of MN

The Digital Age has changed the way we learn foreign and second languages. This presentation offers examples of the general types of changes that are shaping new learning styles and strategies in "digital natives," those born after the Internet arrived. It also presents Dr. Oxford's research on learning strategies associated with six models of web-based L2 learning. Finally, it shares suggestions for making the most of web-based L2 learning.  

Presenter: Rebecca Oxford is a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and Professor at the University of Maryland. Technology-enhanced language learning is among her major research areas, along with language learning strategies. She is the advisor to the Language Resource Center project on Grammar Strategies headed up by Andrew Cohen.

Co-sponsored by CARLA and the ESL Forum.

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Active Learning Classrooms - Open House - THIS WEEK

The Office of Classroom Management has constructed two pilot project central classrooms that are designed as student-centered, integrated, flexible, active learning spaces. John Knowles of the Office of Classroom Management will give short tours of their new technology-rich "Active Learning Classrooms" on November 28 and November 29. The two central/general purpose classrooms are Electri­cal Engineering/Computer Science 2-260, which seats 45, on the East Bank and Biological Sciences Center 64, which seats 117, on the St Paul campus.

Electri­cal Engineering/Computer Science 2-260

- Wednesday, November 28, 10:00 - 11:00

Biological Sciences Center 64

- Thursday, November 29, 10:00 - 11:00

For more information on the Active Learning Classrooms

This is an opportunity to see the future of university classrooms! Join us at one or both events. Please reply to Kellie Greaves at if you are able to join us.

November 14, 2007

Video Annotation Program presentation

Innovations in Educational Technology

Presents the WORLD PREMIERE of VideoANT
Video Annotation Program & Online Student Speech - Peer Review

This new web program developed by CEHD's Academic Technologies allows students & instructors to add text-based comments during a streaming video! The applications of this technology in education are limitless! Meet the developers & speak with the first instructor to ever use VideoANT in the classroom.

Nov 30 @ 12:15-1:30p.m., Appleby Hall, Room 201

Everyone is welcome! Bring your lunch! Dessert will be served (ants not included).

Presenters: Brad Hosack, Flash Media Developer, Academic Technologies, CEHD
Jill Trites, Senior Teaching Specialist, Dept of PsTL
David Ernst, Director, Academic Technologies, CEHD
Moderator: Caroline Hilk, Instructional Technology Fellow, Dept of PsTL

Sponsored by CEHD Academic Technologies & the IT Fellows program

If you have questions or would like additional information please contact Caroline Hilk by email at

November 06, 2007

Learning by Design: Games, Play, and Structuring Classroom Learning for Reflection and High Engagement

Tuesday, November 13th, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
402 Walter Library, UMN-East Bank

There is a powerful connection between play, learning, and comprehension. In the course of this CRDEUL forum, Brock Dubbels will make a case for the creation of learning environments that structure play and what cognitive and behavioral processes can be observed and designed into instruction to develop complex problem solving, adaptive comprehension, and how to teach for reflection and transfer through connecting games and play to more traditional notions of education, learning, and problem solving, thus making learning in school more productive and enjoyable.

Play and Interaction are the focus of video games, and games can be used as models for designing classroom instruction. In addition to this, games can be objects for study in the classroom, as tools to make film (often called machinima), to make new games, to conduct experimentation and test hypotheses, and for new communication tools and potential new markets for new products. Along with these elements for activities for classroom instruction, Mr. Dubbels will explain the practice of teaching for transfer.

Presenter: Brock Dubbels is a teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

No RSVP is required to attend this event.

For further information, please contact Bob Copeland, 612-625-6411,, or visit our website,

November 05, 2007

New U of M Learning Technology Platform

The next session of the Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Seminar Series will be held November 7. We invite you to attend and join in the discussions in person or online via UMConnect Meeting. The schedule is below.

In preparation, check out It will include links to an overview of the topic with citations to related readings and information about relevant campus resources, plus instructions about how to participate via UMConnect Meeting. After each session, we will add on this page a link to the UMConnect recording of the event. The seminars also will be podcast after each event.

The TEL Seminar Series is sponsored by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and organized by Academic and Distributed Computing Services (ADCS) and the Digital Media Center (DMC). Sessions are cosponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (SVPP) and collegiate units. All University faculty members, staff members, students, and members of the general public are invited to attend at no charge.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
155 Peters Hall, St. Paul

The University of Minnesota is developing an integrated "learning technology platform" to provide personalized access to a suite of online teaching and learning tools. Panelists will discuss how this new approach better supports academic collaboration, research, instructional content development, and learner assessment.

Moderator: Billie Wahlstrom, Distributed Education & Instructional Technology, SVPP, TC
Panelists: Janet Shanedling, Education, AHC, TC * Shane Nackerud, University Libraries, TC * Heather Aagesen-Huebner, Distributed Education & Instructional Technology, SVPP, TC * John Butler, University Libraries, TC * Tayne DeNeui, Epidemiology & Community Health, SPH, AHC, TC * Vicki Field, Graduate School, TC

I'll be there ... it will be interesting to see what is up-and-coming and to brainstorm how it might help in my current position.

October 31, 2007

New Media Research Breakfast - Online Discussion Amplifiers

New Media Research Breakfast
Thursday November 1, 8:30 - 9:30 AM
Murphy Hall, Room 100
Please rsvp to 612-625-0576 or

The Unique Social Role of Online Discussion Amplifiers

By: Itai Himelboim, PhD candidate, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Learn about the unique social role of "Discussion Amplifiers" in online political discussions. These local leaders - "amplifiers" - attract an unusually high reply volume. They act as bridges between the vast and dispersed content on the Internet and their own social networks by importing information for discussion from other online sources. This work was conducted while on an internship at Microsoft Research?s Community and Technology Team.

A series of monthly breakfast meetings featuring new research and survey results conducted by UM graduate students, faculty and the Twin Cities new media community.

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