July 14, 2009

What (if anything) can the ICC tell us?

In the comments section, please include your thoughts on what, if anything, the ICC worksheets can tell us. They don't have to be completely well-formed -- just give us your visceral response, given what you've seen so far.

April 13, 2009

Technical session: Mobile Learning Meeting

We're asking the question about how to develop things locally (i.e., in the Colleges) while the infrastructure is changing so much.

Google gears? He thinks that these might be interesting for developers, but I don't know what they are.

Someone asked the question about what needs to change on the back end to deal with the changes that we want on our front end?

There are different ways of thinking this. Mobile devices allow us to do something completely differently. The mobile devices are smart and they can do very interesting things, and that may change what we care about.

Has anyone thought about how these things might be used in academics? To help students do novel and innovative things.

Mobile Devices Initiative Workshop

Rex Wheeler, IT Director, UM Extension. Recommendations from the initial study:

  • Biuld out wireless infrastrtucture

  • Identify interested partner units and begin the process of setting standards for mobile devices

  • Leverage SMS messaging to send and collect information to and from students.

  • Investigate dynamic video transcoding -- the ability to push single source video to a variety of users

  • Support all mobile devices

  • Create a developer's guideline clearinghouse in partnership with U of M units

  • Establish usability testing protocols and programs

Louis Hammond, Infrastructure and Operations Director, OIT. Mobile devices need to connect to the infrastructure. The infrastructure that we need is not stable. He is concerned with issues of bandwidth and capabilities and what happens when people switch between different types of connections. 2G - 4G (but not real 4G devices yet.)

Pat Haggerty, trainer, makes the case that mobile is important because our audience is now mobile (and he insists, are distracted). He's discussing the basics of separating content from form, and semantics, which is fine. I'm wondering if OIT is going to offer any tools to assist with this. Creating a system that allows us to create XSL transformations on top of XML, and an XML academic content data standard, would be very cool, but I sense that this is mostly just a pitch for separating content from design, which is sort of an old idea.

January 21, 2009

Social Blogging as e-Portfolios

My notes from this project.

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Poster session

This is the blog about the poster session on Wednesday morning.

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January 20, 2009

A sense of place: Web 2.0, Adult learners, and geography

He is talking about how to use Google Maps for education in Geography instruction.

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A sense of place: Web 2.0, Adult learners, and geography

He is talking about how to use Google Maps for education in Geography instruction.

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Open plenary session, ELI annual meeting 2009

This is the post of the opening plenary session.

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November 6, 2008

How did Bill Ayers and Joe the Plumber affect the election?

The degree of salience and how it affects the outcome of elections.

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October 15, 2008

ATAC meeting, 10.15.08

Notes from the meeting for the Academic Technology Advisory Council (ATAC).

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October 10, 2008

Is Google Making Us Stoopid?

A question about the article "Is Google Making Us Stoopid?" The question -- do we buy the argument that Google and other Web 2.0 tools are necessarily pushing us to think broad but not deep. They also push the ideas from Information Behavior and the Research of the Future. I also recommend reading Miler's classic paper, The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information.

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October 2, 2008

Digital Writing: Writing Online luncheon

Session 1: Is your Wiki really a bulletin board, Phillip Barry, Computer Science.

Session 2: JoAnna O'Connell, Spanish and Portuguese

Session 3: Integrating Digital Writing Tools, Rick Beach, Department of Curriculum & Instruction


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July 3, 2008

Day 3, Session2

He is talking about their social software projects, including their work in Drupal. He likes Drupal because it allows us to encourage students to develop a "community of practice", each student with a blog that can be syndicated to the home page of the course. He spoke about Axel Bloom's model of usage, to help students self-identify as users (consumers) or as producers.

Their project is called mytoons.com. They had students add their projects to mytoons and then used the social networking opportunities therein to have them review one anothers work. Its very similar to the project we did at USC in YouTube. Their big finding was that usability is important, and unusable sites are not that useful, which is fairly expected, I imagine.

Day 3, session 1

She discussed SCORM, although there were some structural challenges and she didn't get to finish. I think i learned something about this, though -- I've never understood the run-time environment, but at least at this point I think it is something that happens at the level of the browser...but doesn't seem to be the browser itself? Its nested somehow in the browser, but isn't the SCORM wrapper or the API information...I guess I'm still a bit confused. She didn't get to fnish this, so I'll have to do some more research and figure this out.

July 2, 2008

Ed-Media, Day 2, SEssion 4

Ying-Shao Hsu, Examing the efforts of scaffold on scientific inquiry with mobile technology.