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Andreas Brockhaus Presents at the Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching

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The Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning are a series of interdisciplinary teaching conferences that include faculty, administrators, and graduate students from around the world. Participants are given the opportunity to engage in three full days of dynamic programming with a wide variety of exceptional presentations, all of which have been selected through a blind peer-review process.

Recently, Andreas Brockhaus, UW Bothell Director of Learning Technologies and IAS affiliate faculty member, presented at the Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching in Bethesda, Maryland. His session, called “The Evolution of a Hybrid Learning Faculty Institute: Lessons Learned and Changes Made” focused on effective faculty development for designing hybrid courses which combine both online and face-to-face elements. (more…)

Students Test Their Skills and Stamina against the Clock

Attention UW-Bothell students interested in computer programming and interactive media: here is an interesting event worth checking out!

At CodeDay, hosted by local non-profit StudentRND, students group up in competitive teams to be the best coders. With only 24 hours, everyone works vigorously and passionately to design and develop a new, functioning script from scratch.

In this environment of little more than fresh pizza and donuts, whizzing computers, fellow programmers and a lot of innovative energy, age and experience level become irrelevant. In the last Seattle event, the youngest participants were only 14-years old, yet they competed just as well against their high school and college peers. Displaying a wide range of talents and technologies—from coding to graphics design to audio composition and from websites to mobile apps to offline games—the final presentations and awards ceremony mark the long, but meaningful and exciting day’s end.

For the full article by KING 5 about the previous CodeDay event, please click here.

For more information on the Bellevue CodeDay Classic event (Apr 6-Apr 7), please click here.

For more information on the next Seattle CodeDay event (May 25-May 26), please click here.

Google Presentation Archive from ISTE 2011

Last month the International Society for Technology in Education Conference was held in Philadelphia. During the conference, there were quite a few presentations focusing on Google Apps for Education- an archive of which is available here. There are some very interesting presentations made by Google employees, as well as certified teachers and trainers, about using different Google Apps tools. Some highlights of the archive include:

The presentations cover just about every aspect and tool in Google Apps. Many have notes which the speaker has written to guide the presentation. These notes can be accessed (if existing) in the lower left corner of any slideshow presentation under Actions > Show Speaker Notes.

All of these presentations are useful and interesting, no matter your amount of experience with Google Apps. A big thanks to Dave A. for leading us to these great resources.

A Peek at the Future of Digital Books?

You may remember a post on the LT blog from March that provoked the question “how do we make the e-book experience different from the experience of reading from a physical book?” According to Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis, this is what the e-book industry needs in order to survive. Who knew there would be an answer to our question so quickly!

During the same month, software developer Mike Matas of Push Pop Press demonstrated his company’s first interactive book for Apple devices, Our Choice by Al Gore. The presentation is available to watch on TED here and features Matas flipping through pages, playing videos, expanding photos and interacting with infographics all in the e-book. The quality is beautiful, and the layout is not at all like a traditional book.

To be fair, this may not be an “answer” to the question, but more of a glimpse into the possible future for e-books, and possibly even e-textbooks!

Legal Considerations While Using Web 2.0 Tools

Stephanie Delaney, the director of eLearning at Cascadia Community College, gave a presentation last Wednesday about web 2.0 tools and the legal considerations faculty members should take while using them. The presentation is fantastic and is available in full through Tegrity here. Topics she covers include FERPA, student privacy and faculty responsibility. Here’s a sneak peek at the helpful advice Delaney offers:

  • Students shouldn’t be forced to post personal information on the internet and should be presented with privacy options when using Web 2.0 tools in education. For example, if making a Twitter account is part of a project, students uncomfortable with using their real name should have options like making the account under a pseudonym or opting out of that portion of the project.
  • Faculty and staff should understand that their activity online will be tied to the institution as long as they work there. Exercise caution online and remain professional.
  • Although many institutions don’t include a social networking policy for faculty in their contracts, act as if they do. Many instructors have found themselves in trouble at work because of what they have posted on their private Twitter/Facebook/Blog.
  • Address issues to your students that can come up while using web 2.0 tools, such as cyber bullying and stalking, on the first day of class. If you teach students what this looks like from the start, they are more likely to be responsible online.
  • Keep track of all of the work done on web 2.0 tools that you may, for any reason, need later. Think proof of a student’s grade or a lawsuit.
  • Nothing is private. Things you post on the internet will be there forever.

You must use web 2.0 tools carefully in the academic world, but don’t let this discourage you from using them at all. Web 2.0 tools have potential to make class more interactive, personal, and may help students with their technology and social networking skills in the future. The bottom line for this presentation is that while using web 2.0 tools, be responsible and think before you post anything.