eli as stream of consciousness days two & three

continuing on from my post of day 1….

Day 2

David Wiley: Open Educational Resources & Learning Analytics: Shaping the Future of Education. Wiley was the first keynote speaker I brought in as Symposium Chair in 2009. Much of what he said I’d hear him say before at various events (Symposium, Open-Ed). Some of the more provocative things he said this time include his argument that as a technology the printing press had more trans-formative impact on society than computers & the web. And if the printing press could not change pedagogy…I’m not certain I wholly agree with his premise. I certainly don’t agree with it as a whole but I do agree with the point he’s making: that for all the heralds we throw a each new technology we really do not fundamentally change our teaching practice. Reminds me of the old adage, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” One of the more frustrating things for me in higher ed. is how true this seems to be. We are supposed to be the thinkers. The ones who look at the world differently. And yet we fall to the same human desire for expediency that everyone else does…A point that Wiley consistently calls for in all the talks I’ve seen is this notion of stewardship. He is sincere in his belief that we in education have a sacred trust placed on us and we must be wise in what we do. He says we have an ethical & moral responsibility to our students to use what is out there to improve teaching & learning. Some may scoff at this as being quaint by I agree with him. No matter how often I fail to live up to this ideal…

Innovation Showcase: Reconsidering the Learning Management System. This session consisted of three 15 minute presentations then breakout sessions in the back of the room. They used Herman Miller furniture for informal learning spaces. I thought effectively. The furniture had clean lines, rounded edges, was comfortable, and portable. In other words it was made to transform into what you needed it to be. I felt comfortable…the most pertinent of the 3 presentations for me was the one from UNC-Charlotte. They discussed their transition from Blackboard Vista to Moodle. UNC-C used an open process that included the major stakeholders from the beginning. They chose Moodle over Desire2Learn & Blackboard…It was interesting to note that although they have a 2-year migration plan in place a higher number of instructors than anticipated migrated immediately placing a strain on support. We will need to be aware of this during our migration process…

A throwback to day 1…poster session: To iPad or Not to iPad: A qualitative Study to Learn More About the iPad’s Potential to Impact Learning Across Varying Disciplines, Pepperdine University. Pepperdine is in the midst of a mixed-methods study examining the effectiveness of the iPad as a learning tool. Like how they also mixed up the disciplines (Liberal Arts, Business, Science)…Most interesting point was from one of the people leading the study, “We usually introduce a technology & say this is what you do with it. With the iPad we introduced it and said, what do you do with it?”

Seeking Evidence of Impact in Teaching & Learning with Mobility, Abiline Christian University. Once again the poor layout of the program guide does me in. I thought I was attending the Social Media Constituent Group meeting…now going to blow that off so I can run before meeting everyone for dinner…interesting aside, this room was setup as a traditional lecture format w/round tables up front and rows of chairs in the back. The facilitator hoped for an interactive session but the furniture did get in the way. We were able to maneuver into groups but it was not as seamless as in the Herman Miller room…Key questions I thought of during the session as it relates to PSU: 1)How do we introduce mobile technology so it is not an “And 1”. Another thing we have to do or requiring multiple workarounds to make it happen. 2) Will apps & resources be technology agnostic? 3) What does this medium allow us to do that we couldn’t do before?

Day 3

A Blended Learning Model for Faculty Development, Panel led by Gardner Campbell. New Media Reader – book. Check out…world beyond the web…reminds me of Vonnegut w/Eliot Rosewater speaking at a sic-fi convention…Campbell talking about open fac. Dev. PSU participated in?…undergrads felt affirmed watching faculty struggle as learners…get in network for fall 2011? Can I do it as an individual?…individual blogs aggregate into the mother blog…don’t suffer fools lightly (me)…know what you feel. Own it. But don’t let it cloud your feelings. Will miss out…fac discusses angst w tech underneath I think it is his angst w/finding his place in the world. What a bold admission…my iPad doesn’t pick up the conference wifi on  this wing…really captures the sense of living alone in quiet desperation & the need to connect…1st yr student talks about anger at being asked to approach learning differently…staff mgr fac dev…need to reed vanever bush…angst is a recurring theme of this seminar. Meets my temperament…themes of crossing over. Reminds me of Joseph Campbell…final student and like me…love the art metaphor or new movements & resistance…love how the technology fades into the background from the initial point of angst. Now the process of self-discovery is the focus of angst…how did you focus on people and not the technology? Constant reflection on the process and iteration. Campbell pushed the core group at Baylor to consider the larger group. Also coordinated him w/leaders at other sites…once it is a well oiled machine it is dead. Should be a struggle towards growth…size is 14-15 locally; seminar size…needed to mandate some logistics top down. Intentional recruitment across disciplines and roles…interesting 1st yr discussing lack of female representation. Wants to know girls can think this way to….meet 1.5 hrs total comm 3 hrs week…interesting post-script: This was the course ETS folks were involved in. Spoke with several members form here who did not feel as connected to the people or the content.

How to Fix Copyright, William Patry, Google. Did I hear him give this talk before? Seems awful familiar…Interesting enough but, do not know if I’d choose this topic or speaker to close a conference. Premise of his argument is that copyright protection does not spur innovation. Innovation does not rely on intellectual property, i.e. there is a vested interested in maximizing gain (profit) not necessarily making things better…open for questions & first dude uses it to condemn Google’s practices…time for lunch then the ride home.

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