The University of Maryland and Rutgers University have accepted invitations to join the Committee on Institutional Cooperation effective July 1, 2013. We are excited about building a bigger, more vibrant collaborative with a larger national footprint. The press attention has been gratifying—As Larry Hincker, associate vice president for university relations at Virginia Tech said about the CIC in the Washington Post, “They’re the model that everybody in the country looks to.” All CIC universities share a very strong research emphasis. Together, we engage in $8.4 billion in funded research each year—the addition of these two universities will push that to $9.3 billion and will add another 8 million library volumes and over 5,600 more full-time faculty to the collective resources of the consortium.
I love having access to colleagues across the CIC … it will be great to add new ones from both Maryland and Rutgers. It will also be nice to no longer be the CIC school the farthest east!
A personal hand written post card from the CEO of online vender, Fab delivered to my real life mailbox. So much to learn about building community in higher education, teaching, and support from behavior like this.
I absolutely love the way the Media Commons at Penn State continues to grow and improve. This Spring report is a great example of adapting to change and seizing opportunities. Great work!
Nice … I saw this going up early this morning and had no idea what was going on.
Pinwheel Garden at Sparks
1,235 pinwheels have been planted and we have raised approximately $4300 for Child Abuse PA.
Thanks to everyone in and outside the College for contributing!
Learning analytics deals with the analysis of large data sets to enhance instructional, curricular and support resources designed to assist students in achieving specific learning goals (Barneveld, Arnold & Campbell, 2012). The area of learning analytics is rapidly gaining momentum across Penn State and this panel is designed to provide a broad overview of the topic, illustrate a few examples of learning analytics at Penn State and other institutions, and to look towards the future and how Penn State can continue to use learning analytics in support of our students.
I sure wish I could attend this
tomorrow next Thursday. Looks like it is available via Adobe Connect as well. I know all three of the panelists well and this will not disappoint.
Prep Work on Flickr.
I have an insane day. Taking a moment to prepare before going at it all day.
We had fun creating this little video on our tour of the one-button studios in the Knowledge Commons at Penn State. Thanks to Julia Schrank, one of our Liberal Arts undergraduates, for editing the raw video.
We tried to capture a highlight of the 2011-12 ALP and offer a piece of advice for the 2012-13 group of fellows.
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I also began thinking about my RSS feeds. I’m often feeling so overwhelmed by the 1000 feeds that I haven’t read, so I deleted all but 2 feeds since I won’t fall behind on those. Many of those unread feeds are covered by my twitter stream. There is no reason to get redundant information.
As instructional designers, what can we do? We can start by talking about instructional strategies in terms of thresholds. There are lots of different tools, approaches, applications and strategies that one can apply in online learning contexts and they all work well within certain parameters. It is my opinion that many of these will break down and become untenable as enrollment numbers increase. This breakdown will occur, not because the strategy or application is not a good idea or doesn’t work, the breakdown will most likely occur administratively in that it will simply be too much work for the instructor. Hence, we need be begin speaking in terms of thresholds, i.e., with how many students will this work before it burns out the instructor.
Old Main Lawn on Flickr.
I had a great meeting today in Old Main to discuss how hybrid, resident, and online learning could be better supported across all of Penn State. I am happy to report that TLT will be providing new instructional design expertise across the whole University.