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.
The iStudy tutorials are designed to advance students’ knowledge and skills in areas that can promote overall academic achievement, such as studying, communicating, and career planning.
Conversations May 2012
“For our conversation this month I talked to Cole Camplese, senior director of Teaching and Learning with Technology about the profound impact that mobile devices, for example, smart phones and iPads, have had on education. Cole describes this as “a shot not across the bow of education, but right to the hull.” Everyone from the students to top-level academic leaders are using these devices. Why are they using them, and how are they changing education? Cole offers some insight into how exactly going mobile is changing things.”
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!
Our colleagues in the TLT EGC have been talking about this potential for years.
On Tuesday last week, a surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London began trials of a new device that uses an Xbox Kinect camera to sense body position. Just by waving his arms the surgeon can consult and sift through medical images, such as CT scans or real-time X-rays, while in the middle of an operation.
Maintaining a sterile environment in the operating room is paramount, but scrubbing in and out to scroll through scan images mid-operation can be time-consuming and break a surgeon’s concentration or sense of flow. Depending on the type of surgery, a surgeon will stop and consult medical images anywhere from once an hour to every few minutes. To avoid leaving the table, many surgeons rely on assistants to manipulate the computer for them, a distracting and sometimes frustrating process.
Afterwards we were asked to look around the room and notice that every single person was able to stick their sticker higher. My take away…just when you think you’ve reached as high as you could, thinking outside of the box and really wanting to go higher can produce the desired results.
Gameful Learning in Global Social Problems, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 5 PM (Eastern)
Lovely design … something to aspire to.
Interaction design and art direction by Andy Gugel for Disney’s - Disney Nature website. Concept for Evoke in 2008.
“This site continues the adventure set forth by the films by opening the door to beautiful imagery, enriching information and opportunities for involvement.”
I have the “real” version of this photo hanging in my office. It is a gift from the folks in ETS — a photo of all of them from above they gave me when I left my position as Director. I put real in quotes at the start of this because I’ve been told it is actually a couple of different photos brought together via photoshop by my colleague, Dave Stong. This version is interesting and I’d love to better understand the meaning. It looks like a play on iOS devices as the gateway to mediated communication. I’m sure I am missing something in the subtlety of the work. What do you see?(via easier than ever - screaming red ass sock monkey)
Fresh off its first acquisition and $85 million in new funding, Yammer is debuting a number of product improvements in a new release for its social network for enterprises. The company has added universal search, premium groups, official content, Yammer embed, a new Office 365 integration, and updated mobile apps. Yammer is also announcing that it has surpassed five million corporate users and increased headcount to more than 300 employees
Yammer continues to look like a killer product and one that we will be able to do all sorts of things with as they improve features and functionality.
Students seem to believe that using social media and forms of popular modern technology would help in their learning processes. “I would encourage more use of social media in classrooms. We are already so plugged in to everything that there is no point in trying to fight it,” added Pataki.
Jane McGonigal’s talk in TLT Symposium (actually, also her TED talk I watched the night before the symposium) has flipped a switch in me. I started to notice a lot of potentials in various environment that we don’t normally associate with gaming. It’ll probably take me a while before I can capture what’s really going on in my mind and what may come out of it later, but here are a few changes I notice:
- From TK Lee … Gaming Disguised - The World In a Tech Person’s Eyes
So, what can one do to save years of hard work from becoming inaccessible? Cahoy said that migration is key—meaning to move your files to cloud storage sites that are more stable. “The Library of Congress has a really good web site on personal archiving where they talk about this stuff,” she said. “They walk you through some of the different elements of digital storage. A lot of it talks about e-mail or digital records, photos, etc. but you can also apply it to scholarly materials.