ComETS 2010 - Academic blogging communities, extreme presentation makeovers, and 21st century learning in universities
Iowa State University held its second annual ComETS symposium a couple of weeks ago. Faculty, professional staff, and a few outside folks gathered together to talk about technology integration and implementation in higher education.
Building a community of practice through blogging\n
Below is my 10minute 'lightning strike' presentation, Building a Community of Practice Through Blogging. I didn't have my 'A game' that day and wasn't as energetic a presenter as I usually am. I also spent too much time on the 'creating a listening station' portion and not enough time on the 'participating in the conversation' portion. That ratio was supposed to be 5050, not 7525. Despite all that, I think that the presentation came out pretty well and is a solid introduction to RSS and blogging communities for academics. Here's a quote from my talk:\n
Most academics have yet to realize the power of social media. . . .\n
The reason we go to academic conferences is for the conversations. It's not for the research presentations because you know how good those are. And it's not to access the papers because we can get those in other channels. It's to be around other people and have those conversations in the hall and after the sessions and at dinner and so on that solidify our relationships with people. Well, now we can have those conversations year-round. All we have to do is choose to be part of the conversation.
Extreme presentation makeover\n
My faculty colleague, John Nash, also gave a lightning strike presentation titled Extreme Presentation Makeover. He took some slides from our rejected UCEA presentation proposal and went to town. [Note to self: always present before John, not after, because he's a hard act to follow!]. He also has a blog post about his presentation. Here's a quote from his talk:
The other thing that we generally fail to think about when we give presentations is a call to action. What is it that you want someone to do after you're done?\n\n
Charting our course: Exploring 21st century learning\n
"Improvement in postsecondary education will require converting teaching from a 'solo sport' to a community-based research activity." - Herbert Simon\n
Technology predictions v. course charting\n
The pace and scale of Internet change is unprecedented, so it's very hard to wrap our heads around it.\n
Every second 1,157 videos are uploaded to YouTube.\n
2.2 million e-mails sent every second\n
iTunes has many academic lectures / lessons\n
So does Academic Earth\n
I love this line from the Kaplan University video: "?"\n
Funny thing about paradigm shifts: If we knew what the next paradigm was, we'd already be there.\n
Where is the student in all of this?\n
The opportunity is in increased student engagement [Do most profs at research universities really care about increased student engagement? If so, they haven't really showed it to date.]\n
How we learn, National Academies Press\n
Discussed the impact of the printing press\n
The 3 Cs of mobile computing\n
- Content - delivery, anywhere anytime, ebooks, etextbooks, etc.\n
- Collaboration - language learning, formative assessment, first-hand data collection, etc.\n
- Community - student authors, leveraging messaging, enhanced polling, etc.\n
Angela Maiers: We haven't invited our students to be creators or co-creators of content.\n
Malcolm just cited quick penetration of clickers as examples of higher ed moving more quickly on the tech front\n
Expanding from those that already are technology-inclined to those that need to be\n
I like ComETS because it's an opportunity to learn from other ISU educators, both faculty and professional staff, across campus who are doing interesting things with digital technologies. The annual ComETS symposium gives us an opportunity to intersect face-to-face in a variety of different ways. The ongoing ComETS listserv connects us and allows us to share and discuss in between symposia. We're off to a good start. Now the challenge becomes: how do we expand from those that already are technology-inclined to those that need to be? The latter group is much larger than the former...
You can see some backchannel conversations from the symposium by searching for the Twitter hashtag: #comets. Happy reading!\n
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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