Resources for evaluating learning technologies

Our Learning Technologies Advisory Committee met last week to start to brainstorm what the current issues on campus are, with respect to learning technologies. One of the key themes was a need to systematically evaluate learning technologies to make sure we understand what people need to do, and how the tools/supports/resources can best meet those needs. After the meeting, I was asked to pull together some links to resources that can be used to help evaluate learning technologies from an instructor/admin and student perspective. [Read More]
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modularizing and disaggregating

At the COHERE 2019 conference, the informal theme this morning was on modularizing and disaggregating1 - breaking out of the traditional 4-year degree program, breaking away from the semester-long course, enabling access to content and resources and people outside of the traditional contexts. Dr. Reid opened the conference with a description of this shift, and in reframing how we as an institution think about online experiences - that they aren't “less than” traditional face-to-face experiences. [Read More]

progress on the digital-whiteboard-text-markup thing

After quickly (and I mean QUICKLY - it took less than half an hour's worth of fiddling around with code while sitting on the couch watching garbage TV) building a way for people to markup chunks of text using the TIDraw.net -powered digital whiteboards, I wanted to test it in action. It's one thing to try it on my laptop or iPad, but digital ink is a different experience on a 50” display. [Read More]
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Text annotation via digital whiteboards

We hosted a “TI Instructors Gathering” this morning, where we invite folks who are teaching in the Taylor Institute to come together to share their experiences and we can learn from them about how they use the spaces and technologies. This gathering was predominantly Languages profs - french/spanish/russian/french - and we got to talking about how they'd like to be able to have their students break into groups and use the “Collaboration Carts” to mark up passages of text. [Read More]
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Design thinking, with giant lobsters

Robert Kelly has been hosting his Design Thinking course in the TI for the past several years. I was away over the summer, so missed the latest instance of the course. Giant lobsters! Thankfully, they documented the course and published a video of the shenanigans. It's a bit of a challenge when the course is going on, because it's so profoundly unconventional. Classroom? Classrooms? Nah. Buildings! But - it's been amazing to see what the participants do, how they work together, and what they build. [Read More]
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Defining Learning Innovation | Technology and Learning

Several interesting points by Joshua Kim, on the nature of innovation in higher ed. A focus on institutional learning innovation may involve the decision that all new classroom spaces and renovations will result in active learning spaces, with flat floors and moveable furniture. Or it may revolve around an initiative to embed academic librarians with professors throughout the course development, teaching, and redesign process. … One example comes from the world of online learning. [Read More]
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articles in the Journal of Learning Spaces 7(1)

4 interesting articles in the most recent issue, in no particular order: McDavid, L., Carleton Parker, L., Burgess, W., Robertshaw, B., & Doan, T. (2018). The Combined Effect of Learning Space and Faculty Self-Efficacy to use Student-Centered Practices on Teaching Experiences and Student Engagement. Journal of Learning Spaces, 7(1). Retrieved from http://libjournal.uncg.edu/jls/article/view/1597 Instructors who teach well in one kind of learning space don't magically translate that ability into teaching well in another kind of learning space. [Read More]
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Resources for learning space evaluation

I was asked to pull together some links to resources that can be used to get started in evaluating learning spaces - how are they used? how effective are they? what kinds of interactions are enabled by the spaces? etc. There are some great resources - best to share the list here rather than just in an email… EDUCAUSE has some really fantastic resources on evaluating learning spaces. They have a book full of concepts and case studies: [Read More]
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why we need a video management platform

I've been involved with edtech at my institution for… awhile. We've worked on many projects over the years, and one of the common problems has been related to authoring, publishing, and managing videos. It's been left as an exercise to be solved by every individual, which has resulted in people publishing content in various platforms all over the internet. Which is fine, until you realize that in doing so, they're hosting university-related content for courses along with their dog videos and vacation videos and whatever else, in individual YouTube/Facebook/Vimeo accounts. [Read More]
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Using Brightspace's "Terms and Conditions" tool

As a university, we've had two major issues related to the use of the campus learning management system. Sharing of personal information with third party services/companies1 Copyright of materials uploaded to courses, and subsequently downloaded and shared with third parties as per above. Copyright compliance is a pretty big deal at Canadian universities. We needed a way to provide a reminder of university policies, to provide guidance about what is allowed and not allowed, and to document that people have acknowledged these. [Read More]
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