faculty development session August 16, 2007
pressures involved with faculty and technology–the least reason has to do with student demographics. increased competition is high.
students view education as information delivery
Minn. offers a variety of programs and grants that go across a period of time. start small with a group that you’ll have success with, then go from there. Community is a large component–bill cox on faculty learning communities. Minn’s digital learning workshop breaks down to groups of 3-4 to meet through out the year, where they meet and present. faculty members work with each other across disciplines.
Staff, faculty need people who will help them.
Constant experiment, if faculty can embrace that, and engage in scholarship of teaching and learning, they build in feedback mechanism to respond on how well experiment is going.
Differences of faculty members at stages of career, they offer administrative sign off. programs there for junior faculty, with minimal requirements.
programmatic approach: form alliances and partnerships within constraints of staff, draw on faculty leads, enlist administrative support, align with intitutional strategies/initiatives, know your participants, target marking, motivation, design and implemt of SoTL way (Gillespie, 2002)
start small, have success and reflect back to the community
programs should have learning centered design, promote deep learning, integrate assessment and evaluation and respect and foster community (Bransford, 2001) At Minn. they make sure these principles are apparent in their programs.
They are not sure how to gauge long term results, but have developed a model and hope for more. context, input, process and product [cipp process].
-brought in outside speakers, more across the board topics like changes in libraries
-blog that documents change
-people from other disciplines asked question “what do you want from your library.”
-hired consultant to write report, but problematic because that person was not library centric
-McMaster libraries did a 12 week training program, setting up local hosted wikis and blogs, becoming campus solution for that.
i just update my facebook profile about watching a performance about facebook. recursive? buzz word.
all about students grappling with the issues of privacy, communication and the perceptions that these profiles are private. also, making piles out single words like “undecided.”
relationships without relating? “aspiring to maximum comfort in any experience”
facebook has template changes–default questions can be changed–how do we get this information to students?
LOVE that performance was used as a communication vehicle in this symposium!! great discussion facilitators!!!
Speaker from UT Austin, Kathleen Tyner “how net savvy learners are transforming educational institutions.”
MTV study- teens adept at multitasking and filtering information
Literacy as extension of the intellect
Social networks- boys have more network friends
Levin, D. and Arafeh, S. The Widening Gap Between Internet Savvy Student and their Schools.
Students in K-12 have very restricted use of internet in schools, frustrating and limiting to them.
Students want cross platform access, ability to upload and download content. more integration of digital content into learning.
DML competition, MacArthur Foundation: http://www.dmlcompetetion.net/home.php
21st century literacy domains: reading/writing; listening/speaking; …; …
Students not only produce content but program
Literacy not easy to teach, varies from culture to culture, guarantees nothing, highly literate cultures have done terrible things, but it is a thresh hold forcivic/social participation.
mandala as theme for literacy universe.
How to extend the intellect, RFID–personal note, this stuff always scares me
Aesthetics, D media, time
artistic process as non-narrative, remix culture is an old thing in the fine arts (yup–so 20th cent.)
My thoughts: okay, this is all great, but how is this changing education? Please address! The pieces have all been laid out well, but i want to know what’s happening now from there, where are we going next? are there any structures to follow? i know it’s hard to put things in concrete these days, better to stay open, but what is going on at UT to address this stuff?
Advocates Open, digital archives (thank you!)
advocates cross generational training…interesting.
redesign the built world (to correspond to the online world?)
I love to read Cary Tennis‘ advice column in salon.com. His observations on day-to-day anxieties of the creative class are well put and usually point out as to relate the person and problem in the bigger picture. This write up, brought on by a college student’s musings over the cool down period in his relationship with a girl, just said so much, to so many.
“I speak to you now in your capacity as a future member of America’s elite, for America’s elite needs now to turn away from dreams of empire, to turn away from dreams of personal excellence, which have become synonymous with dreams of empire, to turn away from dreams of self-perfection, which have become synonymous with the will to power and a master civilization, to turn away from our own perfect reflection and see instead how much damage our self-absorption is doing in the world, and not just physical damage but moral and intellectual damage too, as lies infect our promise.”