Teaching Today's Students with Emerging Technologies Materials from 2008 Veterinary Medicine Mini-Symposium
Keynote: Father Google and Mother IM: Today Students and Next Generation Courses Carie Page, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Program Coordinator, EDUCAUSE
Today's students, shaped by a lifetime of technological innovation and Internet democratization, are increasingly different from the faculty and administrators who will teach them. They are constantly connected and mobile. They create and manage social complex networks, on campus and on the Web. They adopt new technologies easily and tire of "cumbersome" tasks. If we asked them, many would tell us that their academic experiences are in stark contrast to the fast-paced, multi-dimensional lives they lead each day. In this session, we turned to the "student voice" to learn more about the changing needs and evolving learning preferences of these "Net Generation" students, while exploring the opportunities provided by emerging technologies to build the "Next Generation" of courses rooted in principles of authenticity, critical thinking, social collaboration, and learner centered design.
Leveraging Popular Culture Websites to Engage Students and Facilitate Learning Sheryl Barnes, Senior Educational Technologist, UIT
Many popular websites attract and retain student's attention because they are active, social, and user-centered - characteristics often shared by successful learning environments. Armed with a basic understanding of how these websites work, faculty can harness their energy to advance their own instructional objectives and to address specific course-based learning challenges. This workshop introduceD participants to relevant features of several popular sites, presentED current examples of how faculty are using them effectively in their classes, and fosterED dialog among participants about leveraging the power of these sites to facilitate learning in their own classrooms
- Powerpoint presentation
- 7 Things You Should Know About YouTube - PDF
- 7 Things You Should Know About Creative Commons - PDF
- 7 Things You Should Know About Facebook - PDF
- 7 Things You Should Know About Flickr - PDF
- 7 Things You Should Know About Social Bookmarking - PDF
Getting your Research Done with University Information Technology (UIT) Services Lionel Zupan, Associate Director for Research Technology, UIT
In this session, Dr. Zupan gave an overview of the research technology services provided by University Information Technology (UIT) to Tufts research community. He also discussed how Tufts faculty are using research technology in their work. UIT services currently include: research high performance computing; research network storage; software network licensing; tools for visualization; statistical consulting; technology consultation and planning; and monitoring, design, implementation and application of emerging technologies for research applications.
Web Conferencing: from Virtual Office Hours to Remote Collaboration and Presentations Melanie St.James, Senior Interactive Media Designer, UIT
Tufts Adobe Connect is a UIT web conferencing pilot project. During the 2008-09 year, faculty, students and staff are invited to use Adobe Connect for remote collaboration. Using Adobe Connect, faculty can bring in speakers remotely, hold virtual office hours, and collaborate with research colleagues without traveling. Students can collaborate with each other across campuses. In this presentation, participants discussed ways to use Adobe Connect to support their teaching and collaboration needs. There was also a live demonstration as well as a hands-on "getting started" session.
Introduction to Spark: UIT Suite of Communication and Collaboration Tools Steve McDonald, Software Developer/Engineer, UIT
In this hands-on session, Steve McDonald gave an overview of Spark - UIT's suite of Web-based tools for communication and collaboration. With Spark you can easily create web sites, wikis, blogs, annotated maps and forums, make your podcast, audio and video resources available, and initiate on-line meetings using web conferencing technology. After hearing about how members of the Tufts community used these tools, participants had the opportunity to create a new wiki, a new map and explore the other Spark tools.