NITLE Liaisons’ Update – January 20, 2009

This update describes NITLE events and other opportunities now available to participating institutions and their faculties and staffs, including five targeted programming packages to help campuses advance specific institutional goals as well as several newly scheduled conferences, online series, and workshops. Deadlines for involvement in the opportunities listed in today’s update range from January 23 – July 31, 2009.

Table of Contents

== Participating in the NITLE Network ==

1. Targeted Programming for Campuses

2. Just-in-Time Program Units: Price Lowered

== Professional Development Events ==

1. Major conferences, fall 2009

2. Information Services Camp: four additional workshops available

3. Special Topics: online event series

4. New Workshop-To-Go Topic: Grassroots Video

5. Three new Workshops To Go scheduled

== Community-based Collaboration ==

1. Building Stronger Collaborative Relationships Across NITLE Institutions: An IT and Library Staff Collaboration Retreat

== News and Announcements ==

1. New Network participant

2. New market posted in the NITLE Prediction Markets

== Publications of Interest ==

1. Prediction Markets for Emerging Technology – An Interview with NITLE’s Bryan Alexander

== Deadlines ==

1. Events

===== Update =====

== Participating in the NITLE Network ==

If you have any questions about participating in the NITLE Network, please contact us at any time by sending a note to participate@nitle.org.

1. Targeted Programming for Campuses

In the current economic climate, colleges and universities are pushing themselves to do more with less and to use their resources more strategically than ever to advance their missions. By focusing on specific institutional goals, your campus can leverage its participation with NITLE to make gains in efficiency, promote the effective use of digital technology on campus, and create opportunities for networking, collaboration, and cost-sharing. To take advantage of these targeted programming packages, please send an e-mail message with the name of the package to participate@nitle.org.

* Leverage the NITLE Network: Connect your campus with others in the Network for collaboration and shared problem-solving (9 program units/10 program-unit value)

* Advance Your Institution (Instructional Technology Solutions): Build the expertise, effectiveness, and capacity of your instructional technology unit (13 program units/15 program-unit value)

* Advance Your Institution (Information Services Solutions): Keep pace with evolving user needs and expectations while containing costs (13 program units/15 program-unit value)

* Develop Your Mission Sustainably: Support campus innovators or promote specific initiatives with less impact on your institution’s budget and the environment (two options at 13 or 25 program units/15 or 28 program-unit value)

* Promote Digital Teaching across Campus: Invest in pedagogical innovation that uses digital technology to engage current and prospective students and helps them learn (two options at 54 or 58 program units/61 or 65 program-unit value)

Find out more at http://www.nitle.org/www/site/advancing_institutional_goals.

2. Just-in-Time Program Units: Price Lowered

In response to the current economic situation, NITLE has reduced the price of program units purchased “just in time” to $100 per program unit from the previous $125 price.

Guidelines on purchasing and using program units to access NITLE events are available at http://www.nitle.org/www/site/purchasing_program_units. Questions about program units may be sent to participate@nitle.org.

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== Professional Development Events ==

A full list of NITLE events lives at http://www.nitle.org/www/events. Register participants online from the event web page, or send an e-mail to participate@nitle.org with the event title and registrant’s name, job title, and e-mail address.

1. Major conferences, fall 2009

* Virtual Conference for Instructional Technologists

In a rapidly changing technological environment with a dizzying array of available solutions, instructional technologists who are connected to a strong professional network that understands their particular challenges are better placed to support faculty and drive pedagogical innovation forward. This virtual conference for those who provide direct support and assistance to faculty members offers these “front-line” staff members an opportunity to connect with peers, develop approaches to shared problems, and cultivate robust and supportive professional relationships.

Date: August 19, 2009, 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM Eastern. Location: Delivered online, primarily via multipoint interactive videoconferencing (MIV). Registration Deadline: Friday, July 17, 2009. Price: 3 program units. Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/923-instructional-technologists-a-virtual-conference.

* Geospatial Technologies in the Liberal Arts

In the spirit of doing more with less, geospatial practitioners in the NITLE Network have expressed strong interest in a professional forum for mutual assistance, training, and communication. This event will provide participants an opportunity to find out about the variety of practices for GIS support and administration that are being developed and followed by colleagues at peer institutions. Participants will share best practices for GIS administration and use, consider the complementary role of modern web-mapping applications and server-based technologies for map and data delivery, and contribute to the development of an on-going community of support for geospatial technologies within the NITLE Network.

Dates: September 25 – 27, 2009. Location: Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY). Registration Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2009. Price: 7 program units. Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/920-geospatial-technologies-in-the-liberal-arts.

* A fall 2009 conference on teaching and learning centers will be announced in February. Please stay tuned!

2. Information Services Camp: four additional workshops available

NITLE thanks these NITLE Technology Fellows for their help in planning the Information Services Camp: James Gehrt (Mount Holyoke College), Eric Luhrs (Lafayette College), Jin Guo (Washington College), Mary Glackin (Mount Holyoke College), and Bob Puffer (Luther College). To see the bios for each contributing Technology Fellow, please visit or subscribe to the Camp blog at http://campnis.blog.nitle.org/. The Information Services Camp blog provides a one-stop shop for all Camp-related information, including updates on surveys, calls for proposals, and other pertinent program information. New workshops include:

* Leveraging Multimedia Production Resources for Maximum Result

When it comes to managing and delivering multimedia production services and/or support, frugal creativity is the order of the day. This half-day workshop will explore newer methods, tools, and best practices for creating or revitalizing an environment for multimedia development and support, emphasizing quicker, easier software solutions, maximizing physical resource return, and exploring student staffing philosophies.

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 (half-day morning session). Location: Smith College (Northampton, MA). Registration Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2009. Price: 2 program units. Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/922-information-services-camp.

* Project and Change Management for Information Services

Technology operations on campuses are growing: more servers, more services, more inter-dependence of technologies. But in the current economic environment campuses must focus on how to do more with what they have. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the fundamental elements of project management and how they relate to resource-scheduling and planning so that they can manage campus projects effectively and efficiently.

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 (full-day session). Location: Smith College (Northampton, MA). Registration Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2009. Price: 4 program units. Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/932-information-services-camp-3.

* Delivering Online Services to Mobile Devices

As devices like the iPhone, Blackberry, and handsets based on Android grow in sophistication and market share, providers’ assumptions about how users will access online services need to change. At the same time, institutions must make careful choices about where, when, and how to focus their efforts to deliver applications to mobile devices. This workshop will provide a context for making wise choices about mobile computing projects, and will equip participants to educate their local campus on the uses, potential, and context of these rapidly maturing technologies.

* Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 (full-day session). Location: Smith College (Northampton, MA). Registration Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2009. Price: 4 program units. Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/931-information-services-camp-2.

* Metadata for Digital Collections

Institutions are increasingly creating, archiving, and publishing digital documents and information. Understanding the standards and best practices for digital-collections metadata is critical to developing systems and processes for managing these growing archives. This hands-on workshop will provide participants from both library and information technology backgrounds with an understanding of metadata for digital collections, including skills for creating descriptive metadata, information for mapping metadata and for metadata transformation, and skills used to manage metadata in digital collections.

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2009 (half-day morning session). Location: Smith College (Northampton, MA). Registration Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2009. Price: 2 program units. Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/936-information-services-camp-4.

3. Special Topics: online event series

With NITLE’s Special Topics program series, participants can connect and learn with colleagues across the Network directly from their campus offices and engage around specific areas of shared interest. These events are delivered online via multipoint interactive videoconferencing (MIV). An overview of available series live at http://www.nitle.org/www/site/special_topics_series_overview. Series that are new or have new instances as of this update include:

* Special Topics in Information Services

This series helps information services leaders and staff members make wise investments in enterprise systems and projects. These sessions for spring 2009 will focus on email and calendaring and on digital repositories. If you have questions about the series, or if you would like to propose topics for future instances, please contact Eric Jansson at eric.jansson@nitle.org.

 – Google Apps for Education. Friday, February 20 & 27, 2009.
    2 program units. Event takes place over two sessions.
    Registration Deadline: Friday, February 6.
    Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/911-special-topics-in-information-services

 – Digital Repository Strategy. Thursday, March 26, and April 2 & 9, 2009.
    3 program units. Event takes place over three sessions.
    Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13.
    Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/914-special-topics-in-information-services-4

 – Manakin, The DSpace Interface Toolkit. Wednesday, April 8, 2009.
    1 program unit. Registration Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2009.
    Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/913-special-topics-in-information-services-3

* Special Topics: Update on Emerging Technologies

Three opportunities to consider the latest developments in the digital world and their impact on liberal education. Bryan Alexander, NITLE Director of Research, will provide an environmental scan of the past month, sketching out developments from across the digital world, and present use cases and applicable examples. Resources will be shared, and discussion interwoven throughout the session. If you have questions about this series or would like to contribute your observations about developments in the environment, please contact Nancy Millichap at nancy.millichap@nitle.org.

  — Wednesday, March 4, 2009. 1 program unit.
     Registration Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2009.
     Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/937-special-topics-update-on-emerging-technologies

  — Wednesday, April 8, 2009. 1 program unit.
     Registration Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2009.
     Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/938-special-topics-update-on-emerging-technologies-2

  — Wednesday, May 6, 2009. 1 program unit.
     Registration Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2009.
     Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/939-special-topics-update-on-emerging-technologies-3

* Special Topics in Spatial Analysis and Mapping

In response to participant interest, this series has been extended through April 2009, with instances scheduled monthly. If you have questions about this series or would like to propose a GIS-related topic for presentation, please contact Sean Connin at sean.connin@nitle.org.

 – Creating Cartograms: Making Geographic Areas Speak Volumes. Thursday, February 26, 2009.
    1 program unit. Registration Deadline: Friday, February 13, 2009.
    Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/917-creating-cartograms-making-geographic-areas-speak-volumes

 – Visualizing the Solid Earth Using Virtual Globes Such As Google Earth. Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
    1 program unit. Registration Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2009.
    Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/918-visualizing-the-solid-earth-using-virtual-globes-such-as-google-earth

 – Creating a Digital Footprint In Google Earth: The “AUGE” Experience. Tuesday, April 21, 2009.
    1 program unit. Registration Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2009.
    Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/919-creating-a-digital-footprint-in-google-earth-the-auge-experience

* Special Topics for Instructional Technologists and Their Colleagues

In March, this continuing series will feature Janet Simons, Instructional Technologist, Hamilton College, and Tamra Hjermstad, Instructional Technology Consultant, Mt. Holyoke College, who will lead a discussion about the ways in which they are working with faculty members to help them integrate digital video in the curriculum. Those who wish to propose topics for this series should contact Nancy Millichap at nancy.millichap@nitle.org.

  — Digital Video in the Curriculum. Friday March 6, 2009.
     1 program unit. Registration Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2009.
     Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/853-special-topics-for-instructional-technologists-8

* Special Topics: Teaching Tools for the Global Age

In addition to the two listed below, six more events in this series are under development and will take place from May – November 2009. Events will address a critical challenge for higher education: to graduate students able to cope in a world that is at once increasingly globalized and increasingly fragmented. If you have questions about this series or would like to propose a topic for presentation, please contact Michael Toler at michael.toler@nitle.org.

  — Technology and Less-Commonly Taught Languages. Thursday, March 19, 2009.
     1 program unit. Registration Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2009.
     Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/926-special-topics-teaching-tools-for-the-global-age

  — Virtual Voyages: Using Technology to Convey a Sense of Place. Thursday, April 9, 2009.
     1 program unit. Registration Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2009.
     Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/927-special-topics-teaching-tools-for-the-global-age-2

4. New Workshop-To-Go Topic: Grassroots Video

Between YouTube and cell phone cameras, digital video has gone through a populist revolution. It’s now easier to make, share, and remix videos on a shoestring budget, and campuses are finding many uses for digital video, such as ethnographic research, student-generated video projects, campus tours, and research presentations. This hands-on workshop will examine the entire process of video production from shooting to sharing. Participants will learn about the array of inexpensive video devices for video capture, editing, publication, and sharing. Participants will leave with the ability to create, edit, and post their own video. Full description: http://www.nitle.org/www/wtgs/48-grassroots-video.

To request a Workshop To Go, please consult our Workshop To Go catalog (http://www.nitle.org/www/wtgs), and our guidelines for hosting Workshops To Go (http://www.nitle.org/www/site/hosting_workshops_to_go), which include details on hosting options and associated fees. (Note that eight workshop topics are available for online delivery: see http://www.nitle.org/www/site/hosting_workshops_to_go#pilot.)

Questions? Please contact Rebecca Davis at rebecca.davis@nitle.org, who will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you select the workshops and hosting options most appropriate to your institution’s needs.

5. Three new Workshops To Go scheduled

* Teaching with Learning Management Systems: Moodle. For faculty members and instructional technologists from Birmingham-Southern College and other participating institutions who are interested in developing learning-centered strategies–anchored in and integrated with their own pedagogical practices–for using the Moodle learning management system.

  — February 20, March 4, March 20, 2009. Event takes place over three hour-long, online sessions.
     Host Institution: Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, AL)
     Location: NITLE MIV Auditorium
     Registration Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2009. 3 program units.
     Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/925-teaching-with-learning-management-systems-moodle

* Visual Literacy: Using Images for Teaching and Learning. For faculty, technologists, and librarians from Millsaps College and other participating institutions who are interested in learning how to find digital images in Flickr and other collections and in considering copyright issues associated with reusing such images.

  — Wednesday, May 6, 2009
     Host Institution/Location: Millsaps College (Jackson, MS)
     Registration Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2009. 4 program units.
     Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/921-visual-literacy-6

* Multimedia Narrative: Communicating with Stories. For faculty, technologists, and librarians from Lewis and Clark College who are interested in effective writing for multimedia, video-based narratives.

  — Monday, May 18 – Tuesday, May 19, 2009
     Host Institution/Location: Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR)
     Participation reserved for members of the Lewis and Clark community.
     Webpage: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/924-multimedia-narrative-7

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== Community-based Collaboration ==

1. Building Stronger Collaborative Relationships Across NITLE Institutions: An IT and Library Staff Collaboration Retreat

This retreat will take place April 24 – 26, 2009 (5:00 p.m., Friday – 12:00 p.m., Sunday). Location: Centre College (Danville, KY).

For Instructional Technologists, HelpDesk Support Personnel, Network and Security Staff, and Librarians who support the academic and technology environment for faculty interested in participating in NITLE programs and projects. Participants will meet their counterparts at other liberal arts institutions, share best practices in setting up and supporting technology, and learn more about NITLE initiatives and how each campus team can better plan for and support faculty interested in participating in NITLE programming. Sessions will be led by peers at fellow institutions with an emphasis on hands-on, practical advice about project design and implementation with limited resources. The retreat will have four tracks of peer-led sessions (instructional, helpdesk, network, and library) but will also provide campus teams opportunities to plan projects together. Detailed agenda to be available in March online at http://nitle.centre.edu but will include sessions on collaborative communication tools, copyright, network storage and virtualization, helpdesk assessment and metrics, software deployment, digital asset management, digital repositories, and classroom/lab/space design.

Guidelines for Participation: Travel, lodging, food, and program expenses are covered by NITLE’s Southern Advisory Council Instructional Innovation Fund supporting this retreat. To sign up for the retreat, please fill out the form at http://nitle.centre.edu. Preference will be given to NITLE participating institutions in the Southern Region with remaining spots filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please indicate on the form if you are interested in sharing at or willing to lead any of the sessions.

Retreat Coordinator’s Contact Information: Keeta Martin Holmes, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Centre College, 600 W Walnut St, Danville, KY  40422; keeta.martin@centre.edu; 859-238-6294

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== News and Announcements ==

1. New Network participant

Please join NITLE in welcoming Converse College (Spartanburg, SC | http://www.converse.edu/) to the NITLE Network. To see a complete list of institutions currently participating with NITLE, please visit http://www.nitle.org/www/institutions. If you have questions about participation in the NITLE Network, please send a note to participate@nitle.org.

2. New market posted in the NITLE Prediction Markets

“Google will close one more service by 1 April 2009.” Trading on this market is open. To have your say, sign up to trade at http://markets.nitle.org.

The NITLE Prediction Markets (in beta) provide a collaborative, distributed, game-like tool for exploring and reflecting on emerging technologies for higher education. Questions? Please contact Grace Pang at grace.pang@nitle.org.

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== Publications of Interest ==

1. Prediction Markets for Emerging Technology – An Interview with NITLE’s Bryan Alexander

Gerry Bayne, Host of EDUCAUSE Now, interviewed NITLE’s Bryan Alexander about the NITLE Prediction Markets at 2008 Fall Task Force Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). Listen to the podcast here: http://connect.educause.edu/blog/gbayne/cnipodcastpredictionmarke/47954.

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== Deadlines ==

1. Events

This list represents professional development events with registration deadlines within approximately four weeks. A full list of events (sortable by registration deadline) is available at http://www.nitle.org/www/events. Online registration is available, or contact participate@nitle.org.

* Grassroots Video. Deadline past: limited seats may be available. Program Date & Time: January 28, 2009, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/855-special-topics-in-digital-teaching-7.

* Language and Culture: Finding, Assessing, and Exploiting Online and Media Resources for Language Teaching. Registration deadline: January 23, 2009. Program Dates: March 13 – 15, 2009 (6:00 PM, Friday – 12:00 PM, Sunday, Central). Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. 7 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/827-language-and-culture.

* Tablet PCs In and Outside the Classroom: What Difference Do They Make? Registration deadline: January 23, 2009. Program Date & Time: February 6, 2009, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/852-special-topics-for-instructional-technologists-7.

* Web-Mapping. Registration deadline: January 30, 2009. Program Date: March 3, 2009, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Eastern. Kenyon College, Gambier, OH. 4 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/909-web-mapping-7.

* Instructional Technology Leaders Conference. Registration deadline: January 30, 2009. Program Date: March 27 – 29, 2009 (5:00 PM, Friday – 12:00 PM, Sunday, Eastern). Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. 7 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/826-instructional-technology-leaders-conference-3.

* NITLE Summit. Registration deadline: January 30, 2009. Program Date: March 29 – 30, 2009 (2:00 PM, Sunday – 5:00 PM, Monday, Eastern). Philadelphia, PA. 5 program units. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/871-nitle-summit-2.

* Call for Proposals, Mapping for Sustainability (April 23 – 25, 2009, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA). Proposal submission deadline: January 30, 2009. Call for proposals: http://tinyurl.com/map-for-sustain-cfp. Submit proposals electronically: http://tinyurl.com/MapSustainCFP. Conference registration deadline: February 27, 2009. Event web page: http://www.nitle.org/www/events/824. Contact: Sean Connin, sean.connin@nitle.org.

* Special Topics in Digital Teaching. Registration deadline: February 13, 2009. Program Date & Time: February 25, 2009, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/856-special-topics-in-digital-teaching-8.

* Digital Video in the Curriculum. Registration deadline: February 20, 2009. Program Date & Time: March 6, 2009, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Eastern. Delivered online via MIV. 1 program unit. http://www.nitle.org/www/events/853-special-topics-for-instructional-technologists-8

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