The Curricular Technology team has scheduled a number of open sessions next week on the Segue from Segue project in Library 145. Here are the dates and times:
10:00 – 10:30, Monday August 2nd
1:00 – 1:30, Tuesday, August 3th
4:00 – 4:30, Wednesday, August 4th
3:00 – 3:30, Thursday, August 5th
We scheduled these sessions primarily to give Language School faculty an opportunity to discuss their technology needs and ask us questions about possible alternatives to Segue. That said, these sessions are open to any Middlebury faculty, staff or students interested in technologies for teaching, learning and research.
NITLE Camp 2010 was 4 days of in-depth discussion and learning about assessment activities and the pedagogy and support of mobile devices. For me, it was a fantastic intro. to these topics and I have so much more to discuss than what you’ll see here (so find me and we can talk if you want to hear more!) but here are some highlights of what I learned:
Even if you weren’t able to make it to the 2nd annual Pedagogy and Technology Fair earlier this month, you still can see some of the presenters online. We’re adding many of their stories to our Teaching with Technology blog. Learn about clickers, Wikipedia, the campus tree map and more (to come!).
Earlier this week, we updated WordPress (the platform that powers sites.middlebury.edu). Along with updating the WordPress codebase, we also updated all the Midd blog themes and a number of plugins. There were many changes made to the backend of Midd blog themes to make them more flexible and easier to use.
Options have been added for what sidebars get displayed when viewing single post pages, as well as pages for categories, tags, authors and search. Lots of small design refinements has been made to make make blogs easier to read. For a full list of changes, see:
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is pleased to begin this year’s Summer Pedagogy Series with a Pedagogy and Technology Fair this morning, Wednesday, May 26th, 10 am – 12 noon, in the Great Hall of McCardell Bicentennial Hall. We invite you to join colleagues at a poster/presentation session as they share their stories and insights about effective and innovative uses of technology. Coffee and pastries will be provided. This fair is co-sponsored by the CTLR and Library and Information Services.
Presenters: Holly Allen, Tom Beyer, Jeff Byers, Bryan Carson, Catherine Combelles, Enrique Garcia, Jeff Howarth, Matt Landis, Tom and Pat Manley, Jason Mittell, James Morrison, Tim Parsons, Hope Tucker, Andy Wentink, Sasha Woolson.
I’ve just posted a case study to the Teaching with Technology blog. Jeff Byers, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, created his Middlebury Trailrunner blog as a community resource for like-minded runners. Running is just a hobby for Jeff, but the technology behind the project has potential curricular applications from biology to environmental studies to writing, and even perhaps to art(!). Read more.
Our first priority with the Segue from Segue project is to make sure there are technology solutions available to meet the needs of as many faculty, students and staff as possible. That said, we would like to also be able to support innovative uses of technology, particularly those innovations that may eventually be useful to the broader community.
To this end, the Curricular Technology team invited a number of faculty who are innovators to show us how they have been using technology and tell us what they need. Faculty who participated included Jeff Byers (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Hector Vila (CTLR), Enrique Garcia (Spanish), Hope Tucker (Film and Media Culture) and Roberto Veguez (Spanish). A number of academic liaisons also participated in this session. To learn more about what these faculty have been doing, see:
I’ve just posted a case study to the Teaching with Technology blog. Tim Parsons, the campus Horticulturalist, created his Campus Tree Map with the help of our GIS Interns and others. He used it most recently in a Winter Term course called Trees and the Urban Forest. Read more.