TLT Symposium 2009
Dates & Location
- 4/17-18, 2009 Penn Stater
- 3/26-27, 2010 Penn Stater
Student Engagement and the Culture of Teaching and Learning
This theme is appropriate for several reasons:
- It fits with the natural progression of the last two symposiums. We went from the application to the faculty and now the student focus completes the trilogy.
- The feature speakers we've invited who will challenge faculty to re-think the students role in the learning process. They in effect ask them to imagine the students as co-creators of their learning and show them how this is possible with the new social technologies.
- Having completed the loop (technology-faculty-students) we are free to shift the theme of next year's symposium to "Web 3.0". Perhaps it can be more "futurist" in look and feel. The web will be entering its third decade and we can use the occasion to help set the tone for where we see PSU going.
The underlying theme, our single tag word, is "reimagine". Just like last year it was "Hear their stories. Share Yours" and the year before that we had "engage". Again, because we are asking faculty to re-consider how they look at the students and the role they play in learning. Here's an example:
Picture a marketing poster (like last years which focused on the faculty only this year it would show the students, or students with a faculty member, doing something. At the bottom would be the tag word "reimagine" followed by a word or phrase that supports the image. So if we had an image of two students and a faculty member using a digital commons equipment to create a movie we could have the tag be "reimagine collaboration"
David Wiley, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at Utah State University and Director of the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning
David Wiley is an internationally recognized expert in the area of reusable educational resources and has authored dozens of books, peer-reviewed journal articles, and magazine columns dealing with educationally effective uses of technology. Wiley believes that higher education needs to align itself with the changes in both society and its student base by innovating in the areas of openness, connectedness, participation, and personalization. Toward that goal, Wiley has been at the forefront of the Open Education Movement, championing for educational materials and resources to be offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses, such as a Creative Commons license, to re-mix, improve and redistribute. His classes are collaborative experiences where he and his students co-create the class using readily available resources and social media applications.
Wiley is an associate professor of instructional psychology and technology at Brigham Young University. Prior to his move to Brigham Young, he was an associate professor of instructional technology and the director of the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning at Utah State. He is the founder of http://www.opencontent.org/opl.shtml OpenContent.org] which released the first open license for content in 1998. He is also the recipient of the National Science Foundation's prestigious Young Researcher/CAREER award. Media outlets such as The New York Times, The Economist, the London Financial Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education have covered his work. You can read more about David and the open content movement by visiting his blog, iterating toward openness.
danah boyd, Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
danah boyd is a Fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society as well as a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley. At the Berkman Center, danah is co-directing the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to work with companies and non-profits to identify potential technical solutions for keeping children safe online. Her research focuses on how American youth use networked public spaces, including MySpace and Facebook, for sociable purposes. In January, boyd will be joining Microsoft Research New England, a Boston research lab that seeks to advance knowledge that will benefit the future of computing. You can read more about danah by visiting her blog, apophenia.
Faculty proposals sought for 2009 Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology
Faculty are invited to share innovative uses of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research at the Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology. This free event will be held Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, University Park. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. This year’s theme is “Student Engagement and the Culture of Teaching and Learning.” To reflect this theme, presentations will highlight students’ involvement in the learning process.
David Wiley will provide the keynote address. Wiley is an internationally recognized expert in the area of reusable educational resources and has authored dozens of books, peer-reviewed journal articles, and magazine columns dealing with educationally effective uses of technology. Wiley believes that higher education needs to align itself with the changes in both society and its student base by innovating in the areas of openness, connectedness, participation, and personalization. Toward that goal, Wiley has been at the forefront of the Open Education Movement, championing for educational materials and resources to be offered freely and openly for anyone to use and under some licenses, such as a Creative Commons license, to re-mix, improve and redistribute. He is the founder of OpenContent.org, which released the first open license for course content in 1998. He is also the recipient of the National Science Foundation's prestigious Young Researcher/CAREER award. Media outlets such as The New York Times, The Economist, the London Financial Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education have covered his work.
danah boyd will speak during lunch. boyd is a fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society as well as a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley. At the Berkman Center, she is codirecting the Internet Safety Technical Task Force to work with companies and nonprofits to identify potential technical solutions for keeping children safe online. Her research focuses on how American youth use networked public spaces, including MySpace and Facebook, for sociable purposes. In January, boyd will be joining Microsoft Research New England, a Boston research lab that seeks to advance knowledge that will benefit the future of computing.
Faculty who are using technology to enrich teaching, learning, or research are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal using the online form at 2009proposal. Topics could involve faculty and students collaborating on a project or an assignment showcasing students using any number of collaborative tools and new learning spaces. Some examples include the use of shared learning resources, the incorporation of digital media, and any best practices that foster student ownership of learning. Sessions can be in a variety of formats, including group presentations, panel discussions, poster presentations, demonstrations, small-group discussions, and other activities. Each session should include some discussion of practical aspects such as the tools used, sources of support, best practices, and how the application of technology can be transferred to other disciplines. The deadline to submit proposals is Nov. 21. For more details and to register, visit http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu/. The Symposium is sponsored by Information Technology Services.
RFP Mailing Venues
- Faculty/Staff newswire
- TLT staff site
- Arts & Architecture
- EMS, Engineering
- Liberal Arts
- TLT Symposium site
- Schreyer Institute site
- ITS Consultants
- ITS Communicators
- Training news feed
- Training Faculty IT list
- ID Lounge
- World Campus
- ACUE Deans (Cole)
- Department Heads (Cole)
- Campus DAAs (Cole)
- ITS Faculty site
- ANGEL Communicators
- Kevin Morooney and Jeff Kuhns
- Mount Alto (via Tom Irwin)
- Erie (via Tom Irwin)
- New Faculty list
- Schreyer Institute list
Symposium Stories in the TLT Newsletter
- Digital Literacy (including mashups and grassroots video)
- Collaborative Webs (including collective intelligence, cloud computing)
- Computing in 3-D (including Second Life and gaming)
- Extending Learning Communities
Events on Friday, April 17
Beginner and Advanced Tracks at the Penn Stater
We are planning a 1/2 day of pre-conference activity on Friday afternoon. We reserved 2 rooms (20 person capacity each) at the Penn Stater from 1-5 p.m. Allan is chairing the Pre-Conference Workshop. The purpose of adding this day is twofold:
- We plan for one room to be a basic, or beginner track, where people can come to get set up with the following accounts: blogs, Flickr, Twitter, and whatever other technologies we decide to include to capture the event.
- The other event will be a boot camp-style format for the advanced folks.
For more information see the Boot Camp page.
Best Practices Roundtable Video Conference for the Hartford Center for Geriatric Excellence
Session title: How do instructors develop apprenticeship relationships with students when teaching at a distance?
Many of the nursing programs are delivering doctorate level programs via distance learning. Instructors are finding it difficult to build mentoring relationships with their students they way the could with face-to-face instruction. The representatives of the Hartford Center center would like to talk with our design people to explore methods of establishing this type of relationship when learning occurs entirely via distance.
The Hartford Center would like to come out of this with several ideas they can apply to their distance learning course design methodology. Representatives from the meeting will present a panel discussion at the Symposium on Saturday (preferably during a morning session). This will be a general discussion about the challenge of building apprenticeship relationships with students when teaching at a distance.
For more information see the Hartford Center Video Conference page.
Instructional Technology Fellows Best Practices Meeting
There is the potential to hold a best practices meeting on the Friday before the symposium with representatives of the Macauley Honors College (CUNY). The purpose of the meeting would be to learn more about their Instructional Technology Fellows (ITF) program with an eye on improving the TLA program. The ITS program is similar to our TLA program in the sense that both programs team up technologically savvy students with faculty who are interested in learning new skills.
For more information see the Instructional Technology Fellows Best Practices Meeting page.
Pre-conference Educational Game/Activity
Brett also mentioned he like to play a geo-caching type game that day as well. Brett will lead the implementation of this activity.
For more information see the Symposium Pre-conference Game page.
Speakers Dinner at the Carnegie House
A dinner for our selected speakers boyd and Wiley. By invitation.
Food for Thought Dinners
We are recommending to replace (or to simply support) the formal dinner at the Carnegie House with several dining events around town where everyone would be invited to participate. Each location would have a theme related to teaching, learning, technology, or research. Individuals would self-select into the dinners of their choice via an open sign up on the conference wiki. Those attending meals would be aware that meals are to be paid for by the individual. Potential locations:
- Golden Wok
- Cozy Thai
- Viet Thai
- Herwig's Austrian Bistro
There had been some discussion of possibly moving the food for thought dinners to Saturday, so that individuals could discuss, in greater detail, ideas introduced or inspired by the Symposium.
Events on Saturday, April 18
These will take place at the Penn Stater from 8 a.m - 4 p.m.
These are the ideas, suggestions, activities we are thinking about including in the event. Note: These are merely concepts at this point.
Audience Generated Lunchtime Panel
An audience generated lunch panel for students. We would include students to submit their works during the symposium registration period and use a social rating system for people to select topics or themes of interest. Then we would invite the appropriate students to participate in the panel.
Publishers Round Table
Jeff contacted Ed Stanford, McGraw-Hill, and Ed Moura, Cengage, about their participation in the publisher's panel at the symposium. I want to introduce myself and solicit their ideas on topics they would like to see discussed during the session. I will copy you in on the correspondence.
Also, I suspect this to be a well attended session during the symposium and would love to have you moderate the discussion. Because of your experience as both an academic who uses technology as well as being an administrator, you bring a unique perspective and I think your personality is strong enough to keep the discussion focused.
Here is what the Program Team was thinking of in terms of the round table:
We'd like to have a round table discussion made up of the invited members of the publishing industry (Cenage and McGraw-Hill), Wiley, and maybe a couple selected faculty. The broad topic is, "How do we define a textbook in the digital age?" Some specific points include:
The future of the textbook industry (is paper going away? How are these publishers adapting to the digital demand for materials?)
Who owns the content (what exactly are teachers and students buying when the buy an online textbook? Access to test? Exercises? Content they create using the textbook?) In an age of community built resources how do textbook publishers plan to be viable? Will the need for them go away? (this should be right up Wiley's allety)
Some articles on electronic texts, academics, students, and publishing companies, can be found here off the wiki page (http://ets.tlt.psu.edu/wiki/ETextbooks%2C_Academia%2C_and_the_Publishing_Industry).
This panel would be part of the general sessions and ideally offered as part of the last sessions before lunch (10:30-11:15 AM). This will give Wiley a chance to regroup and also allow us to perhaps interview him in the Digital Commons studio. I was going to place this panel in a large breakout room (one that seats 90 folks) because I suspect we'll have good attendance.
Some articles (and eventually possibly discussion) on electronic texts, academics, students, and publishing companies, can be found here
In 2008, the Lion Ambassadors were a very nice addition and helped relieve pressure from the registration task. For 2009, we should have a single registration table (for presenters and attendees) where everyone gets the same "stuff". We'll have a captain for the registration team to make sure someone is available to answer questions.
Pimp That Course
Course re-design in 15 minutes.
Tie in with the Faculty Fellows Program. Instructors can submit a paper around what they would like to do with one of their courses. ETS would select the 2-4 best papers for a "15-minute design review" to be done as an open session during the symposium. Basically, a panel of experts would review the submission and share their re-design ideas with the instructor during the symposium. We could potentially select the one with the most promise for a fellowship. There is the potential to begin this process during the ID summer camp. We could pitch the idea to the attendees, solicit recommendations for potential faculty, and begin building the processes needed to make it all happen.
Request for Proposal
need to stress that presentations in which the participants are actively involved will receive preference. Offer potential options for presenters to actively involve attendees. Ask for a description of what will take place during the session.
- Possibly something to tie in with Vexations and Ventures
Second Floor Break Area
May choose to forgo the bookstore and instead, using a U-shape set-up, have various stations framing the area, e.g. Student assistance table, training services feedback table, etc.
Digital Commons "Lennon Bus"
Take one of the interview rooms and convert to a mini DC studio. Random attendees can be pulled in to create something that can be shown at the end of the day during the poster session. Perhaps we can incorporate gaming as well. At NMC random attendees were brought in and shown how to play basic notes on musical instruments from which a video was created. hy not use our Rock Band equipment and do the same?
Personal Sticker Books and "Bingo" Sticker Cards
Have each person attending the conference design one sticker and then provide that person with an entire book of their stickers at registration. Also provide each person with a "Bingo" card that they will fill up during the course of the day by seeking out people with their specific stickers. This encourages face-to-face meeting, interaction and helps to build community.
Symposium Splash Plate
The front page of the symposium where we aggreegate all our social networking feeds
- Blog posts
- Recommended readings
- Perhaps with a link to the bookstore to purchase. Get the 10% discount when entering the symposium code
- Cafe ETS
- link to purchase symposium/ETS swag
- Embedded video playing person on the street and scheduled interviews
Set up a store (not for profit) where people can order symposium swag
We would offer designs for folks to choose from. Designs would come from things created by the community for the 08 and 09 symposiums as well as the summer camp.
Alternative Learning Spaces
Reserve a room as a "chill out lounge" for people to go to and relax for a bit. Sit in comfy chairs (bring the bean bags from gaming?), chat, chack the web, etc.
Set up a gaming room lite where folks can come and get a taste of what's happening with the gaming initiative.
Community Video: What is Online Community?
Based off the concept of the recent YouTube video, below. Use students, faculty, staff from the Penn State community.
Flotsam and Jetsam
These are the ideas that, for whatever reason, we decided not to implement.
Comprised of all sub-committee team leaders and selected personnel. Responsible for overall event planning and coordination including acting as a liaison between sub-committees.
- Jeff Swain (Overall chair, Program Committee chair)
- Allan Gyorke (Pre-conference event chair)
- Jane Houlihan (Operations Committee chair, budget)
- Kasey Weatherholtz (Tech Committee Chair)
- Robin Dickson (Operations Committee, timeline and planning)
- Derick Burns (Marketing Committee chair)
- Hannah Inzko (Media Event Committee chair)
- Matt Frank (Digital Media Production Committee chair)
- Krystal McMillan (15 mins. every other meeting for budget reconciliation)
The Core Team will meet the last Thursday of the month. Meetings are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in 202K Rider unless otherwise noted.
- 07/17/2008 (Kick-off Meeting)
- 12/18/2008 (210B Rider)
Standing Agenda Items
- Timeline update
- Budget Reconciliation (8/28, 10/30, 12/18, 2/26, 4/23)
- Sub-Committee Team Reports (Including Task Completion status)
- For the common good
Responsible for overall feel for the event including the selection of the keynote speaker(s), selection of theme, event planning, proposal submission and acceptance, room layout, and technical grid coordination.
- Jeff Swain (chair)
- Karen Hackett
- Robin Smail
- Shannon Ritter
- Steve Houtz
- Richard Marshall
- Derick Burns
- Erin Long
The Program Team will meet every other week until primary responsibilities are fulfilled. After that we will meet as needed Meetings are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in 202K Rider unless otherwise noted.
- 07/24/2008 (kickoff)
- 08/07/2008 (Begin Keynote Speaker/Theme Selection)
- 09/04/2008 (Finalize Keynote Speaker Selection)
- 09/18/2008 (Finalize Symposium Theme. Send to JTH for approval)
- 10/02/2008 (Prepare RFP for breakout sessions and poster+ sessions)
- 10/16/2008 (Begin RFP review)
- 01/22/2008 (Complete RFP review)
- 02/05/2008 (Begin Grid Layout)
- 02/19/2008 (Complete Grid Layout)
- TBD from here on
Standing Agenda Items
- Keynote Speaker Selection
- Symposium Theme
- Grid Review
- Breakout Session Selection Process
- For the Common Good
- Allan Gyorke (leader)
Responsible for planning and delivery of pre-conference events on Friday, April 17 including breakout events and evening cocktail hour.
- We have Penn Stater reserved on Friday, 2 rooms, 40 people total
- We could have 100-150 people take over Pollack Lab from 1-5
- Four quadrants of boot camp training (blogs, Flickr, etc...)
- Use of Digital Commons facilities
- Tour of Secure Testing facility
- Tour of Collaborative Learning Spaces
- Robin Dickson
- Jane Houlihan
- Barb Smith
Responsible for logistics including attendee list, budget, timeline, folder production, name badge production, facilities coordination/planning, keynote travel/honorarium, keynote gift, SWAG.
Responsible for the overall look of the event including the web presence, advertising, mass mailings, attendee program, posters, signage, SWAG design, name badge design, proofreading and editing
- Derick Burns (leader)
- Hannah Sloan
- Dave Stong
- Tara Caimi
- Audrey Romano
- Jeff Swain
- Kasey Weatherholtz (leader)
- Chris Demchak
Responsible for the technical needs of the pre-conference and conference including the technical needs of the presenters, lab/demo equipment, and troubleshooting during the events.
Digital Media Team
- Hannah Sloan (co-leader)
- Matt Frank (co-leader)
- Pat Besong
- Kim Wink
- Ryan Wetzel
- Justin Miller
- Jamie Oberdick
- Chris Stubbs
- Audrey Romano
- Jeff Swain
Responsible for the execution of media-based events including conducting pre-conference interviews, the scheduling and conducting of interviews during the symposium. Also responsible for the podcasting/vodcasting equipment to be used in the interview rooms. Responsible for standardizing the media production process including recording the keynote and lunch sessions, standardizing the production process including audio & video template design, the recording, editing, and digitizing process, and coordinating the room recordings. Responsible for the equipment needed to record the keynote and lunch sessions.
Equipment Moving Team
- Jeff Swain
- Derick Burns
- Kasey Weatherholtz
Responsible for the coordination of moving equipment to and from the Penn Stater
Equipment Moving Team Notes page.