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BUCCS 16 Supporting Students and Learning with 21st Century Communication Technologies…or How the Personal can be Professional November 18-19, 2008 Featured Panelists: • Eli Collins-Brown, Director of Instructional Technology Methodist College of Nursing talking about the WIKI project for the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. • Peg Cook, Assistant Professor/Assistant Reference Librarian Elmhurst College talking about Using Blogs in a First-Year Seminar. • Barbara Galik, Executive Director Cullom-Davis Library talking about Educational Opportunities in Second Life. • Jim Crone, Director of Web Marketing/Communications talking about blogging at Bradley. • Rob Bertram, Health Sciences Coordinator of Student Advising and Academic Experiences, Dept. of Physical Therapy and Health Sciences talking on using Facebook to reach Bradley Students (Oct 18 only). Welcome and introductions by Barb Kerns Peg Cook’s presentation on use of blog in first-year seminar: First-year seminar is • required for all freshmen • focused on academic subjects, subjects vary by section • taught by professors in coordination with student affairs staff members (faculty-staff in pairs, can include co-teaching arrangement) • includes single required common text as part of course • includes component on information ethics that has a blog format for student work • in some sections, most of the student work is in blog form Eli Collins-Brown’s presentation on use of Wikis in higher education: Wikis: see presentation here: http://wikisinhighered.wetpaint.com/?t=anon • enable rapid creation of documents or materials where multiple authors can contribute • can have layers of control: authors, commenters, viewers • are supported by several free wiki-building programs (e.g., Google Docs, housed on Google webspace, allowing you to create or edit your documents wherever you are as long as you have internet access) • support dispersed collaborations and asynchronous team work • are low-threshold technologies – users do not need much technical knowledge Barbara Galik’s presentation on educational opportunities in Second Life:Second Life • is a virtual reality platform • has elements of real world, including people (avatars), objects, commerce, interaction • is less limited than real world (e.g., avatars can fly, teleport) • is available to users 24/7, which extends opportunities for collaborative • BU’s Cullom-Davis Library has a Second Life presence, and now there is also a BU SL Task Force • BU prof (Ed Lamoureux) teaches a class on how to use Second Life as a research tool • BU showcases student work at the BU site – currently posting photography and engineering student work • there is a steep learning curve for navigating SL and even steeper for creating things • does require large bandwith • what it is, what you do there, advantages- a lot of opportunities- teaching at courses, collaborating with colleagues – poster presentation, new friends, prospective students, alumni • Connect with students, learning opportunities, build things in 2nd life, use as teachable moments, grief counseling assignment- brought new people to Bradley island, helped them through bad times, Am. Counseling assoc., appreciative that BU is ahead and that is being recognized even among • Potential to immerse yourself in another language or culture. World of warcraft also a tool Jim Crone’s presentation on blogs as student recruitment tools: Admissions page blogs • students from BU blog about what its like to be a BU student • allows prospective students to explore BU from student perspective • can include photos, videos, links • does require housekeeping • recruiting students –blogging by current BU students to prospective students • 4-6 students per year, also tour guides, trained on BU perspective and what should or should not be said…but still an authentic voice. • Each student is to post at least 1x per week – brevity and frequency is best. • Post is not screened by staff. • Bloggers have a second email address and post this and invite feedback or topics for future blogs. • Now they allow comments, but they are prescreened • Additional ways to share – facebook, delicious, web 2.0 apps. • Boundaries, ethical use, privacy vs. personal issues • Filtering – some social networking sites don’t promote or even allow filtering for different audiences.• Not all social networking sites are the same – dif btwn facebook and myspace vs. more professional networking sites like livejournal and linked in • Establishing expectations. • Etiquette, ethical use policy, privacy, guidelines Rob Bertram’s presentation on using Facebook to reach Bradley Students (Oct. 18th only) • When new doctoral program was established the department found itself overrun with questions about housing and the outlying community. • He set up a Facebook account and added the prospective students as “friends”. • Immediately they were able to connect with each other and share advice about where to look for houses and apartments, and so forth. • He also quickly saw a disadvantage in that he was seeing a very personal and private side of his students that would impact his ability to give professional references in some cases. This has presented a learning opportunity for the department and the students. General Discussion Other Points • incumbent upon us to use things that the students are receptive to; they read the lectures when they are posted • Public classroom vs. student private life use • Using MySpace and facebook within classes, career center e-recruiting events: Student hesitance into personal “space” • Alternatives are professional social connection sites • Millennial students’ qualities • Pedagogy should drive the technology not inverse • Wayne - threatened to text all his lectures so they’d read them • Kurt – there are a lot of inlets to students’ brains that we are not utilizing • Millennial students and technology- technology is expensive, time it takes to educate students, balance between sophisticated kids and others; ethics/boundary issues- facebook • Pedagogy should drive technology not vice versa; been threatening to text lectures because they would read them • Using WordPress


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