Liberal Arts Scholarship and Technology Summit

You are all (that is all of you, every last one of you on the intertubes) invited to the Penn State Liberal Arts Scholarship and Technology Summit, tomorrow January 4, 2012! The schedule is below and the entire program will be simulcast live it will be streamed live at Fee free to share that link. We will also be archiving the talks to share later as well. We will use the Twitter hashtag #lasts12 for anyone who wants to follow along that way as well.

The schedule:

Time Type Speaker Description
9:00-9:05 Introduction John Dolan (LAUS)
9:05-9:45 Keynote Scott McDonald (ED) Digital tools are transforming the way that academics do their work on almost every front. These tools provide both opportunities and new challenges for scholars and their workflows, which are increasingly more complex and distributed. As the Director of the Krause Innovation Studio, Scott McDonald will talk about some of the key considerations for living a digital intellectual life. The Krause Innovation Studio is in an initiative in the College of Education to develop a research agenda around the scholarship of teaching with technology in higher education. The Studio currently has four foci: Digital Scholarship, Learning Spaces, Data Visualization, and Digital Records of Practice.
9:45-10:00 Short Talk Stuart Selber (ENGL) Author of Multiliteracies for a Digital Age, Stuart Selber will discuss an approach to digital literacy that incorporates both functional and critical concerns. This multilayered literacy is applicable to work across the liberal arts.
10:00-10:15 Short Talk Marcy Bidney (University Libraries) The use of maps and geospatial information in the humanities has seen a revival in recent years as mapping technologies have become more advanced and ubiquitous. This talk will focus on the use of these resources in a variety of disciplines and offer tips and tools for integrating maps and geospatial information into the classroom.
10:15-10:30 Short Talk Veena Raman (Communication Arts & Sciences) VoiceThread is a new web-based collaboration technology available through Education Technology Services. Veena Raman will discuss her use of VoiceThread to teach a class, show examples of material created to increase student participation, and also how it can be used to conduct research in educational strategies.
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Short Talk Stephen Woods (University Libraries) A recent article by Melissa Beattie-Moss on Penn State LIVE asks a probing question: Why are statistics important in modern life? In short, she stresses that understanding numbers is an essential skill for the jobs of the next decade. This session will introduce unique library resources that will help you introduce students to skills necessary in discovering and evaluate statistics. You will be introduced to the seven essential questions every students needs to ask. Within this framework, we will look briefly at: iPOLL, Gallup Brain, Statistical Insight and the Census Bureau’s Statistical Abstracts of the United States.
11:15-11:30 Short Talk Diana Gruendler (ENGL) In addition to her role as a Senior Lecturer, Diana Gruendler has taken on the role as Faculty-in-Charge for Law & Society and Letters, Arts & Sciences online programs. She will discuss her experiences with blurring the line between the classroom and the community through her Lector program and teaching online.
11:30-11:45 Short Talk Christian Brady (J ST, SHC) iPads are becoming a more and more popular tool both inside and outside of the classroom for teaching and learning. Christian Brady will discuss his use of the iPad as a tool for academic research: reading, annotating, and creating.
11:45-12:15 Breakout session Marcy Bidney (Libraries), Christian Brady (J ST, SHC), Diana Gruendler (ENGL), Scott McDonald (ED), Veena Raman (CAS), Stuart Selber (ENGL), Stephen Woods (Libraries) Join the morning presenters in the Mann Assembly Room for more in-depth discussion of the technologies that were covered in their talks.
12:15-1:00 Lunch Using your meal cards, feel free to dine at any of the surrounding facilities, such as Otto’s in Kern Building or even the HUB if you’re up for a stroll.
1:15-1:30 Short Talk Lisa Byrnes (Liberal Arts Instructional Design) As one of the Liberal Arts instructional designers, Lisa Byrnes has significant experience with incorporating technology to support learning objectives. In this short talk, Lisa will share demonstrate how resident course activities can be enhanced through the use of technology.
1:30-2:00 Panel Discussion Terry O’Heron (ETS) and Jeff Swain (ETS) In anticipation of the transition away from ANGEL as a Learning Management System, Jeff Swain and Terry O’Heron (ETS) have been working on evaluating new alternatives. They will provide an update as to where we are, upcoming milestones, the backstory, etc., and will take your questions.
2:00-2:15 Short Talk Chris Millet (ETS) and Ryan Wetzel (Media Commons) Media Commons is a resource provided by Education Technology Services that offers a variety of services to help envision, produce, and publish creative and effective multimedia projects. Chris Millet and Ryan Wetzel will provide an overview of current initiatives within Media Commons, share faculty and student success stories, and describe the collaboration between the Media Commons and University Libraries with the Knowledge Commons.
2:15-2:30 Break
2:30-3:15 Short Talk and Tour Joe Fennewald (University Libraries) Joe Fennewald is the head of the Tombors McWhirter Knowledge Commons, which has been under construction for the last several months. The Knowledge Commons will provide the resources and services for students to complete assignments, whether it is a traditional research paper or a podcast. Librarians and library staff, media commons specialists and IT consultants, and peer tutors will assist students in this “one-stop shop.” The space itself is rich in technology which we will be able to show in our tour. He will share details about the Commons and will also solicit ideas as to how to best utilize not only the technology but the exciting new learning spaces that have been created. A tour of the Commons will be included in this program.
3:15-3:30 Wrap Up and Dismissal

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