Collaboration, Higher Education, nacada, NACADA Tech, Social Media

Presentations from #Region3Tech Seminar

Here are a couple of the sessions I presented via Skype during yesterday’s workshops at the NACADA Region 3 Technology seminar:

Tech Readings & Resources


Educause Quarterly

Educause Review

The Chronicle & Wired Campus

Inside Higher Ed

Twitter Friends & Lists:

Google FastFlip (News)

International Society for Technology in Education

The American Society for Training & Development

Other Resources:

Collaboration, Learning Technologies, Virtual Communities, web 2.0

Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier

Last month PBS aired a Frontline special called Digital Nation [full streaming episode] which shared thoughts about how technology is transforming global culture and society. This episode was a review of life on the virtual frontier, and a follow up to a previous Frontline special called Growing Up Online.

Thoughts around digital distraction, connection and learning technology were some of the various topics around emerging technology trends. The last section introduced ideas for education in the digital age. This was a pretty good segment to spark some thoughts and continue to probe questions about how we utilize digital resources in our society.

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Collaboration, EC&I831, Learning Community, PLE

Learn to Share(ski)

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would post a little bit of technology love and sharing. Last Fall, Dean Shareski joined Alec Couros#eci831 class to discuss The Power of Sharing.

Photo by excomedia


Online movement on the internet is very personal and quite social.  When you share ideas and resources it is possible to initiate new connections and develop your online personal learning environment (PLE). Much of this online, social learning creates collaborations, connections and interactions to enhance an education experience.


As web 2.0 and social media continues to develop and thrive online, this leaves users with little reason not to share. Most applications are collaborative and creative in nature, which require users to become active participants in the conversation.

Benefits of online sharing & shared learning:

  • immersion into all things ‘like that’
  • interactive web experience
  • publish first and then filter work
  • online & immediate feedback
  • share knowledge & resources easy
  • connection is another means to learning
  • efficient research
  • modelling from others online
  • development collaboration skills
  • variations on an article, concept or idea
  • pay it forward – share what you know and what you do
  • power of connecting people
  • moving toward search & learn
  • networks CAN replace Google
  • encourages filtering information

More stories of shared online learning:

Just a few tools of the sharing trade:

  • Skype
  • Delicious – great resource sharing & connecting
  • Google Reader – RSS feed for bookmarks & paste into add subscriptions for google reader
  • Google Documents
  • Flickr – creative commons license to share; take an idea of how to compose and generate ideas and learn form them
  • Twitter – just in time & just for me learning; personal and professional mix
  • Wikis
  • YouTube
  • SlideShare

What else are you using to share with your personal learning network? Please share.

“Sharing, and sharing online specifically, is not in additions to the work of being an educator. It is the work.”  Ewan McIntosh

Collaboration, nacada, NACADA Tech, Professional Development, web 2.0

NACADA Region 8 Technology Seminar

Kudos to Eric Stoller for kicking of 2010 with NACADA Region 8 Technology Seminar in Seattle, WA. It’s been a while since the 1st #NACADAtech seminar, and it was good to be part of the technology in advising action.

Eric asked if I would like to contribute, and I gladly wanted to join in the fun. Last Sunday, I presented (virtually) a session for academic advisors interested in  collaborating with wikis. Skype’s screen sharing application made getting involved in this session cost-effective and simple. 🙂

There was a lot of information packed into this day & 1/2 seminar, but I could tell by the Twitter feed & comments in the session that many ideas were sparked & I could tell the wheels were spinning. It’s great to connect with other advisors to get some inspiration and share thoughts about best technological practices for the advising profession.

Collaboration, Open Education, PLE

It’s Time for the Educational Remix…

It’s time to catch up with some fantastic scholastic chats in #eci831… and there are a few weeks to share. During #eci831 Week 10Brian LambScott Leslie discussed their experience in remixing education. In reviewing some inspiring media savants, examples, and ideas for open, remixed educational resources.In a true network environment – the application logic is relied onto the machines and built into the network itself. The open education movement introduced large quantities of formal education resources into the pool of content that can be mashed up and remixed for learners. Networks have evolved to the point where learners are no longer bound by space or time, which allows learners to direct and choose their personal learning environment objectives. There is now a “mashup of learning” medium to best support content knowledge and skill acquisition for learners. The process of remixing education is simply extending the existing concept. Mashing OERs as an Instructor (or DJ) includes this sample DJ workflow applied to education:

Image from Mashing OER Wiki

More resources that inspire openness & remixing:

Collaboration, Learning Technologies, PLE

Surfing the Google Wave.

Google wave is a web-based application that enhances electronic communication. Here is a (long) presentation and preview of Google Wave:

This latest initiative may provide educators additional resources for online personal learning environments. In EDUCAUSE‘s 7 Things You Should Know About Google Wave, details how this emerging technology can be utilized for teaching and learning:

  • Conversations -multiple messages for message board chats, IM, texting, etc
  • Archiving email/chat dialogues that are also non-linnear & asynchronous
  • Interactive maps
  • Informal polls
  • Translation of text for global learners
  • Photography & image sharing
  • Playback function for review of conversations, notes & presentations
  • Team-based learning for collaboration of projects
  • Accessibility & usability
  • Practical uses for academic advising [from @ericstoller]

As a recent invitee to Google Wave, I am still experimenting and sampling this new resource [with the help of The Complete Guide to Google Wave]. As more people receive invites and the beta version of Google Wave develops, educators will get involved and as they find value and potential for their profession.

Collaboration, Higher Education, K-12, Open Education

Get Creative (Commons)


is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

[They] provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

Creative Commons (CC) is quite relevant for all faculty & instructors who put together online course materials for students. It allows for content, such as images, videos, writing and music, to be shared freely and some access rights to the intellectual property. As classrooms expand and more material is shared openly, it is important for educators to be aware of how to use Creative Commons, and the implications for teaching & learning. Here are a few videos that best explain CC.

If you look at the Content Directories of CC is utilized by many companies, and even educational institutions. Some faculty started to challenge the traditional methods of research collection and how intellectual property is shared with others. One faculty shares how to encourage this open education movement in a publication called –  Open Doors and Open Minds.

The recent development and contribution from Creative Commons is the DiscoverEd search engine,  which provides accessible searches for open educational resources. This allows educators to access and share teaching and learning materials in an effective, easy way.

The question is… Wanna Work Together?