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Cole Camplese

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning | In "Piglet mode?" Break open a New Fac... - 4 views

  • I thought my husband was a little crazy the day he bought bags and bags of emergency preparedness items for our home. We’re talking flashlights, a solar/battery/wind-up weather radio, bandages, blankets…you name it…all tucked into the closet under our stairs.
  • I tell that story because I think it’s applicable to new faculty. New faculty get thrown into the day-to-day course prep, research, advising, working with students, committee work, etc. and they don’t have time to prepare for the unexpected. Whether the unexpected is a minor flesh wound or a storm that damages nearby neighborhoods, new faculty may not be ready for those circumstances.
    Really smart idea ... might be worth considering as a partnership between TLT and Schreyer Institute?
    It's a creative idea. It reminds me of the finals week survival kits that parents could buy for their kids (through Residence Life). I like that it includes key phone numbers and a dry erase marker.
Cole Camplese

Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade - - 4 views

  • According to Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the annual MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions, fully 65 percent of today’s grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn’t been invented yet.
  • For those two-thirds of grade-school kids, if for no one else, it’s high time we redesigned American education.
  • What she recommends, in fact, looks much more like a classical education than it does the industrial-era holdover system that still informs our unrenovated classrooms.
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  • An institutional grudge match with the young can sabotage an entire culture.
  • When we criticize students for making digital videos instead of reading “Gravity’s Rainbow,” or squabbling on instead of watching “The Candidate,” we are blinding ourselves to the world as it is.
  • But digital video and Web politics are intellectually robust and stimulating, profitable and even pleasurable.
  • It’s possible that any of these educational approaches would be more appropriate to the digital era than the one we have now.
  • “What if bad writing is a product of the form of writing required in school — the term paper — and not necessarily intrinsic to a student’s natural writing style or thought process?” She adds: “What if ‘research paper’ is a category that invites, even requires, linguistic and syntactic gobbledygook?”
  • Her recommendations center on one of the most astounding revelations of the digital age: Even academically reticent students publish work prolifically, subject it to critique and improve it on the Internet. This goes for everything from political commentary to still photography to satirical videos — all the stuff that parents and teachers habitually read as “distraction.”
  • The new classroom should teach the huge array of complex skills that come under the heading of digital literacy. And it should make students accountable on the Web, where they should regularly be aiming, from grade-school on, to contribute to a wide range of wiki projects.
    Reminds me of the things Chris Long and I were trying to articulate in our Hacking Pedagogy talk from last year's LDSC.  Must read.
Cole Camplese

College of Liberal Arts informs, engages via innovative social media - Teaching and Lea... - 0 views

  • So, why are they so involved in social media? Geoff Halberstadt, undergraduate student in the College of the Liberal Arts, said that social media has reached the point where it cannot be ignored. Students are heavily engaged in social media, and it is a primary method of communication for them. “Students live in an age of technology, an instantaneous age, and they want information now,” Halberstadt said. “The College can truly engage students by providing instant information.”
Cole Camplese

DNA/How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet - 1 views

  • I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:

    1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

    2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

    3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

  • In other words the cost of connection is rapidly approaching zero, and for a very simple reason: the value of the web increases with every single additional person who joins it. It’s in everybody’s interest for costs to keep dropping closer and closer to nothing until every last person on the planet is connected.
  • Another problem with the net is that it’s still ‘technology’, and ‘technology’, as the computer scientist Bran Ferren memorably defined it, is ‘stuff that doesn’t work yet.’ We no longer think of chairs as technology, we just think of them as chairs. But there was a time when we hadn’t worked out how many legs chairs should have, how tall they should be, and they would often ‘crash’ when we tried to use them. Before long, computers will be as trivial and plentiful as chairs (and a couple of decades or so after that, as sheets of paper or grains of sand) and we will cease to be aware of the things. In fact I’m sure we will look back on this last decade and wonder how we could ever have mistaken what we were doing with them for ‘productivity.’
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  • The same thing is happening in communication technology. Most of us are stumbling along in a kind of pidgin version of it, squinting myopically at things the size of fridges on our desks, not quite understanding where email goes, and cursing at the beeps of mobile phones. Our children, however, are doing something completely different. Risto Linturi, research fellow of the Helsinki Telephone Corporation, quoted in Wired magazine, describes the extraordinary behaviour kids in the streets of Helsinki, all carrying cellphones with messaging capabilities. They are not exchanging important business information, they’re just chattering, staying in touch. "We are herd animals," he says. "These kids are connected to their herd – they always know where it’s moving." Pervasive wireless communication, he believes will "bring us back to behaviour patterns that were natural to us and destroy behaviour patterns that were brought about by the limitations of technology."
    Great piece by the late Douglas Adams in 1999.  So true in the rearview mirror!
    An 11 year old text, the message of which still needs to be delivered to many people today.
Cole Camplese

Push Pop Press: Al Gore's Our Choice - 2 views

    I don't care if you agree with the science, this represents the first real interactive text designed for iOS that I have seen.  I can't even imagine how much this thing cost to make, but it looks really stunning.  But at 4.99 it seems like a mind bending opportunity to learn about interaction design.
Cole Camplese

WordPress at TLT Labs | Home - 1 views

  • This site is being used to explore to affordances of WordPress as a platform as it relates to teaching, learning, and research. We are just getting started, so expect things to change rapidly or to encounter the occasional glitch. You can use the “Log In” link in the horizontal menu bar at the very top of the page to get started.
    Exploring WP as a platform to support new teaching practice.
Cole Camplese

U. of Kentucky's Technology Leadership Center Will Be Run From Iowa - Wired Campus - Th... - 1 views

  • The reservations don’t surprise Cole W. Camplese, senior director of teaching and learning with technology at Pennsylvania State University. “Anytime there is a radical change in the way things are done, people will be cautious,” he says. The university has apparently decided this is worth the risk, he adds. Mr. Camplese also notes that Mr. McLeod is well-regarded and very experienced. “If anyone can pull this off, it will be someone like Scott,” he says.
Cole Camplese

Dangerously Irrelevant | Big Think - 2 views

  • January 2011. Lots of mental anguish in the McLeod household. The job may be the best professional setup I’ll ever get. But it’s not the right time to move our family from Ames, Iowa. What to do, what to do? Think outside the box! Pitch UK a ‘global worker’ proposal. 90% of my work is online / electronic anyway. Can I remain in Ames and fly to Lexington a few days a month to take care of the rest? We wait anxiously, fingers and toes crossed. UK says YES!
    Scott does really interesting work and his move to UK will have implications for our field in more ways than one.  A key to consider, is it OK for a tenured Associate Professor to set up shop at a major University and not live there?  Teaching I can working well, but that is only a piece of what one does as an academic at a place like UK or PSU.
Cole Camplese

Peer Review Process - English 202C: Technical Writing - 1 views

  • Below is the process we will follow for peer review in this class. This post will take you through the following steps: 1.) Emailing your draft to your peer reviewer 2.) Opening your peer's draft in iAnnotate and adding your comments 3.) Emailing your comments to your peer, and 4.) Turning in your commented draft.
    A great set of instructions from Patricia on how to use the iPad in a peer review mode.
    I talked about this process in my presentation at Abilene. Michael Farris (from last semester's pilot) said this was the most effective use of iPads in this class, and that students were actually more engaged with peer review in class doing it this way vs. on paper.
    It might be a good idea to get the English 202 people together to share their experiences a bit with us ... maybe just as a moderated conversation.
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