Enriching Scholarship 2015 – Tech & Trends May 19, 2015Posted by aquillam in teaching.
Tags: enriching scholarships, teaching_technology
The University of Michigan’s annual conference on teaching, learning, and technology, Enriching Scholarship, took place, May 4 – 8, 2015. On Thursday, I attended the Interdisciplinary Communities of Practice: Tech Tools, Trends, Ethos session hosted by the Tech & Trends for Communicators group.
They began with a brief history of the group, and who the members are. Many of them mentioned the importance of networking with other members of the university community, especially so they know whose brain to pick when they have a question. The mission of the group is essentially to find and try out new tech and tools and make recommendations about it’s usefulness to the university. One of the primary goals is to break down the silos and reduce duplication of effort.
The group has monthly meetings, on the second Thursday. Most meetings have a videoconference component, so you can join even if you can’t make the actual meeting. There is MCommunity group, trendsandtechteam, and a google+ community .
There was also a discussion of some of things the group has turned up. For example, Periscope or Meercat allow you to live stream from your mobile device via twitter. They are simple and easy to use, but there are also copyright issues, like what if someone live streams copyrighted material to the world, or streaming a private event, and someone there doesn’t want to be recorded.
Of course, no TnT gathering would be truly complete without the round table. Here are some highlights:
- Patricia shared her portable power brick with USB outlets, especially if the plug swivels so you can plug it in (almost) anywhere: http://www.belkin.com/us/BST300-Belkin/p/P-BST300/ (makes her very popular at conferences.)
- She is also taking an EdX course with Stan Lee https://www.edx.org/course/rise-superheroes-impact-pop-culture-smithsonianx-popx1-1x
- Several people noted how great the one tab browser extension is. It allows you to compact browser tabs into a list, so you don’t have to bookmark them, nor keep them all open until you get around to reading them.
- Photo storage is a perennial problem and people have different ideas about what is (and isn’t) good. Nicole said the new Flickr app had some good additions.
- Asana and Trello are good project management tools, each with a devout following!
- If you have something that you think would be great for the digital signs in Bert’s study lounge in the library, the guidelines (including templates) are at http://www.lib.umich.edu/berts-study-lounge/submission-guidelines-berts-study-lounge-screens. Britian might be able to help you with this.
- Sean has a telepresence robot, which is pretty cool, except for the lack of arms (darn those doors). http://www.doublerobotics.com/ and https://www.suitabletech.com/beam/ are the companies to check out if you’re interested.