Virtual Conference Tuesday May 22, 2012


Access to archives of the Day 1 sessions will be available on this site within the next couple of weeks.

Begins at 9:30 a.m. (note all times listed are Central Time)

The virtual conference is open for all to view on a first come availability basis.

Join us for Michael Wesch's keynote address at 9:30am (CST) followed by three selected sessions throughout the day.   Details for logging on to the streamed sessions is available in each of the tabs below. (Note: links will not be live until May 22nd) 

Keynote 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: The World Remixed: Learning in the Digital Age

Description: It took tens of thousands of years for writing to emerge after humans spoke their first words. It took thousands more before the printing press and a few hundred again before the telegraph. Today a new medium of communication emerges every time somebody creates a new web application. A Flickr here, a Twitter there, and a new way of relating to others emerges. New types of conversation, argumentation, and collaboration are realized. Using examples from anthropological fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, YouTube, classrooms, and “the future,” this presentation will demonstrate the profound yet often unnoticed ways in which our culture is being remixed by new media.

We need to move from being simply knowledgeable to being knowledge-able.  We will explore what knowledge-ability needs to be, why it is important, and how we can create the learning environments that foster the forms of learning we need.

Michael Wesch Bio 

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Session 11:00 a.m.

Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) Virtual Presentation - Mobile Learning: Understanding its Potential and Measuring its Impact.

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s mobile learning research brought together a collection of best practices, case studies, and research on mobile technologies’ potential to engage students and enhance learning. In this session we will look at some of the powerful trends in mobile technology that are fast changing how we using computing in academics, as well as at the opportunities for a strategic approach to implementing mobile learning. We’ll also share strategies and methodologies to help measure the impact of mobile tools on teaching and learning. Throughout the session, we’ll engage participants on these questions: What are your challenges/opportunities in these areas? What research in this area might be useful to the community to further mobility?    ELI: Malcom Brown & Veronica Diaz

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Session 1:30 p.m.

Using an Online Proctoring Service for Distance Courses: ProctorU

The University of Alabama's College of Continuing Studies has recently selected ProctorU as an online proctoring service available to all distance learning students.  For a fee (paid by the student), ProctorU allows students to take their online exams anywhere through the use of a webcam and a reliable high-speed internet connection while still ensuring the integrity of the exam. 

ProctorU monitors exam takers in a three-step process.  The Proctor:

1.      observes the test taker via a web-cam.

2.      watches the test taker’s screen in real time.

3.      authenticates the student’s identity.

ProctorU was selected after a yearlong process that included reviews and comparisons with other products, campus demonstrations for UA faculty and administration, as well as calls with universities and colleges provided as references.  The selection team for ProctorU included a number of groups and the service was also reviewed and approved by UA OIT Security.  ProctorU will not eliminate or replace other testing options currently offered, such as on-site testing or student-secured proctors.  UA: Maryellen Allen and Nina Smith

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Session 2:30 p.m.

Development of a Web-Based Mobile Technology Application for Healthcare Providers in Transplant Care
During this session, presenters will discuss how to - the process of developing web-based mobile technology. A method for collaboration among disciplines and dissemination to students and professionals will be highlighted. UAH: Haley Hoy and Manil Maskey

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