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High Performance Wi-Fi For Today’s Digital Education
Seamless and robust mobile connectivity is a must have in today’s education environment. More student mobile devices, higher performance data rates, greater capacity demands, increasing on-line curriculum and testing require enterprise grade Wi-Fi reliability without the complexities and on-going maintenance. It has to be simple and it has to just work.
In this webinar, you will hear case studies from three different schools, each with their own specific wireless needs, how they addressed them and what recommendation they would each have to ensure your wireless project goes smoothly.
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LIVE WEBCAST DATE: April 07, 2016
LIVE WEBCAST TIME: 02:00 PM EDT
Use the link below to enter the webcast up to 15 minutes before the start.
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Vice President for Information Technology, Jacksonville State University
Since 2008, Mr. Vinson Houston has served as vice president for information technology at Jacksonville State University. Prior to that, Mr. Houston served as Director of Telecommunications for JSU, beginning in 2005. Mr. Houston currently serves on the board of directors for the Alabama Supercomputer Authority and is on the CORE Executive Committee that leads initiatives promoting PK-20 collaboration related to using new technologies in the classroom. He holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Jacksonville State University.
Executive Director of Information and Accountability, KUSD
Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) is the 3rd largest district in Wisconsin, with over 40 schools. KUSD’s mission is to provide excellent, challenging learning opportunities and experiences that prepare each student for success. From this role, Kris has the pleasure of directly guiding both the Office of Educational Accountability and the Information Services Department. Kris is a strong advocate for promoting quality integration of technology and data for staff and students alike.
Network Manager, KUSD
Angela Becker is the Network Manager for Kenosha Unified School District. KUSD serves over 22,200 students and 3,000 staff. Angela supports and maintains the network and wireless infrastructure for 40 district sites which includes a 10Gb internal fiber ring, over 950 access points and 700 network switches as well as provides application and online testing support for the district.
Network and Systems Administrator, Everest Academy
As the Network and Systems Administrator at Everest Academy, Alex is responsible for planning and implementing network and server upgrades. He has worked both as an administrator and technician for the past 4 years. Never one for a dull moment, Alex also monitors and maintains multiple client networks as a consultant.
Immersive Italy and 6th European Immersive Education Summit Host and Dates Announced
The Immersive Education Initiative today announced that Università degli Studi di Padova (the University of Padua) is the official host of the 6th European Immersive Education Summit (EiED 2016). The prestigious academic and technical conference will run in parallel with the inaugural IMMERSIVE ITALY “general public” conference from June 21 through June 23.
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NISO Virtual Conference:
Justifying the Library: Using Assessment to Justify Library Investments
April 20, 11:00am – 5:00pm EST – Learn more and register at: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2016/virtual_conference/apr20_virtualconf/
Assessment exercises for institutional libraries are frequently a double-edged sword; they’re as readily used to justify cuts as they are to bolster budgets. This NISO virtual conference provides expert insights into how data gathered in the normal course of activities can be leveraged to demonstrate value to the parent institution. Data represent the raw material for building your case. What data are available? How is their quality? What is the appropriate context for persuasively presenting that data to deans, provosts and other administrators? This virtual conference will address the very hot topic of library assessment in the context of a changing educational environment and features a complete roster of expert speakers, including:
- Steven J. Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University
- Nancy Turner, Assessment and Organizational Performance Librarian, Temple University
- Jocelyn Wilk, University Archivist, Columbia University
- Elisabeth Brown, Director of Assessment & Scholarly Communications Librarian, SUNY-Binghamton
- Ken Varnum, Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, & Learning Analytics, University of Michigan
- Jan Fransen, Service Lead for Researcher and Discovery Systems, University of Minnesota
- Kristi Holmes, Directer, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
- Starr Hoffman, Head, Planning & Assessment, University of Nevada – Las Vegas
- Carl Grant, Chief Technology Officer and Associate University Librarian for Knowledge Services, University of Oklahoma
The preliminary agenda and pricing information for this event may be found at:
As a bonus, register for the virtual conference and receive an automatic registration for the follow-up training webinar, Making Assessment Work: Using ORCIDS to Improve Your Institutional Assessments, on Thursday, April 28!
Instructors for that session are Alice Meadows (ORCID), Christopher Erdmann (Harvard University) and Merle Rosenzweig (University of Michigan).
For more information about this event, please contact Jill O’Neill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other questions for NISO? Get in touch at:
3600 Clipper Mill Road
Baltimore, MD 21211-1948
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analytics in education
Midwest Regional Conference at Notre Dame
The Conference at Notre Dame May 12-13 is intriguing as you can see from some of the session titles below. It’s time to register and book lodging.
How do we know they are learning? Digital Evidence of and for Learning
Peruse the titles below to get an idea of the dynamism of this eportfolio conference:
- Balancing Summative, Formative, and Transformative ePortfolio Functions within Participatory Learning and Assessment
- Competency Based Badging and ePortfolios for the Youth and Adult Workforce in Philadelphia
- Show your SPuRS: Bridging Academics and Co-Curricular Professional Readiness
- Buckeye Badges: A Pilot Project at Ohio State University
- Developing an Integrative Toolkit for Engagement at Michigan (iTeam)
- Ethics, ePortfolios, and Badges: Envisaging Privacy and Digital Persistence in Student-Level Learning Evidence
- Balancing Summative, Formative, and Transformative ePortfolio Functions within Participatory Learning and Assessment
Plus 15 other sessions.
The keynote address will be given by Daniel T. Hickey on Open Digital Badges + ePortfolios: Searching for and Supporting Synergy. an internationally-known speaker and leader on the changes in higher education around digital technologies.
Here is a description of another session:
By sharing challenges, practices, and examples of maker portfolios, we highlight the importance of makerspaces and community development in the design of portfolios that capture rich learning.
These are the institutions represented in the program:
- Grand Valley State University
- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
- Indiana University
- Notre Dame
- University of Michigan
- Ohio State University
- Kendall College; Laureate Universities
- Boston University
- Western Michigan University
- Drexel University
- University of Charleston
The full program will be posted by late Thursday of this week. This is a must-attend event to know about the latest developments in the eportfolio field.
Registration rates (note that AAEEBL members receive a $100 discount on registration; a student rate is available as well):
$250 before April 25
$290 after April 25
$150 before Aprial 25
$190 after April 25
$75 before Aprial 25
$115 after April 25
Includes 2 breakfasts, one lunch and one reception. One and a half days of sessions.
Register now. Book lodging. Notre Dame is just outside of Chicago in Northern Indiana. Midway Airport is probably the closest major airport to the Notre Dame campus. Conference facilities at Notre Dame are excellent — lodging and conference space are adjacent.
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The theme of the Fifth 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard is
“Challenge 2030: Envisioning the Future of Education.”
The organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from a variety of perspectives under three major topic tracks:
- Education & Workforce Development
- Information Technology
- Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The aim of the Fifth 21st Century Academic Forum Conference at Harvard is to encourage and facilitate research initiatives that address the future of education, the workforce, and life at large. Our conferences are attended by a global audience of academic researchers, practitioners, policy makers and others interested in addressing important issues affecting education and public policy.
Breaking News on “Teacher Prep” Regulations for Distance Education
It is proposed that a college’s program could fall short in ONE state and lose the right to offer TEACH grants to distance students in ANY state. That might work if every state used the same criteria, but that’s not required. The “Discussion of Costs, Benefits, and Transfers” is a baffling attempt at measuring activity for which there is no good data.
Dynamic Discussion Artifacts: Moving Beyond Threaded Discussion in an Online Course
PPT is converted to iSpring.
rubric and examples of the technology they might use (for podcast etc). They are tech ed master students, so they have the background.
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ACRL e-Learning webcast series: Learning Analytics – Strategies for Optimizing Student Data on Your Campus
This three-part webinar series, co-sponsored by the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Committee, the Student Learning and Information Committee, and the ACRL Instruction Section, will explore the advantages and opportunities of learning analytics as a tool which uses student data to demonstrate library impact and to identify learning weaknesses. How can librarians initiate learning analytics initiatives on their campuses and contribute to existing collaborations? The first webinar will provide an introduction to learning analytics and an overview of important issues. The second will focus on privacy issues and other ethical considerations as well as responsible practice, and the third will include a panel of librarians who are successfully using learning analytics on their campuses.
Webcast One: Learning Analytics and the Academic Library: The State of the Art and the Art of Connecting the Library with Campus Initiatives
March 29, 2016
Learning analytics are used nationwide to augment student success initiatives as well as bolster other institutional priorities. As a key aspect of educational reform and institutional improvement, learning analytics are essential to defining the value of higher education, and academic librarians can be both of great service to and well served by institutional learning analytics teams. In addition, librarians who seek to demonstrate, articulate, and grow the value of academic libraries should become more aware of how they can dovetail their efforts with institutional learning analytics projects. However, all too often, academic librarians are not asked to be part of initial learning analytics teams on their campuses, despite the benefits of library inclusion in these efforts. Librarians can counteract this trend by being conversant in learning analytics goals, advantages/disadvantages, and challenges as well as aware of existing examples of library successes in learning analytics projects.
Learn about the state of the art in learning analytics in higher education with an emphasis on 1) current models, 2) best practices, 3) ethics, privacy, and other difficult issues. The webcast will also focus on current academic library projects and successes in gaining access to and inclusion in learning analytics initiatives on their campus. Benefit from the inclusion of a “short list” of must-read resources as well as a clearly defined list of ways in which librarians can leverage their skills to be both contributing members of learning analytics teams, suitable for use in advocating on their campuses.
open academic analytics initiative
where data comes from:
- students information systems (SIS)
- Video streaming and web conferencing
- Co-curricular and extra-curricular involvement
D2L degree compass
Predictive Analytics Reportitng PAR – was open, but just bought by Hobsons (https://www.hobsons.com/)
IMS Caliper Enabled Services. the way to connect the library in the campus analytics https://www.imsglobal.org/activity/caliperram
student’s opinion of this process
benefits: self-assessment, personal learning, empwerment
analytics and data privacy – students are OK with harvesting the data (only 6% not happy)
8 in 10 are interested in personal dashboard, which will help them perform
Big Mother vs Big Brother: creepy vs helpful. tracking classes, helpful, out of class (where on campus, social media etc) is creepy. 87% see that having access to their data is positive
recognize metrics, assessment, analytics, data. visualization, data literacy, data science, interpretation
INSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT – N.B.
determine who is the key leader: director of institutional research, president, CIO
who does analyics services: institutional research, information technology, dedicated center
analytic maturity: data drivin, decision making culture; senior leadership commitment,; policy supporting (data ollection, accsess, use): data efficacy; investment and resourcefs; staffing; technical infrastrcture; information technology interaction
student success maturity: senior leader commited; fudning of student success efforts; mechanism for making student success decisions; interdepart collaboration; undrestanding of students success goals; advising and student support ability; policies; information systems
developing learning analytics strategy
understand institutional challenges; identify stakeholders; identify inhibitors/challenges; consider tools; scan the environment and see what other done; develop a plan; communicate the plan to stakeholders; start small and build
ways librarians can help
idenfify institu partners; be the partners; hone relevant learning analytics; participate in institutional analytics; identify questions and problems; access and work to improve institu culture; volunteer to be early adopters;
questions to ask: environmental scanning
do we have a learning analytics system? does our culture support? leaders present? stakeholders need to know?
questions to ask: Data
questions to ask: Library role
learning analytics & the academic library: the state of the art of connecting the library with campus initiatives
causation versus correlation studies. speakers claims that it is difficult to establish causation argument. institutions try to predict as accurately as possible via correlation, versus “if you do that it will happen what.”
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Day one: overview and Patron facing systems (Public Services) Web-scale Discovery, circ etc
Day two: Overview and Tech Services: Cataloging Acq Serials etc.
Using a Mobile Solution to Empower Students in and out of the Classroom
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Time: 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. Sponsored by: i>clicker
archived webcast here:
(you need to register. That means, sharing personal data, so fill out cautiously).
REEF polling is a proprietary for i>Clickers.
All other contenstors, TopHat, Turning Technologies etc. have the same scheme
methodology of the chemistry teacher:
flipped classroom active learning
quizzes: may not use external resources, graded on accuracy
questions: may use external sources, graded on participation (chemistry teacher wants students to be active and not penalized for wrong answer).
think: students consider the question. submit an answer individually
pair: instructors shows the results (no answer is given); students form groups to discuss their answers; students must agree on the answer
share: students submit an answer individually; the instructor shows the result (an answer is given)
follow up q/s, also standard:
1. what to do, if students don’t have smart phones, 2. CRS integration with CMS 3. data export
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