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Library; what should be…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 14th September 2014

Amidst discussions at LRS and forthcoming strategic planning –

The LinkedIn Higher Education Teaching and Learning group has a discussion started:

“The library as space is becoming more important, even as students are able to log on to databases from wherever.”

based on the the article

Spikes, Stacks, and Spaces

from Inside Higher Ed blog: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/spikes-stacks-and-spaces


  • Julie Steward
    Julie

    Julie Steward

    Instructional Designer

    University libraries are increasingly the ONLY place on campus that has quiet spaces, since cell-phone conversations are ubiquitous. I think a professional shushher would be a nice touch to any library. Either that, or zero-talking floors and okay-with-some-noise-floors alternating.

  • Andrea KiralyAndrea

    Andrea Kiraly

    Information Specialist, Visiting Lecturer at University of Szeged

    Today university/academic libraries have “all-inclusive services” and they are places for social life, too. In my point of view it is very important for libraries to be always ready for changes, to be regenerative, and to find new ways including the needs of next (Y, Z?) generation. A library is a third place, “a place to be”. And study. With librarians behind the scenes.

    Russ B. likes this

  • Russ BarclayRuss

    Russ Barclay

    Visiting Professor at Campbellsville University

    I note many university libraries have become bistros complete with internet access and quiet rooms for students and student teams to meet and work.

    …And, of course, there are books and databases. Whether students attend to those assets is an open question for me.

  • Sharon BlantonSharon

    Sharon Blanton

    Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Hawaii Pacific University

    I had the opportunity to spend some time in a local high school library yesterday. It was a hub of activity with a class in session, students browsing stacks, small group activities, and numerous meetings. I thought it was great to see so many students collaborating and having fun. The students were very engaged.

    Stephen L. likes this

  • Laura GabigerLaura

    Laura Gabiger

    Professor at Johnson & Wales University

    Top Contributor

    It seems important that Matt Reed mentions both the group study areas and the individual quiet spaces in a library. In the past, university libraries tended to be places for individual quiet work. But as Russ and Sharon mention, students have meetings in libraries to work on group activities. If we pay attention to developments in higher education, student work will be increasingly collaborative rather than individual, interdisciplinary rather than narrowly focused in one disciplinary area. In the USA we can find these values set forth in places such as the AAC&U list of high-impact practices, where collaborative assignments and projects are recommended:http://www.aacu.org/sites/default/files/files/hip_tables.pdf

    Some experts recommend that the most valuable things students can learn to do is work on problem-solving with other people who come from diverse backgrounds.

    Libraries may need less space for stacks as printed books and periodicals are replaced with digital storage, but the need for meeting rooms and collaborative study areas may increase. And of course a coffee shop on the premises definitely helps.

    Stephen L. likes this

  • Dr..Myrna FernandoDr..Myrna

    Dr..Myrna Fernando

    Professor 1 at Technological University of the Philippines

    What is the bearing of a library as a Learning Resource Center if not significant to the students. I think it speaks so much on the learning impact not only by the students together with the faculty. This is also the reason why the area of Library is included in institutional/programs accreditation.

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50 Shades of Mobile

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 4th September 2014

50 Shades of Mobile

http://www.themobilenative.org/2012/09/50-shades-of-mobile.html

Smart phones (MLDs)
iPads
Blogs
BYOD/BYOT
Videos

Posted in Blog, Digital literacy, distance learning, distributive learning, e-learning, educational technology, hybrid learning, information literacy, information technology, instructional technology, iPAD, media literacy, mobile apps, mobile apps, mobile devices, online learning, social media, technology literacy | No Comments »

12 Types of Blog Posts to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th April 2014

12 Types of Blog Posts to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/12-types-of-blog-posts/

#1: How-to’s and Tutorials

#2: Lists

#3: Resources or Link Lists

#4: Cheat Sheets, Checklists and To-do’s

#5: Reviews

#6: Controversial Posts

#7: Infographics

#8: Podcast Show Notes

#9: Videos

#10: Interviews

#11: Guest Posts

#12: Blog Series

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10 +1 Excellent platforms to create your class website

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd November 2013

10 Excellent platforms to create your class website

  1. Wix
  2. Google Sites
  3. Weebly for Education
  4. Yola
  5. SchoolRack
  6. Blogger
  7. WordPress
  8. Edublog
  9. KidBlog
  10. Glogster Edu

 

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25 Smart #SocialMedia Tips For #EdLeaders

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd October 2013

http://gettingsmart.com/2013/10/25-smart-socialmedia-tips-edleaders/

 

5 Learning Strategies

  1. Track relevant hashtags on twitter (I use Hootsuite)

  2. Use a reader to scan key blogs (I switched from iGoogle to Ustart & Feedly)

  3. Like causes/companies and track on Facebook

  4. Learn about your audience and growth  (we use Sprout Social and Google Analytics)

  5. Open a doc for good question you receive; use for future blogs

5 Impact Strategies

  1. Blog at least weekly about what you learn

  2. Tweet 5-10/day about what’s catching your attention

  3. Follow people doing good work

  4. Use hashtags/handles when you tweet

  5. Capture contacts in a CRM database for easy sharing

5 Leadership Strategies

  1. Write a weekly staff blast

  2. Publish a weekly community blast

  3. Make contact information available publically

  4. Create multiple points of entry

  5. Create opportunities for discussions and feedback

5 Brand-Building Strategies

  1. Use simple crisp graphics

  2. Create a clean easy to navigate homepage

  3. Add Facebook & Twitter icons to homepage

  4. Blog weekly and make it easy to share

  5. Keep branding between all channels cohesive

5 Survival Strategies

  1. Carve out learning and sharing hour every morning

  2. Don’t obsess the rest of the day

  3. Haters will hate; pick your battles

  4. Clear your inbox twice daily; flag/prioritize follow ups

  5. Turn it all off and go for a walk

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Pro Domo Sua: Are We Puppets in a Wired World? Surveillance and privacy revisited…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd October 2013

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2013/nov/07/are-we-puppets-wired-world/

Are We Puppets in a Wired World?

But while we were having fun, we happily and willingly helped to create the greatest surveillance system ever imagined, a web whose strings give governments and businesses countless threads to pull, which makes us…puppets. The free flow of information over the Internet (except in places where that flow is blocked), which serves us well, may serve others better. Whether this distinction turns out to matter may be the one piece of information the Internet cannot deliver.

 

Posted in Blog, collaboration and creativity, copyright, Cybersecurity, digital citizenship, digital identity, Digital literacy, Digital rights management (DRM), Digital rights management (DRM), digital storytelling, information technology, issues, media management, mobile apps, mobile devices, mobile learning, privacy, social media, technology, technology literacy | No Comments »

Pedagogy Unbound: A Place for College Teachers to Share Practical strategies

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 13th September 2013

http://www.pedagogyunbound.com.

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Blogs : easy and fast

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 4th May 2013

How to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less [Screencast, v. 2.0] sco.lt/6oE5IX
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From Scoop.it

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