Here is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about distance learning, math education, and outsourcing. I think it raises some interesting possibilities for TC.
Attached is a summary of the newly designed "Collaboration Support/Reserve a Space" system. It reflects a great deal of the thinking and work the design team did last Thursday. At the same time, the small group (Anthony, Gary, Brian, and I) had to make some choices about which features to include/exclude (or delay until a later date). For the most part, these decisions were based on feasibility (for Fall implementation), finanical constraints, and current software development capacity. This does not mean we have forgotten about any of the ideas (e.g. touch screens outside every room, mag locks...
I've created this blog for individuals to give feedback on the collaborative design process (CDP). Please comment on elements of the process (including facilitation, space, equipment) that you found ineffective or helpful. The more specific you can be, the better. After we hear from everyone, we will think about ways to improve the CDP. Please be critical. It is the only we can enhance the process.
Someone I know is in the process of becoming a certified NYC teacher and he was required to take two online workshops (The links are http://www.childabuseworkshop.com and http://www.violenceworkshop.com).
I haven't logged in to see the content, but from what my friend described, it is nothing special. I wonder if it make sense for TC/the Library to get into this market. Perhaps the first set of course modules we build could be around these topics.
Lin did a presentation for 15 faculty members at Seton Hall a few weeks ago titled, "Building Online Community Through Dialog." I think it has some interesting implications for any type of Social Scholar software we might build. For instance, how can we rethink the current array of online dialogue tools to better support the type of networked communication we are envisioning for Social Scholar?
The PowerPoint slides also included some helpful strategies for facilitating online discussion boards. Is this something we should offer to TC faculty/instructors in the form of a workshop or online...