I had the privilege of attending the Liberal Arts Scholarship and Technology Summit last week. I was blown away seeing all the engagement in exploring technologies for scholarship and teaching.
Unfortunately my schedule didn’t allow me to see Trevor Munoz’s keynote, but I am looking forward to visiting it once the video is posted.
Chris Long’s presentation on performative publication in the digital age focused on two boundary pushing projects: 1) an enhanced digital book that invites readers to share annotations and engage each other and the author in conversation and 2) the Public Philosophy Journal.
Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor talked about various places where feminist pedagogy and technology are intersecting, including FemTechNet’s antidote to the MOOC – A Distributed Open Collaborative Course on Feminism and Technology. Check out the cool infographic. Looking forward to watchingPenn State faculty participating in this adventure in pedagogy.
Michele Kennerly and Cory Geraths talked about the use of pinterest in their communication arts and sciences course – linking the centuries-old practice of compiling commonplace books to the modern act of maintaing a pinterest or a tumblr. I think this kind of ongoing collection of mixed-media representations of knowledge, arguments, and inspirations is something underrepresented in my own vision of the pedagogical use of digital participation, which has focused perhaps too heavily on lengthy reflections.
There was a faculty workshop offered on “Domain of One’s Own” – getting faculty set up with their own hosting account and domain to truly take control of their own participatory infrastructure.
Last year students in the rhetoric and civic life course sequence created over 17,000 blog posts using Sites At Penn State. (A service very near and dear to my heart)
Sites At Penn State got another shout out as the host of the Digital Humanities Guide.
Watching all the presentations which focused on tools and providers like pinterest, bluehost, cartodb, Google+, it just hit home how the technology in the academy has got to play nicely with the technology “out there”. It is really encumbent on those of us in higher ed technology to know when to stay out of the way and know when to apply just the right amount of energy to augment all the fantastic abilities that are at everyone’s fingertips.
Bottom Line, though, is that there is a lot of cool stuff happening in Penn State’s College Of Liberal Arts.