Connect Wisconsin MOOC!

April 16, 2014 in eLearning, Interests, Mobile

connectWII’d like to see a Connect Wisconsin! MOOC that leverages the already-EI-funded mobile research tool with a campaign of quests led by UW-Madison student researchers (essentially undergraduate course leaders), where some quests are seeded, and some are solicited and chosen by popular vote (Reddit-style), and then citizens across the state use our new mobile research platform to collect data and document the issues (and potential solutions). Results are tagged, geo-coded, and given peer feedback.

Essentially, this would be an exercise in sharing with the general public some of the methods of research done at UW-Madison, using topics relevant to localities, where they will find that their own local concerns are local concerns across the state, and ideas and solutions might come from other Wisconsinites.

For example, one quest could be about litter (John Francis and I developed this idea when he was a visiting scholar in the Nelson Institute here, btw) — where people document the types of trash they find on the sides of roads. 

  1. What types are predominant?
  2. Where do they come from?
  3. What are the similar factors of high-trash areas across the state? 
  4. What are the similar factors of low-trash areas across the state?

I think a number of interesting topics could come out of this (litter laws? population density? cultures? amount of fast food joints? etc.) Potential Benefits: 

  1. scale up UW-Madison MOOC experience in a cool way that 
  2. engages Wisconsin citizens as “UW students” — giving them a sense of connection/ownership of the university, AND 
  3. exposing them to UW-Madison research and research methods, while
  4. providing UW-Madison students with classroom leadership/teaching experience and 
  5. uber-relevant (to families, hometowns, etc.) research experience 
  6. with an awesome cutting-edge mobile collabor ties sweetly in with, and provides a nice platform for the Big Data/Learning Analytics folks to learn with, and 
  7. lands UW-Madison on the cover of WIRED! magazine and NYTimes and Chronicle for Higher Education
  8. and Wisconsin Public Radio and Television, who I imagine would love to be partners in it.
  9. etc.

I think it’s both sexy and pedagogically-strong. Your thoughts?

Situating Mobile Learning

April 16, 2014 in Academic Technology, eLearning, Mobile, work

Presentation/workshop for EDUCAUSE Connect Chicago, March 18, 2014.

Abstract: Educators know that learning happens best when learners are motivated and supported, so how can we support learning activities where students use the technology at their disposal? Our faculty used mobile and web technologies to create interactive tours and collaborative field research for students to engage with content situated in authentic contexts. Building on this experience, the Mobile Learning Incubator has been evaluating the integration of game elements into newer field research tools. In this session, we’ll get in touch with our inner college student to understand the breadth and scope of mobile as a learning tool, synthesize our different perspectives in small groups, analyze and evaluate how current uses of mobile in higher education teaching and learning support these perspectives, and create a set of challenges and strategies around mobile learning for higher education IT to address. 

Outcomes: In this session you will:

  • Learn several types of mobile-enhanced T&L activities
  • Inhabit a student’s view of mobile
  • Create and share a range of potential learning activities based on that perspective
  • Evaluate how IT can address mobile learning needs, based on a T&L focus

Writings: 1997

April 10, 2014 in Poems n Stuff

I took a poetry class this semester…

 

Writings: 1998

April 10, 2014 in Poems n Stuff

A somewhat complete and mostly horrible chronology of words, strained from an uncertain mind in uncertain patterns written in 1998 (starting bad and getting better, with plenty of worse sprinkled throughout for spice)  

Writings: 1996

April 10, 2014 in Interests

  A somewhat complete and mostly horrible chronology of words, strained from an uncertain mind in uncertain patterns written in 1996 (starting bad and getting better, with plenty of worse sprinkled throughout for spice) 

Writings: 1995

April 10, 2014 in Poems n Stuff

PowerBook Duo 230: What I wrote with in 1995A somewhat complete and mostly horrible chronology of words, strained from an uncertain mind in uncertain patterns written in 1995 (starting bad and getting better, with plenty of worse sprinkled throughout for spice) 

Writings: 1994

April 10, 2014 in Poems n Stuff

 A somewhat complete and mostly horrible chronology of words, strained from an uncertain mind in uncertain patterns written in 1994 (starting bad and getting better, with plenty of worse sprinkled throughout for spice) 

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