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Message to the Dickinson Board of Trustees | Digital Humanities at Dickinson College

Message to the Dickinson Board of Trustees | Digital Humanities at Dickinson College | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"Among faculty there is a growing realization that the internet, technology, and social media are not just things that distract our students, give them short attention spans, and allow them to do superficial research for papers—though the internet enables all of those things. New digital tools can actually help us do our jobs better, help us teach and do research more effectively. But how, exactly? That’s the question that hangs over all the many discussions regarding technology and education in a liberal arts college setting. The answers are discipline specific, and vary even from class to class in a given subject. But I think there are three broad benefits. In the liberal arts college environment, academic technology can
... 1. Develop students into public scholars.
... 2. Show publicly what the liberal arts can do.
... 3. Enhance collaboration and sharing among scholars.
... The Dickinson-based projects listed on the DHAC website are doing these things in various ways. We are among the most active liberal arts colleges in the country in this realm, which is reflected in our winning the Mellon grant. But there is a lot more to develop. The Mellon grant allows for a postdoctoral fellow, and this will be extremely helpful in nurturing new projects and pedagogical techniques that will arise organically out of what we already do. " from source: http://blogs.dickinson.edu/

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Chris Francese has done a great post about Information, Communications, and Computing (ICT) can do to not only improve the learning and research experience of students, teachers, and researchers. Chris has also succinctly described is critical in our Social Media | Overloaded Information Super-Dooper Information Highway. Let me close with another quote from Chris's post: "What liberal arts students learn to do is contextualize, analyze, and present information. These are things the internet really needs, and we can provide, a real social benefit that is consistent with our mission."

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The Content Grid v2 [Infographic] | Eloqua Blog

The Content Grid v2 [Infographic] | Eloqua Blog | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it

"The Content Grid v2 picks up where its predecessor left off. Intact is the prescriptive connection between content type and distribution channel. New is the perspective of the buyer, a multi-stage purchase funnel, and a comprehensive collection of KPIs (like they say, “What isn’t measured, isn’t purchased.”). Although v2 contains significantly more information than the original, the new design is infinitely more simple. This achievement is a tribute to the unrivaled design team at JESS3 – and the clarity of client/agency communication that comes only with time and trust." -- from the Source.

 

http://media.eloqua.com/images/The-Content-Grid-v2.jpg

 

NOTE: While this infographic is focused on marketing, it can also be applied to the timeline of developing courseware as well. 

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The 16 Most Important Social Media Updates of 2012

The 16 Most Important Social Media Updates of 2012 | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
"In the last 11 months, there have been tons of updates to our favorite social networks, several of which were extremely relevant for marketers and business owners.

Many of them were just little tweaks, but a lot -- 16 in our estimation -- had a huge impact on marketers' jobs. The latter are the ones we want to highlight; not just to show how much can change in a year, but to emphasize how critical it is to remain agile as an inbound marketer so you can keep up with all these updates. Plus, if you're not already using some of these new features (or perhaps didn't know they existed), what better time to get started than the new year?" - from source http://blog.hubspot.com

NOTE: Post not only shows new ideas and tech, but also changes in business processes and relationships.



Read more: http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/33859/The-16-Most-Important-Social-Media-Updates-of-2012.aspx#ixzz2DQwnzk8Y
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Silicon Valley Firm To Help UVA Expand Online Courses : NPR

Published Date: July 17, 2012
Source: NPR Morning Edition transcript
URL: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/17/156891653/silicon-valley-firm-to-help-uva-expand-online-courses

Title: (MOOCs) Silicon Valley Firm To Help UVA Expand Online Courses

Abstract/Quotes:
"NPRs Claudio Sanchez: "SANCHEZ: In fact, not one of the 16 institutions that Coursera has signed up till now offers academic credit or a degree. Instead, students receive a certificate for completing courses that can last anywhere from four to 12 weeks. Coursera today enrolls 690,000 people in 190 countries and those numbers are growing.

The Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors, who thus far have put more than $22 million into the operation, believe they can make lots of money down the road.

The University of Virginia's vice provost Milton Adams says this is not just about money, for UVA it's a chance to join the ranks of institutions that are using technology to help democratize higher education around the world.
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In a statement, UVA president Teresa Sullivan said: There are still many unknowns concerning online teaching. But this partnership will in no way diminish the value of a UVA. Degree - rather it will enhance its brand." -- from the Source

The Source is an NPR Morning Edition transcription. The original audio is available at this URL too.

 

I note with interest President Sullivan uses the words Degree and Brand in the closing remarks. Branding of Academic Institutions seems to be as important as their contribution to the traditional ideals of "increasing the body of knowledge" or "preparing the future leaders and contributors to a better society."

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