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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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OER-101: Learn the Basics and Benefits of the Open Educational Resource - Faculty eCommons

OER-101: Learn the Basics and Benefits of the Open Educational Resource - Faculty eCommons | Distance Ed Archive | Scoop.it
OER-101 starts with the basics, namely what makes a resource “open” and the benefits of incorporating Open Education into your learning environment, and is split into five modules or “pursuits.”

 

"With the cost of textbooks and tuition on the rise, the necessity of incorporating Open Educational Resources (OERs) into curricula for all ages and all levels of education is undeniable. Do you struggle with finding high-quality OERs on the web or question whether or not certain resources are actually “open?” Would you like to create your own OER but don’t know how to begin or what steps to take?

 

Maybe you are even asking yourself, “What the heck is an OER?”

 

If you find yourself mulling over these questions or simply have an interest in learning more about creating and utilizing OERs, self-enroll in Open SUNY’s new Open Course on CourseSites. The course, “Locating, Creating, Licensing, and Utilizing OERs (OER-101),” is free and provides a wealth of information on OERs for both novice OER users and those already familiar with the world of the Open Educational Resource." from source: http://facultyecommons.com/

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This is an opportunity for faculty to learn about and inform themselves about the basics and benefits of Open Education Resources. It includes a series on online modules as well as other materials.

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