EDUCAUSE 2007: Friday Wednesday, Oct 31 2007 

Susan Gibbons, Associate Dean of Libraries, shared the results of a series of ethnographic and anthroplogical techniques conducted by a staff anthropologist to better understand the campus climate at the University of Rochester. The methodologies for understanding undergraduate students involved photo elicitation exercises, mapping diaries, design workshops, and retrospective interviews. Their findings suggest providing flexibility for students to redesign space; meeting comfort needs including food and drink as well as space to sit, slouch, and lie down; integrate technology and tools from plasma to staplers; staff support should be very generic, all purpose. They especially noted the importance of educating “helicopter” parents to library services during new student orientation. Students are involving parents with research and writing assistance made possible because of the ease of communication through cell phones and e-mail.

Various staff members and one student at the University of British Columbia shared “Models for Collaborative Online Learning: Pedagogy, Design, and Epistemology” that is being used in their Master of Educational Technology (MET) program in 30 different countries for K-12 and post-secondary teachers. They are using inquiry based activities in an effort to establish authentic learning.

EDUCAUSE 2007: Thursday Wednesday, Oct 31 2007 

“From Information Literacy to Scholarly Identity: Effective Pedagogical Strategies for Social Bookmarking” conveyed how Deborah Everhart, Georgetown, Eric Kunnen, Grand Rapids Community College, and Kaye Shelton, Dallas Baptist University, are using “scholar” by Blackboard. Through this extension of the campus management system, students evaluate , summarize and share resources.

“Researching P2P Activity: What Students Say Versus What They Really Do” outlined the Digital Citizen Project at Illinois State University. Cheryl Elzy, Mark Walbert, and David Greenfield from Illinois State and Warren Arbogast, Boulder Management Group, outlined their research. Although the RIAA has targeted college students as violators of copyright law, such actions start in K-12. Kids stealing music is a symptom, not the problem. Students want a big selection of music that is free and easy to download. According to their findings: students don’t think that they will get caught, they hate the entertainment industry, and they probably start downloading in middle school.

Trinity University’s Jeremy Donald, Reference Librarian, and Jason Hardin, Manager of Access Services, shared their use of alternate reality gaming to create the library’s new student orientation, “Blood in the Stacks.” This entertaining engagement exercise relied heavily on their Resident Mentor groups.

Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer for Project Tomorrow, shared that group’s research results from k-12 students, teachers, and parents in “Tomorrow’s Students: Are We Ready for the New 21st Century Learners?” According to her, the “real” digital natives will attend in college in about seven years. Interesting factoid: 42% of K-2 graders use a cell phone daily. We need to redefine “friend” because 34% of those identified as friends were known to them only online in this comprehensive survey of 232,781 K-12 students from 2,800 schools evenly divided between urban, rural, and suburbs.

EDUCAUSE 2007: Wednesday Wednesday, Oct 31 2007 

Doris Kearns Goodwin provided the keynote address for the EDUCAUSE 2007 Conference “Information Futures: Aligning Our Missions.” With stories about Abraham Lincoln, she outlined nine individual qualities that make a leader great. According to my notes: 1) listen to different points of view, 2) the ability to learn on the job, 3) share credit for success, 4) shoulder blame for failure, 5) be aware of your own weaknesses, 6) be able to control emotions, 7) adhere to fundamental goals, 8} know how to relax and replenish energies, 9) manage by walking around. Lincoln’s desire to make the world a better place and his ability to avoid making permanent enemies represent an ideal that would serve any country well. Let’s hope we have such a choice in 2008.

Xavier’s David Dodd, VP for Information Resources and CIO, and Doug Ruschman, Director of Web Services, presented “Xavier University’s Web 2.0 Strategy: The Virtual Learning Commons.” Their Learning Commons is based on shared spaces, shared services, and essential relationships. Their Virtual Learning Commons featured current student-created videos which prospective students viewed and voted on along with other social networking opportunities for incoming students. Xavier is attempting to meet the needs of 21st century learners by carefully listening to its constituents.

“What Can You Do? The Rest of the Copyright Story” outlined the Association for Research Libraries (ARL) copyright education initiative which is based on what copyright law supports rather than what it prohibits. The presenters for this session were Peggy Hoon, Special Assistant to the Provost for Copyright Administration at North Carolina State; Robert Hoon, Associate General Counsel, University of North Carolina at Wilmington; and Tom Miller, Vice Provost for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) at North Carolina State University.

“A Discussion on Disconnects Between Library Culture and Millennial Generation User Values” was led by Robert McDonald, Chronopolis Project Manager , San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego; Richard Sweeney, University Librarian, New Jersey Institute of Technology; and Tyler Walters, Associate Director for Technology & Resource Services, Library & Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology. Five library disconnects were identified: personalized/customized, impatience/speed, technology for groups, push versus pull, and intellectual property issues. Here are some of the characteristics of a millennial: collaborative, open to change, experiential learners, nomadic, social networkers, personalization important, speed, drawn to multimedia, less individualistic, less self-reliant, warm and outgoing.

Seattle Public Library Tuesday, Oct 30 2007 

The Hotel Vintage Park, my sleeping quarters during the recent EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Seattle, identifies individual rooms with a wine-related name such as St. Laurent Vineyards. A happy hour features complimentary wine and gourmet pizzas. I especially enjoyed meeting Mike Lempriere of Perennial Vintners and tasting his wine from Muller Thurgau grapes grown on Bainbridge Island. The hotel is conveniently located kitty-corner from the Seattle Public Library. The impressive glass structure invited an exploratory stroll. The interior of this modern building is dominated by steel with concrete floors. After taking the fluorescent green-yellow escalator up, it was possible to descend from level 9 to level 6 by walking gentle ramps with Dewey Decimal numbers on floor mats corresponding to the nonfiction collection laid out in a continuous run. Of special interest was the George Legrady six-screen electronic installation visually displaying the subject headings with links to the Dewey Decimal numbers of items being checked out.

Trick or Treat Mini-Swiss 2007 Sunday, Oct 21 2007 

Only 24 chess players decided to forgo a beautiful fall day to play in this year’s Trick or Treat Mini-Swiss. John Stopa, a chess master from Worthington and the highest rated player, won all three of his games in the top section of eight players. John Bath and John Hayes, both chess experts living in the Columbus area, tied for second with two wins and a loss. In section B, Leland Masters, Newark, topped the eight player section with two wins and a last round draw. Khao Dao, Columbus, Blair Koman, Newark, and Chris Coski, Athens, tied for second place with two wins and one loss. In section C, Greg Clemens, Zanesville, won all three of his games. Tom Wolber, Delaware, finished second with two wins and a loss. From my casual observation, there were some cataclysmic changes in fortune in several games.

Kobrin Plays Rachmaninoff Saturday, Oct 20 2007 

Russian pianist Alexander Kobrin joined the Columbus Symphony Orchestra to play Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 in C Minor for Piano ad Orchestra, Op. 18. His long fingers and thin, elastic arms flowed effortlessly up and down the keyboard. Alas, his technical command exceeded his emotional effort. The lively opening selection of Johann Strauss’ Overture to Die Fledermaus invited us to join the dance. Unfortunately, the concluding Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 was a bit flat and mechanical.

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