Weekly Breakdown

Everything below is subject to revision.

Jan 29: Introductions

  • Icebreakers–round-robin intro/bios
  • Review of syllabus/requirements
  • Week-by-week breakdown
  • Regular Blog Posting
  • Weekly commenting
  • Signing up as class motivators
  • Final Project
  • Discussing use of online tools (Academic Commons)

Feb 5: Contexts and Practicalities
Guiding questions: In what contexts do projects such as the ones that will emerge out of ITP flourish? What are the skillsets scholars producing such projects must develop? How do we measure what’s possible, and what’s right for us?


Feb 14: Trends in Online Teaching and Learning
Guiding questions: how is online teaching and learning changing in the contemporary academy? What are the pressures being placed upon these trends, and how are academics responding?

Hybrid pedagogy, online learning, and MOOC MOOC MOOC MOOC.

Weekly Motivation by Michelle Johnson


Feb 19: Tools
Guiding questions: given the swift emergence and evolution of a range of digital tools, how do we assess their usefulness for our purposes? What questions should we ask of them, and how do we go about answering those questions?

You might refer to this resource to assist you: CogDog’s 50 Storytelling Tools.

Feb 26:  Assignment Design
Guiding questions: what pedagogical opportunities do emerging technologies make possible? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the common technologies that universities deploy in support of teaching, and how do we adapt them to different instructional contexts?  

In class, we will break into groups by discipline and come up with assignments that integrate technology in some way.

Digital elevator pitch due.


March 5:  When To Do What Publicly
Guiding questions: more and more, academics are opening up their work to the public earlier in their processes, despite training that often encourages them to do the opposite. What are the potential costs and benefits of taking your work public before it’s “done”? How do you assess those questions in the specific contexts for your work?


Digital elevator pitch due.

March 12: Collaboration
Guiding questions: digital scholarship and pedagogy rewards and often times requires collaboration at a level not previously expected of academics. How does this change the labor we do, our approaches to imagining and designing projects? What rules and conventions should govern collaboration, and what are some of the best ways to go about designing collaborative work? How might we integrate collaboration into assignment design, and our own research projects?


March 19: Resources and Project Management
Guiding questions: how do we know what kinds of resources are necessary for our projects, and how can find out what resources are available? How does resource allocation fit into project management? What are the core principles of project management, and what methods are available to keep projects on task?


Education-related Project Management


The first resource has an infuriating number of ads in the middle of the text but it does break down the components of a grant and include proposals.

Project Management Tools

Tools that can be used for Project Management

Asynchronous Communication

  • email
  • Project Management Tools above have communication built in
  • Blogs

Synchronous Communication

  • phone
  • text message
  • IM / IRC / chat
  • Skype
  • Virtual Classroom (Blackboard Collaborate, Adobe Connect)
  • Screen Sharing
  • Google Hangout

April 9: Images, Media and Design
Guiding questions: how are emerging technologies changing the way we see, read, think, and learn? How can we best go about integrating design principles into our projects? How can we best stay informed about matters of design, and what technologies govern how they get integrated into the work academics do?


Other Resources:

April 16: Working with and visualizing data

Guiding questions: what options are available to academics for working with medium and large size data sets? What rules govern how they should be digested, analyzed, and presented? What are the trends in data visualizations across disciplines?


Other Resources

April 23: Applied Free Culture and OER
Guiding questions: how is the notion of free culture and the emergence of Open Educational Resources changing the ways that academics approach their work?


April 30: Failure
Guiding questions: what role does failure play in the work that we do? How can we harness failure for progress? How do we fail better?


May 7: The Future of the Internet (Web 2.0/3.0/++)
Guiding questions: where are we going? How do we assess where we might be going, and, most importantly, how do we prepare ourselves to adapt to wherever we are going?


The internet of things is coming, or so they say. Here are some corporate takes on what that means:
“They” also say robots are going to do more of our work and take part in our lives. Here is a Wired article along those lines: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/12/ff-robots-will-take-our-jobs/all/
You can just browse those sites and what’s below quickly to get a gist for what is meant and then think about what you think about this future and whether it will come to pass.

May 14: Student Presentations 1

May 21: Student Presentation 2

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