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Tech Options
September 10, 2009, 3:16 am
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Since we will be working together and teaching one another at a distance, we thought it would be a good idea to plan in advance for how we might use various technology platforms to facilitate our work, and to set ourselves up for sharing our work more broadly within our three institutions, and with others more broadly.

We should balance our interest in learning more about new platforms and what they are good for with our desire to not let the technology get in the way of the various topics that we will be exploring. To that end, I want to propose a set of technologies for us to use for various types of activities, and then open up the conversation to see if there is general agreement, and if not, to arrive at alternatives.

Proposition One:The blog
Let’s use this blog as the hub for our work.

Proposition Two: Groups do their own thing
Let’s not dictate to the various working groups how they work together; they can use whatever tools they agree upon to develop their materials.

Proposition Three: Delicious for social bookmarks
Let’s use delicious for sharing links to readings; many of us already have extensive collections. I propose that we create an account for the seminar, and that we collectively agree to manage the materials within. (And if possible, let’s also try to cr0ss-post some materials to the future of everything collection that we are building up for Academic Commons.) Alternative: should we explore using Diigo for this?

Proposition Four: Make Mailing Lists
Let’s create a mailing list for announcements and other administrative notices for those of us who struggle to keep up with RSS feeds. (Alternative: use the email notify plugin for wordpress.)

Proposition Five: What for Videoconferencing?
For the synchronous component of our work, we should discuss the relative merits of elluminate, gotomeeting, and other options.

Proposition Six: How to publish and what to publish?
Let’s talk about what portions of this needs to be private, and what portions we feel okay doing in public, and how we might create for each topic some sort of public component (dare I say publication) that will allow our colleagues on our campuses and beyond to benefit from the work that we are doing.

What’s missing from this plan? What’s too much? Use the comments to push this around some.


Mike Roy Intro
September 9, 2009, 3:31 am
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I’m Mike Roy. I work at Middlebury, where I’m the dean of library and information services, and acting director of a group that we call Academic Consulting Services. Library and Information Services is a merged Library/IT Shop, and Academic Consulting Services is our latest effort to try to organize a unit that can take advantage of our merged state by providing faculty and students with integrated, holistic, single-point of contact, alongside teams of experts and specialists. This seminar is a big step for us, as we (or at least I!) hope that it will help us think through what this new role of consultant should look like as we enter the 2nd decade of the 21st century.

I look forward to meeting you all in Bellows Falls on Friday!

— mike