MBMH Seminar

Prep Reading for the 11/13/09 “Net Gen Learners” Session by Bryan
November 6, 2009, 3:47 pm
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Don Tapscott Video and Questions

Michael Wesch Video

Optional Reading

Chapter 5: “Rethinking Education: The Net Generation as Learners”

Tapscott, Don.  Grown up Digital : How the Net Generation is Changing your World.  New York : McGraw-Hill; 2009.


Guidelines for the Next Speakers? by D. Grainger Wedaman
October 23, 2009, 3:45 pm
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If you have suggestions for the next group’s presentation from our experiences today, share them!

Random thoughts:

  • do have a moderator
  • whiteboard drawing — distraction or helpful conduit for release of nervous energy?
  • ask presenting group to summarize post presentation conversation
  • have speaker transmit video of themselves?
  • share online media via links in IM feed
  • use headphones if you’ll be talking
  • use the author’s name in your IM if you’re responding to another IM
  • use the 6-speakers setting

Tech Options by mikeroy
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.


First Meeting — Working Agenda by alexwc
September 1, 2009, 9:16 pm
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RIS Seminar Day 1

Saxton’s River Inn


27 Main Street   Saxtons River, VT

9:30 Arrive, get hot beverage, meet, and greet

10:00 Sharp! <DW, MR, AWC>The charge and goals for the MBMH Seminar, outlining activities for the day </DW, MR, AWC>

10:15 <AWC>Team break-out

Who is your team? How will you introduce your team so the rest of us know and remember you.  You will have 180 seconds.

10:30 Introduce your team to the rest of us in 3 minutes or less

Who are the other teams?

10:45 Team break out

Complete Doodle poll to choose dates your team will lead

Review and rank topics your team would like to lead.

Share your ranking with the group…likely on a board.

11:15 Negotiate with other teams

Do other teams want the same topics?  Meet them and work it out.

Finalize topic for each team.</AWC>

11:30 Lunch and discussion <DW>

While you enjoy your food with your team, flesh out the topic you picked.  Does it mean the same thing to each of you?  Does it need to be focused?

12:15 Lunch and report out

In 180 seconds or less tell the rest of us about your topic.


12:30 <MR>The MBMH Toolkit

We have already started working in the MBMH Seminar blog.  Mike will present and discuss other tools we will use to support our work.


13:00 <DW> Team breakout

Dave will quickly run through a reminder of the format and of the charge to the groups.  The rest of the time will be for your team to begin planing and managing your topic.  What needs to be done?  Who will do what by when?


13:30 <DW, MR, AWC> Reflections

Recap of decisions and activities

Assessment of the day using 3*5 cards for comments and questions.

14:00 End of Day </DW, MR, AWC>

Welcome! by D. Grainger Wedaman
August 31, 2009, 9:22 pm
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A warm welcome to everyone who will be part of our Middlebury-Brandeis-Mount Holyoke Seminar.

Our schools find ourselves in the interesting area of exploring what it means to bring together in a collaborative work context a variety of heretofore distinct responsibilities, among them research support; instructional technology and design; information (or critical) literacies; collection development; academic liaison work.

The idea of our seminar: let’s do it together!  In other words, can we three schools, working in a seminar format (with regular “meetings” on identified topics) lay the groundwork for a new community of practice?

We plan to meet once in person (next week) and subsequently thereafter for 5 regular on-line seminar sessions, each with its own topic (and related homework).  Each session will be led by a team; teams will also be assigned final projects.