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New ELI 7 Things: Modern Learning Commons

The new EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) 7 Things You Should Know About the Modern Learning Commons is now available; CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott served as an advisor on its development:

http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAbouttheMo/227141

New CNI Conversations: e-textbooks, enhanced reality, more

In the February 17, 2011 podcast, CNI director Clifford Lynch talks about the Paul Evan Peters Award, to be presented to UCLA professor Christine Borgman at CNI’s spring meeting on April 4 in San Diego, CA; Borgman will present the Peters’ Lecture at that time. Cliff also makes note of a recent announcement made by the California Digital Library and partners regarding data management plans.

 

Both Cliff and Joan Lippincott, CNI associate director, reflect on the recent EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) meeting in Washington, DC and the 2011 Horizon Report.

CNI Conversations continues to be available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).  We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback.  For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

Feb. 17, 2011

Audio Recording [mp3 26:52 min.]
February 17, 2011

In the February 17, 2011 podcast, CNI director Clifford Lynch talks about the Paul Evan Peters Award, to be presented to UCLA professor Christine Borgman at CNI’s spring meeting on April 4 in San Diego, CA; Borgman will present the Peters Lecture at that time.  Cliff also makes note of a recent announcement made by the California Digital Library and partners regarding data management plans.

Both Cliff and Joan Lippincott, CNI associate director, discuss the recent EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) meeting in Washington, DC and the 2011 Horizon Report.

We hope you enjoy this program and we welcome your feedback.  For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

2011 Horizon Report now available

The 2011 Horizon Report, a collaborative initiative of the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is now available for free download from:

http://www.educause.edu/Resources/2011HorizonReport/223122

Each year the report identifies and describes key trends that a group of experts believe will have an impact on teaching, learning and creative inquiry. This year, some of those trends are: electronic books, mobiles, augmented reality, game-based learning, gesture-based computing, and learning analytics.

I highly recommend this report for those who wish to get a concise overview of important trends; in addition, the report includes examples of existing uses of the technologies it highlights and provides links to additional materials. Full disclosure – I served as a member of the Advisory Board for the second year.

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Joan K. Lippincott
Associate Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information

Digital Humanities at Small Liberal Arts College: Innovation and Intergration

Rebecca Frost Davis
Program Officer for the Humanities
National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE)

The digital humanities first flourished at doctoral research universities, but as the field has developed, its methodologies, topics of research, and disciplinary approaches have emerged more widely, even at small liberal arts colleges, whose primary mission is teaching undergraduates. For them, digital humanities helps scholars think how the digital revolution affects and changes the disciplines, and liberal arts education in general. They also help students develop and practice important liberal arts skills, such as critical thinking and effective communication within the changed information environment of the digital age. While early engagement in the digital humanities at these colleges often took the form of isolated grant-created faculty projects, more recently, several small liberal arts colleges, including Hamilton College, Occidental College, and Wheaton College, have taken steps to engage with the digital humanities at the institutional level. These institutions face significant challenges in sustaining large-scale, collaborative digital projects typical of the field.

This briefing will present findings of ongoing research into how digital humanities fits into the culture and structure of these small liberal arts colleges, and it will explore how they cope with limited staff, infrastructure, and funding. These cases demonstrate the value of engaging undergraduates for promoting digital humanities, popularizing digital methodologies, engaging the public in digital efforts, reenergizing traditional humanities disciplines, and training future digital humanists. They also offer models for inter-institutional collaboration that will be important in the development of major cyberinfrastructure projects for the humanities.

http://www.nitle.org/help/digital_humanities.php

    Handout (PDF)

ELI Seeking Evidence of Impact

ELI Seeking Evidence of Impact

 

Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)
EDUCAUSE

Joan K. Lippincott
Associate Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information

In August, The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) launched the “Seeking Evidence of Impact” program to explore ways of gathering and analyzing evidence of the impact of our technology-based innovations and current practices. This program seeks to engage the teaching and learning community in a collective discussion and exploration of this topic. This session will include a report on the results of the community survey conducted at the October EDUCAUSE conference and current plans and directions. The session will provide attendees with an opportunity to share input on the program’s design.

http://www.educause.edu/ELI/SEI

    Handout (MS Word)

 Presentation (PowerPoint)

CNI Conversations – September recording available

The archived audio recording of the Sept. 14 CNI Conversations session is now available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher). In this session, Clifford Lynch discusses the Dear Colleague Letter from the National Science Foundation (NSF) requesting comments on big challenges and new opportunities for the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, and he reports on a meeting of the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure Campus Bridging Task Force, a group charged with examining the coordination between national level resources and investments made by individual campuses. Cliff also talks about the status of the UK data service and the Wolfram Data Summit. Joan Lippincott reports on the new EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) assessment project, Evidence of Impact.

About CNI Conversations

CNI Conversations provides an opportunity for individuals from member institutions and organizations to talk to CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format. Questions and discussion are invited and encouraged. Real-time participation in CNI Conversations requires pre-registration, which is open only to those at member institutions and organizations; if you are interested in participating in CNI Conversations, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org. We plan to continue to make audio or other records of these exchanges generally available after the event.

For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact CNI Associate Executive Director Joan Lippincott at joan@cni.org.

September 2010

Audio Recording [mp3 47:50 min.] September 14, 2010

In the September 2010 CNI Conversations, Executive Director Clifford Lynch discusses the Dear Colleague Letter from the National Science Foundation (NSF) requesting comments regarding big challenges and new opportunities for the social, behavioral, and economic sciences, and he reports on a meeting of the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure Campus Bridging Task Force, a group charged with examining the coordination between national level resources and investments made by individual campuses. Cliff also discusses the status of the UK data service and the Wolfram Data Summit. Joan Lippincott reports on the new EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) assessment project, Evidence of Impact.

Announcement of ELI Evidence of Impact

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I’m passing along an announcement from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative; it describes a new initiative on a topic that will interest many in the CNI community. Information technologists, instructional technologists, and librarians will increasingly be asked to demonstrate the value of their programs and services in this challenging economic climate. This EDUCAUSE initiative, focusing on the impact of innovations in teaching and learning, will provide many vehicles for exploring how to conceptualize and generate useful evidence.

Joan Lippincott
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On August 3, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) launched a new program to explore ways of gathering and collecting evidence of the impact of our innovations and current practices. Called “Seeking Evidence of Impact,” this program will bring the teaching and learning community into a collective discussion and consist of a variety of events, meetings, workshops, and publications over the next 18 months—all united around the theme of “seeking evidence of impact.” More information is available at the program’s website: <http://tinyurl.com/ELIevidence>

One of the inspirations for this program came from conversations we had with CIOs at last year’s EDUCAUSE conference. Faced with difficult budgeting and resource decisions, we found that CIOs were asking if there was data upon which to base such decisions with respect to teaching and learning support. These considerations echoed comments from other communities, all of which indicated an increasing importance on encouraging evidence-based practices in support of our students and their instructors.

This new ELI program is first and foremost an exploration of this theme. While we cannot predict “where” this program will be 18 months from now, we can say that no style, method, or school of gathering evidence will be excluded or privileged. We look forward to engaging with the community on a topic of keen importance to us all.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

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Malcolm Brown, Director ELI < mbrown@educause.edu>
Veronica Diaz, Associate Director ELI <vdiaz@educause.edu>
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Malcolm Brown
Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
email: mbrown@educause.edu
IM: fnchron (AIM)
Voice: 575-448-1313

Feb. 2010 CNI Conversations Available

The archived audio recording of the Feb. 10 session is now available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher).  CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch opened this session with some discussion of subject repositories, and he talked about a report from UC Berkeley on faculty and scholarly communication; CNI Associate Director Joan Lippincott reported on the recent EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) meeting.  Also during this call, Cliff discussed the plenary sessions planned for the spring 2010 CNI Membership Meeting in April, and he reviewed the landscape of gaming in higher education teaching and learning.