This Week in ODL: Oct 30 – Nov 3, 2017

Amy Collier at EDUCAUSE 2017

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is “to advance higher education through the use of information technology”. It is the largest community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.

The Associate Provost of Digital Learning, Amy Collier, will attend EDUCAUSE 2017, its annual conference, held in Philadelphia, PA from October 31 – November 3. The conference will convene over 8,000 higher ed IT colleagues. It promises to explore the topics and issues that participants are passionate about while allowing participants to “share ideas, examine trends, battle assumptions, and swap contact information in an unparalleled representation of peer support and networking.”

The conference will include presentations such as ‘Cloud Security, Privacy and Data Protection‘ and ‘The Role of Foundational Technology and Service Delivery in Enhancing the Student Experience‘, just to name a few.

The 2017 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference seeks to shape the future by learning from the past.

 

SOAN 0245A: Social Life in Age of Big Data

This week, Amy Collier will be speaking at a class in the Sociology/Anthropology department – Social Life in an Age of Big Data. This course taught by Matthew Lawrence, an Assistant Professor of Sociology, analyzes sources and methods of “Big Data” and what that might reveal about our society. It contrasts quantitative social science that relied on surveys or official statistics to today’s sources such as social media profiles that are linked to census records or student loan statements. This course also critically examines “the ethical dilemmas and cultural consequences of living in a world where many of our actions and interactions can be turned into data.” In this class, students are introduced to core sociological topics and develop the tools to consume and engage quantitative social science research.

Amy will be discussing the intersections of big data and education, focusing on what it means to educate in a time of digital information pollution and platform-driven privacy violations. She will also discuss the risks associated with big data in higher education.

 

Write Like A Scientist Presentation

This week, at the fall lunch series for faculty teaching CW classes and beyond, Sonja Burrows, Instructional Designer at ODL and Molly Costanza-Robinson, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Studies will be presenting Write Like A Scientist – A Guide to Scientific Communication, an online resource for scientific writing. In this interactive seminar Molly plans to share student survey data about writing in the sciences at Middlebury and discuss why she created a multi-disciplinary, multi-genre website on Scientific Writing. She will invite faculty to use the site and welcomes participant suggestions for that use. Sonja will discuss the ODL’s role in supporting the instructional design on the new iteration of WLaS built on MiddCreate. 

The ‘Science Writing Seminar’ session will take place on Wednesday, November 1 at 12:20 – 1:20PM in 438 Bicentennial Hall.

 

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