Socializing with Social Media


(From left: Pam Harris of Swarthmore College Libraries, and Illene Rubin and Mallika Sircar of Penn Libraries)

Back in June at PhillyDH@Penn, I presented a workshop called “Social Media Tech Tools,” which provided a show-and-tell of six different social media tools that we use here at WIC and some tips about using social media to engage our audiences. The workshop took place in Van Pelt Library’s new Collaborative Classroom, which encourages flipped classroom and active learning methods via the room setup and technology. The room is also conducive to socializing as folks are collaborating and moving around the room, making it an ideal space to discuss social media.

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You do you.

kelliThis guest post by Kelli Liu, a sophomore from southern California majoring in biology and Apple campus representative, describes her thoughts on software upgrades.

Like many people, I am a creature of habit and I often find myself resistant to changes unless I find them absolutely necessary. This aspect of change is extremely applicable to my life when it comes to updating my life technologically. Everyday I am bombarded with my apps, email, and softwares notifying me that my current version is outdated and that I must update immediately. However, I often become really comfortable with the structure of a software, app, or email format that I am using, and I find that often times when I update I regret the decision immediately. New updates are certainly nice and more developed, but sometimes they are not better for me. Continue reading

Symposium 2014 Brainstorm

Undergraduate Student Panel 2014
Undergraduate Student Panel 2014

Please mark your calendars for October 31, 2014 for the 2014 Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium and join us for two open brainstorming sessions to plan the day:

Our annual symposium is designed for faculty. Last year, we brought together people from 11 of the 12 schools at Penn, and students reflected on their experiences with the “flipped classroom”. Continue reading

Serious Gaming

6a00d8341c630a53ef01116856cf7a970c-800wiWhat is a “serious” game?  Up until about a year ago, I didn’t really know what it meant, and kind of thought it sounded like an oxymoron.  Since then, I have been researching and making serious games–you can find my first one here.  At some point in your life, you’ve probably been in the midst of a task and realized you or someone else had turned it into a game.  Maybe your mom tricked you into thinking raking the leaves was a game by telling you and your brother that whoever got the most leaves into a pile the fastest would win.  Maybe your boss gave out points for a job well done in an employee of the month competition.  Continue reading

Free Website Platforms: WIX and Weebly

If you’re thinking of creating a website and not sure where to start, this is the blog post for you. Fortunately, we lilogoswixweeblyve in a time where you no longer have to know everything about how to code your own website scripting with HTML, CSS, PHP, etc. You can use a content management platform! Content management platforms allow you to build a full website, directly in your browser without any prior knowledge of website development.  Even better, there are free content management platforms (which allow you to do a lot, without having to bump up to the premium packages with additional features), such as WIX and Weebly.

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Flipping the Classroom: A WIC Year in Review

Each year, Penn Libraries holds a Pecha Kucha event as the culmination of the year’s Public Services Forum meetings.  The event provides librarians a chance to share research, past projects, or new ideas for the upcoming year.  This year, I decided to do my 20×20 presentation on my experiences with video tools for flipping the classroom over the past year at WIC.  In particular, I focused on our work with educators at the Penn Language Center (PLC) in conjunction with their Certificate in Instructional Technologies and Online Learning.  After working with PLC language educators over the past year, we also enjoyed viewing the outcomes of their projects in May at the PLC Annual Teaching and Showcase Award Program.

Such projects have inspired us to host new events, like Scholarship, De-Printed, and offer new workshops on flipped classroom and other audio/video tools for showcasing online teaching and research.  It’s also tempted us to look back on the various video projects we have participated in with language classes and document these in a publication that we’re working on for the CALICO Book Series.

Please take a look at my presentation above to see our adventures this past year in flipped classroom tools at WIC (spoiler alert – my Prezi recording goes over the strict 5 minutes for Pecha Kucha!).

Fab Four Needed!

chaoWe are looking for four fabulous graduate students to take WIC and EC into the new academic year. All four positions (two at WIC and two at EC) require a one-year commitment of 20 hours per week. Our interns do everything – they teach workshops, write for PennWIC, staff the WIC desk and the EC desk, and help with a variety of technologies. They participate in library chat assistance and reference desk assistance. This page and the video below (made by Nancy Bellafante a few years back) describe what we do and why you would want to join all of us! See application details.