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Conference Takeaways: Bringing ALA Back Home for Fall

I attended (and presented at!) the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this summer. ALA is HUGE (think 20,000 librarians), so it takes a while to decompress. Now that some time has passed, I am looking back and thinking about how to apply what I learned to the upcoming fall semester. Here are a few of the new tools I learned about, and some ideas for how to put them to use for projects this fall.

Show Your Work in New Ways

Bamboo DiRT
Digital Humanities is a hot topic here at Penn. Bamboo DiRT is a great resource for those who are interested in digital research and scholarship, but are unsure about where to start. This choose-your-own-adventure site allows you to start with a common research problem (such as, “I need a digital research tool to take notes/annotate resources“), and presents you with a curated list of tools that can help you get the job done.

Interested in presenting your hard work in an ebook format? PressBooks is a simple tool to help you create ebooks (EPUB and MOBI) and typeset PDFs. Create watermarked books for free, or pay a premium rate to remove the PressBooks branding.

Pick Up Extra Skills

Course Buffet
Search for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) by subject, across all the popular platforms.┬áSee also: Class Central. Take an entire course in your spare time, or just pick and choose pieces from individual courses and build your own curriculum. Taking an introductory computer science course at Penn? Challenge yourself to create a Python-based game in this course from Rice University. Maybe you’re an art enthusiast taking a religious studies class, and want to learn a little bit about Early Christian and Byzantine art. Working on a big group project? Check out the essentials of project management.

Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)
P2PU encourages lifelong learning by offering courses in their Schools of social innovation, mathematical future, webcraft, education, open, and data. You can also easily create your own courses. Added bonus: for many courses, you can earn badges to brag about you’ve accomplished.┬áThe idea of “badging,” that is, digital versions of scout-inspired badges that indicate an achievement or competency, was discussed at ALA during this year’s Top Tech Trends session. Check out char booth’s blog post on the topic, and read the always wonderful 7 Things You Should Know About (Badges) doc from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative to learn more.

Enjoy the last few days of summer, and we look forward to seeing everyone back in WIC in the fall!

WIC iPads at Penn IT Staff Convention

On May 16, two of us from WIC had the great opportunity to present alongside colleagues from Wharton and PennGSE on “iPads and Tablets in the Classroom” at the Penn IT Staff Convention 2012. Slides from our presentation appear below:

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Stay tuned for a recording of the presentation!

Visit to CityU in Hong Kong

I had the opportunity recently to travel to Hong Kong to facilitate two student research sharing sessions at the Outstanding Academic Papers by Students (OAPS) award ceremony conducted by City University’s Run Run Shaw Library. I gave a presentation about new media literacies, discussed our Mashup Contests and met with reference librarians. Continue reading Visit to CityU in Hong Kong

THATCamp is tomorrow!

THATCamp Penn logo

I know what you may be thinking….THAT-what? THATCamp is a new kind of (un)conference, where attendees come together to collaborate within a non-hierarchical structure. There are no presenters, speakers, or panelists – every participant (or “camper”) comes prepared to share his/her knowledge and learn new things.

Inspired by last year’s THATCamp Philly, a group of Penn folks from across campus got together to set up THATCamp@Penn. The day promises to be a productive day with lots of brilliant folks sharing new ideas – just look at the list of attendees! Want to join us? It’s not too late. You can register, free of charge, at http://penn2012.thatcamp.org/register/. If you don’t get a chance to register online ahead of time, please join us in Fisher Bennett Hall tomorrow! You can sign up while you’re there and get in on a great conversation.

WIC iPads at Drexel e-Learning Conference

On Thursday, March 29, two of us from Penn Libraries shared some preliminary findings about the iPads in the Classroom Project at the Drexel e-Learning Conference. Caitlin Shanley, Educational Technology Librarian at WIC, and Eric Janec, former WIC intern and newly appointed Education Commons Librarian at the EC (congrats Eric!), talked about what we have discovered during the pilot project so far. We discussed the background of the pilot and other iPad projects at Penn, highlighted a few specific classes that participated in our program, and shared some of the user feedback we received.

View the presentation slides below, and stay tuned here for more reflection on the project!