Penn Information Systems & Computing is looking for details on the collaboration tools you use on campus and what features make them effective.
What makes these tools so beneficial? What effect do they have on communication?
Please take five minutes to share your experiences with file sharing, audio and video conferencing, instant messaging, and group chat.
Your input will help improve collaborative processes at Penn.
942 responses to our student survey surprised us this October! We posted a summary in advance of our symposium student panel. (Event videos will be online soon. Photos and a great DP article by Stephanie Yang are up now.)
We would like to assemble a team of volunteers to help analyze the results. We expect it will be a fun project!
As a teaser, below are five student responses to our question: This year’s theme is Ed Tech 2020. What technology can you imagine in use for Penn courses in 2020?
- “An iPad like system that automatically has the slides on it and the notes that the professor takes are automatically synched into your iPad.”
- “Laptop, phone, lecture chats to ask questions such as a Slack or a better form of GroupMe.”
- “Touchscreens and smart boards should replace whiteboards and chalk for more functionality and student interactivity available to the teachers.”
- “Ungraded coding workshops for people who want to learn but not sacrifice their GPA! / / 3D printing, modeling workshops, excel tutorials, bloomberg terminal info.”
- “make use of the ever-growing field of tech devices worn on the wrist/head.”
Interested? Please email me for details.
Tomorrow, we expect over 220 people from all twelve schools at Penn to come together at our Engaging Students Through Technology Symposium. Our first one, in 2008, brought 48 people. Each year, the event has grown in popularity. It’s a rare opportunity to sit together, talk, and listen.
This year, we designed a survey with brainstorming sessions and launched our “Make Your Voice Count” campaign in early October. We are glad that 56 students took time to chime in! They gave us, in the 2014 Student Survey Results, fully 16 pages of ideas to mull over tomorrow.
Following opening remarks by Kim Eke, five faculty will speak on the morning faculty panel – Jeffrey Babin, Rosemary Frasso, Marybeth Gasman, Jeffery Saven and Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw. After they speak, Peter Decherney will facilitate an undergraduate student panel with Rebecca Hallac, Laura Petro, Virginia Seymour, Lucas Siegmund and Dyana Wing So.
We will live-stream the faculty panel, the student panel and the lightning round. Videos will available later on the Penn Libraries YouTube Channel. We also plan to use Canvas in many ways throughout the symposium. Looking forward to a packed day!