ACS CIO Hangout with David Hinson (Hendrix), Bob Johnson (Rhodes), Vicki Sells (Sewanee), and Pat Schoknecht (Rollins)
This has been a busy semester for the Chief Information Officers of the Associated Colleges of the South. But even in the midst of their many responsibilities–managing a wide array of information services on their campuses, evaluating new technology solutions, and working with a myriad of campus groups–the CIOs are finding time to just “hang out” with one another. More precisely, they are using Google+ Hangouts to host intercampus conversations about everything from learning management systems to information privacy concerns to the need for recognizing and respecting individual campus cultures when introducing new technologies. This dialog has been supported by Hendrix’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer David Hinson, who is using a new version of the Hangouts platform–Hangouts on Air–to open these hangouts to viewers across the consortium and to make recordings of all past conversations available through an ACS CIO Hangouts YouTube page.
This new energy also buzzed throughout the meeting of Instructional Technology personnel (representing ten different ACS institutions) that gathered at Rollins College to do just that. This collection of Chief Information Officers, instructional technologists, and library staff, convened by Rollins’ CIO, Pat Schoknecht, spent two days discussing IT needs and strategies, exciting new projects, and possibilities for future partnership.
The conference began with a tour of Rollins that highlighted several new teaching and learning spaces on campus. A common theme running through the design of these new classrooms and laboratories is adaptability: many feature modular furniture that can be easily rearranged to suit a variety of learning activities, or “whiteboard” walls that can be used for note taking and diagramming. Some are equipped with large monitors which can display not only the contents of an instructor’s screen, but also that of students’ computers, offering a high-tech twist on the time-honored technique of pairing and sharing. Each of these spaces is designed to allow students greater access to information and new tools for creating, analyzing, and collaborating.
Participants then listened to a series of presentations highlighting exemplary work on each of their campuses. Topics included new teaching and learning spaces, strategies for addressing information services needs and technology training, and software solutions for data storage and departmental assessment. As participants listened and learned from one another, enthusiasm grew. The many challenges of this moment, they agreed, are the material for exciting collaborations ahead. Look below for a listing of presenters and topics, and links.The Relationship between Librarians and Instructional Technologists Jonathan Miller, Library Director, Rollins College Rhodes Helpdesk: Blending Library and IT to Help Campuswide Wendy Trenthem, Rhodes College Collaborating to Redesign Library Spaces for Students Candace Wentz, Centre College Davidson’s Center for Teaching and Learning Paul Brantley, Davidson College Digital Storytelling Across the Liberal Arts Fred Hagemeister, University of Richmond When HD Videoconferencing and MondoPads Enter the Scene Jan Pontia and Anthony Hambey, Birmingham-Southern College Lessons Learned from Designing and Teaching and Blended Learning Certificate Program Anna Lohaus, Rollins College The Many Uses of WordPress Jessica Vargas, Rollins College 3D Printing as a Means Toward Visual Spatial Learning Fred Hagemeister, University of Richmond FolioTek Amy Sugar, Rollins College Introducing a Moodle Upgrade with Lunch and Learns Wendy Trenthem, Rhodes College P2Ps, MAWs, and FITIs Carrie Schulz, Rollins College Qualtrics and Camtasia Relay Greg Longoria, Trinity University BOXing the Cloud Michael Vick, Furman University