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Harry Mudd, Small Pieces, and that Unevenly Distributed Future (Apr 21, 2005)

TCC 2005 Online Conference Keynote: edictions of the future are easily analyzed in hindsight and ought to be skeptically questioned -- you will have to tune into this session to see the connection with an old Star Trek episode. However, author William Gibson's insightful quote, "The future is here. It is just not widely distributed yet" is the framework I use to peek at the future. For the use of technology in teaching and learning, where is this "not widely distributed future?" I am not sure, but in this session, we will take some guesses at places you may find the future. The present form of the web was visible, but not widely distributed in 1992. Is there something of this scale already here? Will text messaging displace email as a communication mode? We will look at the drivers of consumer used technologies that become disruptive? For example, digital cameras have taken the lead in the consumer photo market and MP3 players are re-shaping the music industry. And how about those multitude of technology gadget web sites? Are small pieces of "loosely" joined technologies (often open source) displacing large comprehensive commercial tools? The future is here and it (or IT) is not. Explore hands-on some of the interesting "social" and connection technologies such as "tags", RSS, wikis, podcasts, and perhaps whatever else pops up between now and the conference.
http://zircon.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/ocotillo/wiki?HarryMudd

Jackalopes, Ocotillos, Learning eXchanges, RSS, and Other Arizona Learning Technology Curiosities (Mar 10, 2005)

MIT Crosswalk Seminar: The Arizona desert is a land of extremes and curious creatures that have adapted to these conditions. No, this is not an ecology lecture, but an overview of some of the research and development in learning technologies from the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI).
http://realgar.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/cdb/wiki?CrossTalk

Maricopa’s Ocotillo Evolves Again: 18 Years of Faculty Led Instructional Technology Initiatives (Mar 7, 2005)

Innovations 2005:League For Innovation...Since 1987, Ocotillo has been a faculty led initiative to promote the effective use of instructional technology. Like its desert plant metaphor, Ocotillo has evolved again into four new action groups, leading a range of face to face and online activities in the areas of Learning Objects, ePortfolios, Hybrid Courses, qnd Emerging Technologies. Learn what the groups have done and see how they have used a "small technologies loosely joined" approach of weblog, wiki, discussion board, RSS, and streaming video technology to support their projects
http://graphite.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/ocotillo/wiki?Innovations05

Rip Mix Learn (Nov 17, 2004)

Unitec Symposium: Conversations in Teaching and Learning.. Just as Napster and Apple's ad campaign ("Rip. Mix Burn") shook up the music industry, new internet based, "social" technologies that are used extensively by the digital generation will be revolutionizing the shape and modality of future learning. We will break out the crystal ball and show you new technologies on the horizon, including electronic portfolios, digital storytelling, web logs, wikis, RSS, instant messaging, and more. Many of these technologies have roots in creating informal, internet enabled, peer to peer, social connections, and open new avenues for learning beyond current technologies that are linear and lecture-based to ones that are creative, constructive and communication-rich environments.
http://realgar.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/wiki?RipMixLearn

New Zealand Presentations (Nov 1-18, 2004)

Resources and the content itself from 13 presentation workshops delivered to 23 audience groups during my 3 week November 2004 visit to New Zealand. Topics cover Web As a Learning Tool, Hybrid Courses, Weblogs, Learning Objects, Electronic Portfolios, RSS, Digital Photography, Digital Storytelling, PhotoBlogging, Ocotillo at Maricopa, EduWikis. All content is developed and shared in a wiki.
http://realgar.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/wiki

Decentralization of Learning Resources: Syndicating Learning Objects Using RSS, Trackback, and Related Technologies (October 19, 2004)

or as we relabeled it: "Rip. Mix. Feed". A pre-conference workshop for the EDUCAUSE 2004 Conference (Denver). "Customized collections of learning objects from multiple repositories are achieved with simple, existing RSS protocols, creating access to a wider range of objects than a single source. This provides discipline-specific windows into collections, contextual wrappers via blogging tools, and a system for connecting objects and implementations via Trackback."
http://careo.elearning.ubc.ca/wiki?ObjectsEducause04

Rip. Mix. Learn... The Digital Generation, Social Technologies, and Learning (September 23, 2004)

This was a presentation for the Training Expo - Partners Conference in Phoenix, AZ. "Just as Napster and Apple's ad campaign ("Rip. Mix Burn") has shook up the music industry, new internet based, "social" technologies that are used extensively by the digital generation will be revolutionizing the shape and modality of future learning. This session will start with a brief overview of current technologies in wide use at the Maricopa Community Colleges (course management systems, classroom projection, open computer labs, hybrid course formats). Next we break out the crystal ball and show you new technologies on the horizon, including electronic portfolios, digital storytelling, web logs, wikis, RSS, instant messaging, and more. Many of these technologies have roots in creating informal, internet enabled, peer to peer, social connections, and open new avenues for learning beyond current technologies that are linear and lecture-based to ones that are creative, constructive and communication-rich environments."
http://graphite.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/emerging/wiki?RipMixLearn

Finding (and Using!) Good Free Stuff (August 30, 2004)

This was a session for the course Social and Ethical Issues in Educational Media (Arizona State University). "This class has pretty much covered copyright and fair use issues in education, so now we take a different twist on thr topic- rather than telling you what you cannot do, we hope to shine the light on what you can do in using web-based media in your learning materials. The goal is to provide you a good set of resources, have you explore, find some things you find there, and then give you a "wiki" experience to share what you find."
http://graphite.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/objects/wiki?ASUFreeStuff

New Directions At the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) (June 17, 2004)

The Maricopa Learning eXchange has almost 2 years of experience in building a collection of not only reusable "objects", but also "reusable ideas" and we've learned an important lesson: Building it is easy, filling it is something else. We will share the challenges and strategies used to not only build the collection, but to also expand its usage. In addition, we will share some newly developed features of interest and discuss how others might approach creating similar collections (and the rumored "open-source MLX"). Presented at the (Vancouver, BC).
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/show/nmc0604/

Small Technologies Loosely Joined: Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control (June 16, 2004)

To effectively collaborate via the net does not require monolithic, expensive tool suites. In this session, the three presenters will share and demonstrate the use of readily available, mostly free, discrete sets of tools - weblogs, wikis, instant messaging, audio/video chat. We refer to these as "informal" collaborations because they happen as needed, and not under any direct sanction of our institutions or any other coordinating bod. Presented at the (Vancouver, BC).
http://careo.elearning.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?SmallPiecesLooselyJoined

RSS, Blogging and What it Means for Teaching and Learning (June 3, 2004)

The recording of an international live interview with Alan Levine of Maricopa Community College and Garry Putland of EdNA Online (Australia). Michael Chalk (Australia) conducted the interview, supported by LearningTimes member Michael Coghlan. This event coincides with the launch of where Michael Coghlan's eagerly awaited article 'Finding Your Voice Online' is available for download (Online Webcast).
http://home.learningtimes.net/learningtimes

Publish and Build Communities Around Digital Images (Apr 20-22, 2004)

In this presentation, you will learn more about blogging, moblogging, and photoblogging by showing provide examples of different photoblog tools, both of which are free to use, and example photoblogs. We will try and speculate on the cutting edge of how such a technology may be used in an educational context. The presentation is delivered as Macromedia Breeze. Featured presentation for the .
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/show/tcc04/photoblog/

Students Communicating Visually: Publishing Digital Photos with the jClicker Slide Show (Apr 20-22, 2004)

In this poster session, we will demonstrate how a group of art students are learning how to comunicate a message or idea with a series of digital images and little to a a very minimal amount of text. For the past few semesters, students in Robert Burget's photography class at Chandler-Gilbert Community College have assembled collections of their work using an online slide show template called the "jClicker." This is an easy to use slide show template that allows anyone to create a web based slide show without requring a high degree of technical skill.
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/show/tcc04/jclicker/

Mysteries Revealed! Inside the Maricopa Learning eXchange (Mar 9, 2004)

Keynote presentation for the New Media Consortium Spring 2004 Online Conference.
http://www.nmc.org/events/2004spring_online_conf/index.shtml

What do You get Out of the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX)? (Dec 9, 2003)

The answer is, "as much as your colleagues can put into it." This was presented to Glendale Community College's CTC Meeting (Dec 9, 2003) with an overview of MLX, exmaples of our syndication tools, a plea to participate, etc.
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/mlx/show/gcc_1203.html

Maricopa Learning eXchange... Building an Innovation Collection (with a bit of Competition and Bribery) (League for Innovation CIT, Oct 20, 2003)

The Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) is an electronic warehouse of ideas, examples, and resources that support learning at the Maricopa Community Colleges, represented as mysterious wrapped "packages", from a Flash animation for a chemistry lab to a faculty development program. See how we tripled our collection with a friendly competition for software prizes. Learn how we are syndicating content with RSS news feeds.
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/show/league2003/mlx.html

Connecting Learning Objects with RSS, Weblogs, and Trackback (NMC Online Conference Oct 14, 2003)

Customized Collections of learning objects from multiple repositories can be achieved with simple, existing RSS protocols, creating access to a wider range of objects than a single source. This presentation will demonstrate the approach via a scenerio of two faculty members who create RSS views into the collections from different organizations. Their blogs are connected to the RSS feeds and provide a component of object contextuality that is beyond the meta-data.
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/show/nmc1003/

Learning Objects: Believe It or Not! (NLII Learning Objects Focus Session Oct 10 2003)

Watch our DVD of real-world experiences of faculty who have contributed and/or re-used content from the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX)
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/mlx/show/believe_it.html

Connecting Learning Objects with RSS and Trackback (MERLOT Aug 2003)

Customized collections of learning objects from multiple repositories are achieved with simple, existing RSS protocols, creating access to a wider range of objects than a single source. This provides discipline-specific windows into collections, contextual wrappers via blogging tools, and a system for connecting objects and implementations via TrackBack.
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/show/merlot03/

Building the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MERLOT Aug 2003)

The Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) is an electronic warehouse of ideas, examples, and resources that support learning at the Maricopa Community Colleges. See how we tripled our collection with a friendly competition for software prizes. Learn how we are syndicating content with RSS and connecting to other collections.
http://cogdogblog.com/alan/archives/000152.html

Building an Innovation Collection with a bit of Competition and Bribery (League for Innovation CIT Oct 20 2003)

The Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) is an electronic warehouse of ideas, examples, and resources that support learning at the Maricopa Community Colleges, represented as mysterious wrapped "packages", from a Flash animation for a chemistry lab to a faculty development program. See how we tripled our collection with a friendly competition for software prizes. Learn how we are syndicating content with RSS news feeds.
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/show/league2003/mlx.html

Supporting Faculty Innovation with Maricopa Learning Grant$ (League for Innovation CIT Oct 19 2003)

The Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI) coordinates an internal grants program that awards over $180,000 each year to improve, advance, and enrich student learning at the ten Maricopa Community Colleges. Learn about the variety of grant projects and their outcomes, and how the process is supported. This session will describe the program and its impact and will demonstrate the online (paperless) application and review process.
http://www.mcli.dist.maricopa.edu/show/league2003/lg.html

What's the Fuss about RSS (LOVCOP teleconf Jul 2003)

This was paper for the July 11, 2003 LOVCOP teleconference (Learning Objects Virtual Community of Practice) an EDUCAUSE/NLII focus area.
http://cogdogblog.com/alan/archives/000095.html

MLX 5 Minutes of Fame (NMC Jun 2003)

A rapid fire showing of the Maricopa Learning eXchange at the New Media Consortium (NMC) Summer Conferemce 2003, in Blacksburg, Virgniia. We had only 5 minutes to try and explain all about the MLX (we got gonged)!
http://www.nmc.net/events/2003summerconf/fmof.shtml