Monday, May 11, 2009

The Future of the Classroom

From CenTexWFS.

This is a follow-up to our monthly meeting on April 21, 2009. After the slides there are embedded videos mentioned in the presentation and an audio recording of the seminar and discussion. The speakers were:

Archana Ramachandran

Archana Ramachandran spoke on a SXSW Interactive panel regarding the use of technology in the classroom and is part of an the 8-member student team called Longhorn Confidential. She blogs about student lives at UT to give potential students, classmates, and alumni an inside perspective.

She also co-launched @UTweet, a Twitter account designed to educate UT Austin students about Twitter. It has since developed into a blog about social media as a whole and the UT Austin life. In September 2008, UTweet joined forces with to create Social Media Camp.Us, a nationwide university blog about social media.

Follow Archana on Twitter.

Kert Kee

Kerk Kee is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at UT Austin, specializing in organizational communication and communication technology. His research interests include technology (dis)adoption, distributed collaborations, and virtual organizations in educational institutions and scientific communities. For his research projects, he studies Blackboard, Facebook, Second Life, and the National Science Foundation’s cyberinfrastructure (next generation Internet) development.

As an assistant instructor at UT Austin, he teaches team-based communication, organizational communication, and professional communication skills. He is the recipient of the 2008 DIIA (Division of Instructional Innovations and Assessment) Graduate Student Instructor Award and the 2007-2008 Outstanding PhD Student Award in his home department. In Spring 2008, he ran the biggest Second Life class at UT with 57 students. In Fall 2008, The Austin American Statesman interviewed him about his use of Facebook with his students. Currently, he serves as one of the judges for the Innovative Instructional Technology Awards Program, an instructional technology competition sponsored by the UT Office of Provost and DIIA.

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Listen to an audio recording of the seminar and discussion. (mp3, 205 MB, 90 min)

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