Digital Union Spring Update

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Digital Union Awareness
Since last September, the Digital Union in the Science and Engineering Library has been visited nearly 12,000 times, a 2.5-fold increase over the same period last year (4,956 visits). The number of unique users is growing as well, by almost 250%. The 2007 OSU Technology Poll reported that 44% of faculty respondents are aware of the Digital Union, a 14% increase over last year. Similar increases have been recorded in graduate and undergraduate student awareness.

Digital Union Director Search
A search committee of university faculty, librarians, college representatives, and TELR staff is concluding the search for a new Digital Union Director. Starting with a strong pool of 80 candidates, the committee has narrowed the final field to three finalists who visited campus in March and April for talks and interviews.

New Website
The Digital Union has revised its website for easier access to all its services, activities, and resources. Among new features is the Digital U blog for up-to-date reviews and comments on new and emerging technologies.

Science and Engineering Library and Digital Union Expansion
The OSU Libraries, in collaboration with the Office of the CIO, has appointed a project manager to plan the expansion of the Digital Union and reorganize and develop Learning Commons spaces in the Science and Engineering Library (SEL). The focus of the project is on the third floor, but impacts other SEL areas as well, and ultimately the new main library's use and design of space. The project is expected to proceed in two phases; the first will be completed autumn quarter 2007 and focuses on the Digital Union expansion. The second phase is expected to complete sometime spring/summer 2008. The OSU Libraries commissioned a feasibility study in 2006. To download the pdf document, click on A Learning-Centered Feasibility Study under News.

Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism Fellows
The Digital Union launched a series of workshops for Ohio State’s Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism fellows in January. The fellows, along with John Glenn School of Public Affairs staff, are participating in weekly multimedia workshops.


  • Research on Research: Undergraduate Research Grants
    TELR's Research on Research Grants program is underway for the fourth consecutive year, seeking teams of undergraduate students and faculty who will develop multimedia research portfolios over summer quarter. Proposals are in and recipients will be announced May 14. Participants will work in the technology-rich environment of the Digital Union and are featured in a public showcase at the end of quarter. Students receive a stipend while learning new technologies and research methods while faculty members acquire a research portfolio for recruitment, orientation, public relations, academic purposes, and to share with potential research sponsors.
    Ohio State was awarded a Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education Grant (FIPSE) Grant as an institutional partner with California State University. The MERLOT Faculty ELIXR Project: Faculty Development Centers and Online Repositories Collaborating to Share Exemplary Teaching Practices is an innovative and timely program that directly addresses the need to provide instructors with just-in-time resources to enhance their teaching and improve student learning. The Digital Union will facilitate the creation of a series of digital case stories on our faculty's exemplary teaching practices.
  • State of Ohio Libraries Grant
    The Digital Union and the Science and Engineering Library have obtained a State of Ohio Libraries grant to create a flexible, experimental classroom in 060 Science and Engineering Library. Work on the Learning Collaboration Studio begins Spring 2007 and will be completed by Fall 2007.
  • Central Ohio Regional Center Learning Community
    Fourteen faculty, representing nine different colleges, volunteered to participate in a Central Ohio Regional Center (CORC) Learning Community sponsored by a grant from Ohio Learning Network. The group meets quarterly to find innovative ways to bridge the gap between research and teaching and outreach via technology.

Spring Events

  • Mobile Teaching and Learning in Action Presentation
    Dr. Arlene Krebs, founder and director of the Wireless Education and Technology Center (WeTEC) at California State University, Monterey Bay visits Ohio State on April 20. Her free public presentation takes place from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in 100 Mendenhall Lab and draws upon WeTEC's work across the curriculum to illustrate how the center deploys mobile technologies in diverse campus and community settings and challenges us to redefine what we mean by "classroom." The OSU Wireless Network Project, Office of the CIO, TELR, and the Digital Union are sponsoring her visit.
  • Digital Storytelling Showcase
    The Digital Union hosts another Digital Storytelling Showcase featuring an all new collection of short multimedia presentations created by faculty and staff from the English Department, the Libraries, FTAD, Veterinary Medicine, the Office of the CIO, OSU Extension, and others. After four months of Photoshop, iMovie, and Garage Band workshops and a series of intensive story development roundtables, participants of this quarter's program present their work and answer questions about the process on Friday, April 27, from 1 to 2:30 pm.
  • Digital Union Anniversary Showcase
    Check out the highlights of another year of exciting events and educational opportunities presented by the Digital Union. Stop by the open house / showcase on Wednesday May 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to learn about the educational and productive partnerships among students, faculty, and staff over the past year.
  • Interactive Classrooms: Smart Boards and More
    The Digital Union continues its collaboration with Smart Ed Services, and will be featuring a collection of the newest in SMART Board technology for use at the Digital Union in the coming year. An interactive presentation of the new equipment takes place on Thursday May 17, from 2-3:30 pm at the Digital Union. Individual or group appointments for a closer look at these services can also be scheduled by contacting the Digital Union.
  • Blog and Wiki Week
    Find out how blogs and wikis are being used to create more dynamic and interactive teaching and learning environments across campus. A Wiki and Blog showcase is scheduled for Monday, May 14 from 1 to 4 pm, followed by a workshop on Friday, May 18 from 1 to 2:30 pm to demonstrate how each of these tools can be used to create content. Register for either workshop on the Digital Union website.
  • Copyright Workshops
    The Digital Union is collaborating with Ohio State's Rights Management Center to offer two workshops to help educate the university community on rights and responsibilities regarding copyright and fair use issues. The first workshop, E-Reserves: Academics and Course Materials, Thursday May 10 from 10 to 11:30 am, is for faculty and staff who deal with copyright issues in their own publications and through electronic course reserves. The second workshop, Creative Content: Image and Sound, focusing on the applications of fair use law in the context of audio, video, and still images, will help participants understand acceptable use of copyrighted and/or found materials in student and faculty projects. It takes place Thursday May 17 from 10 to 11:30 am. Register for either workshop on the Digital Union website.
  • Digital Union Workshops
    Check out the Digital Union's other spring workshops for more offerings on a broad variety of topics, including web fundamentals, podcasting, digital storytelling, digital video and audio production, interactive classrooms, and Web 2.0 applications.

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