Digital Union Packs Autumn Schedule

Article by Liv Gjestvang
Originally published in a different format

The Digital Union kicked off autumn quarter with Tuesday Tech Tutorials, a series of free workshops open to faculty, students, and staff. The program runs through December and features two new offerings: Adobe Premiere dual platform video editing software, and iWeb, Apple's free web design application. Completing the slate is blogs and wikis, laptop security, podcasting and Garage Band, web design I and II, Photoshop, Second Life, and Google Docs. Registration is required on the web site.

The Future of Scholarship and Publishing is the topic of a yearlong 2020 Vision Speaker Series sponsored by TELR, OSU Libraries, and the Digital Union. National leaders in the field are on tap; the talks take place in the Faculty Club Grand Lounge at 3:30 pm. Details. Dates and speakers are:

  • October 24: Kate Wittenburg, Director of Electronic Publishing, Columbia University
  • November 29: Nancy Eaton, Dean of Libraries, and Sanford Thatcher, University Press Director, Penn State University
  • December 3: Juan R. I. Cole, Professor of History and President of the American Global Institute, University of Michigan

The Digital Union is taking part in two global events scheduled for the same day in November:

  • For the second year, the Digital Union celebrates World Usability Day with a reception and a slate of speakers, joining universities, schools, businesses, and community organizations around the world. The event, taking place on November 8, is free and open to the public, no registration is required. Check the Digital Union web site for local details as they become available, and learn more about the global events.
  • Breaking Down the Barriers: Global Connections is the theme of the Ninth Annual Megaconference, running from 8 am to 11:30 pm local time (EST) on November 8. The Digital Union serves as Ohio State's center of operations for the fully interactive videoconferencing event that connects sites from almost every continent. Participants take turns with "interactions" rather than presentations. Details.

Exploring the educational potential of Second Life, a virtual universe with nearly ten million residents, is the ambition of an interest group of Ohio State faculty and staff assembled by the Digital Union and TELR. Subcommittees are investigating issues such as pedagogical concerns, terms of use policies, and finding the best examples of instruction "in-world." Eager to join an ever-growing population of educational institutions within Second Life, the Digital Union is moving on purchasing an island as a virtual space for faculty to teach and engage students.

The Digital Union is working with Biology Professor Susan Fisher and Chemistry Professor Terry Gustafson to offer undergraduate multimedia production training for a section of each of their courses this fall. Their students will learn Photoshop, iMovie, and Garage Band and produce a final multimedia project about a theme explored in their respective courses.

The College of Pharmacy, with assistance from the Digital Union, is exploring an intra-Ohio course-sharing pre-pharmacy program in conjunction with Ohio University. The two schools will connect by videoconference starting with a panel discussion among Ohio University pre-Pharmacy students this quarter and follow up with a shared spring quarter class.

The Digital Union has already successfully hosted the following events as part of its ambitious fall calendar. Check the web site often to learn of upcoming activities.

  • A pre-fall lineup of technology tutorials, Tech Two-A-Days, jump-started the quarter. The successful pilot program of 15 workshops presented in eight days is already on the books for a repeat appearance next fall.
  • The Digital Union partnered with WOSU to host NPR science reporter Joe Palca, who discussed ways of presenting research to wide audiences with a select group of faculty participants in an OLN grant to integrate research into teaching and learning.
  • Turning Technologies showcased the newest applications for clickers student response systems, in designing interactive classroom presentations to gauge student understanding and provide real-time feedback on the success of classroom lecture material.
  • Teaming with Ohio State's Web Accessibility Center, the Office of Disability Services, the ADA Coordinators Office, and the Accessibly Technology Users Group, the Digital Union hosted Universal Usability in Action (not to be confused with World Usability Day) featuring panels on accessible technologies in the classroom, a usability workshop, and an open house spotlighting accessible technologies.
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