We are excited to welcome Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Dean of Graduate Education at Michigan State, to give a talk on his research in computational rhetoric to colleagues at Penn State. The lecture will be held November 13, from 4:00-5:30pm, in 124 Sparks. A more detailed description follows.
As part of their 2014-2015 Media and Deliberation Speaker Series, The McCourtney Institute for Democracy invited Charlie Savage, Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, to speak on the Promise and Perils of Covering Presidential Power. We partnered with the institute and with the Office of Alumni Relations and Development to produce a short interview with Charlie that could be shared with friends of the institute and alumni of the college.
Filming an interview with Charlie, rather than his lecture, resulted in a product that is more intimate and more inviting to an online audience.
When sociology instructor Tim Robicheaux took on the task of launching the College of the Liberal Arts’ first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC), he decided he wanted to do something new and different. First, he wanted to offer the course simultaneously for free and for credit. And second, he wanted to infuse a rich interdisciplinary perspective into the course.
In the early stages of the project, Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship (DPS) worked to pave the way for the for-credit option by guiding the project through the University Senate and the University MOOC Council. Once the project was approved, we turned our attention to delivering a product that served the instructor’s interdisciplinary vision.
Working closely with the College’s Filipelli institute, who led the overall course design, we planned and executed a video production strategy that delivered a rich learning experience, and also worked within tight budget and time constraints. The Coursera platform on which the course was delivered, relies heavily on video and the instructor saw video as his opportunity to bring other voices into the conversation. We recorded interviews with scholars at Penn State and practitioners across Pennsylvania.
The course was delivered to 15,000 students in the summer of 2014.
A Domain of One’s Own at Penn State is a pilot project started in Spring 2014 that allows 50 graduate students in the College of the Liberal Arts to have their own domain names and web hosting. Students will be able to create subdomains, install software supported by the hosting service, and control their own webspace.
The purpose of the pilot is to empower our graduate students to actively cultivate an online scholarly presence. More specifically, we are interested in how student experience with web hosting impacts student motivation, technical proficiency, and employment opportunities. We’ll explore how students utilize the webspace to develop their online identities, boost their technical skills for future employability, and select from a set of tools and solutions to create their own digital presence and scholarship. We’ll also use this pilot to assess ways to scale up the initiative.