New Technology Jenae Burkart Learning Center Coordinator University of West Florida
The LEARNING CENTER • The Learning Center is the only multi-subject tutoring lab on campus. • The Learning Center serves about 160 students per week and provides about 3,000 tutoring sessions per year. • Within the last year we implemented a distance learning component to the LC and we call it ARGO Tutor.
Why we did this… About 2 years ago… • Requests for tutoring and services from FWB campus. • There became a need to reach distance learners, working students, and students who attended satellite campuses.
What’s the best way financially to provide this service? • Staff a tutoring lab in Fort Walton • Pay for an online tutoring service • AskOnline • Model our own online tutoring site after the University of Florida’s Tutor Time • Live and pre-taped webcasts • In addition to webcasts, the show ties in to the cable TV on campus so students can view tutor sessions from their room. • The UF tutoring lab actually tutors more online than face to face.
ARGO Tutor Services: • Live and Archived Webcasts • Online Paper Editing • Podcasts • Online Lectures
The Studio • Student Success had an office in building 52 with a large chalk board. • Equipment • Cannon GL2 Camera • Tricaster • Mixer and Microphones • Document Camera • Three desktop computers, one Apple laptop, and two tablet PCs.
Camera Cannon GL2
Tricaster • Provides live webcast • Edits webcasts • Adds animation and actions • Adds titles to live shows
Microphones and Mixers • Sound Board • Microphones • Headsets
Miscellaneous • Tablet PC • Document Camera • Speaker Phone
Pre-taped webcasts and podcasts can be produced for under $2,000. Cannon Video Camera $300 Apple Laptop $1,200 iLife Software $100 Apple iPod $350
Website www.uwf.edu/argotutor/ • View webcast schedule • Log-in to live webcasts • View archives • Email questions • Download study sheets • D2L
Current Projects • CLAST Webcasts: • Weekly workshops • Archives • 115 English / Grammar • 10 Mathematics • Chat Sue’s Academic Foundations Seminar Class • Students chose topics and were responsible for filming and editing. • Time Management • Dealing with Professors • Dealing with Roommates • Mamie Hixon’s Teacher Education Class
Funding • Assistant Dean, Angela McCorvey presented the concept in Dean’s meetings. • Quality Enhancement Plan QEP. • $2,000 from UWF Alumni Grant • $2,000 from UWF Creative Activities Grant • $15,000 from Dean Halonen and the Provost
Problems • Memory • Purchased 400 GB external drive • Space on H/I Drive • Asked IT to increase space for LC website • Use iTunes, Google, AOL, Yahoo, or YouTube • Size of podcasts and webcasts during production and storage • Quality vs. Quality. • Permissions from IT • Production time • Editing, graphics, and music can take up to 4 times the recording time.
Where we want to go from here: • Full schedule of webcast tutoring. • Podcasts and digital voice recordings of lectures. • Collaboration with departments on campus. • Counseling Center • Career Center • Advising
Digital Natives verses Digital Immigrants Digital natives use technology as their first option. • Phone book vs. Online • Dictionary vs. Wikipedia or Google
The Millennial Generation • Most culturally diverse and technology savvy generation. • Grew up with technology. Technology is like a knife and fork. • Feel that their skills and technology devices are more advanced than their instructor’s skills and university’s devices. • Find new ways to cheat. • Use technology devices 24/7 to communicate interchangeably (cell phone, internet, sidekick, PDAs). Created their own language through texting and IMs. Text as often as call on phone. • Prefer to type than write. • Identity and relationships online are mixed with offline. Most do not differentiate between the two.
Web 2.0 Refers to a second generation of Internet-based services—such as social networking sites, wikis, and communication tools that emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users. • Blogger • Wikipedia • Flickr • Del.icio.us • Live Journal • YouTube • MySpace and Facebook
New Technologies • iPods (23% of college iPod owners have participated in a podcast) • Cell phones, PDAs, sidekicks • Blogs and Vlogs • Blogger.com • YouTube 12.6 million users • Online Social Networks • MySpace • Facebook
Social Networks • An online social network is a site where individuals meet, connect, and communicate with others. These sites generally have member profiles, pictures, and a system for messaging. • Myspace - 51 million users. • College students often have MySpace and Facebook accounts. • Rate your professor. • Facebook – 14 million users. Originally developed for college students only. 20,000 new members per day.
Facebook • Created by Harvard undergraduate student, Mark Zuckerburg in February of 2004. • Within two months, Facebook expanded to other schools in the Boston area and then to the Ivy League and other prominent universities. • It became a phenomenon, spreading rapidly to schools across the nation. • By December 2004, the number of registered users exceeded one million. • Reports now suggest 85% of all undergraduate students in the US have a profile on Facebook. • Most undergraduates log on at least once a day if not multiple times a day. • Must have and edu email address. • Can only access own school network unless invited to be a friend by a member of another. • Recently developed business, high school, and city versions.
Facebook Benefits • Meet new people • Socialize • Develop Identity • Organize Groups • Multiplies Network Exponentially • Keep in touch with those at previous schools
Community • Join groups • Get to know classmates, roommates, and dorm mates before semester begins. • Refuse roommates based on member pages • Send invitations to parties • Say Happy Birthday • Mourn death of friends • Digital Narcissism
Facebook Components • Profile • Friend’s List • Pictures – profile, friends, and albums • Mini Feed • The Wall • Groups • Search
Facebook Problems • Expulsion and Arrests • Underage drinking • Post pictures of selves and others • Defamation of Character • Employers and administrators check site • Stalking • Overall students provide too much information about themselves • UWF • Contributing to the delinquency of minors • Rally squashed
UWF Facebook August 2006 *July accounts were recorded three weeks before of the start of the Fall semester. ** Research from NC State shows that close to 85% of their freshmen have Facebook accounts (Stutzman, 2006).
My thoughts… • Very few faculty know about Facebook and tend to know less than their students about new technology. • Is this a concern? • Research shows that students may be more technologically advanced but often they do not consider much beyond tech’s convenience. • Should new media be considered when we teach media literacy?