2009 UO Symposium on Computers in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Open Content and Open Source: Applications of Computer Technology to Improve Education and Decrease Costs to Students
Friday, May 15, 2009
8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Browsing Room, Knight Library
University of Oregon, Eugene
The 3rd Annnual University of Oregon Symposium on Computers in Teaching
and Learning in Higher Education will be held on Friday, May 15, 2009
Browsing Room of the University of Oregon's Knight Library (map). The
unifying theme for this year's event is open content, open source, and other Information and
Communication Technology approaches to reducing the cost while maintaining
or improving the quality of education at the University of Oregon.
JQ Johnson and David Moursund are planning the
symposium. The presenters are University of Oregon faculty,
researchers, and administrators. The Symposium is free of charge,
including break time refreshments and lunch for preregistered
attendees. Please note that space is limited, so early registration is
advised. To register, contact Tiffany Van Pelt, Library Administration
at (541) 346-1889; email@example.com.
8:309:00 Registration Begins. The expectation is that most
attendees will be preregistered. Beverages and refreshments will be
9:009:05 Introduction. JQ Johnson, Director, Scholarly Communications and Instructional Support, UO Libraries
9:059:35 Welcome. Don Harris, Vice Provost for Information Services and CIO, University of Oregon.
Don will kick off the symposium by describing (and
showing) innovative ways that information technology is being used at
the University of Oregon, as well as by partner universities in the
Pacific Rim. Participants will be encouraged to consider how IT
resources can be used in their academic discipline to further the goal
of teaching excellence at the institution.
9:3510:15 David Moursund, Professor Emeritus, University of Oregon.
Lifelong Learning from Free or Inexpensive Resources.
This presentation focuses on learning to learn for a
lifetime of learning in a environment that contains both human brains
and computer "brains," and an environment that provides free or
inexpensive access to a huge and steadily collection of data,
information, knowledge, and aids to learning.
10:30-11:15 Mark Thoma, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oregon..
Using Blogs, YouTube, and Social Networking Technology to Deliver Educational Services.
This presentation focuses on extensive use of Blogs,
YouTube, Twitter, and other Internet-based vehicles to reach students
both on campus and throughout the world. A number of personal examples
will be used to illustrate the topics presented.
11:1512:00 Mary Harrsch. Network & Management Information
Systems administrator (Retired), College of Education, University of
Building Communities of Practice with Web 2.0 social networking tools.
This presentation will focus on materials licensed
through Creative Commons for free noncommercial use with attribution,
and on distribution through resources such as Blogs, Flickr, and
Twitter. It will include an emphasis on building an active worldwide
network of professional colleagues.
12:001:00 Lunch provided for preregistered attendees
1:001:30 Ulad Slabin, Research Associate, Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
Second Life in Teaching Chemistry.
Along with Wikipedia, Google, SlideShare, and YouTube,
my lecture-only, "green-oriented" General Chemistry course includes
Second Life, a 3D virtual environment. The presentation covers aids to
chemistry education in Second Life with emphasis on those solving the
problem of spatial imagination - molecular 3D modeling and
1:303:00 Andrew Bonamici, Associate University Librarian for
Media and Instructional Services, UO Libraries and JQ Johnson, Director,
Scholarly Communications and Instructional Support, UO Libraries.
An Open Educational Ecosystem: Open Content, Open Source, Open Access, Open Textbooks, Open Courseware, and Open Resources
What do all these "opens" have in common (besides a
buzzword)? How can we locate and evaluate existing content, and how can
we identify effective ways to use open content in our teaching? How are
students, faculty, and institutions adapting to open educational
3:003:15 Final questions, wrap-up, and closure with JQ Johnson and David Moursund.
The Internet (including the Web) is a major educational
change agent. Each individual faculty member and each individual
department can make a significant contribution to improving the
education of their students through use of the rapidly growing
collection of free and/or low cost resources.