What is 21st century “content”?

In the past, content was thought to be information delivered by the instructor and digested by the student. Currently the idea of “content” has expanded to include “the interaction between the student and the data with which the student creates different views of the 3D model. It is interactive and dynamic.”

According to Trent Batson in the article, Tipping Point for “Content” — Dynamic Interaction, Not Static Stuff, “Content is now augmented content. Students engage with content converted into an image, or with content that has been deployed as a series of problem-solving activities, or with content that is raw out in the field.”

To read more about the interesting concept of the changing features of curriculum content, here is the entire article by Mr. Batson.

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Call for Second Life Speakers on Climate Change and Environmental Protection

United Nations Climate Change Conference

climate change logoThe 2008 United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held December 1 – 12, 2008 in Pozna, Poland.

The Ministry of the Environment in Poland has announced a parallel project in Second Life, from November 16, through December 31 to improve awareness and exchange ideas with a sophisticated global audience.

A series of meetings and presentations are planned beginning November 20. Each program component is expected to be approximately 60-75 minutes in length, including presentation and discussion. The committee is inviting lecturers to present  (in voice and/or chat) on topics related to climate change and environment protection, e.g.  alternative sources of energy, water preservation.

Producers of innovative eco-friendly products are encouraged to contact them about an educational display.

Second Life Contact: Skagen Vita
e-mail: virtual2ndlife@gmail.com
Information about conference: the Global Climate Change website

If any CSU Chico faculty would like to present at this Second Life conference, please contact  Ann Steckel at X6780 or asteckel[at]csuchico.edu.

Learning Environments Derived from User-Centered Discovery Techniques

Topic: A Space of One’s Own: Learning Environments Derived from User-Centered Discovery Techniques
Date: November 21, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m. PT
Presenter: Crit Stuart, Director, Research Teaching and Learning
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Duration: 1 hour

Where: ONLINE (Register Here)

In brief:

“This presentation will review a number of user-centered programming assessment techniques that are field-tested, easy to modify and extemporize on, and reliable in producing excellent data for constructing informed building programs.”
The event is free, but registration is required and virtual seating is limited. REGISTER NOW.

Clicker U.

Here is an article of interest for our clicker user community: “Clicker U.” from Inside Higher Education. It summarizes the Educause conference session where officials from three universities presented the findings of their surveys regarding their own clicker implementations. The original story and user comments can be viewed online at Inside Higher Ed at http://insidehighered.com/news/2008/11/03/clicker.

You will also find the following related stories at this URL.

* High Tech Anxiety
* Clickers, Pedagogy and Edtechtainment,
* Research Funds for Technophiles,
* Learning to Teach Tech-Savvy Students,
* Fulfilling the Promise of Open Content,