Tomorrow is the third annual Learning Design Summer Camp, bringing together designers, technologists, faculty and other interesting Penn Staters for a day of interesting discussion in the IST Cybertorium. A few of us here in the Institute have been examining what we call “Penn State’s Technology Ecosystem“, specifically focusing on Undergraduate Education. Tomorrow at 1:00, I’ll be presenting in room 106 on our initial findings.
In a nutshell, we took data from two Penn State technology platforms: Wikispaces and Blogs@PSU. This data was then combined with institutional data from Penn State’s data warehouse. Some of the questions I’ll be exploring during the session tomorrow afternoon include:
- What are the profiles of students that tend to use this technology?
- What faculty are using these platforms? How are they using them?
- Where are we, as a university, in terms of adoption?
- What Colleges/Departments are already using these platforms in a pedagogically-sound way? (with examples)
- What sort of impact are these platforms having on student performance?
After the presentation, I will put the finishing touches on a document outlining our initial findings and post a link here on where you can download a copy of the report. Already, we’re seeing some very interesting trends with the use of both platforms across the university with a positive impact on student performance!