As we have been reviewing, reminiscing and revisiting the last 20 years of technology changes, our activities, events, and so on…. Have we also looked at what’s on our name tags? I mean your job title. Did it exist 20 years ago? Did it exist 10 years ago?
One of the remarkable and exciting things about our profession is how it changes and evolves constantly, and creates new professional opportunities. In 1993, how many web developers were there? Flash animators? Bloggers? Online learning designer? Social media specialists? And the hot job this year- instructional designer? Academic Technologies and the Academic Technology Center at Cornell University had its birth at about the same time as the New Media Centers, and we started with 1-2 people and some Apple computers. Since then we have grown to support all the course and academic technologies for the university. And we have added many people and a wide range of expertise, most of which did not exist 20 years ago.
In an Educause Review Viewpoints article -“IT Career Development of the Future” -I recently wrote, I explore what we can do to prepare for the IT job/profession that has yet to exist. So, lets look back over the last 20 years with NMC, and think about what job were you educated or prepared for? Is it the same job you have today, or are you in a profession that did not exist back then…..?
What are the major long term trends? What existing challenges will persist and what new ones will arise?
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NMC 2013 Emerging Leaders Forum
Photo by Eric Nisly
Emerging Leaders – a rapid round of presentations to solicit support for these emerging projects. The audience could ask questions and provided feedback to the presenters. So which idea will emerge and be supported?
learning analytics system being developed that includes 3 stages…
1) capture & sorting; 2) collecting & visualization, and 3) analysis and invoke change
They are doing a pilot study to demonstrate the validity of MACAW.
PARADOX OF LEARNING-
Problem- lack of programs developed by and for students, especially for new generation with new learning modes.
Developing a New “paradox of learning” How will we train them to learn faster?
A remote laboratory, as a replacement for labs for high school students. Will build and develop a better interface for students to access the remote facilities. Students can log on with any mobile device. And can then program their experiments, and sends the data back to students and educators.
“CULTURE CONNECT” -
Creating a program to further development programs on inter-cultural understanding. Create a digital exchange program. A short term rapid learning experience, a 4 week student exchange program and curriculum. Using their technology skills to create “social good”
CHALLENGE PROJECT -
Start with a Theme, students identify a problem, and in some cases present a solution. Tied into STEM courses for this exploration using many types of technology. Students create a PSA to present their solution. Work on their content rubrics to encourage students to exceed the content in the rubrics in ways they have not yet imagined. Project to challenge students to go beyond expectations.
NEW MEDIA ARTS project-
A program for students in transition. Student producers to create new media with video and 3D that can be developed by students of differing abilities. Using 3D, tactile, sound effects, voice over, text to voice, and other accessible media approaches, many languages. Problem- students may have limited futures facing possible isolation and unemployment. Since these students love media, and know it well. The project seeks to leverage this and sue to build skills through the New Media Arts project.
All of these projects are at various stages of research, discovery, support and implementation. It will be interesting to see they are looking for and which project will be selected for future support.
I’m sure I missed many details and some nuances of these projects as I recap, but hope that you are inspired as I was by this range of new ideas…
A post by Clare van den Blink