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Gary Bertoline on Computer Simulations / Visualizations Learners Can Feel

[When initially posted, the audio file of this interview had some technical problems that hindered listening to it. Those issues have been addressed in the new file, which is attached below. - JSC]

In another interview related to the ELI 07 Spring Focus Session, Immersive Learning Environments: New Paths to Interaction and Engagement, I spoke with Gary Bertoline, Distinguished Professor in Computer Graphics and Assistant Dean at Purdue University. We discussed Gary's project parlor and concurrent session topic for the focus session, The Impact of Computer-Simulated Haptic Force Feedback on Learning.

Over the course of our conversation, Gary explains that "computer-simulated haptic force feedback" refers to providing physical response to learners through computer simulations, essentially allowing them to feel forces in a simulation that they would otherwise have to infer. He then provides a brief overview of the research that demonstrates how such feedback enhances learning outcomes in science, technology, and math education and reviews its potential to support teaching and learning in other disciplines.

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Sarah Robbins on Teaching in Second Life

We're about a week from the ELI 2007 Spring Focus Session, Immersive Learning Environments: New Paths for Interaction and Engagement. As usual, I'm interviewing some of the presenters scheduled for the event to get an advanced sense for the issues they plan to address at the focus session.

In this interview, I talk with Sarah Robbins, a TA Instructor in English at Ball State University, about her experiences in teaching classes in the immersive learning environment Second Life. I ask her about the teaching and learning objectives that led her to try to teach in Second Life, as well as the level of technical expertise she feels is or isn't necessary to teach in that online space. We also discuss the benefits she has found that students derive from learning in Second Life, as well as the benefits she has realized as a developing faculty member by teaching in an immersive learning environment.

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Bryan Alexander on Ubiquitous Computing

In my final preconference interview before the ELI 2007 Annual Meeting, I talk with Bryan Alexander, Director of Research for the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE). Alexander is presenting the 3:00-4:00 PM featured session on Monday, January 22; his topic is "First-Generation Ubiquitous Computing: Social, Mobile, and Gamelike."

Our conversation starts with Alexander explaining what NITLE is and what it does, and how his role as research director allows him to explore emerging trends in teaching, learning, and technology. He then discusses some examples of how gaming, social software, and mobile technologies are converging to create the ubiquitous computing environment of which he speaks. Alexander also highlights the implications this developing environment holds for higher education, as well as the importance of gaining and maintaining historical perspective on these changes.

For more information about NITLE, please see http://www.nitle.org.

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Smith & Lomas on the 2007 Horizon Report

Continuing my preconference interview series for the 2007 ELI Annual Meeting, I spoke with Rachel Smith and Cyprien Lomas on Friday, January 12, about their upcoming featured session at the conference.

Smith is Director of Special Projects and Publications for the New Media Consortium (NMC), while Lomas serves as an ELI Scholar in Residence and Director of the Learning Centre in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. Their featured session will take place from 4:30-5:30 PM on Monday, January 22, and they will be joined in conducting the session by Larry Johnson, CEO of NMC, and Diana Oblinger, EDUCAUSE Vice President and ELI Director.

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Chris Dede on Emerging Technologies and Neomillennial Learning Styles

I interviewed Chris Dede, the Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, on some of the ideas behind his upcoming keynote address at the 2007 ELI Annual Meeting. Dede will conduct the general session scheduled for 8:00-9:30 AM on Tuesday, January 23; his topic will be "Emerging Educational Technologies and Neomillennial Learning Styles."

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Deborah Bickford and David Wright on Creating New Spaces for Learning

With the ELI 2007 Annual Meeting fast approaching, I interviewed the University of Dayton's Deborah Bickford and David Wright on the ideas behind their upcoming featured session, "Creating New Spaces for Learning in Community." They will conduct their session on Tuesday, January 23, from 10:00-11:00 AM, along with fellow presenter Bill Dittoe of Educational Facilities Consultants.

My discussion with Bickford and Wright focused on the factors that motivated the University of Dayton to focus on learning spaces as a key component of its academic planning and development. They also reviewed the challenges the university encountered in effectively engaging the institutional community in learning space design, as well as the approaches the university took to overcome them. Finally, Bickford and Wright talked about options institutions might consider in assessing the impact of learning spaces on learning.

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Kate Wittenberg on How Students Are Transforming the World of Information

As part of my continuing series of interviews leading up to the ELI 2007 Annual Meeting, I talked with Kate Wittenberg, Director of the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia University, or EPIC. She will hold a featured session at the annual meeting on Wed., Jan. 24, from 8:00-9:00 AM entitled “While You Were Out: How Students Are Transforming the World of Information and What It Means for Publishing.”


In the interview, Wittenberg provides a brief overview of the new ways in which students are developing content and using information, and what that means for the development and management of information resources within the university. She also describes EPIC and how its efforts in digital content development reflect current and emerging trends in student creation and use of online content.

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Carie Windham on the Net Generation Perspective

In preparation for the ELI 2007 Annual Meeting, I interviewed recent North Carolina State University graduate Carie Windham on the issues behind her upcoming annual meeting featured session, "Father Google and Mother IM: Confessions of a Net Gen Learner," scheduled for Tuesday, January 23, from 1:30-2:30 PM, Eastern.

Windham's session will take a look at how the Net Generation views and uses technology, and what those views and uses mean for higher education. In addition to summarizing some of the key points in her presentation, the interview allowed Windham to discuss relevant issues she won't get a chance to cover during her session.

ELI will post the full audio from keynote and featured sessions after the conference, so check back to hear more from this Net Gen learner about teaching, learning, technology, and the Net Generation.

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Bresciani on Outcomes-Based Assessment

For ELI's upcoming fall focus session on the role of assessment in supporting teaching and learning with technology, I interviewed Dr. Marilee Bresciani, Associate Professor of Postsecondary Education Leadership at San Diego State University.

In the interview, Dr. Bresciani defines outcomes-based assessment and shares her views on its application to teaching and learning with technology. Dr. Bresciani also discusses the keys for designing and implementing outcomes-based assessment for a given institution.

If you're interested in learning more about outcomes-based assessment, please see Dr. Bresciani's ELI Web Symposium presentation, How Do You Know What Your Students Are Learning?

Look for the proceedings from the ELI 2006 Fall Focus Session, Supporting Learning with Technology: Assessment's Role, via the focus session Web site. The proceedings should be available by the end of September.

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Maki on Assessment of Technology-Based Learning

Peggy Maki, former Senior Scholar and Director of Assessment at the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE), will conduct an ELI Web seminar on Sept. 15, 2006, regarding assessing student learning in technology-based learning environments.

However, Dr. Maki's work is also relevant to the ELI 2006 Fall Focus Session, Supporting Learning with Technology: Assessment's Role, which will be held from Sept. 11-12, 2006. To make sure focus session participants have the opportunity to benefit from her thinking on this topic, Dr. Maki kindly agreed to participate in the attached audio interview.

For more information about Dr. Maki's upcoming ELI Web seminar, please visit the event page at http://www.educause.edu/eliweb069. Look for the proceedings from the ELI 2006 Fall Focus Session at http://www.educause.edu/eli063.

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