University of Idaho professor Luke Harmon contributed work for the One Zoom Tree of Life, which allows users to zoom in on the branches. It is a beautiful interface but I am always looking for ways students can contribute to knowledge. The good news is that it looks like there is a plan for an Open Tree of Life using the OneZoom technology, which is currently available for download. Another amazing Tree of Life project was recommended to me a few years ago by biology students at Washington State University. That The Tree Of Life Web Project allows treehouse builders to contribute to the tree. Love it.
Jodie Nicotra needed a solution for Dual Credit high school students throughout the state to turn in their writing portfolios. Currently students are turning them in through Blackboard, which has been an administrative nightmare. Jenine, Kari and I built this site in Weebly (it took about an hour) and then added a JotForm to the Submit Your Portfolio page. Weebly has form that would have accommodated the upload but we decided to go with JotForm because it will automatically send the student an email confirmation as well as sending portfolio reviewers an email with the attached file for review. Jodie seemed pretty happy with this solution.
Still needs more work but it has been fun so far. Pastel, acrylic gloss medium, vellum, paper etc. Click to enlarge.
I recently found a picture of the dancing lion drawing above, called The After Supper Dance. Looking at the lions' paws and wrists reminded me how much I miss drawing figures, which I haven't done for a long time. The picture above left was snapped in the halls of the Education Bldg. at the University of Idaho. I don't know who the brilliant young artist was; there were no names on any of the works in the hall but it makes me think about the power of collage - that mouth! It also got me thinking about creating large figurative works with collage and finding a way back into the studio. But I like drawing on a table and since I like to draw life size that means a BIG table. As luck would have it the massively heavy 10' x 3' table pictured below appeared last week on the university's surplus auctions and I got it. So now I no longer have an excuse not to start...
Just enrolled in a MOOC at Open Suny called Locating, Creating, Licensing and Utilizing OERs (OER-101). How could I resist after seeing the trailer below?
I have enrolled in one other MOOC via Udemy where my nephew Archie Abrams is Director of Growth (love that title).
Next week I am supposed to do a brief presentation on MOOCs for the faculty senate and one of the most interesting commentaries on MOOCs is (not surprisingly) from Clay Shirky in his blogpost, Napster, Udacity and the Academy where he talks about MOOCs pushing us to consider a new story about education, a new ”sense of the possible” if education becomes “unbundled.”
Two days ago Jenine, Kari and I showed Rodney Frey and Jane Baillargeon the ePortfolio demo we built in Weebly using the university's five learning outcomes in the navigation. We were hoping they would see the utility of an outcomes-driven ePortfolio for assessment purposes. They seemed pretty intrigued and Rodney decided that he would pilot it in his ISEM course, Sacred Journey into Indigenous Communities - this semester. If all goes well he plans to pilot ePortfolios in all the ISEM courses in this fall. So hooray! I started working on a demo for his course yesterday and will probably get to visit the class and talk to students about the why and how of ePortfolios.
Been playing around with this. I imagined using sliders to input perceived difficulty, need for new knowledge, engagement and praxis (represented by forms) and perceived competency and interest and/or relevance (represented by space). Not sure.
Name of assignment/project/course
Beginning and end dates
INPUT to learning: Form
Difficulty: light (not difficult) to dark (difficult)
New knowledge: small (little new knowledge needed) to large (required a lot of new knowledge)
Engagement: cool blue (not engaging) to warm red (very engaging)
Praxis: fuzzy (learned in theory) to sharp (applied concepts)
OUTPUT from learning: Space
In all of my ePortfolio work I talk about using the blog as an engine for collecting evidence and tagging that evidence so that during the selection process it is easy to filter. But I never follow my own advice. So as of today (1/15/13) I am going to begin dumping things in here and see if I can train myself to get in the habit of posting something at least once a week.