Learning Design Summer Camp 2010

Education Technology Services
Teaching and Learning with Technology
Penn State

7/14-15, 2010


Overall Impressions and Takeaways

For the price (free), it’s hard to complain about a conference like this. It is well organized and well put together, however, sometimes it does feel like a “local” informal gathering. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that! If you are in tune with what’s coming down the pipe in technology and aware of what is going in the university, some of the talks are a bit redundant. However, since it was local, I was able to come and go and skip some of the sessions.

I think the summer camp is an excellent time to network.

None of the sessions this year were particularly insightful – the mobile session was very introductory and superficial and the ELMS talk was repetitive since we brought in those guys to present at WCLD. I don’t think there’s a lot of takeaways from this year’s camp, but I am definitely looking forward to finding out more about Dr. Sam Richard’s online course. His use of media in the classroom and the level of engagement (that we saw in the very small movie clips) is phenomenal and I am wondering how he did in the online environment.

Day 1

Session 1: Mobility

July 13, 2010, 1:30-4PM, 108 IST Building (but moved to the Cybertorium)

Chris Millet, Brad Kozlek, Brian Shook

  • There was a demo of a couple of different iOS apps to edit movies
  • Groups of participants went out to publish into an augmented reality app called Junaio

Day 2


9:15AM, Cybertorium
Dr. Sam Richards

  • 100 Thomas building (class of 720 students) is more like Broadway theater than a normal classroom.  Pay attention to lights, media, stage, etc.
  • The running theme throughout his talk was that excitement is contagious.  The instructor needs to be excited in order for the course to be engaging.
  • In the backchannel (twitter, etc), there was a lively discussion about how “boring” courses might leverage some of the techniques Dr. Richards mentioned in order to engage students.  Specifically, how can something like Accounting 211 be made fun and exciting?
  • Dr. Richards actually offered his course online in the Spring 2009; evaluations aren’t available yet.

Session 1

10:15AM – 11AM
Keith Bailey and Matt Meyer

  • ELMS Demo

Session 2: Hacking Pedagogy

Cole Camplese & Christopher Long

  • Collaboration based class (without a pre-determined syllabus)
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