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Concurrent: Ting Ho
Using the Web to Enhance Teaching in the Arts
Except in those cases where the web is the focus of their art, most artists are notoriously reticent in seeing any relevance of web capabilities, especially for their pedagogical needs. But with the growing popularity of distance learning, teachers in the various arts disciplines are not only finding many of these web capabilities useful tools for their course needs, but are designing courses that are being delivered entirely online. This session will explore uses of the technology, available websites and products. Examples of teaching strategies for the various arts disciplines will also be examined for their strengths and difficulties, and session attendees will be encouraged to share their own experiences.
Dr. Ting Ho is a senior member of the music faculty of the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, where he is Coordinator of the music theory and composition programs. He currently chairs the College of the Arts Distance Learning Committee, which is responsible for overseeing courses and programs in that College that include distance learning components. He has personally designed a number of music courses for both majors and non-majors that are delivered entirely online using both Blackboard and Moodle Learning Management Systems. As a composer, Dr. Ho has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Music Center and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and he is the recipient of the Louis Lane Prize. His original compositions have received performances at Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and elsewhere in the United States and abroad. One of his works was featured in a Voice of America broadcast to the Orient.
Concurrent: Rick Anderson
Integrating do-it-yourself technology (DIY) into the virtual learning environment
As virtual technologies have embraced connecting to the web, and social media, so too has DIY electronics, and physical computing. Arduino has revolutionized the DIY physical computing movement which has allowed for low cost integration of devices like motors, GPS devices, accelerometers, temperature, and motion monitoring with virtual environments. This session will demonstrate integrating these devices, and the hacked Microsoft Kinect with virtual environments like Open Sim, as well as adding virtual devices to a web based network of things via Pachube, http://www.pachube.com. Lessons learned will be shared with particular attention on how to avoid DYI (do-yourself-in)
Rick Anderson is Director of Virtual Worlds for Rutgers University, and President of Fair Use Building and Research Labs. As Director of Virtual Worlds he has grown the Rutgers University Virtual World from a single sim in Second Life to 24 sims in Open Sim, and 8 sim in Second Life. These environments are showcased as part of Rutgers Day, where over 50,000 people attend, and at least 5,000 people get to ring the Old Queens Virtual Bell. Since 2005, he has taught the School of Communication and Information (SCI) program’s Advanced Web Design course. As a member of Fubar Labs, Rick has worked to provide programs on soldering, basic electronics, Arduino (http://arduino.cc) and 3D printing to the New Jersey community. Arduino is an Open Hardware project used by artists and engineers around the world. He is also part of the official Arduino testing team, and designed the Arduino Software Test suite. In 2011, he participated in the Global Game Jam and created the first third party game for the Microtouch open hardware game platform, Heat Death, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickanderson/5401644918/, and http://globalgamejam.org/2011/heat-death-microtouch.
Concurrent: Michael Oudshoorn
Face-to-Face to On-Line: Addressing the Concerns of the Faculty
Faculty who have never taught an on-line course before find the prospect of delivering an entire program on-line to be daunting. Many identify impediments, both real and perceived, that challenge the department chair or director introducing the program. The concerns range from an anti-on-line attitude to concerns about quality and accreditation, from a fear of learning new technology to claims of increased workload. This talk looks at some of the common issues that arise and provides the perspective of a faculty member who has made the transition from face-to-face to on-learning.