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Looking at trends and future possibilities in the use of Information Technology in Higher Education. …

Looking at trends and future possibilities in the use of Information Technology in Higher Education.
Plenary presentation at the Christian Higher Education Canada Annual General Meeting. June 1st, 2010.

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  • It is not a FadIt is a consequence of evolution of communication.
  • Create: Blog Posts, Videos, Animation, Photography,NewsConnect: Friends,Family,Classmates,Employers,PeersCollaborate:Research,Schoolwork,Planning,Knowledge,GroundswellComment/Critique: Restaurants,Politics,Celebrities,Movies,Each OtherOrganize: Bookmarks,Events,Tasks,Projects,Each OtherAccelerate Consumption:News,Music,Conversation,Video
  • A social network is a social structure made of individuals (or organizations) called "nodes," which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, relationships, beliefs, knowledge or prestige.How much time are you going to spend?
  • Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 400 million users.These are month-over-month comparisons. On an annual basis, Twitter is still growing its audience much faster (2,614 percent ) than Facebook (124 percent) because it is coming off such a smaller initial base of users and this was the year it entered hypergrowth. But that hypergrowth seems to have slowed since the end of April, at least in the U.S. Between April and July, Facebook grew 30 percent in unique U.S. visitors, while Twitter only grew 25 percent, so it is more than just a one-month aberration.
  • Syndicated ContentPresented in Reverse ChronologicalPowered by RSSCommentsBest PracticesEnthusiastic Content ProvidersEngaged ReadersSyndicate Your ContentComment PolicyInvest in Design
  • A virtual world is a genre of online community that often takes the form of a computer-based simulated environment, through which users can interact with one another and use and create objects. (Wikipedia)Sloodle project, which aims to merge of Second Life with MoodleTechnologies can sometimes take up to 10 years to become fully incorporated within everyday life. For virtual worlds to be accepted, then it is vital that teachers and students alike adapt to new ideas and technologies and use them to their full potential and become a useful tool in education (Yukiko Inoue, Effects of virtual reality support compared to video support in a high-school world geography class). The best idea for a more complete and wider variety in learning techniques is to integrate both paper based and technology based methods.
  • Cloud computingis web-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like the electricity grid.Issues:PrivacyComplianceLegalOpen sourceSecuritySustainability
  • He noted a few ironies of technology spending on many campuses: IT departments spending millions on wireless networks, only to have many professors ban laptops from the classroom; or professors applying for research grants that require high-speed networks without the university making the necessary upgrades to meet the grant requirements."The scope and complexity of the role has really grown," said H. David Lambert, chief information officer of Georgetown University, during a talk at the Educause annual meeting in November. "It's easy to feel some days like I'm not the CIO but the risk-management officer for the institution, because every element of risk management comes back to IT.”new mission-critical services emerge while many older ones remain.
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    • 1. Trends & Future Possibilities in Information Technology I
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D.
      Chief Information Officer
      Trinity Western University
      Langley, BC
      CHEC AGM June 1st, 2010
      Clouds, Virtual Worlds, and Social Networks:Hype or Hope?
    • 2. Did you know?
      We are living in exponential times.
      Video on the progression of information technology.
      Research & Design: Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Bronman.
      Music: Fatboy Slim - Right Here Right Now
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
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    • 3. Is Social Media Mere Hype?
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
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    • 4. Traditional Media Process
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      4
    • 5. Traditional and New Media Process
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      5
    • 6. “In the era of social media people use technologies to get what they need from each other, not traditional institutions.”
      Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff
      Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies.
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
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    • 7. "Users want and need to socialize and act in privacy-risking ways because of it."
      Jean-Paul Rains
      Risk Management on FacebookPSE WEB 2010
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      7
    • 8. Major Uses of Social Media
      Create
      Connect
      Collaborate
      Comment or Critique
      Organize
      Accelerate Consumption
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
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    • 9. Social Networks
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
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    • 10. "Your institution is in social media whether you like it or not”
      Matthew Melnyk
      Social media and ROI PSE WEB 2010
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      10
    • 11. Social Network Growth Aug. 2008 – June 2009
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
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    • 12. “In social media, strategy is a luxury worth fighting for"
      Ryan McNutt
      Social Media Strategy PSE WEB 2010
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      12
    • 13. Blogs
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      13
      Best Practices
      • Enthusiastic Content Providers
      • 14. Engaged Readers
      • 15. Syndicate Content
      • 16. Comment Policy
      • 17. Invest in Design
      Don't pre-approve blog posts,
      pre-approve bloggers.
    • 18. Facebook
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      14
      Best Practices:
      • One effort at a time
      • 19. Invest in creativity
      • 20. Consider it a work in progress
      • 21. Respond within 24 hours
      • 22. Link to syndicated content
      • 23. Set & Publish Content Guidelines
    • Social Media Best Practices
      Be a scientist:
      Define your question.
      Observe.
      Investigate.
      Hypothesize.
      Experiment.
      Analyze. (Metrics!!!!)
      Re-test!
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
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    • 24. Pick your Battles: Virtual Worlds
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      16
      Cc Global Kids.
    • 25. “Strategically, there's almost nothing that IT doesn't touch.”
      Jeffrey R. Young
      The Incredible Shrinking CIO The Chronicle of Higher Ed.
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      17
    • 26. Cloud Computing
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
      18
      CC 2009 Created by Sam Johnston
    • 27. "IT leaders can't do that balancing act alone; academic leaders can't do that balancing act alone."
      Jerrold M. Grochow, MIT's former CIO
      January/February issue of Educause Review
      June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
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    • 28. June 1st, 2010
      Alma Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D. Trinity Western University Alma@twu.ca CHEC AGM 2010
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      Alma I. Barranco-Mendoza, Ph.D.
      E-mail: Alma@twu.ca
      Twitter: @iridia
      Facebook:
      http://www.facebook.com/alma.barranco
      LinkedIn:
      http://www.linkedin.com/in/almabarranco
      Website:
      http://www.almabarranco.com
      Questions?