Starting from zero

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Starting from zero

  1. 1. Starting from Zero A librarian’s involvement in a major SL initiative Centre for Information Literacy Research Infolit iSchool, May 6, 2010 Sarah Jones, UT Arlington Library SL: Razitra Artizar (Raz)
  2. 2. Starting from Zero <ul><li>University of Texas System grant: &quot;Transforming Undergraduate Education“ -- http://tuelearningcommunity.com/ (July 2009-July2010) pioneered by Dr. Leslie Jarmon (SL: Bluewave Ogee) </li></ul><ul><li>One year's funding for land for all campuses and health science centers </li></ul><ul><li>The first university system-wide initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: Virtual Learning Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Researchers, instructors, students, administrators, staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost savings for travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental sustainability: travel, brick & mortar overhead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addition to DE toolkit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploration of immersive environment for education </li></ul></ul>
  3. 4. Starting from Zero <ul><li>What we started with at UT Arlington: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Provost’s support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support from my dept head and the Dean of the Library (giving me ½ time to devote to SL) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One evangelist: a College of Nursing professor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One person with SL skills, knowledge and experience (me) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Plus skepticism: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GIS in SL in Fall 2007 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Starting from Zero <ul><li>But also, good fortune </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Getting the Dean of Liberal Arts interested </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Favorable press in the campus newspaper </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Funding for the 3 islands for Year Two, championed by the Dean of the Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>What I still need the most: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>My “first follower” - http://www.readwriteweb.com/start/2010/03/leadership-dance.php </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To move interest to excitement and excitement to action </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Starting from Zero <ul><li>Activities over the past 8 months: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interest meetings, Information Fair, Focus on Technology, Library Finals Week game night, Workshops including “Library STEW” this summer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Class activities: Nursing, English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FLOC exhibit on food sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website with info, tutorials, and resources / Facebook page & Twitter feed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>College of Nursing Genomics Journal Club with IRB-approved study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate advising for the Department of Sociology & Anthropology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next year: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanded use in the College of Nursing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department of Art & Art History’s new Digital Media track </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hoping a professor in Educational Leadership follows through </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Starting from Zero <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It’s a game” and “little creepy” – uncanny valley? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s comparatively hard, in an age when most things online are very easy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>System requirements: library staff (and faculty) with inadequate computers, students on wireless connections with laptops and netbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus labs that install software twice a year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Factors in success: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People with good SL knowledge, skills, and broad experience as well as people who are educators and/or instructional designers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support: staff time, funding for building help, funding for incentive programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patience! And courage? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. UTArlington I
  8. 9. Gallery space, café and conference room on UTArlington I
  9. 11. UTArlington II
  10. 12. Sandbox on UTArlington II
  11. 15. Starting from Zero <ul><li>Shameless plug: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UT System Undergraduate Conference 2010 Thursday, June 17, 2010, 11:30am-6:30pm SLT at UTexas System Academic & UTexas System Health (SLURLs forthcoming) http://tuelearningcommunity.com/uc2010/ (currently under construction) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 16. Starting from Zero <ul><li>UTA SL website - www.uta.edu/secondlife </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow on Facebook or Twitter or read postings on the site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Log in directly to UTA land </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Learning Community- tuelearningcommunity.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current PI: Mario Guerra, University of Texas Austin (mariog@austin.utexas.edu) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact me: Sarah Jones - [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>University of Texas Arlington, Digital Library Services </li></ul><ul><li>In SL: Razitra Artizar (Raz) </li></ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.net/razitra </li></ul>

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