Tech Bits & Bytes: Fall Kickoff 2016

We covered a number of items in Friday’s meeting, with promises to provide links and resources in the impact. Feel free to send along any questions, recommendations and ideas. ~ Brad

Critical Digital Pedagogy article. If you read nothing else, read this.

Hybrid Pedagogy is the peer-reviewed digital journal associated with the Digital Pedagogy Lab. #mustread

The Digital Pedagogy Institute is a summer gathering of like-minded scholars, designers, and thought-leaders exploring the sociology of teaching and learning in a wired world. They embody an alternate teaching philosophy than traditional online education pundits. Join the conversation on twitter at #digped.

Domain of One’s Own is a movement to provide all faculty and students with their own digital domain. think: . In some ways, it is a public e-portfolio and reflection-space where users curate their work and maintain a public persona. The teaching philosophy here is that instead of focusing on content production (course in a box), perhaps we should be focusing on human development (digital literacy, portfolio development, professional networking).

DS106 began as course (Digital Storytelling 106) and evolved as a teaching-practice and widespread community. Our Instructional Learning Technology (ILT) team has adopted DS106 as a strategy for our own digital storytelling curriculum (Remi Holden, Lori Elliott). DS106 embraces open and organic teaching strategies that are highly engaging, and has garnered it’s own cult-like following around the globe. DS106 4Life. Follow on twitter at #ds106.

Slack is a group chat tool mentioned by Rebecca and leveraged by Bud to offer an ‘email-free‘ course. It is widely used in tech start-ups and is considered an alternative to email. Here is Bud’s blog post on the experience.

Email is like a postcard. Don’t put anything you don’t want public in an email. Email is a transparent, openly accessible medium. Proceed with caution. The good news is that email between one account and another account is encrypted by default, so it is fairly safe (postcard in an envelope). You can also send encrypted email with the outside world by marking your email as Low Priority – details available here.

SEHD Master Calendar does exist. You can lookup all SEHD meetings as well as the University Academic calendar in your own calendar (outlook/apple/google). If you set this up last year when we first promoted it, you are all set – this year’s meetings are being added now. If you’d like to set-up the calendar for yourself, there are instructions on the IMPACT and or you can ask someone to come set it up for you – email us at

SEHD Classrooms have been upgraded (600, 648, 745 and 1150). Thank you Eric and Theo for bringing this along over the summer. Classrooms have a new control system that should simplify and improve operability. Instructions for use will be placed in each room and/or you can download the guide right here (PDF).

SEHD Mobile Labs have been upgraded – we have 24 Microsoft Surface Tablets w SPSS / 30 iPad Pros. We hope to do something fun and interesting here – let us know if you’d like to play.

SEHD Purchase Requests will be managed via a new web form, linked from the IMPACT. The request form requires all of the details we need to buy your stuff, then it automagically routes your request to the right ‘purchaser’ who will work with you to get your stuff. Thanks, Matt, Melissa, JaNet, and Tim for continuing to work this out.

SEHD Travel Requests are a two-step process. (a) complete the Travel Authorization form, linked from the IMPACT. Once travel is authorized and funding is verified, (b) book your own travel via Concur. Concur is in the University portal and serves as the University travel agent.

The SOURCE is our digital library; it is your research library and digital portfolio. It houses research collections of individuals, programs, grants, teams, and etc. It makes our work more discoverable via search engine optimization and it’s author-portfolios will replace the faculty-portfolios currently found on the SEHD website. If you have not done so already, send your updated CV and questions to Thank you Melissa for continuing to make this a valuable resource.

Zoom accounts are available to all students, faculty and staff at Unlimited time, up to 100 participants at one time. If you have problems, try to use an actual wired network (not wireless).

The SEHD HelpDesk was upgraded over the summer and we didn’t tell anyone. Send all help requests to With the upgrade comes a knowledge-base where we will be housing new guides, tutorials, and etc. Coming soon. Thanks Theo, Matt and Eric for making the transition seamless.

The SEHD website arrives in about a year. OIT has selected a new web system called SiteFinity and is in the process of set-up so all the schools and colleges can come on board. Discussions about the new site have been ongoing, actual development will begin late-Fall or early-Spring with an estimated go-live of late-Summer 2017 or Fall launch 2017. About a year from now. Thank you Matt for your representation on the University Web Committee and for guiding this project to fruition.