ELI Poster Presentation: DigPINS – A participatory faculty development experience

I’m excited to be presenting a poster at ELI2018 with Sundi Richard on DigPINS – a participatory faculty development experience. Sundi designed DigPINS around the same time that I was designing my first year seminar in digital citizenship – of course we co-founded #DigCiz and digciz.org together so there has been a lot of talk between us about all of these projects.

DigPINS looks at Digital Pedagogy, Identity, Networks, and Scholarship as an online faculty development experience in a cohort model over a set time period. It sort of reminds me of a cMOOC except the focus is not on massive numbers and there is a part of the experience that does not happen in the open – the cohort at the school that is running the course has a backchannel and really they are often closer in physical proximity to one another so they can sometimes just talk to each other on campus.

For our poster we have given a description of each of the defining concepts (the PINS: Pedagogy, Identity, Networks, and Scholarship) on one half and then an interactive description of examples of the activities on the other half. The activities are dynamic and complex – they are not easily put into a box – hence making the poster interactive. How do we make a poster interactive? Well each activity will be printed separately so that during explination they can be placed along two intersecting continuums: Private/Public and Synchronous/Asynchronous. The far extremes of each of these are hard to get at and I’m not sure that anything in DigPINS belongs there but we are hopeful that having these as moveable elements that we will be able to better demonstrate their complexity.

A digital version of the poster is embedded below – it is three slides long as Slide 1 is the poster, Slide 2 are the moveable activities, and on Slide 3 we put a description.

DigPINS Poster

Some of you know I just took a position at St. Norbert and one of the big reasons was because I knew they were not just open to but encouraging really exciting approaches to faculty development like DigPINS. I just finished up running my first implementation of DigPINS at St. Norbert. I had a great group of faculty, staff, and librarians who were really thoughtful about their approaches. We had some serious conversations about the good and bad of technology, social media, mobile access and their effects on pedagogy, scholarship, and ourselves.

I’m excited to be able to present with Sundi on DigPINS – our next move is to open the curriculum so that others can take the skeleton of the defining concepts and activities and make it their own at their institution. That is coming soon so stay tuned!!!


Growth in Presenting: reflections on “combating fake news”

Yesterday I presented Combating Fake News: Critical Consumption and Digital Citizenship during Capital University’s Martin Luther King Day of Learning. It was really exciting to dig a little deeper on one aspect of digital citizenship rather than just give a broad overview. This is such a tricky topic because it is not about “fake news” really.  Or at least not the way I see it. It is about critical thinking, diversity of thought, and yes self-discovery. I mean how are we defined if it is not based on our perception of reality?

It was one of my better presentations and I was really proud of myself because if you know me at all then you know that presenting is not one of my strongest skills. I think teaching last term helped a lot. I also reached out to some colleagues who are really knowledgeable about this topic, but who also happen to be amazing presenters, for advice and that helped me feel more confident.

I was under quite the time crunch and had to do things differently than I normally would but I think that actually made the presentation better. Considering I just wrote about imperfection with Maha and Rebecca I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

Normally, I try to have very visual presentations. I start with lots of text but then I move all or most of the text to the notes section and replace with images. There was no time for that this time but I actually think that it made the presentation more of a resource – especially because there are a ton of links in there.

That was another thing that was different; I knew going in that I had way too much. Too many big topics, too much media, just too much stuff overall. However, I found this allowed me to be more spontaneous. Because I had all that stuff – I was able to flow more smoothly and just skip around. Sometimes I only played part of a video or had to skip a slide or two but I was able to take more comments from the participants and let the thing go where it wanted to. Of course I had to reel things back in a few times because of the clock but it was so freeing.

I generated a bit.ly link for an online version of the deck and pointed it out to everyone before and after the presentation. I also put the bit.ly link on the bottom of almost every slide. After the workshop a bunch of folks are still accessing it so I think that may have actually worked out. It may not be as pretty as many of my other presentations. It might break all the rules of how you are supposed to do a slidedeck these days… but I think it worked out for this particular presentation as a resource. What was key was that the conversation in the room was the centerpiece not slidedeck. Now, the slidedeck is more than just a collection of pictures. It is a collection of idea snippets, yes, but most useful it is a collection of links.

Not that I’m giving up my pictures in the future mind you ;-P but it is nice to know this kind slidedeck is not automatically a disaster.

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Image Credit: Autumm Caines. Underwood, CC-BY