Every semester the academic technology group conducts a pilot of one or two emerging technologies that have a particularly strong potential to enhance instruction in SoN courses. The objective of the pilot is to identify and test the applicability of the technology in question to our specific SoN needs. The pilot usually involves at least one (volunteer) faculty member who has agreed to test the technology in selected section(s) of their courses. Academic technology group offers training and support for faculty and students involved in the pilot.
Most technology pilot projects are conducted over one complete semester. At the conclusion jointly with the faculty, and taking into account student feedback, we produce and present to SoN faculty a pilot project report that summarizes the experience, and offers a (positive or negative) recommendation for wider roll-out and use of the technology in question.
Spring 2013 Pilot Project: Private Social Networks
During the spring semester of 2013 our pilot project focuses on Private Social Networks (PSNs). In academic context, PSNs offer an attractive alternative to Facebook, with solutions that address many concerns related to instructional uses of Facebook (including FERPA and student privacy considerations, among others). Our selected PSN software is Everyme (after also considering Path, Glassboard, and Kibits), a solution that works within a web browser, and has apps specifically developed for both iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) and Android devices. If you are a SoN faculty member, and might be interested in joining this semester’s pilot, please contact Jerzy “George” Jura (jura at wisc dot edu) for more information.
- Website link: Everyme.com
- Class handout with basic Everyme info., and signup instructions: https://www.box.com/s/xckgja3kmls3y4ri3bl1
- ELI 2013 Presentation Poster: https://www.box.com/s/6sf1jcngdxjxgqmkylot
- ELI 2013 Poster Session (on Educause website): Beyond Facebook…
Above: Screen capture images of Everyme threaded, media-rich discussions accessed through the web interface, with zoomable images (Foto credits: Microsoft/Fotolia).