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Debrief: Atkins Symposium #UMAtkins

Monday I was lucky enough to make it into the Atkins Symposium.

Dan at the Atkins Symposium Panel One at the Atkins Symposium
Panel Four at the Atkins Symposium Break at the Atkins Symposium

Learning and Discovery in the Connected Age: A Symposium Honoring Professor Daniel E. Atkins in his 40th Year at the University of Michigan:

The structure was a series of panels on critical topics, with each panel including several notables. I kept it quiet, but my heart was pounding with excitement, going, “I can’t believe! [thump] I’m in the same room! [thump] with Vint Cerf and Stu Feldman! [thump] and Clifford Lynch (again)! [thump] And ..[insert name here].. all at the same time!!! [kathump!]” I wished with all my heart that Manfred Kochen could have lived to hear all this. Oh, this is exactly the sort of future he predicted.

The panel topics were Cyberinfrastructure for Academic Enterprise; The Information School Movement; Collaboratories, and Digital Libraries; and Cyber Enabled Learning. Because of the overwhelming response to the event invitation (over 500 registered!) they had to relocate the event at the last minute to a space which, while very lovely and appropriate in so many ways, lacked adequate power and networking to support the techy crowd gathered in the audience. For that reason, I tried to take good notes and planned on live-blogging, then discovered that I have grown so accustomed to livetweeting that my notes aren’t up to my usual standards at all! Luckily, Ken Varnum and others livetweeted, all in a glorious public stream, and Ken (as the lead and most vocal live tweeter) gave me permission to archive the #umatkins tweets here.

The tweets are lightly edited. If I noticed an obvious typo or misspelling, I corrected it. I removed retweets unless they added a substantive comment. I tried to find links and activate them (unless it was yet another link to the symposium homepage). I thought about deleting the hashtag itself, in the interests of space, but some people made it a grammatical part of the comment rather than just a tag, so I left them all it, just it case it was needed to make sense of the statement. I have a complete spreadsheet in a Google Doc, which I can easily share if you want to see the originals. So, without further ado, here are the 400+ tweets from the day long event. (400? Really? Under the network constraints at the event, that is absolutely PHENOMENAL! Editing whittled it down to around 350. Be grateful. )

pfanderson: | Here for the Atkins Symposium! #UMAtkins (@ Michigan Theater) [pic]:
kennedy2: | At the Atkins Symposium.Never been in the State Theate before. It’s nice! #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | @pfanderson Are you on Biggby Wifi? Can’t get internet, just Tweetdeck. #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | @pfanderson Nevermind. Got it. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Wish I could livetweet #UMAtkins but no network and no power. Will take good notes on multiple devices & liveblog from home later
bagabot: | Hot damn, the @michtheater is full of brains right now. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Dan Atkins takes the podium #umatkins

mcburton: | RT @bagabot: Hot damn, the @michtheater is full of brains right now. #UMAtkins
epuckett: | RT @britain Right on. “The real opportunity is not in the technical details, but in the extreme connectedness it provides.” #umatkins
britain: | Oh, it’s #UMAtkins. Thanks as always to @pfanderson for knowing the hashes.
pfanderson: | @britain Settled it down right before it started ;) #umatkins
epuckett: | Shout out to #oer & NETP 2010: #umatkins
kennedy2: | This is where I am. #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | Cloud computing: the technology is nebulous. #UMAtkins
mcburton: | Someone should tell Dan Atkins that Moore’s law is no longer true. #UMAtkins
varnum: | “Cloud computing: the service is nebulous.” Dan Atkins, quoting a colleague. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Tweeting today from the Atkins Symposium: #umatkins
epuckett: | Atkins: “the most exciting stuff happens between disciplines, working at edge between what is and what is possible.” #umatkins
kennedy2: | @britain looks like #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | @vint_cerf and Stu Feldman are talking soon. Kinda excited. Never heard a Googman talk before. #UMAtkins
carolbean: | Nebulous computing? Sounds about right RT @varnum: “Cloud computing: the service is nebulous.” Dan Atkins, quoting a colleague. #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Dan Atkins gave a fast but dazzling list of strategies- last was to let many share in the ownership of successful projects. #UMAtkins.
stevelonn: | For more info on panelists: #umatkins
mcburton: | TIL: Stu Feldman was the creator of unix make. That’s pretty legit. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Panel 1: Farnam Jahanian, Dan Reed, Vint Cerf, Francine Berman, Stu Feldman, & Alex Szalay. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: Cyberinfrastructure is recognition of importance of technology to research. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Cloud is timesharing on steroids. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Cyberinfrastructure is more than equipment; it’s the environment. Needs persistence of software to work w/data we create. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Need to move away from physical-only university so that we can learn over a lifetime, not just 4 years #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Doing things is the most powerful way of learning. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: So much of what we do depends on Internet; need to make sure that infrastructure continues to exist and stays open. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: OpenFlow — goes beyond standard routers. Move toward connecting processes & digital objects, not machines. #UMAtkins
britain: | Vint Cerf just said we could run “Avatar” on the theater screen if this gets boring. Doubt it, but I appreciate having options. #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Vint Cerf – ecosystem > systems, “digital vellum” is needed- ways to preserve digital info beyond systems. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Higher ed overdue for a revolution; 10 years past normal 50-year cycle. Digital has yet to have biggest impact. #UMAtkins
britain: | Cerf says the next evolution of the Net is connecting processes rather than just addresses. Shout out to OpenFlow routing tech #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | First panel: Francine Berman, Vint Cerf, Stu Feldman, Alex Szalay, Dan Reed, Farnam Jahrhanian #umatkins

varnum: | Feldman: Giga’s not the end; get ready for terra and peta. Infrastructure is leading us there. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Universities need to figure out what you do with all this data, how to interact, work with it, preserve it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: We are now at similar point to invention of microscope — we have whole new world to explore. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: Narrowing of focus in sciences has broadened similarities of computational needs across divisions. #UMAtkins
britain: | OpenFlow switching, as mentioned by Cerf #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Cyberinfrastructure challenges are found in policy and socioeconomic affairs; technology is “easy”. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: How do we sustain infrastructure over time? Issues of provenance, privacy, security very real. #UMAtkins
yardi: | big data has come out of a non-physical sciences context. Dan Reed (MSFT) on diffs btwn high performance computing and big data #danatkins
lmclaug: | Vint Cerf on coming changes in how we find/preserve things- instead of connecting endpoints, connect processes & physical objects #UMAtkins
mcburton: | What if instead of speeding up we tried to slow everything down? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: If we’re going to enable creativity in our systems, we need to figure out new funding models. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: Big Data not just from CERN, etc. Reality — most science generates very large data sets. How to aggregate diff. sets? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: How to build an agile system that is big enough to enable economies of scale? Big challenge. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Szalay: How do we build trust in such a common/aggregated data store? Who manages? Are they trusted? #UMAtkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins Dan Atkins….father of cyber infrastructure
varnum: | Cerf: Having right metadata is critical. Not just data, but knowing what it is, how it was gathered, how to mix it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Social model induces single researcher to work on data until next research project. After that, interest fades. A shame. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: Some critical datasets aren’t “big” — we need to preserve research data. #UMAtkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins. Data has become a first class object….
varnum: | Feldman: We should talk about “big information”, not “big data” #UMAtkins
lmclaug: | Vint Cerf shout out to well-structured metadata as critical to big info manageability. amen. #umatkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins Stu Feldman I wish we were talking about big information and not big data
varnum: | Feldman: Concept of “sharing” is still evolving in scientific circiles. #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | Metadata can be anywhere from 25-100% the size of the data it describes. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Big Science gives Big Data. But *all science* yields data. Don’t forget it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: more need for community activism to make big things happen in data. Research Data Alliance will be formed in March 2013 #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: Research Data Alliance will help facilitate patterns for data exchange, discovery, that can be done NOW. #UMAtkins
yardi: | “Big data isn’t about size but about complexity, purpose, community, scale.” -Francine Berman #danatkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins Research Data Alliance – footholds in the data mountain, outcome oriented, turn the road blocks into building blocks
varnum: | More on Research Data Alliance: #UMAtkins
britain: | What will replace the Internet, Vint? “I suppose if I knew, I’d be off doing it right now.” #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: We’re moving beyond internet of things to something more. A digital object won’t be passive data but an interactive process #UMAtkins
yardi: | Vint Cerf is working on an interplanetary extension of the Internet. Yep. (to the question, what’s next after the Internet?) #danatkins
varnum: | Cerf: TCP/IP doesn’t work well with 40-minute delay (for Internet in Space). New protocols being developed… #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q: What are challenges for cyberinfrastructure on campuses? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Academia dramatically underfunds sustainable infrastructure. Need to do better across institutions & nations. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: The bigger the infrastructure the more complex the privacy issues get. Most privacy concepts rooted in person & place. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Those roots don’t make as much sense in digital world — need to develop new thinking. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: How do we integrate/balance/harmonize on-site and on-line? The new blended university will be different. But how? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: How do we evaluate quality in online education? How to know what you access is good (overall or for specific purpose)? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: How to deal with overhead of teaching a class with 100,000 students? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Cyberinfrastructure needs people to manage it long-term. Need to create career paths for this. Not in place now. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: Is there a categorical difference between data & metadata? Does this distinction make a difference? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Cerf: Info should be included in a structure to make it self-interpretable, independent of software that created it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Don’t save on storage now to throw away stuff that seems non-useful now; it could be critical in a century. #UMAtkins
yardi: | On the difference btwn data and metadata. Metadata is interpretable (by something). -Vint Cerf #danatkins
britain: | ISS has its own network protocols for communication, because TCP/IP doesn’t fare well over a 40min. round trip – Vint Cerf #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor (@pfanderson): What are your thoughts about a more nuanced approach to privacy & transparency? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: Privacy & security are not binary settings. Involve stakeholders in conversations. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Reed: People have intense, often unexpected, responses to new uses of existing data. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Berman: Stewardship of research data needs to address these questions. Stewardship not government’s job; it’s ours, too. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Hard technical questions, unpredictable psychological reactions, predictable problems (security). #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Correlation issues make privacy very hard. A few thousand characters of written text can identify you. #UMAtkins
britain: | “Privacy and security are not binary, as anyone who has configured social network settings can attest” – Dan Reed off @pfanderson #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: Issue of usability of technological interfaces is growing. What are effects of cyberinfrastructure? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: technology is cause and cure. Now you can do lots of stuff, but you have to learn how. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: Doing a good interface is computationally intensive. Well, we now have that computer power to work with. #UMAtkins
mcburton: | How do we integrate when Twitter locks down their API and the titans of tech battle over stupid patent disputes? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: What comes first, cyberinfrastructure or applications? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: bad apps come first, leading to better back ends, leading to better apps. #UMAtkins
amelia_acker: | RT @mcburton: How do we integrate when Twitter locks down their API and the titans of tech battle over stupid patent disputes? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: If you don’t know what’s out there, how can you glue it together? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Feldman: I don’t understand Angry Birds, but clearly it was an important step forward. @AngryBirds #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | Found an outlet in the lobby! #UMAtkins #discreet
varnum: | Getting ready for panel 2: The Information School Movement Panel #UMAtkins
DharmaAkmon: | They need to turn the lights up in here. It’s putting me to sleep. #UMAtkins
lovesthesox: | #umatkins day is very interesting so far… but where are the women on stage? only 4 slated all day. seems like a #missedopportunity.
DharmaAkmon: | RT @lovesthesox: #umatkins day is very interesting so far… but where are the women on stage? only 4 slated all day. seems like a #missedopportunity.
varnum: | Panelists are: Jeff Mackie-Mason, Cliff Lynch, Gail McClure, Robert Schnabel #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: ischools focus on social, economic, and information studies. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: When infrastructure becomes cheap, revolutions follows. #UMAtkins
niftyc: | Time to discuss the future of “the i-Schools Movement” at the Learning and Discovery in a Connected Age Symposium #UMAtkins
eaj6: | MT @lovesthesox: #umatkins day is interesting so far… but where are the women on stage? only 4 slated all day. #missedopportunity.
pfanderson: | #umatkins panel two: Clifford Lynch, Gail McClure, Bobby Schnabel

varnum: | Lynch: ischools grew out of sense that the landscape was shifting between library & computer science, among other disciplines #UMAtkins
yardi: | Kellogg Foundation made early investments in the iSchools. Later, @umsi became resource for Kellogg’s new investment directions #danatkins
varnum: | Lynch: In 90s, recognition that society was changing its way of using/interacting/creating information #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | I graduated from Umich SILS just before it became SI. Now there are about 38 I-Schools worldwide according to Jeff MacKie-Mason. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischool pushed back on librarianship to explore preservation/archives & what scholarly record should look like #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools have done well as judged by success their grads have in getting jobs in broad areas. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischool students are doing interesting social science research in corporations, work we can’t do in academia. #UMAtkins
britain: | Can one of you LTE speed demons help a fellow out with a slice of hotspot? I’m just tweeting Ustreaming this in HD is all. #UMAtkins
nabgilby: | #umatkins @sarahb thanks for asking the question, never stop….but the % of women on the panels likely outweighs that in reality
crfarnum: | Cliff Lynch- I-Schools are a mix of masters students & doctoral -> interesting tensions btw professional training and research. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools were a uniquely American phenomenon. Starting to internationalize, but slowly. Reasons bear thinking about. #UMAtkins
varnum: | McClure: technologists now need to understand social scientists better, reversing the past trend. #UMAtkins
niftyc: | i-Schools were about social researchers learning tech. Today the technologists need more of the social side and social science #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: ischools allow you to have technology & humanists equally together. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: Employers equally interested in “information” and “computer science” graduates. Both are valued; combo is killer. #UMAtkins
yardi: | Oops. s/#danatkins/#UMAtkins.
crfarnum: | At IU’s I-School, the focus is on informatics + computing. Their I-school is merging into engin. Includes HCI, but very broad. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischool students do interesting social science research in corporations, work we can’t do in academia. #UMAtkins
niftyc: | Employers need more people who understand tech but can handle dealing with people. They need staff at interfaces. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: Changes at Indiana U have been welcomed both on campus and within community. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: ischools are in their teen years; they’re not done yet & have a ways to go. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: Easy to tell provenance of ischools (did it start in library or computer science)? Still need to blend more. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: As all science becomes information science, what is role of ischools? #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | JMM says that after 20 yrs, there is still no common understanding of what an I-School is. Each carries its roots, maybe too much. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools are tackling problems with multiple dimensions, fostering interdisciplinary work. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: This mix improves diversity, in many different dimensions. #UMAtkins
yardi: | eg Tribal Council’s digital network #danatkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools are taking on problems with multiple dimensions, fostering interdisciplinary work. #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Lynch & McClure – multi disciplinary programs very appealing to students. Faculty/researchers need to move beyond pecking orders. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Interdisciplinary schools make promotion harder; people are broadly expert, not narrowly. Academia needs to adjust. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Is it a discipline if it’s by definition interdisciplinary? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor (@msbonn): What role do publishers & publishing play in this interconnected role, & do ischool have a role? #UMAtkins
niftyc: | Why are there only four people tweeting #UMAtkins …? Is this an i-School event or what? Maybe this means twitter is dead.
varnum: | McClure: Yes, a clear role. If we don’t guide creation of content, we lose ability to organize and manage it down the road. #UMAtkins
epuckett: | RT @varnum +1: Interdisciplinary schools make promotion harder; people are broadly expert, not narrowly. Academia needs to adjust. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: MOOC movement is one place we’re influencing thing. Will establish a new model. Courses will become books. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel — we’re involved if we mean to be or not. #UMAtkins
yardi: | There are 5 universities that have information+computing programs says Bobby Schnabel: CMU, GaTech, Irvine, Indiana, and someone. #danatkins
varnum: | Lynch: ischools can expand the currently narrow view of publishing. How to organize content for long term use & access? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor (Vint Cerf): I think disciplines are crap. Can ischool lead an effort to eliminate these discipline-based barriers? #UMAtkins
yardi: | Disciplines are crap says Vint Cerf, the guy who’s working on interplanetary Internetz. :) #UMAtkins
drchuck: | Disciplines are crap. — Vint Cerf at #danatkins
varnum: | Cerf: the path we’re taking will lead us to know more and more about less and less, until we know everything about nothing. #UMAtkins
drchuck: | RT @yardi: Disciplines are crap says Vint Cerf, the guy who’s working on interplanetary Internetz. :) #UMAtkins
varnum: | Will interdisciplinary lead to nondisciplinary? And will that happen in ischools first? #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Vint Cerf- suggests that “disciplines are crap” – too much abstraction. Need to break down barriers and focus on applications. #UMAtkins
britain: | First round of applause for audience question goes to Vint Cerf on the folly of discipline and specialization. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: Successful ischools should be graduating generalists. What will happen to PhD students’ foci? #UMAtkins
mcburton: | RT @niftyc: Employers need more people who understand tech but can handle dealing with people. They need staff at interfaces. #UMAtkins
niftyc: | . @vint_cerf asks: Can the i-Schools lead a movement to eliminate disciplines? #UMAtkins // (Good luck with that.)
varnum: | Schnabel: are there distinctions in disciplinarity between undergrad and graduate students? #UMAtkins
epuckett: | Not really impressed by the #umatkins panel response to @msbonn’s question about #publishing.
varnum: | Q from floor: Is an ischool a fundamental part of a great university? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: Are ischools standalone or integrated? Esp. in connection with computer science programs. #UMAtkins
varnum: | McClure: Universities need to envision a future not dependent on place, discipline, person. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: How do we attract women, when ischools tend to inherit challenges of independent schools? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schabel: we need to say & make happen: this field is about helping people in world of information. #UMAtkins
varnum: | McClure: If diversity is what you want, you need to fund it. It doesn’t happen by accident. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | @crfarnum me, too, another SILS grad. Hated that name, still resent it. changed right before my graduation #UMAtkins
lorcanD: | .@varnum re dev of #ischool see UNC collection Full txt at #umatkins
varnum: | Lynch: Diversity starts at undergraduate level for sure, possibly even in high school. No awareness of field until too late. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Q from floor: State a ‘grand challenge’ problem to inspire people to join the field. #UMAtkins
drchuck: | CLiff Lynch postulating that the information-school movement needs to move to the undergraduate level and high schools – #agree #UMAtkins
varnum: | McClure: Effective human use of the tools we create. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: Understanding how to structure & record large bodies of complex info with preservation in mind. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Schnabel: in field of health — how does information help change health care provision? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Mackie-Mason: Social problems are harder to encapsulate in a grand challenge. But… Change education system into learning system #UMAtkins
mcburton: | Why can’t “Help make people better citizens in our technologically interconnected age.” Be a grand challenge for iSchools? #umatkins
yardi: | “What are the grand challenges?” Hal Abelson asks the panel. I think we’d like to know what you think Hal! #UMAtkins
varnum: | Lynch: Diversity starts at undergraduate level, possibly even in high school. No awareness of field until too late. #UMAtkins
kennedy2: | No flat surface to set my pop on! #UMAtkins #firstworldproblems
betsyrolland: | MT @varnum: Cerf: Cyberinfrastructure more than equip; it’s the environment. Needs persistence of software to work w/data create. #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | MT @varnum: Szalay: Big Data not just from CERN, etc. Most science generates very large data sets. How to aggregate diff. sets? #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | Great question! RT @varnum: Szalay: How do we build trust in such a common/aggregated data store? Who manages? Are they trusted? #UMAtkins
drewpaine: | Damn I wish I were at this symposium! MT “@betsyrolland: @drewpaine” #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | Small Data also powerful when combined. RT @varnum: Big Science gives Big Data. But *all science* yields data. Don’t forget it. #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | Yes! MT @varnum: Reed:Academia dramatically underfunds sustainable infrastructure. Need to do better across institutions & nations #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | MT @varnum: Feldman: Cyberinfrastructure needs people to manage it long-term. Need create career paths for this. Not in place now #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | MT @varnum: Q from floor: Is there a categorical difference between data/metadata? Does this distinction make difference? #UMAtkins @mbietz
betsyrolland: | @pfanderson @varnum By any chance, is this symposium being recorded? Would LOVE to watch! Thanks for tweeting about it! #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | MT @niftyc: i-Schools were about social researchers learning tech. Today technologists need more of social side and social sci #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | I’m giving up the ability to take pictures in favor of A POWER CORD! God bless the CARMA folk for sharing power (and more). #umatkins
kennedy2: | Like a spectre in the night, the organ rises from its pit. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | @betsyrolland @varnum It is being recorded, & they shared audio fr 1st session so I can validate the quotes I want to use :))) #umatkins
betsyrolland: | MT @crfarnum: Vint Cerf- suggests “disciplines are crap” – too much abstraction. Need break down barriers, focus on applications. #UMAtkins
umsi: | The Atkins Symposium takes over Michigan Theater! #umatkins #danatkins | ????
stevelonn: | Both morning panels had perspectives about data curation & breaking down barriers of diff varieties – what afternoon panels add? #UMAtkins
AnnArborBuzz: | Michigan Theater mentioned again: – RT @umsi The Atkins Symposium takes over Michigan Theater! #umatkins #danatkins…
pfanderson: | @kennedy2 For those #umatkins folk who <3 this organ, you should check out Redford Theatre in Detroit area
varnum: | Michigan Theater, the venue for the Dan Atkins Symposium #UMAtkins

britain: | For the afternoon’s #UMAtkins tweeting, follow @varnum and @pfanderson for salient points, and me for What’s Vint Cerf Doing?
varnum: | Ready for the 3rd panel, Collaboratories and Digital Libraries, w/Gary Olson, Paul Courant, Tim Killeen, Gerhard Klimeck. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: 600 projects being tracked that fit under ‘collaboratory’ umbrella. Remote collaboration becoming routine. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: Digital libraries are critical underpinning of this collaborative research. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Gary Olsen “Working together when you’re not in the same physical location has become standard operating procedure in science.” #umatkins
pfanderson: | @britain @varnum So, what IS Vint Cerf doing? :) #umatkins
pfanderson: | Wow, I wonder if @2020science is aware of the visit of Gerhard Klimeck for #umatkins
pfanderson: | 3rd panel for #umatkins , chaired by Gary Olson, with Gerhard Klimeck, Paul Courant, & Tim Killeen
varnum: | Killeen: Networked collaboration moving far too slowly. Need to accelerate it. Much more cross-divisional collaboration needed. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: As a rocket scientist, created networks of observation tools. Barriers to sharing were largely social, not technical. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | The “not invented here” NIH syndrome is still a major bottleneck to discovery & innovation, says Tim Killeen #umatkins
varnum: | Not a single panelist has read off a digital device so far — all their talking notes are on paper. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Not just interoperability, but interworkability — not just share data, but let systems truly work together. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Tim Killeen: “insufficient cross-coupling across these arenas. Beyond interoperability, we discussed interworkability” #umatkins
crfarnum: | Tim Killeen continues the interdisciplinary theme- advocates study of natural and social sciences – sociotechnical problems. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: NSF could act as convener; if you come we’ll build it rather than, if we build it, you’ll come. Community owned wins. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Not “if we build it they will come” but “if you come, we will build it.” Time Killeen #umatkins
pfanderson: | Gerhard That is the fundamental aim of technology, making things small. #umatkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Moore’s Law will end soon. Current technology is so nanoscale, we can’t divide it in half anymore. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Klimeck “Supercomputers are utterly useless for engineers.” #umatkins His Boss: “You might change your mind.”
varnum: | Klimeck: We can’t focus on capability of computing, but focus on people who use it. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | GK: You need to focus on connected people, not connected technology #umatkins
pfanderson: | RT @varnum: Klimeck: We can’t focus on capability of computing, but focus on people who use it. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Systems must be usable. And must be developer-friendly — so code for one machine can easily work on grid. No recoding. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Stability of software is inversely proportional to number of papers you write about it. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | GK: The workability of the systems varies in inverse relationship to the number of papers the inventor has written about it #umatkins
varnum: | Klimeck: You can translate research code to desktops in 6 months. Compare to textbook development timeline. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | GK: Hosting, NanoHub has become a publishing platform for certain types of science, data, and tools #umatkins
crfarnum: | Gerhardt Kilimeck – discussing importance of making computing useful and easy to use rather than faster. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Speakers have been talking about being “pi” shaped (deep knowledge in a few areas, broad knowledge in a few). I heard “pie”. #UMAtkins
lmclaug: | + 1 klimeck: hardly any funding for reaping outcomes & making them usable” short-sighted obsession with new discovery #umatkins
varnum: | Courant: Librarians are insufficiently imperialistic. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: In other words, librarians don’t exert their influence broadly enough across the campus. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Cyberinfrastructure for research can’t exist without libraries & librarians. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Need to build libraries so they’re robust for uses you didn’t initially imagine. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | PNC: The challenge of building library systems that are very robust for unintended uses. #umatkins
crfarnum: | Paul Courant – Librarians have been “insufficiently imperialistic.” Digital libraries are necessary to info studies workflow #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Paul Courant – Google not equal to a library. Missing pieces- consistent retrieval, preservation #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | PNC: The challenge of building library systems that are very robust for unintended uses. #umatkins
varnum: | Courant: Libraries are different from Google because they’re designed to be able to find the same thing again, far in the future. #UMAtkins
crfarnum: | Paul Courant – Hathi Trust has more of the pieces of the library def- scholarly focus. AND it supports computational linguistics. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: The academic record is a piece of cyberinfrastructure. (Particularly if it happens to be digitized.) #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Humanities faculty say “the library is our laboratory” but when is library not lab, but cyberinfrastructure? #umatkins #digital #humanities
crfarnum: | Paul Courant – Libraries are the equivalent of a laboratory for the humanities. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | PNC: If you are building something big as a piece of cyberinfrastructure, have lunch with a librarian first. #umatkins
pfanderson: | GO: “Project that included collocated participants were more successful than those that were geographically separated” #umatkins
pfanderson: | GO: Collaboration success wizard #umatkins #cooltoys
epuckett: | Olson: Managing geog. distributed projects is harder than managing collocated projects; must be more proactive in engagement. #umatkins
frankrd: | the best way to herd cats is to move the food. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | GK: 95% of the folk at NSF retreats don’t know what nano is. Uptake is too slow. If NSF wants to herd cats, then move the food. #umatkins
varnum: | Olson: To be a good manager of a distributed project, you need to know what they’re doing. Need to be more remotely proactive #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: Difference was communication and management. Social aspects of technology-mediated projects can’t be underestimated. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: Projects involving co-located members more successful than distributed. Successful distributed projects better managed. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Incentive to participate in collaborative research is too low. To herd cats, move the food. NSF needs to do more. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | PNC: The big issues are social and legal. A lot is invested in having the system change slowly, one might say glacially. #umatkins
varnum: | Courant: The more you digitize, the greater the effect of having done it. It becomes part of the academic environment. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Big issues are social and legal. The more people discovery they can’t do without digital libraries, the more is possible #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: To build a digital library, make sure contributors want to share their info, and build it with sharing in mind #UMAtkins
varnum: | Question from Olson: Should we be moving faster? If so, what should we do? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Today’s students have internalized the technologies faculty talk about adopting. #UMAtkins
epuckett: | +1 RT @varnum: Courant: Need to build libraries so they’re robust for uses you didn’t initially imagine. #UMAtkins @M_Publishing
varnum: | Klimeck: Most difficult is doing work without worrying about who gets the credit. Systems that push ego aside could help. #UMAtkins
open_michigan: | RT @varnum Courant: To build a digital library, make sure contributors want to share their info, & build it with sharing in mind #UMAtkins
varnum: | Olson: Using a collaboratory doesn’t give you credit; creating one does. #UMAtkins
yardi: | Made Dan Atkins a (long overdue) WP page. Needs work if anyone has some editing time. #UMAtkins #UMSI @umsi
varnum: | Klimeck: We don’t admire the decathlete as much as we admire the one-sport star. True in sports, true in academia. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Reward system must reward excellence more than depth; breadth has a place. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: It’s not basic vs. applied; both matter. Excellence should be measure, not type of research. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Find champions, discipline by discipline, for digital collaboration. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Question (Wendy Lougee): Will social tools play in a serious space? #UMAtkins
varnum: | How do you get social tools to work in academia, where it may not be a natural instinct? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Once you show momentum, it’ll keep going. Hard to build momentum, though. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Look at European Networks of Excellence as example. Nimble management is important. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Question from floor: Has culture of interdisciplinarity taken in academia? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Courant: Evaluation structure doesn’t always value shared work. That’s slowly moving toward a change. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Klimeck: Open access to executable code, even if you don’t share the codebase itself. Open interface, not open source. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Killeen: Agencies and institutions need to recognize the clock will run out on “proprietary” rights. Things move toward open. #UMAtkins
betsyrolland: | Amen!! RT @varnum: Courant: Cyberinfrastructure for research can’t exist without libraries & librarians. #UMAtkins
epuckett: | Tim Killeen: Agencies & institutions must recognize there’s a time dimension here when the clock runs out on proprietary rights. #umatkins
varnum: | Question from floor: What constitutes authorship or participation in collaboratory? Contributing a piece or sharing the whole? #UMAtkins
varnum: | True cross-institution cross-discipline cross-border collaboration is really hard. Part of what makes it fun! #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | @2020science GK’s still on stage for ~ten minutes. They are videotaping, but focus is on strategies for cooperation in science #umatkins
varnum: | 4th panel: Cyber-Enabled Learning: John Seely-Brown, Dan Russell, Cora Marrett, Connie Yowell. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Seely-Brown: half-life of a skill is now 5 years. You need to constantly retool & retrain. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Seely-Brown: Entrepreneurial learner has a question, connecting, making & doing disposition. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Seely-Brown: To meet challenges of the future, we need a new tool set. Essence of this tool set is in cyberinfrastructure. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Seely-Brown: Materials science is gone in the garage. We have access to tech that lets us do new stuff on an individual scale. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | John Seeley Brown: “we make context as much as content” #umatkins #education #learning “How do we move from sensemaking to world building?”
varnum: | Seely-Brown: Context is as important as content. What is selected for sharing vs. what could be shared? #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | JSB: Building the tools to build the what-ifs #umatkins
pfanderson: | @varnum I thought he said materials science has returned to the garage? #umatkins
yardi: | Cyber-enabled learning panel w/ @dmrussell @Connie @jseelybrown Cora B. Marrett. Good end to a symposium. #UMAtkins
varnum: | @pfanderson “done” is what I meant to say, not “gone”. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | Panel 4 #umatkins Cora B. Marrett, NSF; Connie Yowell, Dir Educ, MacArthur Foundation (macfound); and Dan again
niftyc: | @jseelybrown / @Connie / Dan Russell (@google) / Cora Marrett (@NSF) speaking on Cyber-Enabled Learning at #UMAtkins
rbaier: | Dan Atkins: “the connected, rather than digital, age.” #danatkins #UMAtkins
britain: | Bring together peers, deep interests, and academics — the “greatest learning” occurs with these 3 together, online – Connie Yowell #UMAtkins
rbaier: | Vint Cerf: concerned about the “digital rotten,” deterioration of data and ways to recover it. #danatkins #UMAtkins
rbaier: | .@yardi I think Cornell was the other i+c program #danatkins #UMAtkins
niftyc: | @Connie says: What’s at stake in Digital Media & Learning? In 1 word: Children. 2 words? Democracy. 3 words? Revolution. #UMAtkins // fiery!
mcburton: | “Our institutions are suppressing the revolution our children are already ready for” —AMEN #UMAtkins
britain: | Kids like Yowell’s value the potential for remix and enhancement of his work more than protecting his rights to that work. #UMAtkins
mcburton: | Last quote by @connie, who is killing it at #umatkins symposium right now. “School is just one node in children’s learning networks”
niftyc: | Re: “systems thinking” … Isn’t it weird that cybernetics c. 1971 is back in fashion? Feel the ‘cyber-‘ ! #UMAtkins
bagabot: | so why keep them around? “@mcburton: “Our institutions are suppressing the revolution our children are already ready for” —AMEN #UMAtkins”
niftyc: | @dmrussell at Google says we built the first #MOOC in 6 weeks. #UMAtkins
bagabot: | Why am I working in higher ed when I could be working with kids? #UMAtkins
niftyc: | @dmrussell says: How many profs usability test their courses? (No one.) #MOOC #HigherEd #UMAtkins
Vaguery: | RT @mcburton: “Our institutions are suppressing the revolution our children are already ready for” —AMEN #UMAtkins
yardi: | .@dmrussell and team @ Google built a MOOC in 6 weeks and now his MOOC (code) is birthing new MOOC’s. #UMAtkins
yardi: | >50% of @dmrussell’s students in his MOOC are from India. Says traditional classrooms aren’t going away but something new is here. #UMAtkins
CoreyLordCPA: | RT @mcburton: “Our institutions are suppressing the revolution our children are already ready for” —AMEN #UMAtkins
britain: | Cora Marrett, NSF: We need to forge networking not just for the privileged, but across populations. #UMAtkins
britain: | JSB: The real question is “how are we going to clone Dan? We need 20 copies… maybe 40.” #UMAtkins
britain: | Vint Cerf back at the audience mike dressed to exit. Is he going to start a conversation and then leave? #UMAtkins
britain: | “Overheard at break: “Where is Vint Cerf’s office?” “In the Cloud.” #UMAtkins”
mcburton: | Gary Olson point out how MOOC students are getting together for co-located discussion. MOOC Guilds, like WoW Guilds #UMAtkins
britain: | Dan Russell has been refused invitation to “Power Search with Google” FB groups? Did none of them Google him? #UMAtkins
britain: | In intro to session 4, JSB noted that the half-life of a skill’s relevance is ~5yrs. I just reviewed my 2007 job description… yup. #UMAtkins
britain: | @clluke2edu if I weren’t here at #UMAtkins, I’d love to hear Lessig. Too many good talks on campus.
bagabot: | “the holy grail for scaling is context.” @Connie in other words, remixing IS scaling. Stop trying to duplicate. #UMAtkins
mcburton: | In focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine we forget the Arts. STEM to STEAM. Steam power! #umatkins
umsi: | Thanks to all our livetweeters at today’s Dan Atkins Symposium – 90 pages of tweets! Check out the brain trust (and pics) @ #umatkins
pfanderson: | @amyewest @smiff @vdglenn The #umatkins GK was Gerhard Klimeck, Director, Network for Computional Nanotechnology, Purdue University
pfanderson: | @britain @clluke2edu Boy do I know that feeling! And Lessig is a great speaker! #umatkins
varnum: | Yowell: Findings from Macarthur Foundation studies. Wanted to study how youth were using digital media to learn. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: Kids have those experiences online — in interest-driven communities. Not Facebook, but in multiplayer games, many-to-many #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: This kind of learning doesn’t happen off-line, in real world. Huge disconnect between online and real world institutions. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: Finding: Most robust learning happens w/simultaneous use of peer culture, their passion, and their academics. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: Is the digital revolution we are seeing at stake? Participation is fragmented. What does that mean for next generation? #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: there’s a participation gap between school and online communities among youth. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: Only kids recognized that they were learning elsewhere. Adults in all roles did not. No connecting of the dots. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Yowell: 4th finding: kids said learning happened in school, but also elsewhere. School not the critical place for learning. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: Lifelong learning is another part of the whole process. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: “Dumb luck” is a strong force for creativity and discovery. Don’t discount it. Give students access to data & tools. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: Education should foster connections to world of creativity. Not just what has taken place, but to future, too. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: Real learning is not just from several generations ago. It’s from now. Connectedness matters. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Marrett: Learning is not being received from what teacher presents. It comes from fellow students. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Question from Gary Olson: Is there still a need for in-person meet-ups with MOOCs? Seems there is. #UMAtkins
varnum: | Vint Cerf refers to David Brin’s “Practice Effect” for how to build good systems: use them (and fix them) and they’ll get better. #UMAtkins
pfanderson: | My profound gratitude to @varnum for his wonderful tweet coverage of #umatkins (especially since I couldn’t get stable network connection!)
varnum: | @lorcanD Thanks for the #ischool links! #umatkins
stevelonn: | I am attempting to crowdsource and compile events from the #umatkins symposium — please share! Here’s mine:
djpoptart: | Interesting MT @stevelonn: Attempting to crowdsource and compile events from #umatkins symposium – please share! Mine:

Games, Girls, Tech & Teaching at #UMTTC

Using Social Media to Teach Engineering Process:

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Last week at Enriching Scholarship, one of the sessions I took was called Using Social Media to Teach Engineering Process. The project was led by Bruce Maxim with Margaret Turton and Wassim Nahle. I was multitasking, so I took lousy notes, and then tweeted a little but not much. I want to blog this one before I forget what it was that excited me about it so much, since I can’t count on coming back and figuring it out from my nonexistent notes.

From the title, I thought the session would be about using blogs, wikis, Twitter and similar social media tools to enrich engineering education and expand the audience. I could not have been more wrong, and the session was far more interesting and engaging than I originally expected. Remember, that I was interested in the topic I thought was being presented, but this was just plain BETTER! The focus was instead on a strong argument for the need to have more women in the engineering professions (as well as STEM in general). Dr. Maxim (Bruce) described the process by which his team conceived, designed, and constructed a proof of concept for a game with Facebook integration which is intended to reach a gender neutral audience. The subtext is that if you can interest women and girls in playing games that include engineering concept and processes, perhaps, just maybe, you might be able to interest them in engineering as a possible profession.

I find it absolutely appropriate that I am multitasking writing this post while I watch the webcast of Secretary of State Clinton’s Summit on Strategic Dialog with Civil Society, part of her Digital Diplomacy channel. If you go look at the the map (PDF) of the strategic plan and targeted initiatives, you’ll immediately notice that Women’s Empowerment is one of the five foci for this initiative.

State Department map for Strategic Dialog with Civil Society

Indeed, this has been a focus of Hilary Clinton’s entire tenure as Secretary of State. So discovering that Bruce’s presentation was rooted in the need for women in science and engineering, special qualities and skills that women can bring to STEM, and creative strategies for addressing the relative lack of women in engineering, especially software engineering and game development, … powerful. Good stuff. The slides hint at it, but the content presented was more interesting than the slides, or the title, or the abstract.

It was fascinating listening to the rich thought Bruce has given to these issues and how the research behind women’s interests and personal dialogs shaped the structure of the project, which was to design an online game targeting teens (both men and women) to engage them in gaming and discovering engineering process management skills. It is actually quite an interesting game, despite being developed by a small team on a shoestring primarily as a proof of concept.

The other unexpected delight I took away from the presentation were insights into the game design and development process. Bruce presented this as rather matter of fact background information, but the process, background research, evolution of thought, justification of game elements, risks of decision points along the stream, the thought process behind game play choices, and mid-design corrections was all completely a revelation to me. Wow, it takes a lot of time and effort to come up with a game, even a small one. There is a huge intellectual process behind the game, and it is impressive. I was particularly fascinated in the research behind how women and men engage very differently with their avatars or game personas, and how these different styles impact on game design choices.

The game design was developed around the idea of “Let’s build a spacecraft.” What sort of skills and equipment do you need? What sort of team? How do you develop the necessary team, recruit the skills, learn the skills, acquire the components, etc, etc, etc. That sounds kind of dry, and I’m not doing it justice, but I’m not a gamer. I’m struggling to describe it better. I “play” Tweenk, which is a great game for me because I don’t have to do anything different from my usual workflows. But things I do generate skill levels and new skills, new collaborations and partnerships with other gamers in my guild. So with building the spacecraft, as you play the game, you earn various skills or the money to buy equipment and components in the gamestore. There are strategic decisions in the path you negotiate. You see? It really is a game.

Why build a spacecraft? Bruce had conversations with several of his women friends and colleagues about things that interested them and gaming women friends of theirs. I was one of the people he talked with, I was surprised to find out (but I now remember that conversation, and how prominently EVEonline loomed in my thoughts then). Space was one of the themes that came out, so they focused on that.

At that time, spacecraft probably was a good hook to catch the interest of the sort of young women you might want to recruit. I am thinking now, it might be something different. Perhaps something related to wearable computing, like these.

The gal’s POV:
Limelight, a Student Designer’s First Wearable Technology Garment

The guy’s POV:
Fashion Startup Betabrand Pairs Quality with Quirky

With wearable tech, you see people like Diana Eng:

Diana Eng

Diana Eng, Fairytale Fashion / Eyebeam Open Studios photo by See-ming Lee from New York, NY, USA

making incredible outfits like this:
One of Diana Eng's designs at the Fairytale Fashion show with EL wire sewn into the dress

One of Diana Eng’s designs at the Fairytale Fashion show with EL wire sewn into the dress from Wikimedia Commons

with tech like this (the Arduino Lilypad):
Wikimedia Commons: File:Lilypad Arduino with fading LEDs.jpg

Wikimedia Commons: File:Lilypad Arduino with fading LEDs.jpg

Now, I would LOVE to play a game that helped me learn how to do this!

Wearable tech is such a fascinating area, and I could see this being a really effective hook to interest teens. Gals making dynamite gowns and guys making superhero costumes or headgear?

It is probably almost impossible to stay ahead of the curve of what will be interesting to teens at the end of the game design process. Last year, a great idea would have been a team approach to developing technologies to keep your community safe from vampires or zombies. This year, that is SO last year! ;) So now I am thinking, how to come up with an idea that stays ahead of that curve? I am sure I don’t have the answer, but I am pondering the potential future roles of women in settling Mars (per Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy) or in addressing the social and technological issues of responding to the Singularity (per Ballantyne’s Recursion trilogy or Sawyer’s Wake, Watch, Wonder trilogy or Gibson’s Neuromancer trilogy). Or maybe something about nanotech and its integration in cosmetics and skin care products?


pfanderson @ Preso on #socmed in #engineering #education > Kids usually come into computer science & programming through coding #umttc

pfanderson Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc

pfanderson Game design now largely team based, project oriented. The cool part of engineering is doing cool things that matter in real life #umttc

pfanderson “Why is CompSci a good field for women? That’s where jobs are, and for another, pay is better, easier to combine career & family” #umttc

pfanderson Toby Saulnier of 1st Playable Productions how to change game design for girls #umttc

pfanderson Girls: customize avatars, don’t destroy them; relatable dilemmas; no sequels; RL variations; social issues. Look at books girls read #umttc

pfanderson Gaming girls like: accomplishments, overcome obstacles, solve real probs, independence, friendship probs, pesky sibs, boys as friends #umttc

pfanderson Bruce Maxim observes: Boy scouts teaches leadership; Girl scouts teaches service. Ahem. #umttc

pfanderson Game mechanics are rules, user actions designed to produce gameplay. Compare a museum trip to a scavenger hunt as VW vs games. #umttc

pfanderson Immersiveness in simulated environments increase leaning speed & retension. Stdts play games for hours, class attention = 15 minutes #umttc

pfanderson Game Motivation: competition, challenge, social, diversion, fantasy, knowledge, control, skills, motor skills #umttc

lavika RT @pfanderson: Bruce Maxim observes: Boy scouts teaches leadership; Girl scouts teaches service. Ahem. #umttc

pfanderson Collect analytics during game play to find out what is most interesting to people #umttc

pfanderson Engineering as game, collaboration: creativity, vision, leadership, teamwork, planning, management, design process #umttc USEFUL Artifacts

pfanderson Game: trading, auctions, customization, FB integration, persistent data, team mgmt, time mgmt, budget mgmt, marketplace, design/test #umttc

pfanderson Girl engineering game: level up, build colony, increase STEM knowledge, complete projects under budget/time #umttc

pfanderson AI players allow single player, focus> multiplayer gameplay. Space colony, space ships. Economy. (reputation, experience, leadership) #umttc

pfanderson Core engineering concepts in game: storyboard, salvage, rework, training, skilled upgrade, inventory. Online friend actions visible #umttc

pfanderson Session on game to recruit girls to engineering #umttc (@ Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library w/ 2 others) [pic]:

alalibraryval RT @pfanderson: Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc

navi RT @pfanderson: Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc

HealthyNJ_UMDNJ RT @pfanderson: Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc

seekimafone RT @pfanderson: Need more WOMEN in game design > #umttc

Elliot Soloway at Enriching Scholarship 2012 #UMTTC

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Tweets from Elliot Soloway’s keynote presentation at Enriching Scholarship 2012, University of Michigan.

edusaurusrex Excited for the start of Enriching Scholarship this week! #UMTTC On my way to the poster fair/keynote

UMTTC Enriching Scholarship 2012 starts today! Remember, official hashtag is #umttc Keynote with Elliot Soloway @ 9am

UMich_CRLT Really interesting research presented at today’s enriching scholarship poster fair in Rackham’s lobby ! #umttc

britain At Rackham for the #umttc keynote. Pretty excited to hear Dr. Soloway — it’s thanks in large part to him, that I’m leading 3 ES sessions.

pfanderson Possibly livetweeting Enriching Scholarship off and on this week. Keynote is Elliot Soloway in 10 minutes #umttc #es12 #education #mobile

UMTTC Enriching Scholarship keynote begins in a few! #umttc

pfanderson Elliot Soloway & Paul Courant as keynote introduction in progress #umttc

Enriching Scholarship 2012

g333 Laurie Sutch opens the #UMich #UMTTC Enriching Scholarship keynote:

Enriching Scholarship 2012

pfanderson Here for Enriching Scholarship #umttc #es12 (@ Rackham Amphitheatre) [pic]:

pfanderson .@courant46 talks on the passion of faculty for learning about teaching, learning from each other #umttc

billchase2edu RT @g333: Laurie Sutch opens the #UMich #UMTTC Enriching Scholarship keynote:

UMich_CRLT Paul Courant is enthusiastically highlighting how much #UMich instructors care about good teaching #umttc

UMTTC RT @UMich_CRLT: Paul Courant is enthusiastically highlighting how much #UMich instructors care about good teaching #umttc

UMTTC RT @g333: Laurie Sutch opens the #UMich #UMTTC Enriching Scholarship keynote:

pfanderson #umttc Award 1: Experiencing true engineering earlier, teaching high school students > “Kids, science is COOL” project, Getting ppl to CARE

pfanderson Award #2: Physics irony in statistics > Better than expected, Tim McKay; David Gerdes > learning analytics 4 personalized instruction #umttc

pfanderson I cdnt hear but Award 3 = Screencasting to change learning, differences in prior knowledge less impt in outcomes #umttc “Save the world”

pfanderson Award #4: Kathleen Sinko (sp) design equip 4 use in places w/o resources, 3rd world countries. Matching learning to real world needs #umttc

grizzlybeals #umttc Paul Courant says your mission, should you choose to accept “Save the world”

pfanderson RT @grizzlybeals: #umttc Paul Courant says your mission, should you choose to accept “Save the world”

UMTTC RT @grizzlybeals: #umttc Paul Courant says your mission, should you choose to accept “Save the world”

pfanderson #umttc Award #5: Teaching Smarter, not harder, thru interactivity “Secret sauce to productivity is to harness the intelligence of the stdts”

billchase2edu Paul Courant discusses how important teaching is to #UMich instructors. #UMTTC

UMich_CRLT Elliot Soloway’s keynote address underway #umttc

pfanderson David Gerdes & Tim McKay with their awards in their lap #umttc

Enriching Scholarship 2012

humbledaisy RT @UMich_CRLT: Elliot Soloway’s keynote address underway #umttc

UMTTC RT @umich_crlt: Elliot Soloway’s keynote address underway #umttc

UMich_CRLT Elliot Soloway and Paul Courant are performing like this is an audition for a stand-up reality show #umttc

pfanderson Earlier version of Elliot Soloway’s slides (PDF) #umttc

pfanderson Another earlier version of Elliot Soloway’s keynote slides (pdf) #umttc

pfanderson RT @UMich_CRLT: Elliot Soloway and Paul Courant are performing like this is an audition for a stand-up reality show #umttc

edusaurusrex Anyone inspired by Soloway’s ES keynote on mobilism should check out the UM Mobile Users Group #umttc

g333 Elliot Soloway discusses the topics of today’s keynote at #UMTTC Enriching Scholarship. #UMich #highered

billchase2edu RT @g333: Elliot Soloway discusses the topics of today’s keynote at #UMTTC Enriching Scholarship. #UMich #highered

pfanderson Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns #umttc

UMich_CRLT Soloway: def of DISRUPTIVE change => new tech+new process (instead of new tech+old process, which is the def of automation) #umttc

pfanderson Predictor of success in online classes? “The strength of the mother, to badger the child” #umttc

pfanderson Slides were found by searching his tagline on the intro slide “intergalactic center for mobile learning” #umttc PPT version also avail

UMich_CRLT MT: “@pfanderson: Soloway’s Predictor of success in online classes? “The strength of the mother, to badger the child” #umttc”

pfanderson Stanford: The computer scientists were making all the announcements about innovation in education. #umttc

pfanderson ES: “Were you asked about Coursera?” Audience: “No!” ES: “Thank you.” #umttc

UMich_CRLT RT @pfanderson: Slides were found by searching his tagline on the intro slide “intergalactic center for mobile learning” #umttc PPT version also avail

pfanderson The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out #umttc

pfanderson ES: There are 85 institutions that have lasted longer than 500 yrs. 75 of them are universities. #umttc

pfanderson ES: “Bring your own device is unstoppable” 5 Take-Aways from Edubloggercon #umttc

UMich_CRLT RT @pfanderson: ES: There are 85 institutions that have lasted longer than 500 yrs. 75 of them are universities. #umttc

pfanderson Alternative to BYOD? CLASSROOM IN A BOX, not device in your pocket #umttc

pfanderson ES: Technology bond at A2: what are they doing? upgrades, replacements #umttc Needs to be a CURRICULUM initiative, not tech

pfanderson ES: Public schools: “They don’t know what 2 do w/ tech, so they ban it.” URGH! #umttc We have 2 get involved, change it. Singapore gets it.

juliewbee RT @pfanderson: ES: There are 85 institutions that have lasted longer than 500 yrs. 75 of them are universities. #umttc

pfanderson ES: “We worked in Detroit for 10 years, and it was great, until they threw us out.” #umttc 75% dropouts in Detroit

pfanderson ES: “Is it going to be the old pedagogy with the new technology? Or new pedagogy?” “The computers are bigger than the kids!” #umttc

UMich_CRLT New Tech= 1:1 + new pedagogy, where new pedagogy is learning by doing -Soloway #umttc

pfanderson ES: Didactic instruction: “Teaching is telling. If the kids don’t understand, say it louder.” #umttc

pfanderson ES: Use new tech w/ old methods of instruction, impact = 0 #umttc

billchase2edu RT @UMich_CRLT: New Tech= 1:1 + new pedagogy, where new pedagogy is learning by doing -Soloway #umttc

pfanderson “Supplemental use vs essential use” For impact, make the tech ESSENTIAL not incidental to learning. #umttc

pfanderson How People Learn #umttc

pfanderson ES quotes fr Dewey: “the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking… learning naturally results.” #umttc

UMich_CRLT The Dewey quote Soloway just presented similar to distinction between learning to write (H.S.) and writing to learn (first-yr comp) #umttc

pfanderson Ownership & use made essential to learning (“essential use”) empowers stdts to take charge of their own learning #umttc

g333 How mobile technology helps teachers enact learning by doing. – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

billchase2edu RT @g333: How mobile technology helps teachers enact learning by doing. – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

pfanderson ES: Mobilism is cross cultural, cross platform. Mark Anderson: 3 platforms: mobile, tablet (“carry along”), laptop. #umttc

rkniemer ES talks about mobile as something you don’t even think about having, but without pockets, women need bags for phones just as iPads #umttc

pfanderson ES: 73% of Apple’s revenue comes from peripherals & mobile devices, now richer than the US government. #umttc

pfanderson Horace Dediu, Asymco (Asymmetric Collaboration) #umttc

nigelcameron Let #pockets be: RT @rkniemer: without pockets, women need bags for phones just as iPads #umttc

pfanderson June 8 of this year, Dediu predicts we’ll stop calling smartphones smart and just call them phones #umttc

UMich_CRLT ES: Horace Dediu is THE expert on mobile technologies, #umttc

g333 Smartphones vs. feature-phones – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

billchase2edu RT @g333: Smartphones vs. feature-phones – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

billchase2edu RT @pfanderson: June 8 of this year, Dediu predicts we’ll stop calling smartphones smart and just call them phones #umttc

pfanderson Flurry Mobile Application Analytics #umttc

pfanderson ES teaches the smartphone app development class in School of Engineering. #umttc DoGood app made $100K

pfanderson ES: “These kids’ starting salaries are higher than yours now, and you’re ancient!” Audience laughs. #umttc

billchase2edu “If you have drinking water, you have a phone.” – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

pfanderson ES: Texting shorthand makes teachers wince, but it is what the kids do. Yep. Need to know both “are” and “r” #umttc

vic_divecha Soloway giving one of the best keynotes ever. #umttc could not have chosen a better speaker.

juliewbee Bummed that I couldn’t go to the ES keynote today. Google migration is all-consuming. #umttc

UMich_CRLT “mobile technologies r transformative”, ES knows his whole audience cringed #umttc

BrianSMcGowan #TYVM RT @pfanderson: ES: Texting shorthand makes teachers wince, but it is what the kids do. Yep. Need to know both “are” and “r” #umttc

pfanderson ES: Cognitive, learn in context, talk/team/collaborate, all-time-everywhere learning, “mobile devices are not just computers” #umttc

pfanderson RT @UMich_CRLT: “mobie technologies r transformative”, ES knows his whole audience cringed #umttc

pfanderson ES: DIRECT ACCESS, not mediated by teacher, textbook, classroom, librarian … after school learning still lives #umttc

UMich_CRLT Essential use of mobile tech: 1) cognitive – kids have direct and immediate access to info, data events, locations #umttc

pfanderson ES: “Learning is NOT inert facts.” “When is the war of 1812? Oh, yeah, yeah, I got it.” laughter #umttc

UMich_CRLT 2nd mechanism of essential use: learning in context, take pics of root system of plants outside classroom #umttc

pfanderson Soloway keeps waving around his Samsung Galaxy. loves it. Tempting #umttc

pfanderson RT @UMich_CRLT: Essential use of mobile tech: 1) cognitive – kids have direct and immediate access to info, data events, locations #umttc

UMich_CRLT 3rd mechanism of essential use: social – discuss, collaborate, work as teams #umttc

pfanderson ES: Not “I teach” but “We learn”. Wish I was better at that. #umttc Social nature of learning is POWERFUL.

UMich_CRLT 4th mechanism of essential use: ALL the time, EVERYWHERE learning #umttc

g333 “All the time, everywhere learning. This is mobile technology.” – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

UMich_CRLT 5th mech of essential use: mobile devices are BETTER than laptops, have other tools, compasses, GPS, pedometers #umttc

billchase2edu RT @g333: “All the time, everywhere learning. This is mobile technology.” – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

pfanderson ES: “Participatory simulations” Arduino board w/ heart rate monitor wired to phone so kids track vitals during activity. #umttc

UMich_CRLT RT @pfanderson: ES: Not “I teach” but “We learn”. Wish I was better at that. #umttc Social nature of learning is POWERFUL.

pfanderson ES: Setting up speech recognition for kids to report food they ate, calories. They won’t look it up in a list. #umttc #hcsm Energy Dashboard

pfanderson RT @g333: “All the time, everywhere learning. This is mobile technology.” – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

rkniemer Second time I’ve heard about the usefulness of Arduino today #umttc

pfanderson ES: Watches running Android. So yr watch has radio in it. Sends data. These kinds of devices are going to explode in next 12 months #umttc

pfanderson @rkniemer I love Arduino applications, especially Lilypad used in garments :) #umttc

UMich_CRLT ES just gave a shout out to his students :) #umttc

grizzlybeals #umttc Interested in smartphone hacking? should check out IOIO for android

billchase2edu The @pebblewatch made Elliot Soloway’s #UMTTC keynote presentation! #UMich (Can’t wait to receive mine!)

derekbruff @UMich_CRLT In this post,, I propose five types of mobile learning that align well with Soloway’s. #umttc

pfanderson Cooties simulation maps spread of virtual germs #umttc

UMich_CRLT Participatory simulations on mobile device: great example is studying spread of disease #umttc

pfanderson ES: “I used to be dead set against games in school. I was stupid. I didn’t get it.” #umttc

pfanderson RT @grizzlybeals: #umttc Interested in smartphone hacking? should check out IOIO for android

pfanderson RT @billchase2edu: The @pebblewatch made Elliot Soloway’s #UMTTC keynote presentation! #UMich (Can’t wait to receive mine!)

pfanderson @billchase2edu So grateful you tipped me off to @pebblewatch Been raving about it! #umttc

pfanderson RT @billchase2edu: “If you have drinking water, you have a phone.” – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

UMich_CRLT RT @pfanderson: ES: “I used to be dead set against games in school. I was stupid. I didn’t get it.” #umttc

pfanderson ES: “Why will kids do homework (more time) on tablet/phone than on paper?” Who cares why? They do! #umttc

pfanderson ES: Little boy hugged telco rep as he handed out devices. Telco reps are not used to being hugged. #umttc

UMich_CRLT ES makes argument that with mobile devices, students spend more time on task. Probably true, not always true with other tech innov. #umttc

UMich_CRLT “@derekbruff: @UMich_CRLT See also my #EDUSprint posts, one for each type of mobile learning: =)” #umttc

grizzlybeals RT @pfanderson: ES: Little boy hugged telco rep as he handed out devices. Telco reps are not used to being hugged. #umttc

pfanderson 12yo boy: “I want 2 thank all of the adults here 4 bringing smartphones into R school & giving us this opportunity 2 help us learn.” #umttc

billchase2edu “If you ban the phone, you ban me. Because the phone is me.” – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

pfanderson ES: “It’s a very short jump from ban-the-phone to ‘you’re banning me.’ Because the phone IS me for these kids.” #umttc

UMich_CRLT Banning mobile devices equates to banning what kids enjoy – ES #umttc

ecoknowgrapher RT @pfanderson: ES: “It’s a very short jump from ban-the-phone to ‘you’re banning me.’ Because the phone IS me for these kids.” #umttc

pfanderson 10 Barriers to adoption: Lack of vision/leadership/$; CURRICULUM (4&5); change is hard; ecology; history; time; assessment #umttc

pfanderson RT @billchase2edu: “If you ban the phone, you ban me. Because the phone is me.” – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

UMich_CRLT Teachers need help to change pedagogy to integrate mobile devices into curriculum; it’s about integration not adding tech. #umttc

pfanderson I must confess I was really unsure about ES as keynote speaker. I am persuaded. This has been great. #umttc

pfanderson ES: Common Core. Sounds like a great idea. BUT … assessments are on PCs, ltd $ 4 tech, so driving schools BACKWARDS #umttc

billchase2edu “Within 3 years, every student, every grade, every school worldwide, will be using a mobile learning device, 24/7.” – Soloway #UMTTC #UMich

pfanderson Korea scooped the world > South Korean school textbooks will be all digital by 2015: #umttc

pfanderson CP Snow, The Two Cultures #umttc

pfanderson ES: “I bring a new device home to show my wife” Bounces around. Wife: “Stop and have dinner.” ES: “But I RLY love these!” #umttc

wizzyrea RT @pfanderson: ES: “It’s a very short jump from ban-the-phone to ‘you’re banning me.’ Because the phone IS me for these kids.” #umttc

pfanderson ES: It’s the video stuff is cheap, it’s easy. Drills. I’m terrified of this. Misses underlying concepts. Watching 17 times won’t help #umttc

pfanderson ES: “Are the teachers willing to do it?” Aud: “We will GET teachers who are willing.” #umttc

pfanderson Excellent question abt students critical thinking in evaluating found content. Teacher as GUIDE. #umttc Can’t be stdt alone w/ device

UMich_CRLT Great question about whether students have skills to evaluate what they are finding on their phones #umttc

UMich_CRLT RT @pfanderson: Excellent question abt students critical thinking in evaluating found content. Teacher as GUIDE. #umttc Can’t be stdt alone w/ device

pfanderson Aud: You don’t know what you’re browsing for. Go to the library, find the answer in the book next to the one you looked for. #umttc

pfanderson The CP Snow pic that Soloway loves (showing the guy asleep next to CP) #umttc

pfanderson ES: Kids self-police re. distractability. “If we weren’t doing this we’d txt, but this is more interesting.” Learning is fun. #umttc

jyokley RT @pfanderson: ES: “It’s a very short jump from ban-the-phone to ‘you’re banning me.’ Because the phone IS me for these kids.” #umttc

jyokley RT @pfanderson: ES: “Why will kids do homework (more time) on tablet/phone than on paper?” Who cares why? They do! #umttc

pfanderson Julie: What about learning disabilities? ES: Summit Kids were on task for over an hour. This works BEST for SPED #umttc

pfanderson ES: “Here’s what yr kid wrote.” Parent: “But our kid doesn’t write.” Prof: “Ah, but he does on the smartphone” #umttc

pfanderson That’s the question. Where is the money in publishing? Why would ppl write a book now, via social media, blogs, etc? #umttc

nigelcameron On and on: RT @pfanderson: #Korea scooped the world > South Korean school textbooks b all digital by 2015: #umttc

pfanderson Community HS “All the groovy arty kids are learning science, but they don’t think they’re learning science because it’s easy” #umttc

MichelleRodems Great #umttc backchannel! Thanks for sharing! #pd

UMich_CRLT RT @MichelleRodems: Great #umttc backchannel! Thanks for sharing! #pd

pfanderson Now Soloway is raving about the Lumia 900 #umttc $100 project for iPad Why not build in?

nigelcameron Wonderful: RT @pfanderson: The CP Snow pic that Soloway loves (showing the guy asleep next to CP) #umttc

pfanderson Soloway answering questions after talk is over #umttc

science4care @drclaire Made us think of you ( @pfanderson It’s a very short jump from ban-the-phone to ‘you’re banning me’ #umttc

Enriching Scholarship Recap, Plus … #UMTTC

Enriching Scholarship 2012

Wow! I survived! Now I’m all excited, want to write at least a dozen blogposts to share all this Enriching Scholarship learning with folk, but … I’m still kind of worn out, too, and my house could benefit from some post-ES12 tidying. So, let me start small and give you an overview. That way, if I don’t get around to the rest of the blogposts, at least you have this starter piece. Not to mention that there are quite a few other blogpost ideas that are not strictly ES12 that I’d like to mention. I suspect that the ones that will get written first are the ones people ask for (and you’ll get a chance to vote!). There were a lot of sessions I wish I could have attended but couldn’t, so take a look at the schedule and hunt for blogposts or tweets from other people about those. You can also track the #UMTTC hashtag, which stands for the University of Michigan Teaching and Technology Collaborative. UM has our special Enriching Scholarship (ES) skillshare week once a year, but the participants almost always offer similar classes throughout the year, through the UMTTC member groups.

I started out the week under a handicap, since the three weeks previous my son and I spent taking turns being ill with various viruses. I’m still hoping I don’t come down with the last one he had, which was pretty nasty. I’d volunteered to lead 6 sessions on topics that I thought were pretty important, but because of family issues, was not able to prepare in the way I’d intended. So I was disappointed with myself and what I was able to do, but everyone was really very kind and enthusiastic about how things turned out, and lucky for me, one of the sessions was cancelled. It would probably be worth a blog post to talk about what tools I turn to in a crunch like that, which tools allow me to get my ideas organized, and usable for a presentation, and sharable when I’m in a pinch for time.


Enriching Scholarship always starts off with a keynote session. This year it was Elliot Soloway. I live tweeted that, AND it was excellent, so there is an easy one. There was a poster session, too, but I didn’t manage to see much there, so I am hoping others will blog about it. Elliot focused on the challenges and rewards of using mobile devices for education. There were awards presented for campus faculty who’ve done exceptionally innovative teaching, which truly deserves to be highlighted.

I had one of my own sessions that afternoon, on Books Born as Blogs and Kindred Beasts, in which we looked at not just blogs but other online and social media environments that are resulting in formal publications, for both popular as well as scholarly content. I am thinking of having a series of short posts looking at individual examples or case studies, starting off with Misha Angrist’s This Is A Human Being (TIAHB), which has changed my life.


The next session I took was Data in the Classroom: It’s Not Just for Nerds Anymore!. I tried to live tweet it, but could not keep up with all the great tools they shared. Their slides are in Slideshare, so between the slides and the tweets, there is an easy blogpost.

My session that afternoon was Tech Talk: An Overview of the Cutting Edge of Educational Technologies. I’ve done this session for a few years now. It seems to turn out functionally as kind of a sequel to the keynote. In it, we have a recap of what’s been going on in the Cool Toys Conversations group and blog, as well as an overview of what various thinktanks are projecting as important emerging trends in educational technologies. This year I added my own distillation of important trends.


This was a FUN day. I was really worried about not being prepared for my next sessions, so I dropped a few of the sessions I’d wanted to take, but I just couldn’t drop them all. Awesome iOS Apps was first up, taught by a bunch of friends and colleagues. Part of what they were talking about were some apps I’d downloaded but wasn’t yet using effectively (Evernote), but there were other innovative uses of creative tools as well. I did not livetweet much here, so I have to depend on my memory about what was most interesting. I better blog this one early.

Next was Increasing Motivation and Learning by Gamifying Teaching with Barry Fishman, Mika Lavaque-Manty, and Michelle Aebersold. I’ve worked with Michelle and Barry, so was interested both for the topic as well as the people, but Mika was the real organizer and coordinator. Each faculty member was using gamifying in very different topics (education, nursing, politics) and in very different ways. I livetweeted most of this. The class discussion was wonderful, and came up with a lot of inspiring ideas


Thursday was one of my two relatively challenging days. Nice to end a long week that way. ;) I was part of leading sessions in both the morning and afternoon.

The morning was a truly splendid and wonderful collaboration with colleagues from the UM Trends and Technology Team. We wanted to let folks know we existed and some of the things we do, and also wanted to share tools and strategies that will help people share their stories. The session was Top Ten Tools To Tell Terrific Tales. We just couldn’t limit ourselves to ten, though. We have some great open online content to support the session, and had people in a Google Hangout, participating remotely.

Thursday’s afternoon session was the one I was most passionate about and felt was my most important session. Public Online Social Learning Environments: An Overview With Implications for Higher Education looked at current trends in adult learning spaces and the current market forces driving their evolution and impacts on traditional higher education.


Friday was interesting. I attended a fascinating session in the morning, contributed to a conference presentation via a Google Hangout over lunch, and had my last session in the afternoon. You see why I’m tired, and want to wait to do more blogposts until next week?

The morning session was Using Social Media to Teach Engineering Process by my friend Bruce Maxim, an fascinating look at game design with social media integration to recruit women to engineering. Lots of takeaways from this, mostly from the very interesting thought process behind how the game was designed. I was multitasking, trying to prepare for my afternoon session, so this is another I should blog sooner rather than later, so that I remember it.

My conference presentation began immediately as the morning session ended. This was another partnership with incredible colleagues. We met via Twitter and created, submitted, and presented a presentation without ever meeting as a group face to face in real life. This was a repeat of our presentation at Computers in Libraries last month on Google Plus for libraries, which we did for the Maryland/Delaware Library Association combined meeting. My portion was on Google Hangouts. We have the slides in Slideshare, but they aren’t entirely readable, so some explanation to go along is helpful.

My last session for the week was on digital curation tools. and Pinterest and Pearltrees, Oh My!: Digital Curation Tools for Education. Again, a great conversation wrapped around the presented content.

So, now comes your part. If I actually write up all these blogposts, that is a whole lot of work. Some are easier than others, and I’ll probably do those anyway. Chances are that while I would love to write all of these, I will run out of time. But you tell me which ones you want to hear about most, and the ones with the most votes will be ones I make sure actually get written.

Survey here.

A: Time Crunch Tools
B: Elliot Soloway ES12 Keynote
C: UM Teaching Innovation Prize
D: Books Born as Blogs and Kindred Beasts
E: Series of posts on #bookbornasblog examples & case studies
F: Misha Angrist’s This Is A Human Being (TIAHB) Changed My Life
F: Data in the Classroom
G: Tech Talk 2012
H: Awesome iOS Apps
I: Increasing Motivation and Learning by Gamifying Teaching
J: Top Ten Tools To Tell Terrific Tales
K: Public Online Social Learning Environments
L: Using Social Media to Teach Engineering Process
M: Google Plus and Google Hangouts
N: and Pinterest and Pearltrees, Oh My!: Digital Curation Tools for Education

Systematic Review Teams, Processes, Experiences

Recently I was privileged to speak with the students of Tiffany Veinot’s course in the School of Information on evidence-based practice and processes. It was an amazing and diverse group of students, with librarians and healthcare professionals from most (if not all) of the healthcare programs on campus! The students had insightful questions, the conversation went on much longer than it should have given the time allotted, but was as richly rewarding for me as I hope it was for them. The approach this year focused more on case studies and storytelling — what is it really like? The slides can’t give you the whole sense of it, but at least it is a start.

Systematic Review Teams, Processes, Experiences

Presentation is also viewable as a Google Presentation.

Systematic Review Teams, Processes, Experiences

Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the Health Sciences / Apple in Education (#UMiHealth)

We had a great event this week here at the University of Michigan, focused on ways in which healthcare schools (both local and other places) are using iOS devices and authoring tools in healthcare education, but not just for learning. While the focus was on the academic programs, some of the examples included ways in which management, diagnosis, support, patient education, and even treatment are all being made easier through these tools. I livetweeted the event, and the easiest way to go over it is probably just to give you the tweets.

What most interested me about the event (main takeaways) were these points.
– The size of the audience. Huge numbers of faculty from the various campus health programs here wanting to learn about creating and using content via iOS devices.
– The creativity, insight, and innovation represented in the locally created products that were presented.
– The unique fingerprints of tools selected for use in other academic medical centers. Each location highlighted had a different workflow, different needs, and found tools that fit specifically with their goals and structure.
– “Crowdsourcing” content production by engaging students in creating their own digital learning objects. (This closely parallels another campus initiative on digital storytelling.)
– The sheer size of the mobile environment in the medical center, and the metrics on specific devices (overwhelmingly iOS at this point, but with significant representation for other devices).


pfanderson At the #umihealth event, AWESOME! Apple in Health Sciences, Better Patient Care thru Education leads off with Hilary Srere @pitbullsrock
pfanderson New report – 6 BILLION Mobile users, even in countries with no landlines #umihealth
pfanderson “In my world, a laptop is mobile. But no more. Laptops are considered desktop devices. Mobile means phone.” #umihealth
pfanderson Ralph Clayman, MD. June 26, 2010. Used scholarship money for whole M1 class to buy iPads (UCI). Put a push on publishers. #UMiHealth
pfanderson @dean_jenkins Yeah, that’s her life, too. BUT in survey it wasn’t used that way. 6bil mobile did NOT include laptop. #UMiHealth
pfanderson The med student reaction to living with iPads #mhealth #UMiHealth #hcsm
Berci RT @pfanderson: The med student reaction to living with iPads #mhealth #UMiHealth #hcsm
pfanderson iTunesU has a built in course management module. I didn’t know that. @pitbullsrock is demoing #UMiHealth
dejah_thoris RT @pfanderson: “In my world, a laptop is mobile. But no more. Laptops are considered desktop devices. Mobile means phone.” #umihealth
pfanderson If you are logged in w/ yr iTunesU management account, link to course manager #UMiHealth
pfanderson Course manager is web form, can include app links, faculty can edit from any web browser. To access course must use iPad. #UMiHealth
pfanderson iTunesU course manager/developer tool allows you set licensing (creative commons or proxyserver or restricted) #UMiHealth
LeonVeltmaat RT @pfanderson: The med student reaction to living with iPads #mhealth #UMiHealth #hcsm


pfanderson Dr Chrono EHR #UMiHealth lauded for lowering barriers between physician and patients #mhealth
pfanderson “Get Facts on the Fly” Merck Manual, other medical reference materials, students used tools off the grid in Viet Nam & Africa #UMiHealth
pfanderson “Exponential image improvement” showing neuroanatomy images from 1974 compared to aneurysm image from Osirix #UMiHealth
dalziel1 RT @pfanderson: The med student reaction to living with iPads #mhealth #UMiHealth #hcsm
pfanderson AWESOME! Osirix has a one-button anonymizer to never save patient data , image sharing RICH in realtime #UMiHealth
pfanderson “Crowdsourcing” student created content for populating iTunesU, learning objects don’t always need to be polished #UMiHealth
pfanderson @subatomicdoc Yep! In the Apple in Education day long workshop. #UMiHealth Awesome content
subatomicdoc Cool! I’ll track your tweets! RT @pfanderson: @subatomicdoc Yep! In the Apple in Education day long workshop. #UMiHealth Awesome content
pfanderson I love this “anthrax” whiteboard talk she pulled fr iTunesU. Was made by a student! Stdts creating videos have higher bd scores #UMiHealth
twit_terrance RT @pfanderson: The med student reaction to living with iPads #mhealth #UMiHealth #hcsm
pfanderson Airstrip Cardiology to address medical errors in ObGyn/FamMed #UMiHealth #mhealth
pfanderson MT @starpath @dean_jenkins Many mobile phones, many landmines, few landlines = leapfrogging in these countries. #UMiHealth
pfanderson Airstrip cardiology used in Cedar Sinai ambulances, prepped for when patient hits the door at ER #UMiHealth
EXplorerDasta RT @pfanderson: Airstrip Cardiology to address medical errors in ObGyn/FamMed #UMiHealth #mhealth
pfanderson Memorial Hermann uses: Airstrip OB Pocket Medical Spanish PEPID #UMiHealth
pfanderson Mount Sinai uses VitalHub iTriage ePocrates #UMiHealth
pfanderson Mount Sinai: iPhone in Enterprise #mhealth #UMiHealth #hcsm #video #youtube
DigMedCom The med student reaction to living with iPads #mhealth #UMiHealth #hcsm: The med st… #hcsmin
pfanderson Remote wipe for security. YOUR enterprise should set policies, passwords, security. Next speaker: iPad in Health Sciences #UMiHealth
pfanderson Ooh, athletics, football, & electronic playbooks. “Coach, I lost my iPad.” Swwwip, remote wipe. #UMiHealth


pfanderson iAnnotate PDF is most used for reading PDFs on iPad. QuickOffice Pro. GoodReader. iCloud #UMiHealth #mobile
pitbullsrock At University of Michigan Medical School with Team Science™ for Apple in Education day long workshop. #UMiHealth
pfanderson Inkling + Lippincott partnership for core medical texts on iPad, includes Campbell Biology #UMiHealth iBooks Author for local authoring
pitbullsrock Warner now talking about iBook textbooks #UMiHealth
pfanderson 11 inch MacBook Air as “iPad for old people” LOL! #UMiHealth
pfanderson Limited fonts on iPad. Helvetica is one recommended. What are others? #UMiHealth
zanskar RT @DigMedCom: The med student reaction to living with iPads #mhealth #UMiHealth #hcsm: The med st… #hcsmin
pfanderson iBook Author demo emphasizing use of Accessibility description option for voiceover rich descriptions #UMiHealth
pfanderson Harvard prof creating patient education #healthlit ebook w/ iBook Author “Know Your pH“, assembled content he already has #UMiHealth
pfanderson Demo of Inkling books for iPad, functionality includes highlight, notes, sharing. Sharing CRITICAL. Study groups, collab, assmt #UMiHealth


pfanderson Laurence Kirchmeier, mobile app developer from #UMich #UMMS talking at #UMiHealth
pfanderson LK: Mobile devices at UM Health Systems? Over 6 thousand iPhone, ~3K Android, <1K Blackberry for almost 10K #UMiHealth
pfanderson 200 iPads in Anesthesiology for clinical web apps and education. iPad pilot in Neuro, M1/M2 stdts arrive with tables/iPads #UMiHealth
pfanderson Current mobile base of enterprise devices tends to be Blackberry, makes challenge in development #UMiHealth
pfanderson LK describes diffs btwn native apps & web aps. Network connection needed/not, backend languages (Jave vs HTML5), uses device fcns #UMiHealth
pfanderson Challenge of native apps is iOS app needs to be ported/rewritten for Android / Blackberry. Easy to deploy, but harder to code #UMiHealth
pfanderson Advantages of web-ready websites: ease of updating content, cross platform accessibility, multiple devices with one swoop #UMiHealth
pfanderson MD Stat+ for UMMS Applicants #umich #UMiHealth #apps
pfanderson Web app for orange card CME record replacment | #UMiHealth
pfanderson Highly recommended > Apple developer human interface guidelines #UMiHealth
pfanderson PPT conversion to iPad tool, close to being released. #UMiHealth Heart Sound Challenge App #UMich
pfanderson MT @open_michigan @tbirdcymru Duke adopts online learning tools, #opensource iPad app #UMiHealth #mlearn @pfanderson
pfanderson 3D Woodson created w/ Bully Entertainment #UMiHealth
pfanderson M-BERET barrett’s esophagus app in development; MySkinCheck app in development (includes lesion tracker, w/ photosurvey tool) #UMiHealth
pfanderson RiskWatch app for Anesthesiology #UMiHealth
pfanderson Watching RiskWatch demo #UMiHealth
pfanderson Neurosurgery using “Citrix Receiver to access core clinical online applications” #UMiHealth
pfanderson Flow for #UMich #UMHS app development includes concept, design, development, testing, release, & support #UMiHealth
pfanderson LK talks about web clips for iOS #UMiHealth


pfanderson Dentistry – oral radiology for IOS, Xcode for iCBCT Anatomy app #UMiHealth
pfanderson Oral radiology challenge on mobile devices is image resolution, but pinch+zoom gets around that limitation #UMiHealth
pfanderson Power of ebooks to include video for movement / time dependent / sequence informaiton #umihealth
pfanderson Using accessibility feature for rich annotation of radiographic images; using MAYA to create 3d rotatable objects #UMiHealth
pfanderson Hard to teach students “How kilovoltage peaks effect contrast”, use animation + quizzes #UMiHealth #dentistry
pfanderson Roger Gillie & Mike Bleed demoing pair of mobile apps they’ve developed. Challenge of faculty oversight of student clinic work #UMiHealth
pfanderson Requires login, but mobile ready web app is Alerts faculty member of request in queue w/ vibrate & beep #UMiHealth
pfanderson Pain Trek #UMiHealth Burden of persistent pain costs $500BILION per year (back, migraine, neck, facial)
pfanderson Research background: Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort Lab App allows precise reporting of head pain #umihealth
pfanderson PainTrek app allows patient to report pain intensity, type, & associated symptom data between appointments #UMiHealth
pfanderson Dermatome Mapping included in app, facial migraine described, location of pain criticail to assessing nerve involvement #UMiHealth
pfanderson Extending PainTrek app 2 include more pts of body, fibromyalgia, back pain, neuralgias, carpal tunnel Alex DaSilve & E Maslowski #UMiHealth
ElinSilveous @pfanderson Thank you for Tweeting #UMIHealth


pfanderson Starting back after a blissfully wonderful catered glutenfree lunch :) #UMiHealth
pfanderson New iPad? Apple A5x chip, 9.7″ backlit LED retina display, multitouch glass screen, WiFi 802.11, cameras, 10hrs battery life #UMiHealth
pfanderson iPad in k12 education – Frog Dissection #UMiHealth
pfanderson Demoing some of the apps from this morning’s #UMich presentations #UMiHealth
pfanderson Stethoscope app Eye Chart Pro #UMiHealth
pfanderson drawMD app PocketBody | #UMiHealth
pfanderson @BrianSHall Details are in the tweets that followed that one, or you can skim the hashtag stream for links #UMiHealth
pfanderson John Hopkins BurnMed Pro app | CTisus #UMiHealth
subatomicdoc RT @pfanderson: MT @open_michigan @tbirdcymru Duke adopts online learning tools, #opensource iPad app #UMiHealth #mlearn @pfanderson
pfanderson Nursing Central: creating/sharing flashcards, searching core resources, customize, annotate, images, consult #UMiHealth
Bonnycastle RT @pfanderson: Stethoscope app Eye Chart Pro #UMiHealth
pfanderson Penultimate iPad whiteboard app for $0.99 #UMiHealth
pfanderson OMNI GS Graphic Sketcher #UMiHealth
pfanderson RT @subatomicdoc @pfanderson Denied! But not for long. I’m making my app list, checking it twice… #UMiHealth
pfanderson FDA approved CT apps : Mobile MIM Osirix HD #UMiHealth


pfanderson iOS 5.1 iMessage (deliver/send receipt), secure encryption <both impt for dr/pt communication #UMiHealth #mhealth #hcsm
pfanderson iCloud discussion divided between the tech & policies. Can force yr iTunes backups 2B encrypted. Stores, syncs to all iOS devices #UMiHealth
pfanderson Can get new device, restore from iCloud backup #UMiHealth “Cloud will rain down applications & data” LOL!
pfanderson iCloud designed for PERSONAL use, not enterprise. Can use Airprint #UMiHealth
pfanderson Device Security: passcode policies (alphanumeric, longer), timeouts, device restrictions, policy enforcement, ActiveSync, config #UMiHealth
pfanderson data security: FindMyIPhone, remote wipe, 256-bit AES (always on), file encryption, encrypted backups, local wipe #UMiHealth
pfanderson App security: no free for all market. Mandatory signing, runtime checks, sandboxed appls, encrypted keychain, credentialing #umihealth
pfanderson iOS 5 compatibility on 8 device types (yow!) #umihealth
pfanderson UCI lessons learned for deployment. 1) ppl want to customize/personalize; 2) shipping in minimal packaging; #UMihealth
pfanderson lessons learned cont: 3) network design: density, 2.4 GHz vs 5GHz. Stdts had 3 devices each for 80 folk. Crashed network #UMiHealth
pfanderson Lessons learned cont 4) hockpuck sized device allows mirroring fr iPad 2 & up or iPhone 4S & up or Apple TV (HDMI). Uses Bonjour #UMiHealth
pfanderson Mobile device management can allow lots of configuration, VPN, account settings, push policy changes, mgmt apps, query device #umihealth
pfanderson Remote wipe and lock, bock backup of certain kinds of data. Can also wipe access to your network. Security goodies #umihealth
pfanderson App licensing: for exploration? gift cards. volume purchase program – special pricing (20 or more), honors tax exempt purchase. #UMiHealth
pfanderson Ed Seminars #umihealth
RannPatterson RT @pfanderson: MT @open_michigan @tbirdcymru Duke adopts online learning tools, #opensource iPad app #UMiHealth #mlearn @pfanderson
pfanderson JK: Navigating: compliance, regulation, procurement, licensing, copyright, etc #umich #UMiHealth project management, programmatic support
pfanderson JK: Facilitation vs innovation #UMiHealth Researchers bring requests: Save $$, usability, wow factor
pfanderson Lots of praise for collaboration with libraries from Jack Kufahl for Anesthesiology iPad project #UMiHealth @wrenaissance
pfanderson Using the Confluence wiki for iPhone help #UMiHealth
pfanderson Challenges: mobile utilization driven by hardware innovation; blur pro/personal barrier; liability protection vs service; CLOUD #UMiHealth
pfanderson “Wireless dependencies” Everyone has 3 devices, we can’t yet cope, working on it #UMiHealth Academic health centers are on trailing edge
pfanderson 10 failed passwords equals automatic wipe. “Nuclear option” #UMiHealth
pfanderson JK said steering, tech, communication, and heard “scary” LOL! #UMiHealth
pfanderson Regulatory overhead does not make iCloud a possibility at this time. eDiscovery. Security is one thing. Proving it is different. #UMiHealth
pfanderson JK: DropBox isn’t necessarily the answer. Audience laughs. #UMiHealth

Paul Courant on Revolutions in Libraries

Paul Courant Presents

This afternoon, well, it was that afternoon when I started this, but a week ago now. Anyway, I was lucky to be able to attend a presentation by Paul Courant in which he passionately expounded on some of the trends and challenges facing libraries as a result of changing technologies around us. I left my laptop in the office, so I didn’t livetweet this one, and I heard from several people that they were disappointed about this, so I promised to blog as soon as I could, and took copious notes. When I printed it off, I found I had taken over 4 pages of single spaced notes in a 9-point font. I will not inflict that chaos on you, and am going to try to pull out some of the most significant issues and take-aways, distilled into a few categories that seem to work with the colorful way Paul presents. Please note that I was taking notes, so please verify the quotes with the video if at all possible. The video should appear here shortly.

Pic of the day - Stop Sign?

Once upon a time, copying was expensive. Now it is cheap. Perfect copies at next to no cost. Hunh. That might effect an industry based on copying.

Without peer review, why, scholars will not know what to read! Scholars will give up reading!

Do I sound like the boy who cried wolf? Mmmhmmm. Remember, how did that story turn out?

Libraries: Things That Happen to Books 2

On revolutions: “You always lose something you care about.”

What do we want? “We want CONTINUED SCHOLARLY PROGRESS.”

On electronic scholarly works & access:
“What if there’s a flood in Amsterdam, or a publisher is sold? Maybe we can dig up a copy, maybe we can’t. This is the world we live in, but we don’t know it yet. Be afraid. Be very afraid.”

Successful societies build libraries because they need information in order to be more successful. If the libraries fail, society fails.

On orphan works and online access: “It’s hard to get permission from people you can’t find.”

People love infrastructure. We don’t always know it.

Look to the purposes of the things, rather than to the things themselves.

50/365 - school

A new technology makes the old ways of doing things not work any longer, but doesn’t necessarily offer any solutions for the new ways of doing things.

There are two competing claims, both false. One, people won’t create art except for money. Two, Money doesn’t matter in the production of art. Now, take the word “art” and substitute another word for things people do.

Pre-publication peer review USED to make sense. It was an economic necessity because of the cost of publishing. Now that publishing is not expensive, it makes a certain amount of sense to shift the focus to post-publication review.

Libraries like to share things. … Libraries like to buy things, too, things that are too expensive for one person to buy and then they can share with many. We’re still figuring out the impact of reuse on the economics of sharing.

Types of sharing: (1) noblesse oblige sharing (Libraries – you can borrow it, but remember it’s really mine) vs. (2) communist sharing (take a copy, make a copy)

What’s more important to authors? Reputation or money?

Scholarship produced today is at risk of being lost forever!!!!!

Cornell and Columbia are two places working on an e-journal safety net, through such tools as LOCKSS and Portico. A study of these preservation & backup systems found that the content and scholarly record eligible and protected through these initiatives is not 100%, not 50%, but 13% of what might be saved.

There is a perception that others will take care of problem. Do you know who does take care of a problem when people in general think someone else will?

Church Candles at Christmas

Margaret Hedstrom & John L. King. Epistemic Infrastructure in the Rise of the Knowledge Economy

“He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. That ideas should freely spread from one to another over the globe, for the moral and mutual instruction of man, and improvement of his condition, seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently designed by nature, when she made them, like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point, and like the air in which we breathe, move, and have our physical being, incapable of confinement or exclusive appropriation. Inventions then cannot, in nature, be a subject of property.”
Thomas Jefferson to Isaac McPherson, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, Document 12.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA):
– as a complementary project to the Google project

“The conventional rationale for copyright of written works, that copyright is needed to foster their creation, is seemingly of limited applicability to the academic do- main. For in a world without copyright of academic writing, academics would still benefit from publishing in the major way that they do now, namely, from gaining scholarly esteem. … But if the publication fees would usually be paid by universities or grantors, the motive of academics to publish would be unlikely to decrease (and could actually increase)—suggesting that ending academic copy- right would be socially desirable in view of the broad benefits of a copyright-free world.”
Shavell, Steven. Should Copyright Of Academic Works Be Abolished? Journal of Legal Analysis Spring 2010;2(1):301-358.

“An act for the encouragement of learning, by vesting the copies of printed books in the authors or purchasers of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.”
Statute of Anne (1710)

“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries … “
US Constitution.

Dentistry Library: Stacks

1. Libraries produce a reliable and reusable corpus.
2. That corpus is reusable, checkable, and verifiable. Reliable over time. This requires preservation.
3. Sharing. The library is filled with things that make sense to share once you have them. Hence, lots of skill at sharing things. (And note the demand side. We want these things shared because it’s cheaper for users that way.)
4. How do we figure out how to share digital (Legal and organizational issues)? (Mechanism design)
– Collective reliable preservation
5. How do we figure out how to share print? More organizational and to some extent ideological.

* This section was copied directly from a photograph of the relevant slide. While possibly the least visually interesting slide in the deck, it was also likely one of the most important, at least in my eyes. Part of what fascinated me was Paul walking through a thoughtful checklist of what things were easy or hard to do with print and what things are easy or hard to do with digital. They are very different lists.

Found Words: Question Marks

Q: What about preserving the right information to respond in major disasters?
A: .. Tell me what kind of disaster we’ll have and I’ll build a system for it
.. There will still be a few print collections
.. There aren’t any solutions that you’ll like.

Q: Why not trust someone over 30?
A: .. At 20, it’s hard to imagine being old.
.. To a young man, age is like California in the Saul Steinberg cartoon ” A View of the World from 9th Avenue”
.. At 30 the rest of life becomes visible, 40, 64 … and wee see into the Beatles song that was so important to my generation, exactly because it was unimaginable to us that we would ever be 64.

Q: The cost of making born digital preservable
A. .. Explosion of stuff
.. Review of what to KEEP is harder
.. Standards could come from the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) type org if it existed
.. Storage isn’t getting cheaper any faster than the volume skyrockets

Q. Elitist assumptions (here at U? Good heavens)
A. .. More folk allowed to vote
.. Market capitalism
.. Clash of cultures
.. Does quality of public discourse (not encouraging) penetrate the halls of government
.. 2019 things may enter public domain
.. Will debate be framed well?
.. Imagine doing the zombie version of Catcher in the Rye?
.. Conversation not so much driven by scholarly needs & purposes, but rather by the ability of fun cultural games for everyone
.. Answer won’t come from deep views, but from commercial interests

Q. I’m writing a book. It has to be just this certain way, because of print standards. What would my book look like in a diff cognitive context?
A. .. Prob of permanence and storage
.. Things that look radically different than books
.. Insist in ironclad terms that publisher ought to deliver full access to your work in 100 years.

Risk, Uncertainty and Sustainable Innovation, Day One

I’ve spent a goodly chunk of the past week livetweeting at the annual University of Michigan School of Public Health Risk Science Symposium. This year, the title and focus was on Risk, Uncertainty and Sustainable Innovation. I will spend time later synthesizing portions of what I learned (I hope), but for now, here are the tweets from Day One of the event.

For those who are unfamiliar with Twitter, the way livetweeting works is this. I attend the event, either in person or remote broadcast. I listen for comments or information that seem to me to be both of interest and “tweetable.” Twitter constrains both the length & frequency of posts. A post can be no more that 140 characters, which includes the “hashtag” (a technique that allows people who don’t know each other to either converse or comment on a shared topic, and which allows all posts on that topic to be aggregated). Because of these constraints, sometimes abbreviations are used to shorten the number of characters, and concepts may either be broken into pieces extending across two tweets (posts) or multiple short concepts compiled into a single post. This also means that sometimes a portion of the context necessary to understand the post inadvertently goes unstated, encouraging people to ask for clarification, and thus hopefully provoking a broader conversation on the issues.

UMRSC Risk Science Center: “Live streaming of next week’s symposium on Risk, Uncertainty and Sustainable Innovation” #risksymp 14 Sep

UMRSC Risk Science Center: Correction to yesterday’s post. We are not live streaming the Risk Symposium. We are live tweeing at #risksymp. Apologies for the error. 15 Sep

pfanderson: WARNING!! I will be livetweeting all day today and tomorrow for the #UMich Risk Science Symposium, Uncertainty & Sustainability #risksymp . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: Want more info about the #risksymp ? Check | | Symposium . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: Impressed with the slides showing the sponsors and cosponsors. Some interesting organizations and activities profiled there #risksymp . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp sponsor Alfred P Sloan Public Understanding of Science and Technology Digital Info Tech . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp co sponsor A-CAPPP Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Program . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor #UMich Office of Public Health Practice . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor #Society for #Risk #Analysis #organization #risksci . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor #UMich #Science #Technology and Public Policy Program . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor NISE Network (Nanoscale Informal #Science #Education ) #nano What is Nano? . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor Matter for All (Making New Technologies Work for Us All) #Nano & Me #etech . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Matter has some really awesome projects & info. Debategraph… #interactive PDF…. 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Nanotechnology: Learning communications lessons from techno-disasters…. 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Interesting conversation around the table here about Good Guide and the Ecology Center . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: Mobile site for #risksymp 22 hours ago

pfanderson: More #risksymp sponsors Coca-Cola ACS Dow UMTRI . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp sponsor Johnson & Johnson Youth Mentoring… Infection Control… . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: Getting started at #risksymp Andrew cracking jokes & introducing folk. Symposium honors Isadora Bernstein, funded by the Gellmans. . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science: “Rate of emerging technology innovation accelerating beyond what we’d imagined.” “An increasingly globalized world” . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science Do we completely need to rethink the balance between risk, sustainability, and innovation? . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: Center for Nanotechnology in Society #risksymp . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Video & photos will be made available on the web in about 2 weeks. Journalists wandering about. OPEN meeting, live tweeting, etc. . 22 hours ago

texas_inventor Richard Skorpenske sium in Ann Arbor #risksymp . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: @texas_inventor Welcome, and happy to meet you! #risksymp . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Martin Philbert, SPH Dean. Creating novel evidence-based approaches to assessment of risk, thorny issues. . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: @LISInstruct Nanotech & nanosci are a big part of the focus here today at #risksymp. So cool! . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp John Viera, Director of Sustainability at Ford. How can we take back to impact our own organizations? “Innovate or Perish” . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Viera: If we don’t innovate, we won’t be around. If academia isn’t innovating, we won’t fund yr projects. . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: We’ll perish as a species / culture if we don’t innovate rapidly. Challenges: Health/human rights. Food. Water. Environment . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Challenges: Energy (renewable), Mobility & Transportation. Space (congestion). Solutions: Tech, business models, POLICIES!! . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Blueprint for sustainability, what Ford does. Report:… . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV quotes Bill Ford “Improved sustainabile performance is not just a requirement, but a tremendous business opportunity” . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Sustainability as a 3-legged stool: Environment, Social, Economic. (CO2, urban mobility, work conditions, profit, cash flow) . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: What is the responsibility involved with putting large numbers of more vehicles on the roads? Fuel economy = lower CO2 . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Interesting. CO2 coming mostly from Agriculture, then utilities, vehicles ranked abt 20% contribution. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: #Ford CO2 footprint – manufacturing only 2%. Most comes from vehicles already on the road. Public transit helps reduce that. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: #Ford working hard on human rights in developing countries, collaborating with Hilary Clinton… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: #Ford working on changing practices related to conflict minerals, encourage govts to change practice in mines . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Getting it Right? Voluntary Human Rights Initiatives OR Of Human Bondage: Globalization’s Darkest Secret… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Big part of water use is ethanol, fuel uses. “Desire for development is infinite, but … ” Ma Jun in… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: @navi Interesting! This is an enlightening presentation on the #Ford corporate & social sustainability vision #risksymp . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: #Ford New models of mobility… Car sharing, Alternative tech vehicles, Clean green, smart city . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: providing healthcare to rural areas in India via Apollo Hospital Partnership, esp women care, a vehicle as mobile info unit!! . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Ford Endeavor as a Mobile health unit, mobile information units in Chennai (part them by the post office!) . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: PDF: Globalization’s Darkest Secret… #risksymp . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: Building #Sustainable Communities through Multi-Party #Collaboration… #risksymp . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Gil Omenn asks about importance of rare earths in new tech and impact on sustainable use & innovation. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV talking about how Ford works to provide worker safety in violent areas near factories . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp What keeps us awake at night? Panel: John Viera (Ford), Alta Charo, Greg Bond (Dow), Hilary Sutcliffe, Andrew Maynard @2020science . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel: JV: Come up w/ a great tech solution, & it turns out to be worse than the original problem. Someone dictating solutions . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: “Certain solution sets are eliminated because some1 has decided they won’t work.” Keep doors/ideas OPEN. Evidence, performance . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel: AC: “I worry abt what I don’t know, what I don’t know I don’t know…” Inability of gov 2react quickly enuf 2 keep up w/sci . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: We don’t have a good surveillance system for new tech, unlike FDA. Worry about growing anti-intellectualism & anti-science . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: Worried abt Rt & Lft convergence & agreement on anti-science. Spiritual attachment 2 what is nonscientific, secular religion . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC is using “crunchy community” as a phrase, seems to have something to do with leftism? . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: Inability of the general public to tinker with the tech requires TRUST, delegation of authority. This creates suspicion. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: Easier 2 imagine harm fr innovation than the benefits. Eg: invention of fire “raw food tastes fine, let’s not burn the world” . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: “Paralysis is not an option.” . 21 hours ago

openinnovation3: Building #Sustainable Communities through Multi-Party #Collaboration… #risksymp: Building #S… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: We practice a Stage Gate process for emerging technologies.… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: How do we regain public confidence in innovation, corporations, govts? Talent availability is big worry. Knowledge transition . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: “Are we getting enough diverse perspectives looking at new technologies at an early enough stage?” . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: “Geo-political risk is where we’ve seen the most significant upheaval.” “We see small competitors taking risks we won’t take.” . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: “No known knowns.” Known known? “We will cock it up.” “seeds of our own undoing” from… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: Not enough learning from our past, not enough re-assessment of old standards, ripping up rulebooks . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: We’re locked into heritage concepts & systems, not enough flexibility. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: “The public will be confident when they know the real stories.” #storytelling . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS We have to honor different perspectives, but makes decisionmaking extremely difficult . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: OH on Twitter: “I don’t want to be more informed, I want people to be more responsible” or something like that . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: That was @HilarySutcliffe at #risksymp . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MT @HilarySutcliffe RT @richardwi1son: …I don’t want to be empowered I want other people to take responsibility” Claire Fox . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: Assume you’ll have a breach, then analyse how to make it minimally disruptive. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC proposes the Rick Rescorla approach to planning for security…. 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS “When I say dumb things that IS my job” Importance of intermediary organizations 2 bridge communication gaps btwn policy/public . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS “U can’t expect poor Greenpeace 2 have a sensible contribution if they’ve insufficient $$ 2 achieve thr goals, U get kneejerk” . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB “The challenge we face (as a large international company) … is there’s no global harmonization” This creates artificial risk . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Martin Philbert: “I’m hearing the conversation needs to change to ‘nothing is safe’ fr ‘tell me it’s safe'” . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC” It is a question of language. How is ‘risk’ defined? We need to say “safe ENOUGH” AM: A question of trust becomes safety convo . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS “We only have to look at a package of Advil to realize there are always safety tradeoffs” . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: The benefit assumption is communicated in a narrow way. Need to provide a big picture view. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS Problem: These conversations happen only at science events. They need to happen in public, in their language. < BINGO!!! . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Trusted authority: "What brand do YOU use?" And can you responsibly answer that question? "Safe enough" is important phrase to use . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Unknown unknowns vs unintended consequences. AC: Role 4 academe, broad unconstrained creativity w/o expectation. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Risks require diff strategies for diff scenarios, ie. "events that cannot be contained once they have started to unfurl" vs sm pop . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: People on the fringes, outsiders, there is a moment when perceived "nutters" become the early warning system. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science observes we need to fund the "Nutter Warning System" only partly tongue-in-cheek . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel 2: Techno-hype or techno-reality? Mark Banaszak Holl, Thomas Zurbuchen, Paula Olsiewski, James Bagian, @2020science . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science mentions @kurzweilai visions of rapid change in the future. Is it true? . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MBH: Riskless innovation is NOT POSSIBLE. Therefore we are in a new era of risk. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ: I spend my day encouraging people to take more risks, not less. We don't know enuf abt Market risk, indiv abilities, tech risk . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp "Are we on the cusp of a new era in the history of human innovation?" Panel consensus seems to be we're smack dab in the middle . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ: How to use data? picking data from fringe vs holistic comprehensive analysis. New computational resources. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ: Change is part of the mindset. Part of identifying threats. This needs to be part of EDUCATION. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ "These type of innovation thrusts happen. Technology thrusts." Much more global than it was. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: Microbiology of the built environment. "What's in the room with us?" "We're studying an invisible world." . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: Biologists now say, "Wow, the building is an ecosystem." Lots of things we don't know. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: Synthetic biology. "What synthetic biology allows us to do is go from reading DNA to writing DNA." . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: MIT's IGEM – Intl Registry of Standard Biological Parts . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO and @2020science talking about garage DIY science, #citizenscience & community laboratories. Very interesting . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB I thought the answer to techno-reality or techno-hype was "Yes." . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB: "In areas where there is good evidence in healthcare … even 17 yrs later only 85% docs use the preferred Tx." . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB We worry abt meaningful use, privacy, … how do we understand the value of the technologies? How do we keep the goal in mind? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB: "How safe is 'safe'?" What does the consumer think of this? Do they know what 1 in a million means? #hcsm . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB discusses excellent poster here on dioxin risk and what people understand that to be. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB We have to communicate what is NOT a risk, people will imagine risks. We're not good at this. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science IDs information as core to both innovation & risk., common thread among the panel . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS mentions hype-hope curve as tool in responsible innovation . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: People have to have already done the work to get the grant, makes it hard to be innovative. Fund people to EXPLORE! . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ It's not a problem if not all our innovations see the light of day. That's OK. Can you sell it or not? Are U the right person? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: There's not a good business model to promote adoption of the electronic health record, we need business innovation #ehr #hcsm . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: There is a difference between innovation & progress. Does innovation include a change of mindset or … ? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ "Where exactly is the use case in the future for X" "The boundary conditions that it's safe, that people will pay" . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MBH Progress measured by how it touches the most marginal vulnerable populations in our communities. Most innovation doesn't touch . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: We lose trust in the research community where there is so much unfulfilled hype. Hype comes fr push to get funding . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: You have to know what you are doing & what it is for BEFORE you can actually get funding or do it . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: @GlobalMed_USA She's saying we need some brilliant business strategist to come up with new business model #risksymp . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science Enthusiasm of the scientist in communicating their concepts vs journalists trying to one-up each other . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: Important for the future of science: Scientists need to not be boring, and to have elevator pitch for their ideas . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: "What difference does it make to the toolbox we have?" Tools looked at out of context. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: "I call it the 'so what' test." Skilled communicators tell stories that allow many POVs to engage. #storytelling . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Audience member said we need a sustainability toolkit. Wondering if she's seen this #book . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q/Maxine: "What exactly have we really achieved in the human health space?" Do we have tests 2 predict outcomes of newtech? No. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO "If we can get the scientists to share raw data, that becomes VERY valuable!" #open #science "we call that the macroscope" . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ the real problem is the needle in the haystack problem. One you know what data U need & get it, the rest is easy. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ How do we get data that is actionable? This is a breakthrough research area. In essence, this is the robotics problem. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ on needle in a haystack. How do we figure out what is the needle and what is the hay? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB: "Lives saved per dollar. That's how they were assessed. They had to produce results." . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp The most important outcomes from creating new tech are usually the ones we can't predict. If you invented AC, wd U think of CFCs? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: @GlobalMed_USA I'm livetweeting an event as a volunteer. Video will be posted later. Paula Olsiewski is w/ Sloan Foundation #risksymp . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel 3: What are key emerging tech opportunities & challenges? Gil Omenn, James Baker, Ann Marie Sastry, Jrg Lahann @2020science . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Ann Marie Sastry is CEO of Sakti3 Very interesting. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: Things that mobilize thousands of people: Information technology, mobile tech, cellphones. #hcsm . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: We know a lot of things ppl can do themselves. Social decisionmaking, social cooperation. Supercourse . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Supercourse is an early example of MOOCs massive online open course . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO Innocentive 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO Frame the problem so that it gets attention by those who can solve it. Crowdsourcing, boundaryspanning . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB I started a company. Not for faint of heart. Great way to screw up a good career. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB “Pharmaceutical industry is collapsing in on itself. There is very little room for innovation right now.” . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Developing world pharma, where innovations may not be commercially viable, but can have huge impact on developing countries . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB Creating vaccines that are stable at 40C – in a car trunk in Africa for 6-12 weeks. Awesome! . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB transformative impact on human life & suffering. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science Innovation in *systems*, how the system impacts on what you’re ‘allowed’ to do . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AMS Ppl need personal transportation & communication. Venn diagram of energy & information, the joint is smartphone . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AMS Increase energy density (See her work here:… ) #microfinance #microloans . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science You can’t do anything unless you both have energy and a way of distributing it. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AMS First order kinetics is a great way to transfer energy, but you have to deal with parasitic mass. Battery is @ right cost pt. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AMS “How many people have an iPhone? How’s that battery working for you?” Me: “That’s why I have a solar charger.” . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: Interdisciplinary research is very exciting, collaborations, working at the fringes, the interfaces of disciplines. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: As you mix disciplines, communication becomes much more challenging, but also more exciting. Diff assumptions. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL NCRC (North Campus Research Ctr) interdisciplinary research, boundary spanning, moving out of your secure space. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: Innovation leads to impact leads to attention leads to conversation leads to opportunity leads to application . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB & GO nodding abt importance of “problem formation”. GO “If U don’t know where you’re going, U don’t know when you’ve arrived” . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: “We have too much description, and not enough action” . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science expected what excited panel to be tech, but it was systems & information instead. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: New technologies make new questions possible. JB: There is no 1 nanotech. Labels cre8 barriers to conversation . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: As we double up some of those tools, we’ll be able to ask questions we didn’t know we cd ask. Innovation is abt communication . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp A view of risk: Looking at a toolbox. How shd we form our questions? AMS How do we assess risks against ea other, cumulative risk . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB: Risk has to be put in proportion with reward. Great value means you have to accept risk. Rational risk, actionable risk . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: We have made a big mistake trying to quantify risk. It leads to estimates with inflated precision. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO ALARA as low as reasonably achievable. Reduce the risk, not exclude the risk . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: Regenerative medicine. Qs raised, why does it take so long? Get FDA into the process early. Regulatory process changes? . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Folks checking out posters, also online, eg… #etech . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp convo: R we going to have our toolboxes drive our innovation, or R we going to have innovation drive tool development? LRudenko . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel 4: New tech, new risks. Peter Preuss, Mark Banaszak Holl, David Goldston, James Wetmore, Shobita Parthasarathy moderator . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: A system of governance that allows decisionmakers 2 make decisions in a timely fashion based on best understanding of #science . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: governance should include all major stakeholders . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MBH Is innovation in healthcare the right approach to obesity, or was it earlier innovation in transportation & infotech? . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: We’re looking at novel technologies. Governance comes down to how many ways can you generate a committee? . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: Get at these tech EARLIER, regulatory process comes too late, after polarization. . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: “You can tell when a topic is mature because the language becomes juvenile” “All I need for politics is 2 ppl making a choice” . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Glad we’re talking about governance rather than governments. Problems/solutions both too complex. . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Example: Clean cooking stove for Ghana. But didn’t talk to the cooks. Cleanburning fuel actually created opportunity 4 vermin . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Example: Tech to assist the blind. Met w/ ppl, told don’t build finding tools. Need tool to understand nonverbal communication . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp SP: Governance early in the process leads to better communication, or stifles creativity? PS, is this feasible, sustainable? . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP Sustainability & innovation will both come from How We Design That Future. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: There comes a point when ppl agree the risk of NOT having the conversation is worse than having it. That’s when ppl will talk. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Goal Find Alzheimers early. Convo: but if it doesn’t change treatment/prognosis, what’s the point? (was true at that point) . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: Imprimature of the state makes her nervous about how Presidential commissions are constructed/utilized. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp I really want a transcript of what the questioner just said. Extremely balanced & insightful view of politics & a moral society . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp That was Alta Charo talking at 2:47 pm, for those who will check the videos when they come out. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Dinnertime speakers will be Rodrigo Martinez & Mark Jones fr IDEO . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: We used to have a model that worked. We used to have an Office of Technology Assessment. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: “They wanted Congress doing more with less, they didn’t want Congress doing more knowing less” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Lots of discussion here about the losses associated with demise of OTA (Office of Tech Assessment). I know I was so upset then . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MBH: Industry funding in academia has been flat or decreased, thus they have less influence on innovation here . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp OpenIDEO Open Planet Ideas . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: If I was going to change ONE institution it would be academia. Actual change happens when problems are solved in the world . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Changing forms of undergrad education to promote the skills needed for discovery, change, leadership in the world. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: Army’s NetZero project… |… . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: “I get a little nervous when people say ‘In 20 years there will be no more toxic chemicals.’ Rather better management?” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: Belgium view: “If you want innovation, it’s very simple. You regulate.” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG is so quick with great replies I can’t catch them all. Very funny & apt commentator. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MHB: “Regulation is a fine word. But I don’t think we understand how to regulate our way out of the obesity crisis, for example” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: A lot of the discussion needs to be about sustainable communities, that don’t require a car. Design for a vision. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: The way funding is allocated has a major impact on how problems are solved. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel5: Risk Toolbox Adam Finkel, Bernard Godlstein, Jo Anne Shatkin, Carlos Pena, Martin Philbert moderator . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TCDD (dioxin) blood levels & cancer risk. How do the numbers work? JAS: The jury is still out on if that number is right . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: Disparity between analysis and action. We need more of both. “Studying problems for their own sake” “Paralysis by analysis” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF Analysis informs action. BG: If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Risk assessmnt works pretty well 4 most chemicals most of times . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: “Can you get me a drug with no side effects?” [Audience laughs] Explanation. Then “Can you get me a drug w/ no side effects?” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: When we know in our heart of hearts that precision is false, we need to be more humble & open about the limitations of science . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG Clarify what is the data quality objective! Ask the decisionmakers, they’re the ones using the info. Analyses have uncertainty . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: Risk assessment is really good at deep analysis and modeling. AF: Uncertainty analysis needs economists & cost/benefit . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF Word used is “flimsy” related to economic decisions in policy . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG: “We know how to do uncertainty analysis, let’s get on and do it” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MP: If you have the perfect numbers for risk & uncertainty, what do you do with that info? AF: We’d have forgotten the individuals . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: Where can we find the people most at risk? Get the rest of the answers. Perfection is … not a rational requirement . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: Brain machine interfaces & other amazing emerging tech include both benefits & risks, design studies to ID these . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: You need to start somewhere. The data may not be perfect. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS Tech risk assessment is inherently more dangerous than chemical risk assessment. We’re a little rusty since demise of OTA . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS Scenario building is a good place to start. We need to make governance changes to revisit our decisions. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: How does FDA do preregulation? CP: ID market through trial design, maximise knowledge, shift moves from product to lifecycle . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP Surveillance activities to refine out thinking, address uncertainties, modify product for different indications . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: We have to look @ alternative. What else would we do? “The precautionary impulse” “Noun adjective equations, ie. “dioxin=bad” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP Surveillance activities to refine OUR thinking, address uncertainties, modify product for different indications (sorry, typo) . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: Where is the balance point between too much information, too little, or just enough? AF: Public is not as stupid as many think . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG: In medicine, if the patient asks, it’s usually relative, not an absolute percentage. CP: There’s a transparency issue . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: The FDA cannot do this alone, there is a shared responsibility & dialog with the agency . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF Amniocentesis example, U have 2 consider 2 outcomes as equally dire in some circumstances (risk of Down’s, risk of miscarriage) . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: Originally conservatives asked for cost/benefit analysis, now conservatives say they don’t trust them. Sigh. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: You’re still stuck making a political decision. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG: People tend to match the tool to their expertise, (to a hammer, all problems look like a nail) . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: Anybody can be an amateur scientist, but no one can be an amateur economist. “I’m trying to blow up that helium filled hoax” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: It can no longer be just one discipline in a room (for decisionmaking) . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: @beffuh Mine, too. I was paraphrasing. He said something else, but this fit tweet better. ;) #risksymp . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG: We’re looking at how to look at low level risks. Low levels are not necessarily verifiable, or clinically measurable . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: “I’m not in favor of introducing politics into risk assessment” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: “We’ll never do a risk assessment of something for which we can do a safety assessment” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Interesting that conservative as politics and conservative as risk assumptions are both used in same conversation . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: “Of course we want certain types of politics out of risk assmnt, but … I’d like to see more politics based on the science” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG It could be that the smaller dose has the greater effect. #nano . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp What is risk analysis for: 1) What is the level of risk?, 2) is it a risk worth taking? Q: Where does the public fit into this? . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: Participatory risk assessment is absolutely essential, but I’m a bit jaded abt those who limit ability 2 frame risk w/science . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: Three public meetings at FDA on nanotech…. 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG praising the Omenn Commission report on risk assessment… . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF Hard to choose between a tool that would really individualize risk vs economics of how to get there . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Oops I missed the question – how to choose a tool for a desert island . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp A few bits by Carlos Pena… |…. 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Integration of Risk Assessment slides from Bernard Goldstein (PDF)… . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel 6: David Bidwell, Diana Bowman, Erica Blom, Ahleah Rohr Daniel, @2020science moderator . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel6 is a group of young scientists early in career giving their perspectives on the conversations so far . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp David Bidwell working on climate change adaptation with GLISA…. 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Diana Bowman Governments R in a conflict of interest position, we need to decouple their role as investors & regulators of #etech . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Erica Blom Focus on policy tension / regulate, but “don’t tell me what to do” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp EB Is it anti-intellectualism or is it a different form of knowledge? How do we include other forms of knowledge at table? . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Ahleah (ARD) how students actually act in a laboratory? They can be pretty …um, unquestioning. And unsafe. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp ARD: They don’t really understand what the risks are. What is chemical hygiene, etc. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science People don’t think in the way we’ve been trained to think DB: Not just diff cultures, but different values . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp EB: Whose risks? Whose benefits? Religious values may be just as impt to some as health values. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science The science should be common across cultures/worldviews/systems. Or is it? . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp ARD There are perhaps different assumptions about how chemicals CAN be used, the context can be different . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DB: It’s not just about the risk, but the ability of diff communities to adapt to repercussions of risk, resilience . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DB “the same # may mean different things based on the individual’s willingness to assume that risk” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp ARD: “if they’re not actually enforcing their own rules … ” It’s a free-for-all . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @HilarySutcliffe On the myth-busting of ‘the wise public’ “noble savage’ kind of idea. . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp “regulate after the problem happens” is a mistake. The public are NOT going to think like you, no matter how long you engage them . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: Are we failing to educate the general public? Does the media generate techno-hype, vs what is real or fact? Public has choice . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp The way we deliver scientific & technical education is BORING. How do we fix this? How do we connect with the public? . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DB: Asking people to play scientist is wrong, asking them to help set priorities is the right thing. . 14 hours ago

Digital Storytelling Workshop: Part 2, Storytelling — “Not Just for Kindergarten”

I’ve been collecting so many resources on digital storytelling I don’t even know where to start. Then I realized I never finished telling the beginning of my own journey into this space, not even in outline form, really. So, back to the beginning.

Storytelling: Not Just For Kindergarten: Brief introduction to digital storytelling in academia
Prezi: Storytelling, Not Just for Kindergarten

Part of my job as the Emerging Technologies Librarian is to not just prowl the forest paths and gullies or scan the distant horizons (think “Native Guide” or “Indian Scout”) but also to interpret, distill what’s most important and relevant, and bring back the information to the leaders and teams I’m working with and for (imagine the scout gliding into camp in the dark of the night and slipping into the tent of the Colonel or platoon leader). Sometimes, they hear what I say and immediately grasp the importance and act on it. Sometimes they don’t. In the latter case, that doesn’t mean I should just shut up and let it drop, but that perhaps I haven’t communicated the importance of it as well as I might have done. Digital storytelling is one of those topics that is falling in the latter camp. Of course, the reverse is also true — sometimes they send me off to scout something and I don’t, at first, understand why they want me to do it. It all tends to work out, and that’s part of teamwork and collaboration.

While storytelling is embedded in virtually every academic discipline (research papers are themselves a kind of storytelling), there are certain disciplines in which you cannot imagine how the discipline would survive if one removed the stories. Can you imagine History without stories? Can you imagine teaching Psychiatry without case studies? And then, of course, there are disciplines where the stories are the field of study, like theater, drama, literature and many other humanities. So it really makes sense that when you start to look at the presence of storytelling activities around campus, well, there is a LOT of it going on.

Then you think of how central Youtube has become to many types of communication these days, including education and personal learning. Even professional communicators have had to learn to modify the way they tell stories to give more of that sense of intimacy and authenticity that has evolved from real people’s real stories put out for the world. Even more broadly, the range and variety of online communication is intertwining with offline communications. Storytelling hasn’t just been in books since the first of the “movies” and “talkies.” It again makes sense, at least to me, that people are formally and purposefully trying to teach and learn the digital literacies necessary to communicate effectively in the online environments. Digital storytelling and digital media assignments are all part of the new literacies.

For a presentation to other library staff, I made the Prezi linked at the beginning of this post in order to try to give a little of the background of these concepts and what I’ve been seeing around campus here. Take a look at it. This won’t be the end of my talking about these concepts here.

My thanks to Cheryl Diemeyer and Daniel Weinshenker for their guidance, oversight, thoughts, quotes, inspiration which largely inspired the above.

Making It Happen: Social Media & Social Learning for Healthcare

Today, I was one of the speakers for the first Making it Happen: Achieving Measurable Results Through Education. I’ve been preparing like crazy for days, fleshing out my thoughts and notes, grabbing screenshots I didn’t use for a slide deck I probably should have made but didn’t. Halfway through I came up with this crazy idea of trying to show people concepts about social media and online collaborative technologies by using them for the presentation. I am not at ALL sure this was a wise idea, but it was a creative effort and a good learning experience (at least for me). Lesson One: Find out what sort of tech will be available for presenting before designing the presentation. I should have remembered that.

Part one was the mindmap. I made a mindmap that had a lot of content in it, knowing full well that I would not be using most of it for the actual event, but that it would be a resource for the audience to come back to on their own if they wish to explore further. Of course, I hope they will want to explore some of the resources. I studded the mindmap with actual links, for for those who go browser through, look for the little round dots at the end of the lines. The dark dots are external links, the light dots mean click for more details. This is a small snapshot of the mindmap, too small to read. If you click on the image, it will take you to Flickr for the full unpacked mindmap (at least the version there was when I made the image, but I keep updating it), but the image doesn’t have interactive links. For those, click on the link under the picture, but I learned today during the presentation you don’t want to use Internet Explorer, and should probably use either Firefox or Google Chrome as the web browser.

Mindmap: Social Media & Social Learning for Healthcare
This map is available here:

One of the things I wanted to do was to show people some of the other social media or collaboration tools that are available. I couldn’t possibly show very many, but I could show some very different examples to give a sense of the range. Mindmeister was what I used for the mindmap, and I emphasized that you can use this collaboratively, with multiple people editing and revising. I also like the range of filetypes for output and export, as well as the interactivity.

As I skimmed through a high level overview of the content in the mindmap, I had plugged in a few links to other types of tools that would support key concepts. For example, I used Prezi to highlight some of the concepts in the discussion about the recent meme on the “higher education bubble.” Again, what I show here is a screenshot in Flickr, with the link to the interactive Prezi immediately below.

Prezi: The Bubble
Prezi: The Bubble:

There were other things I wanted to show folks there, but there wasn’t time. I wanted to show them this video by John King about the context that shaped higher education, how it has changed, and some of the shaped higher ed might begin to take based on current contexts.

John L. King: Librarianship, Now and in the Future

I wanted to whip out to this older slideshow of mine that is mostly screenshots of examples of how folks were using social media for education.

Social Media in Education, A Family Photo Album

Instead, we talked a bit about last week’s new Pew Report, the Social Life of Health Information, 2010, and then I whipped over to the section on Personal Learning Networks, where I spent a chunk of time talking about #HCSM, which is absolutely one of my top personal learning network spaces, with incredible content and people. Again, I wanted to show them this the overview from last year.

Lessons Learned in Health Care Social Media, 2010

But I really wanted to show Storify, and there is so much excellent #HCSM content in Storify, mostly thanks to @DocForeman. I wanted to show them this from last week:
Engaging patients with #hcsm: Let’s do more of what we’re already doing right.

but I was having a little trouble with the presentation computer and clicked on something else from last March, which is also pretty good:
Tracking Patient Satisfaction and Clinical Outcomes.

I wish I’d had more time to show them some of the amazing range of tools available for collaboration, but I showed them a partial list in the mindmap, and spent some time talking about best practices, pros and cons, and made a little clever (I thought) parody of Ramon Santiago y Cajal’s first chapter in his book for young investigators.

Beginner’s Traps:

RSC: “Undue admiration of authority”
Me: Undue admiration of the self-proclaimed expert.

Trap 2:
RSC: “The most important problems are already solved.”
Me: The most interesting new tech to try are too hard.

Trap 3:
RSC: “Preoccupation with applied science.”
Me: Preoccupation with being serious.

Trap 4:
RSC: “Perceived lack of ability”.
Me: Ditto.