The return of nature and ESF’s New American Environmentalism

Interesting article by Jesse Ausubel on technology and the recovery of nature. It’s a compelling counter-point to the usual gloom-and-doom, catastrophist and millennarian attitude that underlies most modern environmentalism and that makes it so unpopular with the general public. If ESF is to pioneer a “new American environmentalism”, this article offers considerable food for thought.

http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/journal/issue-5/the-return-of-nature

I’m stuck! What do I do now? A Technology Committee Brownbag Workshop

I’m stuck! What do I do now?
Technology Brownbag Workshop

Friday 30 January 2015
12:45-1:45
303 Marshall Hall (LA Computer Lab)

We’re always faced with having to learn new technology and software tools for our teaching and research. These often come with steep learning curves and little help in mastering them. The temptation is to just give up and keep doing “what works”, even if “what works” might not be the best option.

If only there was a way to get help easily, quickly, cheaply, and from people with know-how and experience …

Dr Dayton Reuter (LSA) will guide you through the rapidly developing virtual marketplace for training and tutorials, where you can find expert help on nearly everything! He will show you how to get the help you need, quickly, conveniently, and on your own schedule. We will send you home with the resources and know-how to keep yourself up to speed.

Tech Committee Brown Bag workshops resume on 3 September.

Prof Scott Turner will kick off this year’s Technology Brown Bag workshops with a discussion on converting a traditional lecture course to a fully online course. The workshop (Lessons Learned from Animal Physiology Onlne) coincides with the Fall 2014 launch of the new Animal Physiology Online course. We will discuss the logistics, planning, architecture, and production of an online course.

The workshop will be Wednesday, 3 September 2014 from 12:45-2:00 PM in Room 110 Moon Library.

We hope to see you there.

The Technology Committee of Faculty Governance

MOOCs and their place

This from Jonathan Freedman (U Mich) in the Chronicle of Higher Education, about MOOCs and their potential to reconnect universities with the public. He puts MOOCs in perspective, albeit with a snooty, elitist tone that I personally found a little off putting. Nevertheless, there is one money quote that I think applies very well to the role that MOOCs might constructively play at a place like ESF:

MOOCs also satsfy a vast and deserving market: the millions, if not billions, of people in the global South whose access to educataional institutions is severely limited.

Read the whole thing:

MOOCs Are Usefully Middlebrow – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education

H/T to terry Ettinger