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Cable Green: Open Education: The Business and Policy Case for OER

April 11, 2013

Cable Green, Director of Global Learning from Creative Commons, spoke with FHSU about the concept of open educational resources (OER). OER has quickly became a trending topic in higher education.  He discussed topics like textbook affordability, challenges to OER adoption, how to create an environment favorable for faculty to lead in OER, and explored ways to work with the Kansas legislature and other colleges and universities in Kansas and elsewhere.

Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons: Part 1

    Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons: Part 2


Philip Turner and Brenda McCoy:  Next Generation Course Redesign

March 7, 2013

Drs. Phillip Turner and Brenda McCoy, faculty at the University of North Texas, engaged the campus in an exciting discussion about Next Generation Course Redesign.  Using an institutional strategy, this initiative is designed to improve student learning by implementation of a blended learning approach.  Blended learning environments are intended to encourage deeper connections with course, instructors, and peers by using a combination of F2F and on-line pedagogies.

NextGen Course Redesign: Part 1

NextGen Course Redesign: Part 2


    Jose Bowen: Technology and E-Communication for Student Engagement

    November 1, 2012

    BowenJoseTo access the password-protected videos, please contact Kindra Degenhardt in the Provost’s Office at 785-628-5534.

    Jose Bowen: Part 1    Jose Bowen: Part 2    Jose Bowen: Part 3

    Dr. Jose Bowen, Dean of the Meadows College of Arts at Southern Methodist University, spoke to the campus community and shared his thoughts about effective teaching in the modern classroom. His book, “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning” highlights his beliefs about technology outside of the classroom. If students properly utilize technology outside of the classroom, they are bound for a more engaging discussion once they return to class.

    Bowen also hosted three workshops while he was on campus.  At these workshops, he focused on the importance of face-to-face interaction for students and teachers, how technology is only as effective as the larger content to which it derives, and that technology is still best utilized outside of the classroom.


    Anya Kamenetz: DIY  U

    April 12, 2012IMG_9777

    Anya Kamenetz, author and columnist, was the third speaker in the Red Balloon Project initiative to visit Fort Hays State University. She is a senior writer for Fast Company magazine, where she writes the column Life in Beta. She is also the author of two books and two e-books.  Her books include Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010) and The Edupunks Guide.  In 2010, she was named a “Game Changer in Education” by the Huffington Post. She was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Generation Debt.


      Mark Milliron: Ten Emerging Insights on Learning

      February 6, 2012

      IMG_2473Mark Milliron is the chancellor of WGU Texas and an award-winning author, orator, leader, and consultant. However, he is probably best known for exploring leadership development, future trends, learning strategies, and the human side of technology.

      Milliron has explored and studied many of the key aspects of the Red Balloon Project. He recognizes that the diverse student is going to need  a new form of instructional design. New forms of student engagement, use of technology in teaching, and distant education are reshaping the way faculty teach and students learn


    Rob Salkowitz: How Young Entrepreneurs are Changing Global Business and What it Means for Educators

    October 25, 2011

    Rob Salkowitz is an author, speaker and consultant focused on the global generation as they change the world. His first book, Generation Blend: Managing Across the Technology Age Gap (2008), held specific interests for the Red Balloon Project. His other publications, Listening to the Future: Why It’s Everybody’s Business (2009) and Young World Rising, focus on the emergence of the technology era, and how young entrepreneurs and business can harness this new technology to solve social and economic problems.

    As a successful entrepreneur, he launched seven businesses during the 1990s and is a founding partner and Director of Strategy and Content Development of MediaPlant, a digital communications firm. He also serves on the board for the non-profit company, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS).

    For more information about Rob Salkowitz, please visit his Young World Rising website.

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