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“Communication, collaboration, and publishing” demos at technology showcase March 13

(Author’s note:  This is the fourth in a series about the faculty demonstrations scheduled for K-State’s technology showcase March 13. Information is excerpted from the complete list of faculty demonstrations on the ksushowcase.wordpress.com website.)  

The Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase is 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. All faculty/staff are invited to attend free and see demos, visit with vendors, and win prizes. Pre-registration is required at ksushowcase.wordpress.com/registration and closes March 9.


Communication, collaboration, and publishing are more important than ever in the age of technology.  These faculty demonstrations March 13 will show tools, techniques, strategies and resources to enhance information sharing and publication.

Using Digital Media for Collaborative Learning — See examples of tools and techniques for bringing the world to the classroom and the classroom to the world. Topics include writing for a global audience, new media literacy, the impact of digital media upon traditional education and the workplace, and online digital ethnographic research.

Using Flexbooks to Supplement/Replace the Traditional Textbook — Open educational resources (OER) provide free or lower cost alternatives to textbooks, where prices are increasing and students are slower to buy. This demo will show K-State’s  Human Nutrition (HN 400) Flexbook (goo.gl/vOAnR) made in Google Docs. Learn what the flexbook is, how it was developed, students’ perceptions of it, and see this recent article.

Adobe Connect / Video Streaming  (Internet-based communications tools) — Adobe Connect is used for online webinars, research collaboration, teaching at a distance, and as an online meeting tool.  Video streaming offers opportunities for live broadcasts of seminars, workshops, and special guest speakers, plus recordings for playback.

Digital English for International Students — Online interaction and collaboration has become a common element in our students’ university careers.  See how students learn Web 2.0 tools and strategies for working effectively in multicultural environments, using K-State Online message boards, blogs, Google Docs, YouTube, and VoiceThread.  A final project will be posted on ElateWiki, a national award-winning wiki created at K-State.

K-State Research Exchange (KREx) — This resource provides a safe, permanent, open access digital archive in which faculty can deposit their journal articles, book chapters, and other scholarly work. K-REx is indexed by Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines, so having an item in K-REx greatly increases access to and the potential readership of a publication. More than 200 K-State faculty have deposited their work in K-REx, and those items have been downloaded thousands of times.  Learn how K-REx can increase the impact of faculty’s scholarly work. Visit K-REx at krex.ksu.edu.

About Betsy Edwards

• Web/information specialist in Information Technology Services • Editor/writer, K-State IT communications • IT News blog moderator • ETDR specialist