MISO Survey at EDUCAUSE 2012

Last month I participated in the MISO Survey presentation at the online EDUCAUSE 2012 Annual Meeting.  Our talk was entitled, “What Faculty Need: National Insights from the MISO Survey.” Dave Consiglio presented the talk, with the rest of us manning different aspects of the online room.

This event was the third one in which a model I’ve developed, describing a library & information technology hierarchy of need that’s necessary for innovation in teaching and learning using library or IT services, was shared.  At its lower levels, the model holds up well against MISO data.  But the model crashes somehow when we look at faculty fluencies.  Dave took the opportunity in this presentation to ask participants why they felt the results seem to challenge the model.

Dave and I both feel that the model is right.  But it may be that the questions we use from the survey – where faculty rate their skills and interest in learning – may not measure what we would need to measure to prove the theory.  We hope in time to have more information to validate or help us adjust the model.

I will be writing more about the hierarchy in the coming months.  For now, the video of our presentation is available only to participants from the online conference.  In February, the video of the presentation will be publicly available.  I hope you’ll take a look.

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MISO Survey at ELI 2012 Annual Meeting

I’ll be joining others from the MISO Survey team on Wednesday, February 15, for a conversation with ELI members at the 2102 annual meeting in Austin, Texas.  Our session, “Setting the Stage for Innovation: A Discussion of Insights from the MISO Survey” will focus on how data from the MISO Survey, a web-based quantitative survey designed to measure how faculty, students, and staff view library and computing services in higher education, can be used to determine an institution’s ability to foster widespread innovation in teaching and learning.

This hour-long session is designed to be a conversation with meeting participants.  The Survey team has learned that with so much data to explore, our best presentations have been interactive ones, with questions and discussions offered by the team and participants.  This should be a highly interactive event, and I’ll be especially curious to see how interaction with online session participants goes.

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MISO Survey at AAC&U

I will join Dave Consiglio from Bryn Mawr College and Josh Wilson from Brandeis University for a MISO Survey presentation at this year’s annual conference for the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).  The conference theme is “Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees.”

Our presentation, which takes place on Friday, January 28, from 4:15-5:30, is entitled “Positioning Library & IT Services for Student Success.”  Here’s the session description from the program:

Information and technology are strategic elements of any global institution’s infrastructure.  Increasingly, undergraduates take online resources for granted and consider support services to be less and less valuable.  When positioning for student success while grappling with budget constraints, institutions need evidence to support their decisions. This presentation will analyze data collected by the MISO Survey from 18,000 undergraduates at 38 institutions between 2005 and 2010.

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…a blank page, or canvas.  The challenge: bring order to the whole through design, composition, balance, light, and harmony.

George Seurat in Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George

I’ve punted Drupal as my web site’s content system.  It’s the Swiss Army Knife of the open source web content engines, but it turns out my needs aren’t so complicated.  Instead I’ve switched over to WordPress, which powers a number of other sites I support.  Pages and posts: simple enough.

I’ll be fleshing out the site over the course of the upcoming Winter Break.  Since there isn’t much apparent activity on my public web sites, I doubt this will matter much to anyone.

Happy holidays to everyone!

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