Ed tech on speed. Ed tech at speed.
One of the more1 overlooked aspects of working with faculty around technology integration is speed- that is moving quickly from an idea/dream to working functional reality. Joy/playfulness is high on that list as well (and probably plays into speed) but I’ll focus on speed for the moment. It’s essential that working with a faculty development/ed tech group be the antithesis of the many monumentally lethargic interactions that characterize other institutional engagements. It ought to be agile. It has to be energizing.
“If we have an idea, 10 minutes later we’re trying it out,” Mika says. “It’s like improv.”
I think that’s why WordPress has been so successful- it’s a flexible (but not overwhelming) platform that gets you 90% of the way to most destinations really quickly. It’s been interesting to see the possibilities around speed and flexibility keep moving. Talking to Tim Owens the other day about Sandstorm and the ability to spin up virtual just-about-everythings in the blink of an eye and maybe only for the moment. This is the opposite of the pattern of movement that has typically occurred in institutions.
To that end, I’m playing with this NMC session description that focuses on the things we’ve been using to get things done quickly.
A campy, meme-ified, high-speed exploration focused on building all kinds of interactive web content with (rather than for) faculty and doing it FAST. Ed tech on speed. Ed tech at speed. Turn ideas into functioning sites in an hour or less. We’ll go heavy on WordPress and explore flexible and reusable design patterns, magical plugins, and look at lots of example sites we’ve released into the wild. Beauty, power, data, and towering majesty are at your beck and call. FERPA questions will not be entertained.