Learning Design Summer Camp 2009 (Session 2)

Uploaded by psutlt on 07.06.2012

Learning spaces so basically I thought about where I learned whenever I was
a student and it was in places that wasn't necessarily
the classroom. There were group meeting rooms in the library, which
I used quite a lot too, they're by the reserve reading rooms.
Those can be scheduled. We met in cafes and you know downtown
in restaurants and that sort of thing. You'll always see people in Starbucks.
You'll always see people in Irving's who have their laptops open and their learning.
The Hub, I mean I've taken some pictures of the Hub, and you'll see students
all over the place meeting for you know student
clubs and that sort of thing. They're meeting with their study groups. They're meeting
to organize Thon. That sort of thing. Residence halls have
study areas. They're also the commons buildings, which
are attached to each of them where you can get again food, wireless internet access
and there are some kind of essential key components to make them popular. But also
classroom hallways. On the way out of a building, you'll just meet and talk with your team.
Divide tasks and then move on from that space.
So we were charged with finding examples of learning spaces
around the university, and I don't just mean at University Park, the other campuses
were under consideration as well, to identify features that make them
successful. In other words, watch where the students go, and then
kind of note what makes those individual sites successful.
And then identify needs for additional spaces around campus.
So the result, and I'll get to this first, just in case
I don't get to the end of my document. We have a reports area
on the TLT website. tltits@psu.edu/
about/reports or if you just go to this website just
click on about and you'll see the reports there. But it's probably about
fourteen pages long. Includes lots of pictures. But descriptions
of what makes sites popular and needs and that
sort of thing. All right, so here's Willard, can I get
collective boo from everyone? Ok, awesome.
So you might not be able to see this very well in the hallway, but this is a very
common vision for Willard. Does anybody
spend a lot of time in Willard? Ok, a few people here.
You'll often see students just sitting in the hallways. Because they really don't have
any place else to sit. And they have their books open. They have their laptops open.
Their trying to track Facebook or whatever between classes.
The seating there isn't very comfortable. Students are sticking their legs out and other students
are walking by and stepping over them. It's not very safe.
It can get really dirty in there. Especially in the winter.
So, I mean, that's one of the places that we want to perhaps expand to.
But you're in Kern today, can I get a collective yay?
Yay! Awesome! Ok, so Kern
has access to food. You can normally see people
reading newspapers that sort of thing getting on the wireless. You are here
in the auditorium. But it is a very convenient
space and it is very heavily used by graduate students.
Especially when the cafes open. Whenever the cafe isn't open then
it's almost like a no man's land in here. In Pollock building,
they have collaborative learning spaces that are sponsored by ITS.
And these typically include like a cubicle type setting with
a little bit of privacy here. These are not stage shots at all. I just went in
with my point and click camera and took some of these pictures. And you'll see these on
the screen savers on ITS lab machines. But this was a group
of five students who were going over some research and pulling up PDF documents
from the library on a big monitor where they could all read through them
and discuss them. So that was
pretty cool to see. Ann McLaren was showing off her
space in the Sparks Learning Center. Is Ann still here?
Oh, there you are.
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Thanks Ann! It's the curse.
For embarrassing other people. In a lot of these pictures you'll see members of the
informal learning spaces team. Just because that's when we were all there taking pictures.
So we met in each of these spaces and moved the meetings around campus
and you know examined each one and looked at the unique characteristics.
The one thing I really like about this space is that they've set it up
to be very student centered. And the art work on the walls is actually
student art work. But it's a very you know comfortable low light setting
and students can meet there either in teams or with their tutors and that sort of thing.
This again is the Hub, where if you look
down the
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Still working. Ok, next up is
Emily Rimland and on deck in Matt Meyer.
Good afternoon! I'm Emily, I work at the library. I'm here to talk to you
about RefWorks.
Ok, I'll try
and use my teacher voice if this goes out.
A show of hands. How many of you are familiar with Delicious? Ok, how many of you are familiar
with RefWorks? Ok, like maybe half. No RefWorks.
It might help for you to think about RefWorks
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it works in a similar way as a
it's a similar collection bucket
for your citations. Your references [ inaudible ]
and so instead of collecting websites in collects citations and references
for your research.
You can access it anywhere and it's tied to your Penn State access account.
Which is tied to your computer.
So let me show you a little bit about
Is this working.
Let me show you a little bit about how it works and what it looks like.
I'm gonna login from this site this is accessible from that
LDSC 09 tag and Delicious. It's also on the
Summer Camp Wiki you can get to it that way or from libraries homepage.
This is what it looks like. I've got some citations in here.
And you can kind of summarize it as having two flows. It's got an input flow
and a output flow. The input is you pulling in references
or citations from the libraries catalog. It works with the
libraries databases. You can manually input them. It works from some other sites as well.
So once you get some things in here and they're collected
you can use the folders to organize them.
So here you can
see a couple folders I have that's similar to the tag feature in Delicious.
And once they're in here you can then output
them using a couple different mechanisms. You can have it create a bibliography for you.
Which dumps it right into Word and it's perfectly formatted
in whatever style you chose from.
You can literally choose from hundreds of styles. So there's the MLA.
The Chicago things you'd expect. But if you use a really specific style it's probably
in here. And if it's not, you can tailor your own style.
So you can output them to Word. And then another feature it has is you can share them.
And you can do that by means of
using the shared space. So I'll show you that.
This is what other people have shared on RefWorks at Penn State.
I want to show you one in particular. This one called rhetoric.
This was created by communication, arts, and science students that are
studying rhetoric. And there's over a thousand references they input
into this. And so they use it as a knowledge base for other grad students in CIS.
And they draw from it and are able to find things that way.
Another thing you can do is, you can see, you can get an RSS feed for this share.
And so you can subscribe to it that way and see what other people are adding
in a topic that you're interested in.
Lastly, I just want to mention that we're doing a small pilot this summer with CIS
100 A students. They're using this in class. And we're gonna get some feedback
and data from them about how they like it for managing their citations.
So we should have that data at the end of the summer. We are also
teaching classes in RefWorks. Beginning in the fall you can
access them through ITS training. And if you have any questions, you're welcome to ask
any of us at the library. We're happy to get you started. But I encourage you to just go to the site.
Try it out. Input some things and just give it
a test drive and see how you like it and let us know. Thanks!
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She's all excited. She got in with time. And that's what you get,
you get an applause.
See which side Matt wants to be on.
On deck is Hannah Inzko.
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my lightning round is on an application called VoiceThread.
I was a member of a hot team that just recently published the white paper
on VoiceThread work with Kim Winck, Chris Stubbs,
Cathy Holsing and Dan Berman.
Very interesting application. Part of this new wave of these presentation creation tools that are hosted
web based application.
So what I'll do is, before I get cow belled,
places to learn to more. I put three basic ones up here. VoiceThread.com itself.
If you just go there and start to go through it about five minutes you can learn enough about it.
See how it works. Open up your own account and start creating your own VoiceThreads.
The white paper itself is obviously on the TLT website.
We created the white paper and
a VoiceThread. And another place is my blog where
I've put information about it if you want to hit some other links for some other information.
Ok, it's so easy to use I'm hoping
in the five minutes that I have I'm gonna be able to demonstrate how this works.
So I'll actually go back to a basic definition.
A tool for having conversations around media. That's the definition that comes from VoiceThread themselves.
I think if you want to put a mindset around it, think of it as a group audio blog.
Because that's really how it works. You're creating a presentation and other people can comment on it
anyway they want. Being audio,
video, webcam, do it by telephone. So I'll give you
an example of that here in a minute.
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So what I'm doing now is I'm going into, I'm in my VoiceThread account
right now. Getting a VoiceThread account, they don't ask
a lot of profile information, so you can have it set up in probably less than a minute. You put an email,
password and you're ready to go.
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So I'll go into the VoiceThread that we created
for that hot team. I'm Matt Meyer.
Senior Instructional Designer here at Penn State University. I'm part of a
five member hot team. So that is, and I'll pause that. These are,
this is the meeting we created. It's just a like a basic
powerpoint slide. We actually pulled this up from powerpoint. Later we tweaked it and
made it as a gif image. You create your
profile and then you can see the comment of each person
who's commenting on media itself. So you saw me introducing it.
Here's Dan Berman he also did a webcam. I'm Dan Berman I'm a professor in the
department of classics and ancient mediterranean studies here at Penn State.
I use VoiceThread. So we use webcams.
Cathy used audio. Hi, I'm Cathy Holsing. I'm a senior instructional designer here in the
College of Liberal Arts. And Kim used text. You can use text as well.
You can also upload you're own audio file if you'd like.
If you want to comment by phone. Put in your phone number and it calls you and you can make
your comment and you can hear it. In fact I think that's exactly what Mr. Stubbs did over here.
My name is Chris Stubbs. I'm an instructional technologist for Education Technology Services.
So there's a number of ways to make these comments.
Making a comment is very easy. In fact I'll make one now.
Get to a screen there's only one comment. It was Dan Berman himself.
So I will do a webcam.

And of course it's not working right now.
I'll just save that.
And of course it's not working right now.
So it
takes a number of things that are kind of previously complicated and makes them very easy in this interface.
That's the strength of it.
So hopefully I can get over to, I'll cancel this,
and now I'll show you how easy to create one.
This is the interface. You want to create your own presentation, go pick an image.
Pulls it in.
I'll be it slowly.

And as you can see from the interface. You can pull things in from Flickr or Facebook accounts.
And I've done that and it's very smooth.
And I'll show you what it's like to take it for a powerpoint.

And it's gonna pull on two sample slides.
So now I can go, I'll skip
saving it.
And we have your powerpoint slides. [ bell ringing ]
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It always works.

So next up is Hannah and Brett
you are officially on deck.
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Ok, I'm gonna talk
a little bit about the pre-conference workshop that
Digital Commons did on Digital Literacy.
We use a program called Kaltura, which was talked about a little bit earlier, so I'm not gonna
go into how to actually use the program per se, but
how we used it in the workshop. We had thirty-six attendees
for this workshop, which is one of most highly attended workshops we've taught.
We've done these digital storytelling workshops in the past.
Where we wanted to combine different pieces of software that we support
at Digital Commons and show people how to create stories.
This one, thirty-six attendees, we had twelve computers. It took four hours
and we had an amazing amount of fun and stories
that were told. All right some of the questions we wanted tackle.
How do you find good information? How do you know
what you can use? And how do you share what you've learned?
We worked with libraries on this workshop.
We used the library resources to find the images and the audio that we used.
one of the library resources that we used, Ellysa Cahoy, walked
the group through how to search for AP images through the library.
Ones that we're able to use that are licensed for people who
go to Penn State who work here. We also use Flickr for some of those who
wanted to use that resource. And then we got into
Kaltura a little bit. Once you went through and you chose all the photos that you wanted to use
we went into the Digital Commons where we have a built in module
to access Kaltura. And we're able to upload the images that we saved
onto our desktop. And this is what the interface looked like. And Cole went over this a little bit
earlier. Really, really easy to use. Once your images up there you
can start creating your movie right in Kaltura. Making titles
transitions and then you can also record your voice right in there,
which is what a lot of people did. I'm running through these so that we can actually watch one.
And then we've started a
page in Digital Commons where we have a gallery of different
videos that have been created using this program. And we're gonna watch one of them.
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[ music ] I hope they don't mind, I'm gonna skip
through a little bit of the first couple titles up there for awhile.
[ music ]
In 1952 two historic events occurred. The border between
East and West Germany was closed in May. Paving the way for the Berlin Wall
and in Baltimore Maryland a star was born. Two complicated histories were intertwined
in ways both mysterious and thrilling. Culminating an incendiary world
event. Nearly a decade later on July 25th, 1961
President John F. Kennedy gave a speech just days before the border between
East and West Berlin was closed. He stressed the need for NATO countries to hold onto
West Berlin. And says, any Soviet attack on Berlin would be equivalent to an attack
on NATO. Those who threatened to unleash the forces of war and the dispute over
West Berlin should recall the words of the ancient philosopher. A man who
causes fear, can not be free from fear. On August
13th, 1961, the Berlin border between East and West Berlin was closed.
A day later the Brannenburg Gate closed as well. The zonal boundary
was sealed by East German troops with barriers of barbed wire
and light fencing that eventually became a complex series of walls
fortified fences, gun positions and watch towers heavily guarded and patrolled.
In the end the Berlin Wall was ninety-six miles long and an average height of 11.8 feet.
There were some five thousand successful escapes into West Berlin.
On June 26th, 1963 President John F. Kennedy visits
Berlin and declares Ich bin ein Berliner. Coming from
central european [ inaudible ] and being fluent in German it isn't such a stretch that I
emphasize with this stance. Ich bern der hoff, David Hasselhoff,
at the time I had not achieve Kennedy like fame. I was only a fledgling star
just embarking on my singing, song writing and acting career. Not expecting that
I'm only gonna pause it because I want you guys to go and watch these on
the website. Which is digitalcommons.psu.edu/remixgallery.
But I wanted to stress that all of the information that we got
was through library resources. We were able to inspire them to
give the videos a voice. We wanted them to tell a story
research all of the information. They needed to put the story together and do
everything online. So it alleviates that need to be in front
of a Digital Commons computer in order to get these videos done. So I thought that that was
really important and I wanted to encourage everybody to go check out the videos. That's it.
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Next up is
Brett Bixler and Chris Millet is officially on deck.
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Ok, everyone I just wanted to
do a quick overview of the EGC and where we are we today.
So I'll start out and I'll just talk a little bit about what is EGC.
And I'm not gonna read all that stuff to you. It's all up on the website.
But really what we're trying to do is we are trying to form a community of users between
faculty, staff and students. So that's kind of
unique because we started with that from the very beginning. We really want that mix
involved in there. So who's involved right now?
Well right now, we have the EGC team, which is myself,
Bart Pursel, Chris, you know, Jason Wolfe he's our programmer.
Just an amazing programmer. And we also have an
intern from IST this summer that will probably carry through in the fall
at a lesser capacity, Jason Kaveney. So we also
have some engagements events we're working with right now. We started some engagement projects this year.
We're working with Mary Shoemaker and Bim Angst and I'll talk about them in a little bit.
And we also have a large number of
affiliates that's growing every day. Peter Idowu who you've already heard of.
He did Ecoracer. Steve Thorne is
just amazing. If you ever get a chance to hear Steve.
Sometimes I actually understand what he's saying. So where are we?
Well we're in a couple of places. First of all, physically, we're down in ETS of course.
But we have a couple of sites. Gaming.psu.edu is
a place where we have blog and a community set up and so on. We're also on Facebook.
If you go and do a search on Facebook for Educational Gaming Commons.
I actually have about a hundred and twenty folks that are in that group. And that group is
growing. And we plan on leveraging the strength of that type of community
for doing some brainstorming activities. And maybe helping us out with some prototypes
of some future games that we build. And we also have a lab.
So let's talk about the lab a little bit here.
And I know it's a little blurry. I know you can see, but the labs
in Findley 6A, which is in East Halls, it will have it's
official opening fall semester. But we're gonna do a soft roll out here in a couple
of weeks. It is almost finished. And it's really awesome. You come in and
you can see at the bottom here there will
tables there and there will be eight computers on there. Those computers will have
be pre-loaded with a number of games that the faculty have asked for.
So it's just like a standard lab. Then in the back part of the room we
have three consoles. We'll have a Wii, a Playstation and an Xbox.
And that area we just have a bunch of bean bag chairs in there. And there we a couple folks
that we went down last night. We just threw the bean bags out and we all sat around in a circle. It was really cool.
Other things that are in there. There's an overhead projector. There's a whiteboard. There's a screen.
There's five LCD's in there. And those LCD's are all hooked together
through a video switching system. So you can output from any computer
any monitor or any console to any or all of
the LCD's and/or the overhead projector. And it's not just video, it's sound. So when
you get in there and you pump that stuff all around. It's really amazing. And I can imagine
this lab will be interesting for not only gaming research, but also other types
of media possibly.
So let's take a look at some of the games that we have. That we've already developed.
You probably already heard of Ecoracer. It's a game that we developed with Peter Idowu.
To demonstrate not just
you know it's not just a racing game, but it's really about different types of
energy use and how to get the most bang for your buck out of using different types
of energy with the least amount of environmental impact.
We also have one that maybe don't know about. This is kind of just straight old
drill and practice game. But it's kind of cool. It's a standard old hangman and the thing that's
nice is you can go in. There's an interface set up for faculty. They can specify
the class that it's for. They can put their own stuff into it.
And then the kids come in, students can come in and use it
for drill and practice. We also have our version of Jeopardy.
Which we called Peril to avoid any kind of issues. Same type of idea. You come in
then you set up a class. You set up your questions. You send the kids to the website
and away it goes. And it keeps track of everything through PHP and a backend database.
So kids can on the leader boards and see what they're doing and so on.
We also have, it's not just about
gaming for the Educational Gaming Commons, it's also about simulations of virtual worlds.
So we actually have a growing number
of islands in Second Life, which it seems to be our mainstay right now.
The EGC is responsible for three of them. Penn State Isle,
Isle 2 and Isle 3. Berks also has an island.
IST has two and World Campus has two. So we've clustered them all together
and the neat thing about virtual islands is you can move them. So we clustered them all together.
And there's all sorts of things going on in there all the time. It's just amazing every time
I go in there, I'm just amazed by what some of the faculty are doing in there.
I mentioned a little bit about the
engagement projects. [ bell ringing ]
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I did not.
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Next up is Chris Millet and
Stevie you are on deck. All right I'm gonna
talk to you guys about Geoblogging a little bit.
Hopefully give you some information about how to start a geoblog for yourself
at Penn State. And talk a little bit about why you would want to do it.
So essentially what a geoblog is, is blogging with some
information, some geographical information attached to it.
Essentially posting within your blog and attaching maybe where you are at any particular moment.
Give you a sense of how you might want
to geoblog yourself. The first example
is actually something that's happening at Penn State starting in the fall, which is study abroad
geoblog. And I've been working with the study abroad program here
at Penn State to actually require students that are studying abroad
that are receiving a scholarship from the university to actually
have to geoblog. So students that are blogging all across
the world are actually using this technology to sort of plot
their blogs onto a map. So that other students that are interested and study abroad
can actually surf all the blogs
that the students are producing through a map interface. So that's just one example
of a geoblog that's gonna be happening probably in the fall or the spring.
Some other examples, probably the easiest one to get your head wrapped around,
is a travel blog. So if I'm going on vacation I want to kind of make some
observations or reflections about where I've been traveling so posting
and then plotting those posts onto a map. Historical narrative like we did at the digital
storytelling workshop than maybe through a blog and actually
telling a piece of history, but using blogs
and a map interface. Another good one is field research. So maybe if you're
doing some geography research
and you're traveling around Pennsylvania and then creating posts on various
rock formations and things that you're learning about. So I'm gonna
show you exactly what all this looks like. This is a travel blog. I was just on vacation
a couple weeks ago and this is my
Penn State blog looks very similar to a regular Penn State blog, but
you'll notice a little map widget up in the upper right corner.
And what that map does, if you click on it, it pops open a bigger map that shows
all my blog posts as I'm going along in this trip.
Then as you click on each of those little
pins right there, we actually get us a snippet from my blog.
And then you can click into the entry and see the entry.
That's actually my entry when I proposed to April.
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We're geeks
yeah, yeah, yeah! Ok, so this is basically what it looks like. And an important thing that
if we want students to do this, it obviously needs to be, we talked about the technology being really easy.
And so when I post my post here there's a little geo
thing. So right when I'm adding my tags I can just add location. And it's real simple
location format. Like if you're doing a search on
Google Maps you could just search for restaurants in Ohio
and it pops something up. So students would be able to enter these sort of simple addresses into their posts.
And real quickly geo tag them. So really, really easy to do. This is something that you guys
can do. I wanted to share with you some links. If you want to learn
how to do this yourself. That very first link, tinyurl.com/psugeoblog
go there. I wrote a whole tutorial up on how to do it.
One really neat thing is that this uses the Penn State blog system.
And I hope this is a really good example of how you can extend the Penn State blog system to
really do really neat things like this. If I have a second I
can show you what the education abroad
geoblog is gonna start to look like. This is where all students are.
basically across the world right now, blogging in each one of these little
guys represents a student in their particular country and you can
click in and then see what that students posting about.
this is the one that I created. And what this is
using GEORSS. So I basically I added a little bit of information to the RSS feed
for my blog that has this location information that I'm adding. And then something like Google
Maps where Google Maps can take that information and say, awe, that's where this post goes.
and then you have this kind of real nice interactive map. So instead of having to
navigate through my posts with the blogging interface I can actually
do it through a map and kind of add an extra level of information.
So some of the reasons why you might want to do a geoblog, provides
visual and geographic navigation of the contents instead of kind of just
chronologically viewing your content. You can actually use
the map in more of visual interface.
Puts a little bit geographical context. So sort of extra level of meaning.
So in addition to the kind of content that's been post there's that informational
meaning so you can make connections between where somebody's posting as opposed to
just actually the content that's in the body of the post.
[ bell ringing ] And that's it.
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Chris can I get rid of this?

Stevie Rocco is up and Cole is on deck.
He's finishing typing
right now. Who is? Cole doing his presentation.
Ok, I'm here to talk to you about the Rubrikit.
And I'm gonna show you a finished version of it, which is accessible on the Penn State
online site. Which is called web learning at Penn State. You'll never forget the url
if you say, we be learnin'.
Put the g on it and you're good. Basically the Rubrikit
was a project that was developed at the grassroots level. There was no funding for
this. There was no manager of this. It was just a bunch of us that got together and decided
to put something together based on Kyle Peck's work on rubrics.
We saw the tool that he was using and we were learning
flex at the time and we said, oh, I think we can do something really cool with this.
We got together and a bunch of us just informally developed
this rubric tool. And right now it's sitting on this
website and it is just here to help faculty members
self assess as to whether or not they're ready to do online teaching.
I can't type and talk at the same time, clearly.
It's work Carol McQuiggan did
with a group for Penn State online through coordinating counsel. They
created the rubric. All we did was create the technology to make this work.
So you put your first name in, your last name in and your email in and you can use
any email. It doesn't have to be a PSU domain. And you come up with this
Flash interface where you can click in the areas.
The scroll bar works on your mouse. So that if you're one of those people that scrolls down
it keeps track of how many questions you've answered. I'm just sort of answering
randomly. You can go in and take a look at the rubric itself. It's pretty
good, I think. But basically it helps
faculty members figure out whether or not they're ready to teach online.
When you're done, you click finished and
it gives you your results. Now the nice thing about this is you get your results
and your feedback and you can sort by score. This is your major
score at the end and gives you some general feedback. There are also some
links in here. As of right now, those links
don't look like they go anywhere, but they actually do.
It's a matter of the formatting. So if I click on this,
Wikipedia it will actually take me there, but it's
not underlined like a regular link would be. The whole
point for this rubric kit was to help Carol
to do a presentation at Sloan, but it ended up
being so useful so that we ended up putting in on the site.
We were also taking a look at uses for this for other things. What I'd like
to eventually do is see if we can, from the grassroots level,
create a kind of a rubric tool where faculty members and others could
create rubrics, share them and have a feedback bank so that
they could, you know how you put the same comment on each piece of paper,
you know you would have a feedback bank so that you could like use your comments over
again if you needed to. Right now it works to
for this particular type of rubric or even a checklist rubric,
and it will email the feedback. So one of the professors that I was talking to
has actually asked us to modify it so it emails the feedback to her.
And then she'll compile it for the students. So we're continuing work on
this and if there's anybody interested in helping out with it, just talk to me afterward.
That's it. [ applause ]

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He's cheating with his own timer up here.
Thanks Erin!
This timer doesn't start until this [ expletive ] shows up. Just so you know that.
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So is this supposed to just come on?
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I did, I pushed number two.
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This is an awesome presentation too.
Like my mouse stopped moving.
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So that's horizontal conversations.
Yeah, my computer completely crapped the bed.
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All right everybody.
Cole is going to fix whatever technical voodoos going on here.
The coffee place is about to close
so we'll get the break in. The last chance to use your card. And we'll meet back here
around like twoish, two.
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