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Thank you!

Thank you to all our organizers and participants who made the Spring 2014 OTEL Unconference a success! We produced an amazing collection of sessions to talk, make, teach, and play with technology, teaching, and research.


  • Faculty Organizers: Abram Anders, Eve Browning, Mitra Emad, Dana Lindaman, and Dan Nolan
  • ITSS Support: Amanda Evans and Bruce Reeves
  • Keynote Presentation: Dana Lindaman and Elias Mokole with musical accompaniment by Jefferson Campbell and Linda Turpening

Thank you also to the Kathryn A. Martin Library for use of its facilities and to generous support from the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Excellence Fund, Information Technology Systems and Services, and by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

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Welcome to the OTEL Unconference

Join us at the University of Minnesota Duluth for our inaugural, faculty-organized Online and Technology-Enhanced Learning Unconference. This unconference is an opportunity for novice, intermediate, and experts educators and technologists to learn from each other in participatory and collaborative workshop and discussion sessions.

  • WHAT: OTEL Unconference
  • WHO: UMD Faculty, Staff, and Students
  • WHERE: Kathryn A. Martin Library; Rotunda (4th Floor)
  • WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014; 10am-4pm

We will provide morning and afternoon coffee breaks and sandwich refreshments over the lunch hour. Our maximum capacity is 50 attendees.

Please REGISTER TODAY to reserve a spot.  What you should do next:

  • Read About the Unconference and THATCamps
  • Propose Ideas for Sessions
  • Review the preliminary Schedule
  • See who else is attending: Participants
  • Learn the principles of unconferencing: THATCamp 101
  • Join us on Saturday, April 12th

This event has been generously supported by the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Excellence FundInformation Technology Systems and Services, and by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

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Welcome – Let’s Get Started!

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Should one play tag with a 1,200 pound animal that can run 45 mile per hour?

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Double-Dose Daily Create

My partner in Participatory Media collaborations, David Syring, and I would like to propose a play session a la DS 106. Whether you’ve ever played, worked, or taught in the realm of digital storytelling, this session will send you out – twice! – on a Daily Create mission. Multi-media options (including drawing, writing, photography, audio-recording, and video) available for each Create.  We’ll share our creations and discuss how such an assignment might be used in classes.

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Michael Wesch and helping students become “knowledge-able”

Our fellow unconferencer, Mike Mullins, forwarded this TED Talk video from Michael Wesch. It discusses the challenges of making learning meaningful and engaging through innovative uses of technology and social media. This could spur an interesting TALK SESSION. Maybe, we could get Michael Wesch as a keynote speaker for an unconference or other event next year?

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[Keynote Presentation] Parisian Gardens in Poetry, Song, and Augmented Reality

Elias Mokole (Music) and I (French) have been collaborating on a series of poems/songs about Paris gardens that have languished in obscurity after their initial publication in the 1970s. Written by a poet in Cannes, France (Daniel Schmitt) and scored by a famous Paris composer (Marc Berthomieu) the twelve poems are of twelve different styles, each style meant to reflect the particular style of a given park. We have been exploring new and innovative ways to share our research as both scholarship and creative performance. The keynote performance will be our attempt to ”try out” some of these ideas we have for combing the two. We will also be demonstrating a new augmented reality tool that allows us to bring the parks and the poet to life right in the performance space, letting us dive deeper into the material while providing the spectator with a little something extra.

PS: If you have a smart device, please feel free to bring it.

NOTE: The keynote presentation will be held in the Rotunda from 12-1pm during lunch.

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