Lin, Ivan and I have completed our data analysis. For complete details, please download our handouts in PDF format. Our main observations include:
The rooms are being heavily booked by students and staff and rarely booked by regular faculty
EDD Students book rooms at higher rates compared to other student groups (i.e. - MA or PHD students)
The programs that use the rooms most heavily are the groups concerned with Organizations (Organizational Psychology and Organization & Leadership), followed by Adult Ed and TEOSL
30% of people booking rooms live within walking dista...
This is a "what we noticed" list, not necessarily a set of problems:
1. some student groups block long periods of time on multiple days -- currently "AGXB," regression analysis, dissertation group X.
2. there are many "repeaters" on the system -- i.e., the total number of unique reservers might be interesting to count
3. student groups are registered in one name only -- that is, the system doesn't record who else will be in the room.
4. sometimes reserved rooms aren't being used (like when the principal's group vacated multiple small rooms to go outside and take advantage of the ni...
I thought "room reservations" was too limited a concept for the Wow Factor we ned so I tried a Google search: "meeting services" software reviews and found:
Facility Scheduling Software from Business-Software-Guide.com:
Top 5 Facility Scheduling Software
"We have reviewed the following Facility Scheduling software packages. They tend to be the most popular in their categories or have the most complete feature sets. There may be other excellent software packages that we have not listed he...
I skulked around for an hour this afternoon (from 3:15 until about 4:15), resisting the feeling that I was monitoring compliance because, overall, things in that hour were not as they were "supposed to be."
The good news is that, until 4:00, almost all rooms were in use and, for the most part, they weren't study carrels. People were working together. AS best I could suss out, only two were being used for their reserved purpose -- a staff meeting in 202 reserved by Medina and an applied regression study group meeting, though only one member had shown up when I was there. All others were poa...
"Be fair. Your ad didn't mention the duck."
Other ideas? All entries are due this Sunday night. I promise. We'll split the prize.
This link is to the Institute of Museum and Library Services website and, in particular, a description of the grant opportunities I think might be particularly appropriate for us.
These are the briefest of the description versions. You can download the pdf (bottom of the page) for much fuller accounts. I looked at what was funded last year. The projects were not especially innovative or imaginitive -- not in ways the opportunities would seem to invite.
I'd welcome thoughts about this. The earliest deadline is not until Feb.1, but a suc...
Has anyone had time to review any literature on what makes a group effective if the task requires new solutions? I think of it as deriving from the field of social psychology and I know it is vast and, to me, fascinating. The most recent thing I have read on the subject is _The Wisdom of Crowds_. It's a book that argues that the many are smarter than the few, but only under certain conditions. The purest form of group smarts is when a very heterogenous group makes independent judgments about a very concrete question -- the weight of a bull at a county fair -- so one of the conditions of a work...
It is now clear that Scott Adams is somehow monitoring our edLab meetings. See for yourself.
What can we do to be more service-oriented? I was at Starbucks this weekend, and someone got their drink before me, even though they were behind me in line. When the Starbucks employee realized her mistake, she immediately gave me my four dollar drink for free, even though I didn't express any indignation at having to wait an extra thirty seconds for my latte. Will this make me choose Starbucks in the future if I can get the same drink at Wal-Mart for one dollar? I don't know.
Even though I don't really have anything to support this claim, I feel that service and design are going to become ...
This piece in the NY Times highlights the growing possibilities for online instruction afforded by better video conferencing tools and more robust network connections. The article deals with new technologies for video conferencing, but the example used is distance guitar instruction.