a month ago
A bold title? Not when you're talking about the Smith Learning Theater. In Gary's words, it "underscores our commitment to producing unconventionally collaborative, custom-designed, authentic learning experiences that are playful, valuable, and inspiring."With our Grand Opening this week, join us for An Out-of-this-World Learning Theater Experience—2PM Monday, Tuesday, and Friday....
3 months ago
Next Thursday, the Library is kicking off its fall series of Learning Theater orientation events, titled, "An Out-of-this-World Learning Theater Experience."We would LOVE for anyone at the library who did not attend the June 23rd version of this event to experience it! Also: we invite you to bring your friends and family (13 years or older).If you can't make it, or don't get a seat (limited to 24 per show), don't fret! Starting again in late September, there ...
Hiya Edlab. I'm writing a short essay on AR versus VR—trying to chart out some ideas about how the Leraning Theater relates to this spectrum. I left some notes over on my blog. Please let me know if you have any favorite articles on the comparisons between these two approaches to creating content-rich, "immersive" experience as applied in general or to education more specific...
9 months ago
Our XMA partner Debra Noumair suggested this video: A spectrum of space
9 months ago
The atmosphere of suspicion and insecurity created by the undermining of truth provides the perfect environment for President Trump’s recent actions on immigration. The American university’s future, indeed its most fundamental reason for being, is imperiled by a government that constructs walls on the Mexican border, restricts Muslim immigrants and denigrates the idea of America as a destination for refugees. Read the whole opinion piece for an interesting take on t...
a year ago
Just sharing some ideas about what we're up to as we prepare to roll out the new "Learning Theater" service to the TC community (and beyond!): see my post over on my Pressible site, Art as Work.
a year ago
Valerie Aurora, Mary Gardiner, and Leigh Honeywell have co-authored a great blog post "No more rock stars: how to stop abuse in tech communities". The article is aimed at the "tech community" and how it can better support women. It's also a great read on making more supportive, collaborative, creative teams. It's probably worth taking another look at Godin's Linchpin with ideas from this article, and see how it holds up against the "rock star" metaphor...
a year ago
As part of managing Learning Theater events, I expect we will use checklists. Checklists are critical for accomplishing complex tasks efficiently and with a high degree of accuracy. But of course there are bad and good checklists. Ideally, we'd be able to not only manage personal checklists (which I rely on every day!), but shared checklists with the ability to share tasks and accurately communicate about who completed a task and when. Redbooth is an example of an online software solution that allows for this. But Redbo...
2 years ago
Fig. 1 I've been perusing marketing and customer service literature lately to reflect on the upcoming patron/learner/audience experience (PLAX??) in the theater. A takeaway I have from this reading is that a huge challenge of the theater will be feeling comfortable (as staff) with the scarcity of access the overall community will have to this new space. See Figure 1 for a meditation on scarcity! [read more]