Pre-Conference Meetings, Fri., Nov 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pre-Conference Meetings, Fri., Nov 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Postby Randall Tan » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:45 am

The Global Education & Research Technology (GERT) section at SBL is organizing additional meetings on Friday, Nov 22, 2013, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., just prior to the start of the SBL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. This is in addition to our two normally-scheduled sessions during SBL (for details on those sessions, please see http://biblicalhumanities.org/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=107).

We have an informal agenda & meeting structure with distinct topics for each hour:

    9:00-9:50 a.m. Putting Global Educational Resources on the Agenda
    10:00-10:50 a.m. Open Global Language Research & Language Learning Resources
    11:00-11:50 a.m. Moodle Systems for Open Global Education
    12:00-12:50 p.m. Setting a New Open Global Agenda
    1:00-1:50 p.m. Emerging Technologies, Universities, & Open Global Learning
    Shortly after the last session, by 2 p.m., join optional group(s) focusing on a new open global agenda(s) heading for a late lunch
We invite you to join us for the whole of our meeting or for any part that interests you.

The venue we are renting is the 5th floor boardroom of the Lutheran Center, headquarters to Lutheran World Relief as well as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, at 700 Light Street, Baltimore, MD United States 21230. The Lutheran Center is an architecturally-distinctive, centrally-located building about half a mile (approximately 15 minutes walk) from the Baltimore Convention Center. For directions, please see http://lwr.org/directions.

In accordance with the normal procedure of our gracious hosts, all guests at the Lutheran Center must sign in at the front desk & proceed to the security desk upon arrival to be guided to the boardroom. Please identify yourself as attending the Global Education & Research Technology (GERT) meetings. For more information about & to support the work of our gracious hosts, please check out http://lwr.org & http://www.lirs.org.
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More Details on Pre-Conference Sessions

Postby Randall Tan » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:49 pm

The following are tentative short descriptions of the more specific program for each topic for our pre-conference meetings in Baltimore on Friday, Nov 22, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.:

    9.00-9:50 a.m. Nicolai Wither-Nielsen will lead a discussion on the topic “Putting Global Educational Resources on the Agenda,” with a presentation on “Hebrew Teachers' Collaboration on Bible Online Learner.”
    This session will demonstrate and discuss how http://bibleol.3bmoodle.dk/ can be used as a common platform for sharing teaching material and enhancing existing courses. From January 2014 Google login will give access to complete profiles of learners' practice and proficiency and the system will support guidance of learners. We already offer an open course for introductory Hebrew, but anyone can create their own solution and share with fellow Hebrew teachers. The solution can work online as well as on the PC. We will continue open user-driven development and therefore seek input on needs, interests, and resources to share in open global education.

    10:00-10:50 a.m. Jonathan Robie will lead a discussion on the topic “Open Global Language Research & Language Learning Resources,” with a presentation on "Biblicalhumanities.org: Facilitating Resources for Open Global Research & Learning for Biblical Studies."
    This session will provide an outline of what biblicalhumanities.org is doing, demonstrate some initial resources being developed, and explore as-yet-unanswered questions. Among the questions is what we can do to leverage our work to include the rest of the world, and what the rest of the world can contribute.

    11:00-11:50 a.m. Harold Kime will lead a discussion on the topic “Moodle Systems for Open Global Education,” with a presentation on “Mastery Learning Techniques for Learning New Testament Greek.”
    This session will demonstrate and discuss how mastery learning theory and techniques have been implemented in teaching New Testament Greek in the traditional classroom and online both with undergraduate and graduate students. Participants will see an actual online implementation using the Moodle LMS, will learn how to employ free language software, and will gain insights on implementing components of mastery learning into their environment.

    12:00-12:50 p.m. Randall Tan will facilitate a feedback discussion and brainstorming session on the topic “Setting a New Open Global Agenda.”
    After a brief introduction about the rationale and aims of the proposed Global Education & Research Technology section at SBL by Randall Tan, Sarah Zhang will start the conversation by giving an insider’s view on technology needs for language learning in Asia as well as review how well Nicolai Winther-Nielsen's Bible Online Learner and Harold Kime's Moodle solution implementing mastery learning techniques for learning New Testament Greek meet those needs and suggest what else still needs to be done.

    1:00-1:50 p.m. Taylor Halverson will lead a discussion on the topic “Emerging Technologies, Universities, & Open Global Learning,” with a presentation on “Accessible Tools and Accessible Scholarship: Emerging Tools”
    This session will demonstrate a variety of scripture tools currently under development at Brigham Young University. Taylor Halverson will be joined by colleagues from (1) the library discussing tagging for electronic bibliographies, (2) the Religion department demoing immersive interactive 3D ancient Jerusalem, (3) the Hebrew department, demoing a Hebrew learning tool that could complement the Moodle Bible Online Learner, (4) the Information Systems department demoing Google earth tagged scriptures, and (5) the Religion department again, discussing open learning scholarship and resources. He will close out the presentation sharing a vision of what they are attempting to do interdiscplinarily at BYU with the hope that their efforts would be useful to others nationally and internationally.

    After 2 p.m., we invite all who are able to join optional group(s) focusing on a new open global agenda(s) heading for a late lunch
Besides the listed presenters/discussion leaders for each hour above, special guests will be present (either physically or by remote conferencing) to participate both formally and informally in the sessions. We invite all who are interested in any of the above topics to come join in the conversation.
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Pre-Conference Meeting At A Glance

Postby Randall Tan » Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:05 pm

Date: Nov 22, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Venue: 5th floor boardroom of the Lutheran Center, headquarters to Lutheran World Relief as well as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Address: 700 Light Street, Baltimore, MD United States 21230
Directions from the Convention Center: Walk east (away from Camden Yards) down Conway Street or the parallel Pratt Street (depending on whether you start off on the South or North side of the convention center) and turn right onto Light Street. Go south two blocks (three blocks if you start off on Pratt Street) on Light Street and the Lutheran Center is on the right (on the corner of Key Highway and Light Street). For detailed directions & a map, please see http://lwr.org/directions.

General topic/agenda for each hour:
9:00-9:50 a.m. Putting Global Educational Resources on the Agenda
10:00-10:50 a.m. Open Global Language Research & Language Learning Resources
11:00-11:50 a.m. Moodle Systems for Open Global Education
12:00-12:50 p.m. Setting a New Open Global Agenda
1:00-1:50 p.m. Emerging Technologies, Universities, & Open Global Learning
Shortly after the last session, by 2 p.m., join optional group(s) focusing on a new open global agenda(s) heading for a late lunch

Some will be going over early &/or staying for the whole time from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Some will only join us for a part of the meeting, including some arriving only for the 1 p.m. session. Some will be joining us by remote conferencing using Google Hangout. All are welcome.

All guests at the Lutheran Center must sign in at the front desk & proceed to the security desk upon arrival to be guided to the boardroom. Please identify yourself as attending the Global Education & Research Technology (GERT) meetings.

Some of us are going over early to make sure everything is set up. We are meeting between 8:10-8:15 a.m. at the lobby of the Hilton Baltimore (by the seats beside the escalator) to walk over together to the Lutheran Center. Those who wish to join this early bird group are welcome to meet up with us there at that time (we will start walking over at 8:15 a.m.)
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Re: Pre-Conference Meetings, Fri., Nov 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Postby Randall Tan » Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:14 pm

We had excellent presentations & lively discussion at our pre-conference meeting.

The Lutheran Center 5th floor boardroom has excellent facilities & a wonderful view--some of us even took pictures of the great panoramic view of the Inner Harbor area from there. We would definitely recommend it as a conference venue for up to 60 people.

The late-lunch was also a great success, with about a dozen people joining us & the majority continuing the conversations for 2 hours over lunch.

We're now looking to have similar success for our Saturday morning & Sunday morning SBL sessions (for details on those sessions, please see http://biblicalhumanities.org/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=107).
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