Academic Commons is a web community of faculty, technologists, and
librarians to critically examine the relationships between technology,
disciplinary education, and liberal arts eduction, to document
innovations, and to foster and enable collaboration. Launches Winter
As part of a collaborative Mellon-funded grant, we are building
Information Literacy Modules that will be stored with LoLa (see below.)
LoLa, which stands for Learning Objects, Learning Activities, is a
learning object referatory that stores metadata about learning objects
developed for use in liberal arts education. We are in the process of
building editorial workflow and discipline-based collections into the
system, as well as exporting LoLa's holdings into an OAI (open archive
initiative) server to interact with OCLC's WorldCat, Merlot, and other
national and international repositories. A complete development plan is
The goal of the Department Collections project is to create a tool for
academic and administrative departments at Wesleyan to allow them to
manage and make visible to the Wesleyan community library resources that
they have within their departments.
Academic Computing Services Roadmap
The ACS Roadmap provides a vehicle for us to share our plans both
internally within Information Technology Services, and to the broader
Wesleyan community. It also provides an opportunity to think
strategically about the future of our services.
We are re-engineering how we approach learning object development with a
goal of separating the process into six quite distinct phases --
specification, design, production, testing, metadata creation, use &
assessement -- and the creation of a new role of project manager for
We are creating 'recipes' for deploying a variety of assessment and
evaluation tools within the lifecycle of all of our learning object
projects, including usage statistics, surveys, focus groups, and the
creation of assignments that can be linked to the learning objective of
the learning object.
The Library, ITS, and the newly formed Office of Student Academic
Resources have begun preliminary planning for the construction of an
Information Commons in the main reference area of Olin Library.
Academic Web Architecture asks the question: how should our network
resources be organized to allow for our faculty and students to do their
Changes in technology and the business of scholarly publishing mean that
even small schools need to develop a strategy for how to manage
scholarly communications on campus. We've started a project to think
about the appropriate strategy for Wesleyan to pursue.
We are exploring developing a workshop after Finals and before
Commencement that would provide an opportunity for faculty to
collaborate with technologists, librarians, and the Faculty Career
Arts Teaching Spaces
As part of an initiative to ensure that the Arts faculty have access to
appropriate technologies, we are moving our Arts Media Lab to Building L
and creating next to it a Studio Classroom.
|Ethnography of Student
As part of our planning for the creation of the Information Commons, we
are planning to do ethnographic research on the information gathering
and usage habits of Wesleyan undergraduates.
As a means of documenting the history of ITS projects, and to share some
of our successes with our partners, we are creating posters to put in
our hallways and to give to our partners.