The Khan Academy
by L. Miller-Wietecha
The Khan Academy has won top educational awards, been profiled on national television and has become a key element in high school and college classes around the world. But the Academy’s creator, Salman Khan, is not resting on his laurels. Khan graduated from MIT in 1998 and has launched a new initiative called MIT+K12. As part of the collaboration, MIT students are being recruited to produce videos that will be available through the Khan academy's Web site (Khan Academy) and MIT’s designated YouTube channel.
The videos are 5- to 10 minutes long and focus on teaching the basics of engineering and science. The MIT students can select a subject they prefer or they can generate videos on topics requested by their MIT professors. Students have created approximately 75 videos so far, covering topics such as:
Ian Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, created the program to encourage more students to go into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The MIT students who participate in the program receive financial support, equipment, training, and editing services (Watch Dean Waitz’s kick off address -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtwOIOuERFc)
This program is widely considered a win-win-win-win scenario:
How might you do something similar to showcase your talent?
Social Media: Change with LinkedIn
by Marija Franetovic
I delivered a LinkedIn presentation to LTU Staff on May 17th, 2012 (attached). The presentation covered why one might want to use LinkedIn, what is unique about LinkedIn, and presented case scenarios within a university environment. Also, the development of social media strategy for a particular social media was discussed, and a number of best practices for profiles, groups and interaction through LinkedIn. Approximately two dozen people attended. Those who provided feedback said that they found the presentation informative and useful. Should your department have an interest in a customized workshop on LinkedIn or other social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org , Tracy McGhee email@example.com and Christian Forrest firstname.lastname@example.org