Graduate and Professional Student Involvement in the MOOC Experience

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Graduate and Professional Student Involvement in the MOOC Experience

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At the University of Minnesota, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) has discussed various ways in which MOOCs and other emerging technologies are transforming higher education. It is still unclear how these changes may affect the future of academics and researchers. MOOCs exemplify how a rapid change can  substantially impact a system and raise new questions. To discuss the impact of emerging technologies, GAPSA held an Open Space Technology event, trained in the practice by staff from the University-wide Center for Integrative Leadership, on April 17th, 2013, with Provost Karen Hanson. Students at the Open Space discussed various topics including:

  1. the generational differences between faculty and students,
  2. the inevitability of technological change,
  3. the differences between face to face and online environments,
  4. methods to measure student improvement and student motivation,
  5. intellectual property concerns,
  6. and the fear and possibilities brought by these changes.
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Learning with 3D Printing – Infographic from TRTG Booksprint

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Learning with Augmented Reality – Infographic from TRTG Booksprint

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Learning with Robotics – Infographic from TRTG Booksprint

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Robotics Infographic

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Utilizing MOOCs to Solve Grand Challenges or Wicked Problems

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Utilizing MOOCs to Solve Grand Challenges or Wicked Problems

April 9, 2013

Over the past year and a half, various authors have expressed their concerns about MOOCs and how they may impact the American higher educational system. [1] [2] [3] [4] These concerns are important to consider, as MOOCs are disruptive, innovative, and are likely to improve and expand in the next few years. [5] [6] [7] Most of these concerns center around the potential impact of MOOCs on higher education (HE) in the United States without emphasizing that most MOOC users live outside of America. [8] Like other disruptive innovations, the MOOCs of tomorrow will be different and will address some of the current concerns. Soon most instructors will have the ability to customize a learning management system (LMS) that facilitates the creation of activities, student groups, peer-review assignments, videos, and the development of a learning community or community of practice with unprecedented ease.…

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The Future of Ebooks and New Forms of Knowledge Production

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The Future of Ebooks and New Forms of Knowledge Production

March 18th, 2013

The book market is rapidly changing, defying initial expectations. As digital objects, ebooks bring with them affordances that were previously unavailable in printed books. For example an open ebook using a Creative Commons license (CC-BY) can be easily remixed, reused, revised and redistributed by anyone online ( Digital books can also be dynamic and interactive. While ebooks are different in that they require an electrical device to be used and cannot yet be easily traded between readers, ebooks are increasingly adding new features and it is a technology that is yet to reach its plateau of productivity. What we think of ebooks today, is different, at least at the high end, from what an ebook will be in the second half of the 21st century. What an ebook can be will increasingly be defined by  publishers’ and authors’ imaginations.…

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MESI Conference 2013 – Mobile Learning Workshop

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MESI Conference 2013  – Mobile Learning Workshop

March 7, 2013


Alfonso Sintjago – Brief Explanation of Event and Overview of Mobile Apps for Evaluation


Application #1

Application #2

Alfonso Sintjago

Haiku Deck


Alison Link



Brittany Edwards

Voice Record Pro


Tryggvi Thayer



Patrick O’Leary


Adobe Connect

Daniel Woldeab


Google Drive

Ann Fandrey


Roam + Support

Ahmed Essa


Roam + Support

Jessamay Thompson

Roam + Support

Quicktap Survey

Matt Finholt



Kacie Kline

Roam + Support





After an initial presentation on mobile learning, participants will be placed in a group which will then travel as a unit through 8 different tables. Each table will have a presenter that will share an app and answer questions in a brief 5 minute presentation. After the 5 minutes are over a time keeper will indicate to participants that it is time to move to the next table.

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Restructure of GAPSA and the Importance of Integrative Leadership (CIL)

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Based on feedback gathered over the past two years, these resolutions address the need to transform GAPSA into a more representative body by promoting integrative leadership skills and modifying the structure of GAPSA so that it transforms into a more representative body. While GAPSA represents over 10 different councils on many years it has included members from only a few councils within its executive board. The goal of these resolutions are to increase the organization’s focus on collaborative leadership and make the organization more representative.

February 28, 2013

RESOLUTION: University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Restructure

Author: Andrew McNally, COGS Executive Vice President; Alfonso Sintjago, GAPSA Executive Vice President.

Topic: Internal Affairs


WHEREAS the University of Minnesota requires a space for graduate and professional students to convene all communities and constituencies on their campuses, to share knowledge, and promote mutual understanding, and

WHEREAS the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) should strive to promote a more inclusive voting membership and help build on-campus community to address Grand Challenges facing the University community, and

WHEREAS GAPSA functions best when affirming and serving graduate and professional student councils, and

WHEREAS Assembly meetings best affirm graduate and professional student concerns as a forum for expressing graduate and professional student concerns and for setting the organization’s broad agenda, and

WHEREAS Assembly meetings function best in an environment in which all participants accept the norms of mutual respect and in which the day-to-day operations of the organization are delegated to the Executive Board,




1.GAPSA’s Assembly will, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, meet a minimum of 2 times per semester with the possibility of calling for additional meetings as necessary.…

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Are We There Yet? The Redefinition of the Book as We Know It

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Are We There Yet? The Transformation and Redefinition of the Book as We Know It 

One of the most important technological changes to take place in human history was the invention and adoption of movable type printing presses. Since then, the production of books has changed substantially and today many books are never printed but transferred digitally. The e-book is increasing in popularity and many of Amazon’s and other major retailers sell books sometimes solely as e-books. This paper, will explore the current transition to e-books and what comes next after e-books.  How is an e-book different from a regular book apart from being access through a different medium? How information is currently shared in published format and how will it be shared as we move into the future? This paper will analyze the different licensing options that are currently available, and ways in which e-books are transforming learning.

Some of the topics that will be highlighted will be, the development of wikibooks, and booksprints, along with other different ways of producing books and how these are different from the traditional forms of production.

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Open Education Week Handout (11-15 March) 2013

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Open Education Week 2013 ( emphasizes the importance of open content and open educational resources (OER). OER are freely accessible, openly formatted and openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, education, assessment and research purposes. An increasingly important OER are open textbooks and their potential to decrease the total cost of education. OER was a term originally coined by UNESCO in 2002.

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This year Open Education Week will emphasize open textbooks. Open Textbooks can help to greatly reduce the costs of education by promoting the use of books that are licensed openly and can be revised, reused, redistributed, and remixed by instructors. Open Textbooks are available freely in digital format and at a low cost in paper format. Many of these books utilize Creative Commons licenses (

To celebrate Open Education Week students have agreed to wear open textbook shirts and share with colleagues and friends the concept of Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources.

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