I believe that one of our overall goals is to create opportunities for collaborative interaction between faculty, tech staff and students in ways that they couldn't do by themselves. This approach would break down artificial barriers between the groups and allow everyone involved to participate in a creative process that generates growth, excitement, goodwill and suites of tools that can be reused for future projects. Joint group teams force everyone involved to think outside their traditional environments.
BRAINSTORMING ON OUTREACH AND COLLABORATION WITH TEACHING FACULTY.
We choose one of the technical projects we talked about last meeting and create an oversight team of people to build a prototype of that project. In using either the wiki project or homework project, as an example that I previously suggested, we would put together a small group of interested faculty members to brainstorm what type of real classroom world assignments that could be served by one of these proposed projects. Their objective would be to define the requirements, goals and expected results from students recruited to complete the prototype assignment.
BRAINSTORMING ON OUTREACH AND COLLABORATION WITH TECHNOLOGY STAFF ACROSS CAMPUS.
We would next pull together a small group of interested technology staff members to meet with the faculty group to gain an understanding of the prototype assignment. The technology group would then brainstorm ways to use wikis for a collaborative group project or set up a suite of tools appropriate to the prototype homework assignment.
BRAINSTORMING ON OUTREACH AND COLLABORATION WITH STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY.
Once the two groups finalize the details of the prototype project, we would solicit participation from a group of students to apply the tools and actually do the prototype assignment with the prototype tools. We could offer gift cards for local restaurants on campus or bookstore items as an incentive to participate.
BRAINSTORMING ON ASSESSING THE SUCCESS OF OUR EFFORTS.
When the above prototype assignment/project is complete, we put together some simple questionnaires asking each of the three groups their opinions about the prototype assignment/project as to what worked, what didn't and what could be improved. Also ask if there is an interest to participate in any such future projects.