This year is a little different.
First, I can't really call it the TLT Faculty Fellows program anymore because we have Davis Shaver working with us. Davis is an undergraduate student who is very interested in ideas like social components of learning management systems, social media, and journalism. He is the founder of Onward State and a frequent participant at our events. So when we thought about finding ways to engage students in shaping our services, Davis immediately came to mind.
Second, both Sherry Robinson and Michael Elavsky are touring the globe this summer.
When Sherry is in Pennsylvania, she is working with a team around Gamification ideas - incorporating games and game-like elements into courses to create activities that are interesting and have elements like risks, rewards, achievements, and competition.
Michael's interest area is in "global communication pedagogy". He is going to be setting up a course experience that will be shared between Penn State students and students in the Czech Republic. They will be using a combination of technologies and digital storytelling techniques to examine stories in the media and their cultural understandings of the world.
Finally, Jim Janzen will be working with us for over a year instead of just the summer. His interest is in the development of mobile learning applications that can be used as a kind of just-in-time teaching assistant for students in his courses. These would be along the lines of the Wolfram Alpha Course Assistants.
The teams are already meeting, planning, brainstorming, and breaking things. It should be a very interesting summer (and beyond).