Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tech Talks engage the TWU community

TechTalks are intended to connect the TWU community to trends and current events in technology. Business Analysts, Heather Davis and Christopher Johnson, reimagined the Talks as conversation starters. In fall 2014, the format was shortened to twenty minutes with ten minutes for questions and discussion. Topics would cover anything from software releases to social media to technology & society. The Office of Technology sponsors these talks as a learning opportunity and another means of building a tech savvy campus community. 

Tech Talk                                             Attendance
Inbox Zero                                                     30
Learning to Phish                                         14
Engaging Students with Social Media      14
Google Apps for Students                          23
Google Apps for Faculty & Staff               71
Data Collection Tools                                  12
Cyberbullying Panel                                   16
Future of Computer Labs                           13

Of the attendees who completed evaluations, nearly half had never attended a Tech Talk.  This indicates that the Talks are reaching new people and providing enough variety to engage the TWU community. 

Further, the Talks provide an opportunity for different groups to engage. TWU students attended Talks on Google Apps and Computer Labs, as well as Inbox Zero and the Cyberbullying Panel. The Talks also offer a platform for subject matter experts to share their knowledge. Lauren Meyer of the Student Union spoke on her experiences with social media last fall, and Michelle Reeves of Fitness & Recreation will partner with Christopher Johnson in Technology for the final Talk of the academic year to explore exciting developments in personal and wearable technology and health metrics.

One of the most rewarding Talks was the Cyberbullying Panel in February 2015. Faculty and graduate student engagement in the discussion was robust and lively. After the Talk, a new research cluster was formed and is being led by the presenters, Drs. Rosen and Trujillo-Jenks.

Learn more about Tech Talks at www.twu.edu/tis/tech-talks.asp. Don’t miss the final Tech Talk of 2014-15: April 23 – 2:00 p.m. - Denton ACT 301 | Houston 7305 | Dallas 8720 

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