Pumpkins and Wheels

University of California Computing Services Conference 2017

By Alex Rockey, Graduate Student Researcher, Academic Technology Services
and Margaret Merrill, Instructional Designer, Academic Technology Services

Margaret and I had the pleasure of presenting at the University of California Computing Services Conference (UCCSC) in San Diego in early August. We have been collaborating on a mobile learning research project with other instructional designers from UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and UC San Francisco for almost a year now. Since we are all quite spread out across California, all of our meetings have been via Zoom. It was exciting to see everyone in person for the first time and to present together.

As we are still in the early stages of the research project, most of our presentation focused on the logistics of designing cross-campus collaboration. For more about this research project or to collaborate with us, please visit UC Next. We were excited when a member of our audience expressed interest in joining the collaboration, and we also got helpful feedback from audience members about how to look into mobile usage.

As for the rest of the conference, it was an exciting opportunity to expand our horizons since many at the conference were computer engineers. Perhaps one of the most inspiring talks was the keynote on the second day by Dr. Wendy Campana, entitled “Climate Accelerators: An Approach to Changing Enterprise Culture.” In this keynote, Dr. Campana discussed her own work in trying to increase representation and support of women in STEM. In addition, we attended sessions on Zoom, accessibility testing, an awesome virtual reality classroom in use at UCSD, managing remote workers, and a fascinating presentation about reinventing higher education for the 21st century from Minerva Schools at KGI. To see other great work from UC Davis that was represented at UCCSC, check out this article.

The second day of the conference brought the announcement that UC Davis will be hosting UCCSC in 2018. I am interested to see what another year brings in terms of our mobile learning research project and looking forward to continuing to expand our collaboration across UC campuses and disciplines.

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