Technology is an ever-changing medium with developments coming
in leaps and bounds, even over the last few years. Technological
experts around the area have been looking into trends of
educational tools, marketing devices and artistic techniques to
see what is here to stay and what is just on the verge of
becoming the next best thing.
is the director of the Center for Educational Technology and
Innovation at Carroll University. She said higher education is
seeing the impact of technology everywhere. There is a course
called Digital Humanities, about technology and humanities and
chronological timeline that can be digitally shared and altered,
it is just different,” Johnson said.
mentioned the iCloud and the way it allows people to share. She
said just five years ago there were only 10 to 15 faculty
members willing to experiment with new technology.
“Now over this
last year we are in a huge growth period and even this middle
section of the bell curve want to dabble in it,” Johnson said.
The campus has
a general education program that includes getting students more
culturally aware by immersing themselves into another culture.
used Skype or some type of technology to talk to one another
before a trip (abroad) and blog while they are there,” said
eventually it will no longer be e-learning ... just learning.
A big upcoming
trend to watch for in education is the 3D printer. It’s a
process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually
any shape from a digital model. “Those have been discussed at
the last few conferences I have been at,” Johnson said.
printers become less expensive, the use of experimenting with
them in a teaching environment, like music and biology, has led
Johnson to at least consider getting one for Carroll. The idea
of flipped classrooms, with teachers putting video and links
online for lecture content, has allowed students to bring what
used to be considered homework into the classroom.
“That way they
are doing the homework with the instructor available for
questions,” she said.
The concept of
MOOCs - massive open online courses - is not exactly new but it
has made all schools, public and private, struggle to figure out
what the MOOCs mean for them. Johnson said schools are trying to
figure out whether to fight or embrace the new learning and use
it to the best advantage.
instructors are not the only ones teaching these students
anymore,” she said. “We have the ability to learn wherever we
want, and we learn when we are ready and when it inspires us.”
Meuninck-Ganger, artist, printmaker and Print and Narrative
Forms area head at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
recently had an art exhibit at Carroll that focused on
technology integrated into art.
collaborators including Nirmal Raja and Nathaniel Stern, she
displayed “Frame Story,” which featured print assemblages,
projection and video.
called “Cross Current” by Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and
Nathaniel Stern. It is made with LCD video lithograph on
varnished Thai mulberry paper.
exists in places where tradition and experimentation meet,
and I am interested in combining old and new technologies as
well as the sequential and time-based qualities of narrative
forms,” Meuninck-Ganger said.
collaborators digital printmaking and video, integrating them
into LCD screen technology and the old technologies blending
with the new ones to create artistic forms.
“There is a
look back to tradition, yet embracing the latest in
technology,” said Meuninck-Ganger.
Some of the
pieces use recorded videos and then print overlays. This allows
for the tactile surface on paper to create pauses and an extra
layer to the video.
piece is called “Pantograph” and is made with LCD video
lithograph on varnished
Thai mulberry paper.
it another level of dimension and combining the motion and
static qualities tells the narrative in a different way,”
Meuninck-Ganger said. “With the pauses and shifts, it just
becomes a unique experience.”
discussed businesses like Quad/Graphics using augmented reality
- the concept of connecting highly interactive and engaging
media to a scannable image - and having artists work with the
designers and programmers to learn how it can be significant in
the media and arts realm.
artists displaying their work, things have changed,” Meuninck-Ganger
said. “There are so many venues that are technology-based that
allow artists to promote their work and exhibit the pieces.”
principal and technical director of Ocreative Design Studio in
Oconomowoc, said there have been some great advances regarding
businesses and the use of technology in marketing and reaching
as a service and using iCloud to connect to people from all over
are important, he said.
“It used to be
for webinars or web meetings that you had to have some high-end
equipment including cameras and audio,” Koeppel said. “Now there
are so many tools ... we had an out-of-state business partner
that we ended up Skyping into the meeting.”
particularly useful programs include LogMeIn, a free
screen-sharing that he can use to access someone else’s computer
to help with trouble-shooting programs; and join.me, which
allows for a shared screen to have multiple people connect to
the same presentation for meetings and for each one to switch
control to different computers.
transition that has been happening over the last few years is
the concern and need to have a website that accommodates for
mobile and for desktop users,” Koeppel said.
responsive sites are important for businesses right now - sites
that respond to whatever browser screen resolution size the
person has. That means they will work for desktop computer
screens, phones and the in-between sizes like tablets.
Ocreative is working with businesses on marketing automation.
The concept is when a visitor fills out their personal
information and when they look around on the website, what they
click on is specifically associated with them. That helps to
build a kind of profile of that person with the company.
“It helps me
creates lists for my client contacts,” he said. “That way I can
send out segmented campaigns on what is shown that they are