Getting Social in the Classroom: Teaching in a Web 2.0 World (SLIDES)

Since I’ve had a few requests for these, I just wanted to share my slidedeck from my September 17, 2010 presentation, “Getting Social in the Classroom: Teaching in a Web 2.0 World” for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

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To answer a couple of questions:

  • I use Slideshare to upload and publish my slidedecks. It’s free and easy to use, and in keeping with the theme of the presentation, takes a traditional activity (sharing of slides) and makes them more useful by adding a social dimension to it. This deck is posted on a new Slideshare account I’ve created, but you can view some of my past decks for courses at I’ll be moving some of the “greatest hits” from that account to my new account at soon.
  • Almost all of the photos in the presentation were found on Flickr’s Creative Commons pool and attribution is provided on each slide.

Thanks to everyone who came out Friday! And for those who were unable to make it (it was a glorious September Friday afternoon, after all!), I look forward to seeing you at my next presentation (I have an upcoming session on Copyright and DRM as part of this series to be scheduled for later in the Fall).

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Foundations for Strategic Foresight (Slideshow)

Attention Conservation Notice: I’m currently doing research/training in Future Studies, and am collecting helpful online material for this. Ran across this great presentation on Forecasting and am blogging it for future reference.

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Helpful Advice for Recent College Graduates

One of the really difficult things about being a college teacher is that, after being back for a few years now and getting to know many students on a personal level, I’ve begun to have several students come to me and say “Dr. Rice, I’m graduating in a few weeks. What do I do now?” Many of them had their hearts set on law school, but their LSATs didn’t quite pan out the way they would’ve liked. Many just don’t have the financial wherewithal to go to grad school. Others just went to college because that was “what you’re supposed to do” and now that they’ve reached the finish line, they have no idea why they were ever in college, and have no clue what the hell to do next. It’s like a fairy tale, where you reach the Happily Ever After but don’t get to see how Cinderella and the Prince deal with finances, children and infidelity. Sure, you’ve accomplished this great thing – getting a degree – but how do you answer the “so what?” or “what do I do now?” question?

I’ll be writing a longer post on this soon (once the semester ends), but I wanted to share with you a few sources that I think might help those of you in this position make sense of things.

First, click through Garr Reynolds‘ slideshow outlining Dan Pink‘s recent Johnny Bunko book:

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Then go out and pick up Johnny Bunko and absorb it. You will thank yourself later. You may also want to add the Johnny Bunko website into your feedreader (I did). This book is full of fantastic principles in designing a career for yourself, with a strong argument for rejecting the conventional wisdom on careers and career planning.

Second, I recommend you take a look at Steve Jobs 2005 Commencement Address at Stanford University. Reynolds and Pink reference this, but you really need to see it in its entirety – and ABSORB IT – to understand the wisdom in Jobs’ words. This address moves me the way few other speeches have.


Graduation is a difficult, traumatic time. Meditate on these two sources, and think about their implications for your future. I’ll have my own thoughts about graduation up soon in a separate post.

Slideshow of my UK Second Life Island Presentation

For those of you who were unable to make it to the Totally Awesome University of Kentucky Second Life Island Grand Opening (whew!) last Thursday, here is the slideshow from my presentation.

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Note: I’m not referring to such things as PowerPoint anymore. I’m using Keynote exclusively these days. And with other tools getting more popular all the time, we should start using generic terms like slideshows and slideware.

Awesome Lo-Fi YouTube Explanation of Twitter

This rocks. I especially love the use of lo-fi media (cut-outs, Flash Gordon-style animations) to explain a Web 2.0 tool like Twitter using another Web 2.0 tool like YouTube. The effect is jarring – in a good way – and really got (and kept!) my attention.


UK Second Life Island Grand Opening Thursday

Just wanted to post this invitation to UK’s Grand Opening for its Second Life Island on Thursday afternoon. I’ll be giving a brief talk as part of a panel at 2pm at the WT Young Library Auditorium. You can participate in events in Real Life or Second Life all afternoon. I hope to see you there!

PS, in Second Life I’m known as Ricetopher Freenote. Kthxbye.



You are invited to the grand opening of University of KY Island, a virtual campus in Second Life, on Thursday, March 20 starting at 1:00 pm in W.T. Young Library.

Second Life (SL) is an internet-based 3D virtual world launched in 2003 that has attracted the attention of educators around the world for its potential as a learning environment.  “Residents” of SL can interact in real time, through their avatars, with other individuals or with objects.  Exciting possibilities exist for collaboration, simulation, content delivery, role-playing, experiential learning, and other forms of educational interactions created through the imaginations of faculty and students.  UK is joining a growing list of campuses that offer academic experiences through Second Life.

A description of this event and a detailed schedule (which includes talks by an SL educator in England, two UK faculty who use SL in their courses, a tour of the island, a discussion of educational uses, and more) can be found at  A two-minute video invitation is at

This event and the University of KY Island are sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education with support from the Teaching & Academic Support Center and University of Kentucky Libraries.

For more information about the event, contact Patsy Carruthers, Senior Program Manager for AV/DL Networks at the Teaching & Academic Support Center (257-8272 ext. 223,

How To Lecture

Attention Conservation Notice: Ran across this video and wanted to save it here for my future use. If you don’t care about becoming a better public speaker, please ignore. Thanks, Mgmt.

Social Networks Best Practices (Research Note)

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Wanted to put this up as part of my research into social networking and politics 2.0. This is a  powerpoint of a research report by FaberNovel, a French research firm, and it’s quite good. Slide 14 on Virtual Identity and various social networking platforms is very intriguing. I wanted to save this for my own future reference, but I wanted to share it with the rest of you as well. Enjoy.

Sustainability in/and Appalachia

I’ll be speaking on a panel at tomorrow’s sustainability conference at UK. The panel is titled “Sustainability in/and Appalachia” and I’l be speaking about nonprofit organizations and sustainability in the region. Other panel members include Ernie Yanarella, Herb Reid and Dick Levine. The panel will start at 1pm in Room  359 of the UK Student Center. I hope to see some of you there.

This also means the 2pm PS 240 class will be starting at 2:10pm tomorrow instead of 2pm. I’ll just lecture faster. 🙂

Play and Digital Space

Attention Conservation Notice: I’m putting this PowerPoint up for future reference. As some of you know, I’m considering a Second Life component of American Political Thought next semester, so this is just going into the research/prep stream for that. Note to self: Read The Play Ethic now that it’s out in US paperback.

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