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James Cook
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Assistant Professor of Social Science at UMA. Interest: structures of interaction in politics and social media
Assistant Professor of Social Science at UMA. Interest: structures of interaction in politics and social media

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My wife Tracy has a fatal cancer. The only known cure is a bone marrow transplant. We've been searching for two years but haven't found a match? Could you or a friend be the match? Read on to find out how you can help. 

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This Google Hangout will live-stream several conference sessions during the day and record them later to YouTube. See the full schedule on the UMA website for more information.  Tune in!

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In a year of inactivity, the UMA Community garden has literally gone to seed.  Meanwhile, Maine remains hungry for change. Winter is coming, but spring is not far behind. In the spring of 2016, let's bring the community garden back. Organize. Grow. Get credit. Join Cultivating Community: the Garden Seminar at the University of Maine at Augusta. SSC 334, Spring 2016.  Register for class here: http://www.uma.edu/academics/courseguide/

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I love looking at data, and there will be some data here!  Please consider watching online or coming to +University of Maine at Augusta Katz Library for this in-person colloquium on information literacy.  Wednesday 10/21 at noon.
As part of its ongoing cycle of general education assessment, the University of Maine at Augusta has assessed student information literacy skills using an online instrument called Project SAILS.  Come join us for a discussion of our results and the various ways the university is “closing the loop” to use assessment results to guide action.

All members of the public and the University of Maine at Augusta community are welcome to attend this RaP.  In a beta test of online colloquium technology, we will be broadcasting this RaP colloquium as a Google Hangout On Air (hangout adoption is still in process, so the feed is not guaranteed).  For those interested in attending in person, the event will be physically centered in Katz Library, where light refreshments will be served.

The Research And Pedagogy program is made possible by the support of the Faculty Senate and the Office of the Provost. For more information on UMA's RaP Colloquium series, visit http://www.uma.edu/academics/research/research-pedagogy/ on the web.

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Online Education in the Year 2030: A ​Look Forward

James Cook, Assistant Professor of Social Science
Thursday, October 15, 12 Noon – 1 pm
University College at Rockland Room 414

The University of Maine system is experiencing a rapid shift away from in-person to online learning, yet lags behind institutions like Harvard and MIT that offer Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) via EdX and Coursera to anyone with a high-speed internet connection.  Should UMS catch up by developing MOOCs that look like these?  

In this presentation, I argue the answer is a firm no.  MOOCs are an aging transitional form of education that create a replica of a past in which faculty taught in closed-off rooms, in which students resided on campuses for fixed terms, and in which learning was aggregated into forms fitting those limitations.  Instead of replicating past forms, the University of Maine System should leap forward to a future unrestrained by space, time and isolation.

This colloquium invites discussion of the features of higher education that are dispensible and indispensable as we look forward to a target date of 2030 — only fifteen years away.  One prototype vision of such a future — an open, collaborative, learning structure called Maine OSLO — is unveiled to center this discussion.  The creation of the OSLO prototype is supported by a University College e-tech learning grant.

All members of the public and the University of Maine system community are welcome to attend this RaP in person.  In a first Alpha test of online colloquium technology, we will be attempting to broadcast this RaP colloquium as a Google Hangout On Air.  

FMI: James Cook, james.m.cook@maine.edu, 621-3190
Maine OSLO prototype website: http://maineoslo.net

The Research And Pedagogy program is made possible by the support of the Faculty Senate and the Office of the Provost. For more information on UMA's RaP Colloquium series, visit http://www.uma.edu/academics/research/research-pedagogy/ on the web.

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This hangout is a test of connection technology in a library environment for presentations.

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Companies are marketing 18x20 "bulletproof whiteboards" as a necessity for public schools (price: $400 apiece). Set aside the incredible rarity of school shootings for a moment and consider this 18x20 mockup. How do you like that coverage?
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Save a Life! UMA Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Thursday, February 26 from 10-2
Randall Student Center Lobby
University of Maine at Augusta

Have you ever wanted to be a hero? Now's your chance. Millions of people suffer from blood cancers and many of them have no match for the bone marrow donation that could save their life. You could be the match that saves a life. All it takes is a cheek swab to join the national bone marrow registry, which matches people who need marrow with people who have marrow -- it's easy, it's painless, and it's absolutely free. No appointment necessary; just come on in!  To learn more about the bone marrow registry and bone marrow donation, visit http://bethematch.org.

FMI: James Cook james.m.cook@maine.edu 621-3190

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Putting abstract paradigms of #sociology in concrete place: perspectives on community in Maine.

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What distinguishes #sociology? Views on sociology from outside the discipline.
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