Program for the 2011 PDI

9:00 AM

Session Title:
RamSelect
Presenters:
Matt Smith,Mike Triplett
Category:
General Technology Issues
Date:
2011
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
203 Library
Description:
RamSelect is a tool available in ARIESweb that allows users to define a population of students based upon customizable criteria, and then either email that population or view data items pertinent to that population. This session will focus on the basics of using RamSelect, demonstrate setting up some sample populations/queries, and - time permitting - will examine some of the more common types of populations being selected, as well as looking at some things to be aware/careful of when using RamSelect.
Goals and Target Audience:
Department/College staff needing to be able to email/query basic information about students without having to use any kind of structured programming language in order to obtain the information.
Session Title:
The Metric System in the United States: Who's holding us back?
Presenters:
Don Hillger
Category:
General Technology Issues
Date:
2011
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
203-05 LSC
Description:
Metric is inevitable for the United States! History tells us that countries have only switched to metric, none the other way (except for temporary reversions). The U.S. remains in the midst of metric transition as measurement changes are made in various sectors of the economy. Therefore, guidance for proper metric usage is especially important for teachers/instructors, who should also know our metric history and status. The U.S. “missed the boat” in the 1970s when the rest of the English-speaking world converted to metric. That was a time when the metric system was being taught in schools, and metric was intended to replace our former units in most aspects of daily life. However, the lack of firm deadlines for conversion has hindered progress towards metric. Therefore, the U.S. remains the only major industrial nation not using the metric system. The voluntary (slow) path that the U.S. chose to follow is why we are still struggling with metric transition. Most people are surprised when they learn of the large number of consumer products and services that already use metric units. But the change would be more obvious if it included road signs and weather reports.
Goals and Target Audience:
This lecture presents the current status of the metric system adoption by the U.S., where the change is currently taking place, and where it will likely take place in the future. Most Americans do not realize the extent of metric usage in the world, how much metric is already widely used in the U.S., and that metric is inevitable for the U.S. Faculty and staff - as teachers, instructors, and leaders - need to be knowledgeable of the history and status of the U.S. transition to metric. This PowerPoint lecture, with imbedded humor, explains what resources are available for proper metric usage and encourages participants to be part of the metric transition, not part of the problem.