DLC Tech Orientation: The Cloud Saves The Day

Technology is great, except when it isn’t. New MIIS students attend a technology orientation on their third day where they hear about their logins, wireless printing, and the Digital Learning Commons. During the GSIPM tech orientation, a malfunction of the digital projector almost derailed the DLC presentation. Fortunately, while Irvine Auditorium’s tech was failing us, the cloud was alive and well. When we asked the student who had a smartphone, tablet or laptop with them every hand shot up. After creating a “go” link for the Google Docs presentation every student was able to view the presentation on their own device rather than watching it on the screen.

As a presenter, I thought that this was AWESOME. What could have been a seriously deflating experience was salvaged by the ubiquity of wirelessly connected devices and the accessibility of cloud-based document sharing. It also initiated an interesting role reversal: rather than controlling the slides and dictating the pace of the presentation I ended up asking students to proceed to the next slide, while they had the freedom to zoom ahead or go back and review a previous slide. What’s more, no one had to write down any information – they had everything they needed in their browser history. We might do this more often…