Apps for Appalachia: Oompa Loompas In The Kitchen

Oompa Loompas In The Kitchen

Q & A & Discussion

Any questions over the big picture? Perhaps we’ll follow up on our reading, etc.

In Your Own Words

What to fix:

  1. MyBerea (7)
  2. Moodle (5)
  3. Tracy
  4. Banner, Nolij

What comms would work well with Celly:

  1. I think that specific clubs who consistently send us their junk mail should be referred to because we would have the opportunity of joining them and we could control how we received notifications.

  2. B-Linked is a software recently adopted by the college to help manage clubs and orgs., as well as residence hall activities. While the concept is nice, the site itself is rough and confusing.

  3. Random events on campus (I’m looking at you C.A.B.), and bookstore sales.

  4. Tons, such as Weather advisories, random club information, upcoming Berea events and many more.

  5. groups that are active on campus could use so that students have the option to subscribe and unsubscribe to and from groups at their own will, instead of having to receive emails from every group to find people with interest. … I believe that this could also be used in classes and in labor positions so that email is only used for the most important messages that need to be sent around the campus.

  6. From my experience in using so far, it’s more Twitter- based which means more of your communications will be open to the public rather than closed as in email communications.

  7. Any kind of updates where professors send an email to their entire class of students with important information - regarding assignments, class cancelation, etc - would be very useful over, because we would definitely look at it if sent to our phone.

  8. There are so many emails students get from different type of clubs, groups, and organizations through-out the term. For example, CAB sends about 15 emails a week just on updates. I believe if each group has there own cell wall then students can choose to get those updates.

  9. having the private walls. you could chose which email you want to receive (maybe emails about music? join the music wall to receive updates. sports? join the sports wall). This would really cut down on the mass of unwanted emails one might receive on say “dancing” (just and example).

  10. I think this question could be better answered in a few weeks after I am more familiar with Celly, but so far it seems like it would be easy to send emails to groups of people, for example, my Dorm, or my co-workers, or a class. These would be great.

What comms would not:

  1. It would be difficult to use it as the only source of email.

  2. I don’t think that questions to your professor, or questions that you have to ask someone (such as adding their class although it is full) would be ideal for just because email is a good formal way to communicate and they might not check their as often or some other reason.

  3. Any announcements about events that are happening farther in the future would not be good. I don’t want a text about a recital happening next month, I’ll have forgotten about it as soon as another text comes through. Surveys would not be welcome, there are just too many of them sent out. Bereavement notices would also be a bit weird, especially if you got them through SMS notification.

  4. Actual Berea College announcements, changes to schedules, upcoming maintenance on servers, emergency situations, etc.

  5. Communications that would be from an outside source. For example, if someone was needing to get in touch with you, they would have to join your group, if they are able to.

  6. personal information, personal messages to professors, grades.

  7. I don’t think that personal messages would work as well on or mass messages. Mass messages that can be sent out to #students through email seems to be very efficient when all the students actually need to know the contents of the message.

  8. Students wanting to talk to specific professors, or professors emailing specific students would not work as well. I am not very sure if has some kind of private messaging, but it seems to be designed around group based messages, so there could be some difficulties when one on one discussion is required.

  9. If I was looking for a particular update/message it would be tedious to scroll down and read messages to find a message that I was looking for.

  10. I’ve not been on long enough to know for sure, but I don’t remember seeing any IM in Celly. This is pretty important for private conversation, say professor and student, friends, or just conversations in general.

  11. campus safety everybody would have to follow their page and not many would if it was an option

  12. from the perspective of people that like to send bogus emails all the time it would be good for them because they would have 0 people on their page and the 1 out of 100 emails that was important would not be received

How to roll it out:

  1. To me, it does not appear as if is adapt handling large amounts of information; the web layout for the main page of posting looks tiny with the icons and layouts too large to credibly display larger sums of information such to the level that students’ emails are swamped with.

  2. having a beta period where randomly selected students could use the technology and test it to learn if it would even be a good idea to use. This would also help work out major/minor bugs in the technology. It would basically be a form of usability testing. I would start with small group first to test the qualitative aspects of the technology.

  3. And then implement it into a small group or club and ask how that it is working for them.After that you could slowly move all of the clubs off of email and onto (if it worked out right).

  4. would prefer a way to select interest areas before the school sends a barrage of emails and texts, so if Berea had several different pages I could sign up for instead of just one “Berea College” page that would be preferred.

  5. I would start by immersing the incoming freshman class with it. Require them complete some of their admissions stuff through it so that they are familiar and comfortable with the site before they even get here.

  6. I would have a representative random sampling of both students and faculty to exclude bias perhaps around 10 or 15.

  7. Get small groups using it at first to begin a small “growth” of cells (Athletic teams, Kinetics groups, work departments) and continuously get feedback from these small groups to work on usage problems, while slowly adding on more and more groups until the whole living organism of Berea had grown slowly on

  8. I would start slowly, but I would have it tested and critiqued every step of the way by different college students and staff. While they are testing it I would see what things work and what things do not.

  9. I think that I would start with small groups to see how they used the program and then make a call on whether or not to spread the technology further or keep tweaking it.

  10. I would have everybody on campus introduced to it at once, but not in the form of simply giving it to them. More than likely there could be a “trial run” where GSTR professors would make use of it in their classrooms first, which would be a good learning process for the students to learn how to use it with just one class, as well as for the professors to make the transition to it.

  11. In my opinion, when trying to start something new and trying to make it big, starting small is key.

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And, On to the Oompa-Loompas…