Paul and I agree – when we teach these types of classes, we are facilitators … and we end up learning things, too. Find out more of Paul’s observations on teaching and creating the class in his blog post about the class.
Here are three things that I learned a little more about during the class:
Voice assistant proof-of-concept. One library worked on a proof-of-concept project in the area of voice assistance technology. The idea was to allow a virtual voice assistant to take customer queries. They started with an idea and ended up with a proof-of-concept that’s ready for the next steps.
Mechatronics (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechatronics). This library purchased some EZrobots with the goal of teaching customers about mechatronics. They figure that having skills in and around robotics will be in high demand in the future, so why not introduce it to their customers.
Assistive technology. Another library is working on assistive technology for their customers. They want to set up Google Translate, microphones, and headsets at some public PCs for customers to use. Not something that’s trendy, but is definitely much-needed. And something that a LOT of libraries could do better at.
Again – fun class to create, and definitely fun to work with Paul and the amazing people who took the time to take the class!
N.B.: Paul’s set of reflections on the course are available on his own blog. Paul and David are available to work with anyone interested in onsite and/or online highly-interactive explorations of how to research and incorporate tech trends into training-teaching-learning. For more information, contact Paul at email@example.com or David at firstname.lastname@example.org.