Author Archives: Joseph Antonioli

About Joseph Antonioli

Senior Curricular Innovation Specialist

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, August 15th

This message is from Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:

Remote Learner will be conducting database maintenance August the 15th from 01:00 AM EST until 04:00 AM EST on the Kansas City data center. During this window we will be improving the performance and resiliency of our database system. During this time you may experience periods with loss of connectivity to your hosted site. Thank you for your patience as we continue improving our services.

Sincerely,

Remote-Learner Technical Support

Friday Links – July 11, 2014

At Sea in a Deluge of Data
By Alison J. Head and John Wihbey
Chronicle of Higher Education
People in charge of hiring at large organizations such as Microsoft, Nationwide Insurance and the FBI say that recent college graduates lack skills in research and analysis. “The new workers default to quick answers plucked from the Internet. That method might be fine for looking up a definition or updating a fact, but for many tasks, it proved superficial and incomplete…”

How unexpected opportunities can inform practice – As a part of some of my coursework I have had the opportunity to read some interesting educational research. I thought it might be helpful to share a brief overview of some of the articles that I’ve reviewed. This is the first post in a series that I was planning to share. Please feel free to contact me at hstafford@middlebury.edu if you’d like to discuss further.

11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality Principles – The nation’s colleges and libraries have a message for the Federal Communications Commission: Don’t mess with net neutrality.

Friday Links – July 4, 2014

Mostly language-neutral fireworks display for the fourth of July at Middlebury. Keep the sound on. [Warning: English spoken (sung by Katy Perry) from 5:00 through 8:37)]

A different kind of fireworks – real-time cyber-attacks

The 100-year legacy of World War I - fascinating interactive piece from the New York Times

What is an eBook? How do Publishers price it? Includes a video produced by an Italian publisher that describes all the production costs behind the price of a book – print or digital.

Why the future of tech demands smarter people, not smarter gadgets – The next 30 years of innovation risk being wasted unless society does a better job of educating people about the potential – and downsides – of technology.

Moodle Maintenance on Saturday, July 12th

From Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:

Dear Valued Client,

In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be conducting network maintenance on 7/12/2014 between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m., EDT. During most of this period your site will be operational, but there may be short periods of connection loss to the internet.

Sincerely,

Remote-Learner Technical Support

Friday links – June 6, 2014

HighWire Press moves away from the Stanford University Library and becomes HighWire Press, Inc. (HighWire Press sells their online journal platform as a product to journal publishers, including many academic societies in STEM fields, as well as major publishers such as Oxford University Press. Here is a list of their clients.)

While this is by no means the first technology transfer out of a university to an independent company, …, the transition of HighWire Press from an initiative of the library to a new corporate identity is one worth taking note of in our community.

If nothing else, it will be interesting to see how this move to for-profit corporate status will impact journal pricing in the near and long-term future.

Using Video Annotation Tools to Teach Film AnalysisSocialBook, a project from The Institute for the Future of the Book, has primarily been used as a tool for allowing groups to comment on books, whether on the book in general or at the level of individual paragraphs. The new video annotation tool works similarly, allowing users to comment either on the film in general or on individual shots. Students can enroll for SocialBook using their Twitter or Facebook login information or by creating a new account.

Leap Motion’s Gesture Control Finds Niche Uses In Medicine, Art and Augmented Reality – Though Leap’s early inspiration was to make 3D modeling more intuitive, comparisons to gesture-controlled sci-fi holographic displays led some to surmise the Leap controller could be an heir apparent to the touch screen and mouse.

Summer workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction:
APPLIED CARTOONING: AN EDUCATOR’S SYMPOSIUM
“…Through lectures, workshops, and panel discussions this symposium will explore the many ways that educators and librarians can use cartooning to enrich any school or organization’s programming and curriculum.”

Moodle 2.6 Update

Middlebury’s instance of Moodle will be updated to 2.6 on June 3rd, between the hours of 5pm and 8pm.

In March, we shared some information on the new features of Moodle that will be available in this update: http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/16/whats-new-in-moodle-2-6/ The include

  • New whole-course formatting options (eg. entire course design is forum-based)
  • Annotate uploaded .PDFs in-browser, with tick and cross stamps
  • Enhanced mark-up, feedback & grade-review/release options
  • Backup & restore courses larger than 4 GB More responsive, flexible
  • TinyMCE editor for multi-device design, readability
  • Better performance & functionality–faster, and uses fewer resources

You can see more of the new features at: http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/16/whats-new-in-moodle-2-6/#sthash.xh0gC3pY.dpuf

One change to note: the links to edit an activity in Moodle are no longer displayed as small icons, they now appear in an EDIT menu.

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If you have questions about the new features in Moodle, please contact your Liaison (http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons), Joe Antonioli, or Heather Stafford.

Friday Links, May 23, 2014

Fun and inspiring CSS examples and animation effects – Get inspired by the elegant use of CSS, CSS3, and jQuery or JavaScript in these examples. Also, learn about a fantastic new resource for brushing up on your CSS vocabulary.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Middlebury Faculty Seeks to Cut Ties With Online-Education Company.  In a nonbinding vote, professors overwhelmingly opposed a business venture with a company called K12 to sell online language courses to elementary and secondary schools.