Why do people who love libraries love libraries? – Why do people who love libraries love libraries? This has been on my mind a lot lately. Whenever I find a patron who is passionate about their library I try to decode those tangible and intangible qualities that made the experience so powerful for them.
Will the Next Classroom Disruption Be in 3-D? Facebook’s Virtual-Reality Company Thinks So – Brendan Iribe dropped out of the University of Maryland here, but before he did he amassed 227 parking tickets. And he managed to meet two business partners who would help him build the virtual-reality company Oculus VR, which Facebook bought this year for about $2-billion.
Killer Moodle Gamification Tips You Must Know – There are many ways through which you can use Moodle gamification to improve eLearning. Reliable studies show the gamifying the learning process can add a lot of value a part from enhancing the participation of the learners and teachers alike.
Samsung and Oculus partner to create Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that uses the Note 4 (hands-on) – Facebook’s Oculus VR is creating the Rift. Sony’s PlayStation is creating Project Morpheus. Google is… well, Cardboard exists. And now Samsung’s getting in on the virtual reality action, announcing Gear VR at IFA 2014 today in Berlin, Germany.
It isn’t every day a new genus – or perhaps a new phylum – is discovered! Read more at PLOS|one
10 ways the iPhone 6 could give Android a run for its money - The iPhone 6 was revealed on September 9, 2014. Find out what features should have Android developers scrambling to pick up the slack.
Dear Valued Client,
In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be conducting database maintenance on September, 19th between 12:01 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. EST. During most of this period your site will be operational, but there may be short periods of connection loss to the internet.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve your experience.
Remote-Learner Technical Support
A cheat-sheet for the various types of messages using Twitter – https://www.flickr.com/photos/meg/5757742705/sizes/l/in/photostream/
When you’re working with people using a variety of office tools, you can hit some frustrating roadblocks. Here are a few standard (and not-so-standard) suggestions to make your collaboration efforts more efficient. – 10 tips for easier collaboration between office suites
Last year we posted some course site suggestions for faculty. The information is still relevant, and here is a short summary for those who only need a reminder:
- Where to find help for faculty – http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons
- Where to find help for students working on media assignments – http://go.middlebury.edu/dmt
- Start at the Course Hub – http://courses.middlebury.edu
- Add your syllabus as a web page, document, or link
- In general, if you would like your course site to be private choose Moodle
- In general, if you would like your course site to be public choose WordPress
- If you make your course unavailable to students while you are building it, please make sure you make it available before students need access to it.
There are a handful of new services that are available for faculty to use in their courses:
SANSSpace has a web-based video and audio recorder for class assignments. Students can record audio or video and save directly to the site, and faculty can respond by inserting text, audio or video in the timeline of the student’s submission. It is most commonly used for an online language lab environment, and also has applications for presentations, music, and writing. SANSSpace can be added to your course via the Course Hub.
Shared Moodle Resource
Currently, the only shared Moodle resource is the Academic Integrity Tutorial. This tutorial can be added to any course via the Course Hub.
There have been many stories about curricular activities gathered over the years, and they have been shared across many sites. We have started to gather them in one place, the Curricular Innovations site, where faculty can see and share experiences in the classroom.
Personal tech tip: A colleague recently shared that they use a program called Eyeleo (http://eyeleo.com/) to help them to remember to take regular breaks when spending long amounts of time at a computer. Eyeleo works on windows computers, and there is a similar program, Time Out (http://www.dejal.com/timeout/), that works on Macs.
Remote-Learner, our Moodle host, will be updating our Moodle instance on Friday, August 29th, at 11:59pm. We expect the site to be available by Saturday, August 30th, at 2am.