Time for a Thesis – From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog, a self-reflective essay by a History major on the impact of our annual message to seniors about thesis carrel signup and research support. His conclusion is quite nice: “When I think ahead to the books and research, I am not so much nervous as I am excited,” he says.
Practicing Collaborative Digital Pedagogy to Foster Digital Literacies in Humanities Classrooms – This article presents two case studies of classes who employed different techniques to “foster digital literacies in humanities students using distinct approaches for each course.” My key takeaway hinged on one student’s observation: “Through creating an infographic in Easel.ly, I learned that it is very important to develop skills in being able to pick out important information from the vast amounts that you can easily find online.”
How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning – A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In this article, we’ll take a look at the neural and hormonal responses that underpin a student’s stress response, and make a few suggestions for continuing to teach through the challenges it presents.
Upcoming Battery Will Charge Phones And Electric Cars in Minutes – It takes about an hour to fully charge a cell phone, and the battery lasts about two to three years over 500 charge cycles. However, a new design could reduce charge time to only a few minutes and the battery is expected to last for 10,000 charge cycles over a 20 year lifespan.
How tech is changing the way we think and what we think about – There are a myriad of arguments for and against the increased use of technology in everyday life. Futurists and technophiles encourage its use, sure that technology will welcome a new utopia, while luddites rail against the “destructive” nature of technology use.
Trust, Privacy, Big Data, and E-book readers “… the Amazon Kindle platform is as much a data ingest tool for providing end-user behavior data to Amazon as it is a sales platform for digital media content,…” … “It seems that counter to this trend, libraries and scholarly publishers are the exception to the rule. Whether our community will remain outliers and whether this status is a good thing or not over the long run, remains to be seen.”
In order to allow for flexibility in our hiring, we will be offering the Digital Media Tutor training during the month of January, and are opening up the sessions to all interested faculty, staff and students. This is the same training that we have been using for the Summer Digital Media Tutor program.
The following sessions will introduce the attendees to a wide variety of technologies and uses, including computing practices at Middlebury, concepts and software for developing media, and devices for creating and consuming media. Each session will run for 90 minutes and will take place in the Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library.
As you may have read in mainstream news media outlets, a vulnerability was recently discovered in the Bourne Again Shell (Bash) component of Unix-based operating systems. This vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute shell commands through shell environment variables. It has also been leveraged for denial of service attacks and other malicious activity.
ITS has already patched relevant local systems and is expecting vendors to patch any relevant externally-hosted systems. There is no evidence to suggest that Middlebury assets have been compromised.
Is your department head asking you to update the department’s web page? Does the thought of adding a sidebar make you call the Helpdesk? Fear not, join us for a Drupal Intro class. We’ll cover the basics of Drupal so you’ll be adding links, pictures, and a host of other cool things to your page the very next day.
For you more advanced users who may be struggling with needs beyond the basics (such as converting your forms), join us for a work session or two. We’ll help you get the job done and you’ll leave with the “know how.”
You’ll find all the upcoming workshop information at go/techworkshops; sign up for the class that fits your needs. See you on the sidebar… or maybe in a subpage.
Need to make changes to your departmental web page? Could you use a hand with your course website or blog? Have questions about moving your webforms to our new secure server? Do wiki formatting woes keep you awake at night? We have the solution — a peaceful place where you can work on your pages AND get your questions answered. Sign up for a Website Maintenance Work Session (or two). Staff from Information Technology Services (ITS) and Academic Technology will be available to answer your questions and help you troubleshoot problems. These are not formal workshops — please bring your work, your questions, and yourself!
Our first session will be offered Tuesday, September 16 at 9:00 am in Davis Family Library, room 105. Visit go/techworkshops to view the rest of the fall semester schedule. Please use our convenient online signup form to let us know you what session(s) you plan to attend.