The Middlebury College community has free access until the end of October to the full text of the National Anti-Slavery Standard, a newspaper that was published between 1840 and 1870.
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.
For the night owls out there, please note that our lynda.com online learning resource will be unavailable from 2:00 – 3:00 AM Friday, September 19, while web server capacity improvements are implemented. (What’s that you say? You haven’t heard of lynda?? Visit go/lyndainfo to see what you’re missing.)
The ILLiad Web pages will be down at 2:00 pm today while we upgrade the ILLiad software. The ILL web site should be inaccessible for only a short time, assuming all goes well with the update.
If anyone has problems after 4:00 pm please contact Rachel Manning at x5498 or email@example.com for assistance.
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.
Our classrooms support the playback of DVDs from any region of the world. However, this is not the case with Blu-ray discs. Blu-ray discs come in four “flavors” based on their region: Region Free, Region A, Region B, Region. C Currently, our classrooms support the playback of Region Free and Region A Blu-ray discs. (See the Regions section of this page for more info on Blu-ray regions: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/info.php).
At this time Media Services does not support the playback of Blu-rays from regions B and C in classrooms.
The Library does not order titles on Blu-ray from regions B and C and it does not maintain a library of titles of them.
If you have purchased a Region B or C Blu-ray disc that you need to use in class, please check the existing collection to see if we have the title in Region A. If not, the Library can attempt to purchase the (A) American region. Please use this form to request the purchase.
Even though equipment to play Blu-ray discs from any regions exists, it is not easy to use and it is unreliable. The procedure to project a blu ray of another region (B or C) is a complex procedure and will effect the ability for another person to play Blu-ray discs. In addition, the need for a remote control also adds a layer of complexity. Power outages also adversely effect the players settings and may make playback impossible.
For the reasons outlined above media services does not, at this time, support Blu-ray discs from region B or C.
We hope this will change in the future, and we will announce an update on this blog when that happens.
Stewart Lane and Petar Mitrevski