Posts by Carrie Macfarlane

 
 
 

Friday Links – October 17, 2014

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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.

FireChat in Hong Kong: How an app tapped its way into the protests
(CNN) — The revolution will not be televised but it will be tweeted, instant messaged or, in the case of Hong Kong, broadcast on mesh networks like FireChat.

 

Liaison Discussion: My Very First MOOC. Led by Steve Bertolino.

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Topic: My Very First MOOC. Led by Steve Bertolino.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
Where and when: Wednesday, October 8, 10-11 am. LIB145.
Description: Steve took a 12-week MOOC and survived! Come for an overview of what the course was like. We’ll have a discussion exploring the pros and cons of the MOOC style of online learning.

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“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Friday Links – July 11, 2014

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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.

“At the beginning of the term” – a poem

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Another poem from Gary Margolis, this one about higher education:

At the beginning of the term
     for students and teachers lying down

I used to hand out the syllabus,
its outline of books and assignments,
its expected exams.

Answered the first questions.
How long should a short paper be?
Do we have to use quotes for everything?

Does speaking in class count
toward our final grade?
I went around the room

pronouncing their names,
asking each one to say
a few words of what drew them

to this course, what they hoped
to learn and wanted to take home
at the end of the day. A phrase I said

they couldn’t write, by the way.
We’ve all heard it so often it makes
a cliché of the news, when a summary is

trying to be made. I think of today,
watching again students being interviewed,
saying they heard shots in the next room.

They locked themselves in. Later,
in shock, one said he didn’t know how
he would get his work done, hand in

his due paper. Until he realized
what he was saying for the wounded
and dead. What, I’m afraid,

my college has instructed me to note
first, at the beginning of the term
and now every day. The locks

on the windows and doors.
How a book can be used
to shield our hearts.

“On the Eve of the Triple Crown” – a poem

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For your enjoyment, from Gary Margolis: “Another new poem that also references the Arthur Healey paintings in the library.”

On the Eve of the Triple Crown

Victory’s standing asleep in his Belmont stall.
The runner-up, a half-door down, lies
in his sawdust bed. In the stands
their owners are smoking Galois,

as Arthur Healey the Irish Sweepstakes
painter did. Wives are toasted in their brimming
hats. God is a length away from being led
from his paddock. Last night

I couldn’t sleep. I saw words running
around a track, a mile and a half.
I was afraid I was seeing things, carnations,
I wouldn’t be able to write down.

Victory’s remembering what I thought
I dreamt, waking with a pen in my hand.
Seeing myself raising a glass in the infield
and not in the stands. Holding a brush

as Arthur Healey, the watercolorist did.
Urging the flash of colors in one
winning stroke. Inhaling a strong cigarette.
The moment you hear They’re off.

New at go/lib: Ask a Midd Librarian

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Thanks to lots of work from LIS staff members including Bryan and Ian, we’re trying out a new widget for the library home page. (Click on that link and scroll! You’ll notice what I’m talking about right away.)

The “Ask a Midd Librarian” widget should make it even easier for library users to get answers to their questions. It appears on every page of the library site. When librarians are logged in and available for chat, the widget says, “Chat with a Midd Librarian,” and clicking on the widget initiates a chat session. When we’re not logged, the text changes to, “Ask a Midd Librarian,” and clicking on it sends the person to a page that lists all the ways they can get help from us.

Scrolling widgets seem to be appearing all over the web these days, so it felt like a good time to test. Let us know what you think!

Liaison Discussion: Interactive Workshop Activities

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Topic: Interactive Workshop Activities. Led by Joe Antonioli, Brenda Ellis, Stacy Reardon and Carrie Macfarlane.
Who’s Invited: All liaisons and anyone who might be interested
Who’s “Required”: Primary liaisons, please try to attend if you can. Sorry in advance for any conflicts.
When and where: Friday, December 13, 10-11 am. LIB145.

Description:
We continue to experiment with techniques that make our workshops more interactive. Joe, Brenda, Stacy and Carrie will share their recent attempts, then turn the floor over to the group for discussion. Come ready to tell others about your own ideas, whether you’ve tested them in the classroom or not. Bring a laptop if you want to experiment with concept mapping. This is part 2 of our discussion from last October (October 2012: Increasing student participation in workshops).

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“Liaison Discussion Section” meetings address research and/or technology topics of interest to liaisons. They can be conversations, or presentations, or both. They take place most often on the 3rd week of the month, but in order to allow people who work different hours to attend, they’re sometimes scheduled for different days/times.