Posts by Joseph Antonioli


Friday Links – October 2, 2015

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 Image: Erin Carson/TechRepublic

Image: Erin Carson/TechRepublic

Smithsonian Innovation Festival: 10 projects changing humanity’s future

The second annual Innovation Festival at the American History Museum in Washington, DC showcased some of today’s the boldest and most practical thinking.

The Canvas Pilot

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Our current Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle, was adopted back in 2011. Four years later we are reflecting on whether Moodle is still the best LMS to serve the growing needs of Middlebury. This fall we are doing a pilot to evaluate Canvas and determine whether we want to continue with Moodle or move to Canvas. You can learn more about Canvas and Middlebury’s evaluation by following this site –

Since it has launched over 1,200 colleges, universities and school districts have adopted Canvas, including many of our peer and neighboring institutions, including Amherst,  Williams, Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth. It uses modern technology and service management, has a user-centric design, and the features that are common to an LMS are easier to find and use.

Some of the appealing features that are worth exploring are:

What about Moodle?

Middlebury adopted Moodle as its LMS in 2011 after a year-long evaluation ( At that time it was decided that we would use Moodle for a minimum of 5 years. At the end of the 5 years we would ask ourselves: Is Moodle still the right LMS for Middlebury? The 5 years will end in August of 2016.

The Canvas evaluation should not be considered as a sign that Middlebury intends to stop using, supporting, or expanding the platform. This is simply an opportunity to consider other options and review our use of Moodle.

Friday Links – August 28, 2015

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NMC has released the second Library Edition of it’s Horizon Report, it explores academic and research libraries in a global context. You can download the report here:

Download theNMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition (PDF)

The report explores some of the same trends and challenges that we are talking about. Below is a video summary.

Friday Links – June 26, 2015

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Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX is even cooler than Tesla – Environmentally friendly cars are important, but Elon Musk’s SpaceX may have an even bigger impact on our lives.


A photo SpaceX released of one of the launches of Falcon 9, which left Earth just before sunset in early 2015.

Friday Links – June 19, 2015

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Chemical trick speeds up 3D printing – With a trick of chemistry, researchers have sped up, and smoothed, the process of three-dimensional (3D) printing, producing objects in minutes instead of hours.


scimath The new Middlebury Science and Mathematics feature page — where you can find science news, and events calendar, and department and resource information all in one place — is now live! Visit us at or find us on the Academics page, under Science and Mathematics in the left hand menu.

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, June 5th

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From Remote-Learner, our Moodle Host: has been scheduled for Production Upgrade at 01:00 EDT on 5-JUN-2015.

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Friday Links – May 15, 2015

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The Programmable Table

The Programmable Table

From self-assembling furniture to curving racing car wings, seven GIFs that show the future of 4D printing – Today building something means getting our hands dirty – hammering wood, welding metal and cementing bricks. But what if everyday objects could build themselves? If tables could snap into shape when you got them home, or pipes could contract and expand to alter the flow of water.

The science of The Avengers, as told by the American Chemical Society:

Atheer Labs

Atheer Labs

3D smart glasses will transform workflows around the world, says Atheer’s CEO – The augmented reality future is now for workers using 3D smart glasses in healthcare, warehousing, construction, and oil and gas industries, notes Atheer Labs CEO Alberto Torres.