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Course Sites and New Services

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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

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.

Curricular Innovations

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.

Moodle Update on Friday, August 29th at 11:59pm

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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.

Friday Links – August 8, 2014

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10 robots you'll find in unexpected places

10 robots you’ll find in unexpected places

Would you pick up a hitchhiking robot? 10 robots you’ll find in unexpected places

The 10 most cringe-worthy tech movies ever made – If movie scenes with ultra-fast typing make you shake your head, here are 10 terrible tech films guaranteed to make you wince.

Friday Links – August 1, 2014

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Wellograph

The Wellograph watch.

Looks are everything in wearable tech – Fashion and design increase the appeal of wearable tech devices, according to panelists at the Wearable Tech Expo in New York.

Moodle Maintenance on Saturday, July 12th

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From Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:

Dear Valued Client,

In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be conducting network maintenance on 7/12/2014 between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m., EDT. During most of this period your site will be operational, but there may be short periods of connection loss to the internet.

Sincerely,

Remote-Learner Technical Support

Moodle 2.6 Update

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Middlebury’s instance of Moodle will be updated to 2.6 on June 3rd, between the hours of 5pm and 8pm.

In March, we shared some information on the new features of Moodle that will be available in this update: http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/16/whats-new-in-moodle-2-6/ The include

  • New whole-course formatting options (eg. entire course design is forum-based)
  • Annotate uploaded .PDFs in-browser, with tick and cross stamps
  • Enhanced mark-up, feedback & grade-review/release options
  • Backup & restore courses larger than 4 GB More responsive, flexible
  • TinyMCE editor for multi-device design, readability
  • Better performance & functionality–faster, and uses fewer resources

You can see more of the new features at: http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/16/whats-new-in-moodle-2-6/#sthash.xh0gC3pY.dpuf

One change to note: the links to edit an activity in Moodle are no longer displayed as small icons, they now appear in an EDIT menu.

Before

Before

After

After

If you have questions about the new features in Moodle, please contact your Liaison (http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons), Joe Antonioli, or Heather Stafford.

Friday Links, May 23, 2014

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Fun and inspiring CSS examples and animation effects – Get inspired by the elegant use of CSS, CSS3, and jQuery or JavaScript in these examples. Also, learn about a fantastic new resource for brushing up on your CSS vocabulary.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Middlebury Faculty Seeks to Cut Ties With Online-Education Company.  In a nonbinding vote, professors overwhelmingly opposed a business venture with a company called K12 to sell online language courses to elementary and secondary schools.