Author Archives: Joseph Antonioli

The Canvas Pilot

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 – http://sites.middlebury.edu/canvas/

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 (http://sites.middlebury.edu/segue/2011/06/14/moodle-middlebury/). 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 – June 19, 2015

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 go.middlebury.edu/scimath or find us on the Academics page, under Science and Mathematics in the left hand menu.

Friday Links – May 15, 2015

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.

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, April 17th

From Remote-Learner, our Moodle host:
Maintenance Window: 12:00am to 4:00am ET on April 17, 2017
In order to increase the resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be conducting network maintenance during the window above. At this time, your site will be operational but may notice a slight decrease in performance.
Sincerely,
Remote-Learner Technical Support