Posts by Joseph Antonioli

 
 
 

Friday Links – April 25, 2014

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3D ‘bioprinting’: 10 things you should know about how it works – The healthcare industry is trying to capitalize on 3D printing, and fast. From prosthetic limbs and various surgical devices made with plastics and metals, to using cells to print human organs, experiments in this industry are progressing quickly.

Friday Links – April 4, 2014

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The Terran Computational Calendar - Synchronized with the northern winter solstice and the UNIX Epoch, the terran computational calendar contains 13 identical months of 28 days each in addition to a short Month Zero containing only new year’s day and a single leap year day every four years (with the exception of every 128 years).

Why Facebook Acquiring Oculus Rift Is A Good Thing – Here are a lot of numbers with the word ‘billion’ in them. Facebook has 1.2 billion active users. In 2013 Facebook made $7.872 billion in revenue. Facebook could afford to pay $2 billion to acquire a technology that could have potentially been doomed to a niche market, squandering all its incredible potential, squandering a genuine chance to change the world through interactivity. This is now a potential that has an exponentially stronger chance of become a hard reality.

Infographic: See the daily routines of the world’s most famous creative people – Ever wonder how your routine stacks up against others? Check out this infographic from Info We Trust to compare your schedule to Darwin’s.

 

Recording of Webinar – Strategies for Using Moodle to Increase Learner Engagement

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The webinar starts off with some research, then transitions into a product demo of Remote-Learner’s REIN functionality.

Webinar Recording

REIN is currently in beta, and will eventually be released to the Moodle community and made available to Remote-Learner customers.

What’s New in Moodle 2.6

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Please note we are currently on Moodle 2.5, this is all information about an upgrade that has just been made available to us.

Remote-Learner is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, March 25th, from 11:30am-12:30pm.

Webinar Registration

A small group from LIS will be attending the webinar together, please contact Joe Antonioli (jantonio@middlebury.edu) if you would like to join us.

Here are some of the items that will be presented:

  • New whole-course formatting options (eg. entire course design is forum-based)
  • Simplified password recovery process
  • 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

This video is a quick overview of some of the usability and performance improvements:

and more on the pdf annotating:

Friday Links – February 21, 2014

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10 Common Misconceptions About The Flipped Classroom – What have you heard about the flipped classroom? That it’s just the latest education fad? That it only works for certain academic subjects? It’s not uncommon to come across references in the web media to poorly informed and misconstrued ideas like these. Given the value and many benefits inherent in this powerful form of blended learning, it is important that these misconceptions be addressed and dispelled.

 

Sad Keanu Reeves.

One of the most popular 3D printed items on Shapeways is “Sad Keanu Reeves.” Image: neuralfirings/Shapeways

3D printing: 10 factors still holding it back – As promising as 3D printers seem, their usefulness is still questionable. High costs, safety concerns, patents, and design complexity are all contributing to legitimate skepticism.

Friday Links – February 7, 2014

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10 ways alternative energy is about to change the way tech gets powered – Solar-powered laptops, edible battery power, spray-on solar panels, mini windmills: This may be a game-changing year for clean technology.

Solar Powered LapTop

Apple was just awarded a patent for a possible solar-powered MacBook display. Image: Apple/USPTO

 

Microsoft Names Satya Nadella Its New CEO: Nadella is the third CEO of Microsoft, and is expected to continue developing its cloud services.

BuzzFeed Style Guide: If you’ve ever wondered about style guidelines for the “language of the web,” Buzzfeed specifies writing google in all lowercase when used as a verb, inserting a hyphen in live-tweet, and writing smartphone as one word.

Two perspectives on how a scholarly journal – Cultural Anthropology – goes open access: “The PR side” from the Chronicle, and a deeper exploration of the economics and philosophy from Scholarly Kitchen.

Friday Links – January 31, 2014

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Smith, Kevin, and J.D. “Setting the Record Straight about Elsevier | Scholarly Communications @ Duke.” Accessed January 28, 2014: Highly recommended article explaining some of the nuances of academic authors, license agreements, post-prints, and copyrights.  Well worth reading.

10 ways enterprise IT Is changing – From the rising influence of marketing to the impact of mobile to the realities of offshoring, 2014 is going to have its share of trends and disruptions that affect IT.

Goodbye net neutrality… Now what? – What will an Internet without net neutrality look like? As the opinions fly, Michael P. Kassner considers what makes sense and what doesn’t.

The World’s First 3-D Printed Book Cover: A limited edition of Korean American novelist Chang-Rae Lee’s new dystopic book, On Such a Full Sea is making a splash with a 3-D cover produced by MakerBot.

Blackboard Software Will Incorporate Virtual College Bookstore – The learning-management behemoth Blackboard is getting into the virtual-campus-bookstore business.