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Friday links – Nov. 2

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What’s the Secret to Learning a Second Language? (salon.com) – talks about language acquisition methods, with contributions from Middlebury’s own Michael Geisler.

Wondering what the fuss over Open Access is all about?  Do you like cartoons and animation?  This video is for you!

LMS Evaluation Updates

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The Curricular Technology Team in collaboration with Shel Sax and academic liaisons has organized a number of learning management system (LMS) training workshops, see:
Segue from Segue > LMS Pilot Training Sessions

CTLR LMS Roundtable discussion

The first workshop in the 6th annual CTLR Pedagogy Series was a discussion of LMS platforms lead by Mary Ellen Bertolini, Jason Mittell and Louisa Burnham.  Online discussion, assignments and grading were all hot topics.

Sakai Overview and Training

Yesterday, Scott Siddall from Longsight, an open source service provider, lead a day long training session in Sakai.  A number of faculty have agreed to pilot Sakai this spring and attended the afternoon session to get an overview of the platform and hands-on training.  There will be more training sessions next week.  Here are dates:

  • 10 – 11:30 am, Tuesday, Jan 18th, Library 105 – Shel Sax
  • 2 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, Jan 20th, Library 105 – Shel Sax

Moodle Overview and Training

Tomorrow and Friday, I’ll lead a workshop on Moodle, providing an overview of this LMS platform and then hands-on training for faculty who have agreed to pilot it.  Here is schedule:

  • 2 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, January 13, Library 105 – Alex Chapin
  • 2 – 3:30 pm, Friday, January 14, Library 105 – Alex Chapin

While all of these training sessions are primarily for pilot participants, other faculty and staff are encouraged to attend at least the first part of these sessions where we’ll give an overview of the platforms and their distinguishing characteristics.

New Teaching with Technology Case Studies

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Carrie Macfarlane has recently added two new posts to the Teaching with Technology blog on case studies she has done with faculty in the Biology department.  The first is on an evolution simulation model developed by Matt Landis for his course on “Ecology and Evolution” (BIOL0140).  The other is on the use of wireless projection by Chris Watters in his class on “Human Nutrition from an Evolutionary Perspective” (BIOL0222).