Tag Archives: Case Studies

Aesthetics of the Moving Image

Louisa Stein is an assistant professor of Film and Media Culture.  In the spring of 2010, I interviewed Prof. Stein about her use of technology in a number of her courses.  Below is a screencast from that interview that describes her use of WordPress and Moodle in a first year seminar course on the “Aesthetics of the Moving Image.”.


Course Hub Case Studies

The Course Hub is being actively used by a variety of courses this fall.  To give a sense of the different ways faculty are using this new platform, we’ve made a short screencast that shows a number of courses and some the resources they have linked to their course hub sites.

New Teaching with Technology Case Studies

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).

New Blog Theme

Adam reviewed the code for ShadowBox, the new WordPress theme I developed and installed it in on WordPress at Midd.  Of course, I immediately used it on our CT team blog and took advantage of some of its capabilities to give a sense of the new possibilities for layout and presentation that it introduces.

I should make it clear that this theme doesn’t introduce any functionality that other themes haven’t explored.  It is modeled first and foremost on Kubrick, the default WordPress theme.  In addition to this basic theme, I looked at a number of the most popular themes at wordpress.org including Atahualpa, Ahimsa, iNove to get a sense of the direction of theme development in the WordPress community.

I am hoping this will help us determine where we want to publish our work.  In particular, whether we want to merge all of our work into the new LIS blog and discontinue this blog or perhaps keep this blog around an example of innovative uses of WordPress…

Knowledge Exchange

Sites devoted to knowledge exchange are common in information technology.  One particularly good one is stackoverflow.com.  This particular site is exceptional for the following reasons:

  1. Anybody can ask a question or answer a question.
  2. Logged in users of the site can build a reputation by asking good questions or giving good answers
  3. Users with high reputations can do more on the site
  4. Any user (with moderate reputation) can rate an existing question or answer
  5. Any user (with moderate reputation) can edit an existing question or answer to make either better
  6. Best rated answers get pushed to the top

We could try to do something similar on this blog.  I know I have a bunch of questions I need to find answers too.  Some of these questions require a bit of expertise to find answers to, but others probably can be answered with a few google searches.