April 26, 2010
April 13, 2010
Since the CDLR is all about bridging and making connections but most importantly - we are all about sharing information! Here are some links to free webinars that may be of interest and are grouped into categories:
Backchannel (passing digital notes)
- A Conversation with danah boyd About the Backchannel - http://www.nmc.org/connect/2010/january/25
Digital Storytelling (using multimedia to engage in a traditional practice)
- Michael Wesch and Digital Ethnography - http://www.nmc.org/connect/wesch
- Connect@NMC: Rich Media Publishing with Sophie -...
April 12, 2010
While many non-technical users are flocking to Google Sites to create free, easy to update websites, I recently found another option. Like Google, Yola provides free web hosting and a powerful site builder, but also offers access to over one hundred customizable templates, 1 GB of storage, basic blogging functionality, and integration with many popular web services from Google, Flickr, and Youtube. What's more, I have found the Yola website builder easier to use and much more intuitive than what Google offers.
Yola also allows users to register or use an existing domain name if they do not want to have a yoursite.yolasite.com URL.
It will be interesting to see if students and teachers adopt Yola as a means to create rich new media projects.Read More
April 1, 2010
Something to keep in mind as we move forward.
I think this consumer vs. producer distinction is helpful in most circumstances, most notably in our overall push toward advocating media fluencies. As we begin to engage ourselves and our constituents with more complex technologies, this is an argument for building up our own abilities to code. At the same time, we should resist the easy binary and recognize that even producers spend much of their time consuming, and that the smartest producers rarely start from scratch.
March 18, 2010
DH SoCal has just been born: http://dhsocal.blogspot.com
This site is a hub for connecting the various individuals and groups working on Digital Humanities issues in Southern California. The hub and collected bios are useful, and the calendar is essential: http://dhsocal.blogspot.com/p/events.html
Sign up to join in the fun.
March 4, 2010
The next major version of the Moodle learning management system is nearing its beta release. Curious to see what Moodle 2.0 would offer, I set up a few instances of the development build for testing. I am enthusiastic about the new version based upon what I’ve see, but also anxious. Many of the changes represent a major step forward in the future of the LMS, but upgrading to Moodle 2.0 will be a challenging task for Occidental and many other institutions. I have decided to write briefly about the challenges and opportunities Moodle 2.0 may offer for institutions hoping to upgrade later this year.
Moodle 2.0 will have a very different look and feel. Version 2.0 changes how themes and templates work, allowing for more flexibility. However, custom themes for previous version of Moodle will have to be completely redesigned to work for v. 2.0. Many of the icons used in previous versions of Moodle have also changed, which could...Read More
February 26, 2010
As we head into the semester where faculty are beginning to write and prepare midterms, as an Instructional Technologist I feel I am obligated to demonstrate uses of technology which I think will help faculty prepare their students so they can do well in all their exams and classes. I planned a workshop which involved giving faculty an opportunity to experience Moodle from a student's perspective which in turn I would hope they could see the potential of using Moodle in another manner. I also wanted to have faculty converse and share their experiences with what about and how has Moodle affected their teaching.
The beginning of the workshop involved faculty logging into Moodle to take a quiz simulating the use of an available practice quiz. Based upon feedback, quiz takers can receive instant feedback and awareness of which areas they should focus studying in if they did not perform particularly well. Providing...Read More
February 25, 2010
Décalages, an online peer-reviewed journal focused on Louis Althusser, debuted last week, as the first Occidental College Scholar (OxyScholar) journal. This first issue is the result of months of hard work by Warren Montag, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Oxy, and an international editorial collective dedicated to the study of Althusser’s works.
According to the journal’s objective, Décalages aims to “establish a global community of those working on Althusser. Every essay submitted will be carefully peer-reviewed not with the aim of imposing a single interpretation of Althusser, but precisely to strengthen the diversity of views and encourage discussion and debate.”
February 23, 2010
February 21, 2010
The Digital Media and Learning Hub hosted the First Annual Digital Media and Learning conference in San Diego this weekend. The conference, themed to emphasize "diversifying participation," brought together over four hundred participants interested in the relationship between technology, teaching, and learning across a spectrum of educational environments. With over sixty panels and workshops, this event featured not only the dozens of researchers who have been working on this MacArthur-funded enterprise over the past five years, but also graduate students, technologists, educators at many different levels, activists, and performers. As I understand it, this event was meant to kick off the second phase of the broad Digital Media and Learning project, moving from the focused efforts stimulated...Read More