Month: May 2008

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Podcasting…But Were Afraid To Ask!

Posted by on May 29, 2008

"Podcasting" is a term that actually encompasses a number of different technologies, all working together to deliver audio and/or video content on a particular topic. A podcast is different from a normal audio file (such as a music file) in that they also allow a user to subscribe to a podcast feed, such that as […]

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Dial F for Frankenstein

Posted by on May 28, 2008

In 1964, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke wrote a short story titled "Dial F for Frankenstein", wherein he postulated the idea that the phone network (this was written long before the Internet as we know it today existed) had become so large and complex it was effectively a giant brain that becomes self-aware. The […]

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Technology Learning Space Implementation — We are not alone

Posted by on May 27, 2008

Educause Quarterly has an article in their most recent issue about technology learning spaces–more specifically, a technology-enhanced learning studio implemented at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), one of our sister campuses. According to authors Jim Tom, Kenneth Voss, and Christopher Scheetz, their project was an unqualified success, leading to increased student and faculty satisfaction […]

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Physics Simulations Available from Unversity of Colorado at Boulder

Posted by on May 27, 2008

I found a suite of physics simulations (one of the simulations is a chemistry simulation) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. These are Java-based simulations so if you want to view them you will need to have the proper Java Runtime Environment installed on your system. Standard desktop systems at Missouri S&T should already […]

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Morphing web sites

Posted by on May 27, 2008

Network World has an article in their latest online issue that discusses the use of "morphing web sites" for increasing sales revenue for advertisers. The basic idea is that a web site "shapes" itself to a user’s preferences as the user navigates through the web site. The advertisements that are delivered to the web site […]

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Paper-based instruction an archaic (and obsolete) tool of the past?

Posted by on May 22, 2008

In an article in the latest issue of Campus Technology, Dr. Trent Batson argues that paper-based instructional tools–i.e. the "traditional" means by which students learned in the past–are no longer much relevant in a Web 2.0 world. The challenge for faculty who need to provide meaningful instruction to students is to engage the students in […]

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Archiving Your Blackboard Course

Posted by on May 21, 2008

It’s the end of the semester and while we are looking forward to summer, there are a few things you can do to help prepare for next year. One of those is to archive your Blackboard course to be ready to use the material in coming semesters. Why would you archive? Archiving is great for […]

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And now for something completely different…The famous presidential debate on Blogs v. Wikis

Posted by on May 20, 2008

I found the following video on YouTube (of course). Since this is a highly-charged political year, I thought this might be an entertaining diversion. When it comes to providing content online for students, particularly when using a Web 2.0 technology such as a blog or a wiki, instructors have to weigh the benefits of each […]

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Using Facebook for Creating Study Groups

Posted by on May 15, 2008

Some time ago, Campus Technology published an article about a student in Toronto who set up an online study group inside Facebook. At its peak, his group included 146 students. However, the instructor for the class didn’t approve, so punished the student (Chris Avenir) by charging him with academic misconduct. The homework questions counted for […]

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"7 Things You Should Know About…" Series from Educause Learning Initiative

Posted by on May 13, 2008

Since 2005, the Educause Learning Initiative has been releasing a series of briefs–one a month–outlining new and emerging learning technologies. Each brief starts with a plausible scenario that introduces the technology in question. The brief then asks the following seven questions: * What is it? * Who’s doing it? * How does it work? * […]

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