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The upgrade of Desire2Learn from version 10.1 to 10.3 will occur on May 30, 2014 beginning at 10:00 PM.

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd May 2014

An upgrade of Desire2Learn from version 10.1 to 10.3 was completed on May 30, 2014 beginning at 10:00 PM.

If you would like a PDF version of this update, you can find it at: Spring D2L Update

For questions and issues, please contact d2L@stcloudstate.edu

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Technology Week: Social Media in Teaching and Learning

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th April 2014

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/12/04/social-media-explained/
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/11/17/connectivism-and-traditional-learning-theories/
Top 10 Social Media Management Tools: beyond Hootsuite and TweetDeck

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Online Communities of Practice

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th April 2014

UND symposium, April 25, 2014.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1TSHBku-rDiCvU_eHPKeYR0TI_AxUNMhDN_yRaYQO9gY/edit#slide=id.g273309807_085

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LRS and mobile devices: Please join us in exploring…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 22nd April 2014

Please join us in exploring our mobile devices.

Minutes from the April 23, 2014 meeting

Pamela, Greg, Rachel and Plamen met at 3pM in MC 205 and discussed:

  • ebooks
  • different OS and gadgets - iOS, Windows Surface, Android Galaxy, Kindle
    the differences. We determined that it is up to the user which one she/he prefers.
  • what can be frustrating
    Android – more difficult to organize. For an novice it is more difficult
  • WIndows Surface come with Office and Surface has a mouse pointer and USB port, which makes easy connect external mouse.
  • Pamela will buy different types of dongles (USB, VGA) for iOS, Android Galaxy and WIndows and they will be available to loan from the dean’s office.
  • Siri, consensus on the poor quality. Cortana on WIndows is to be seen. Somebody on campus using Siri to text. Google Now is the Siri equivalent.
  • Google Glass. waste of money? it has potential thought. battery is very limited. we are not sure if it connects to iPAD
  • meet once a month. ask what worked from the last group and what didn’t to determine what can be discussed. Carol Rose has an app for passwords. How many people do NOT have access to a mobile device. What people do here, work related stuff (email, notes, calendar).  A coordinator of this group monitoring free apps and suggesting to be tested in LRS. List from the former group with the apps for iOS, Android, Windows.

Log in your questions, suggestions and helpful information.

Plamen Miltenoff and Tom Hergert

InforMedia Services

informedia@stcloudstate.edu

pmiltenoff@stcloudstate.edu

trhergert@stcloudstate.edu

Contact us via social media:

IMS blog: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCSUtechinstruc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InforMediaServices?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/scsutechnology/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/scsutechinstruct

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_UMIE5r6YB8KzTF5nZJFyA

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115966710162153290760/posts/p/pub

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scsuinstructionaltechnology

 

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Center for Democracy & Technology

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 17th April 2014

Big Data and Privacy

April 17, 2014

Big data has been generating big hype for a while. In January, the White House jumped into the fray, launching a big data and privacy review. CDT participated in all three public workshops convened in connection with the review and submitted written comments.

CDT’s Big Data and Privacy Comments

In our comments, we focused on three main areas: applying the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) to both private sector and government big data programs; exploring technical measures such as de-identification to safeguard privacy; and reforming existing privacy laws, most notably the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, to account for rapid changes in the ways that digital data is collected, stored, and used.

CDT stressed that, as entities collect more data to offer innovative products and more efficient services, they must still be guided by purpose specification, consent, security, and the other elements of the FIPPs framework.

Government and Big Data

“Strong consensus is forming that the bulk collection of phone records should end.”

-Harley Geiger

The Administration says that it will end its bulk collection of telephony metadata, although the details of what will replace it remain unsettled. Meanwhile, CDT is pointing out that the laws the government has used to justify bulk collection are not limited just to phone records. Instead, they could be used to justify collection of location data, Internet browsing history, financial records, and more. CDT has been vocal in advocating the end of all forms of bulk collection, and we endorse the USA FREEDOM Act as the best legislation to do just that.

A report from the White House review is due before the end of April, but it is expected to present more questions than answers. In this complex and unsettled space, CDT will continue to work with companies and other stakeholders to develop workable approaches that will protect privacy while pursuing the benefits promised by advanced data analytics.


Check Out CDT’s New Website

CDT has launched a totally revamped website: www.cdt.org. It has a fresh new look and tools that should make our content more easily accessible. Thanks to our partners at iStrategy Labs for their creative and technical efforts on the new site.

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Technology Week: Bring your ideas and questions

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 13th April 2014

  • Bring your ideas and questions
    • Monday
      Petting Zoo: hands-on interaction with a variety of tablets and e-readers
    • Tuesday
      Digital Lab: create your own video, music, photography and design project
    • Wednesday
      Petting Zoo: hands-on interaction with a variety of tablets and e-readers
    • Thursday
      Digital Lab: create your own video, music, photography and design project
    • Friday
      Digital Lab: create your own video, music, photography and design project

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Technology Week: March 31-April 4, “Microsoft Apps and alternatives”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th March 2014

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instructional sessions avaialble on the Adobe Creative Cloud Master Collection

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th March 2014

With the announcement of the site license for the Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premier Pro, Fireworks, Flash, Lightroom, and more) InforMedia Services will be offering instruction, consulting, and support for faculty, staff, and students who want to learn and use these tools. We expect to schedule specific workshops in the next few weeks. Until those are publicized, please email informedia@stcloudstate.edu for assistance. We can work with individuals, groups of faculty, staff, or students, or present opportunities to classes.

Please let us know how we can help you— informedia@stcloudstate.edu.

Plamen Miltenoff and Tom Hergert

InforMedia Services

informedia@stcloudstate.edu

pmiltenoff@stcloudstate.edu

trhergert@stcloudstate.edu

Contact us via social media:

IMS blog: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCSUtechinstruc

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InforMediaServices?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/scsutechnology/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/scsutechinstruct

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_UMIE5r6YB8KzTF5nZJFyA

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115966710162153290760/posts/p/pub

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scsuinstructionaltechnology

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D2L Version 10.3 upgrade, testing for the upgrade, and D2L tools

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th March 2014

D2L Update

This update will include information on D2L Version 10.3 upgrade, testing for the upgrade, and D2L tools.

D2L will be upgraded to version 10.3 (includes version 10.2 as well) on May 30 beginning at 10 p.m.  The upgrade will provide the following benefits:

·        Quiz and Survey edit/create screens re-organized with new layout

·        Discussion tool revamped with new navigation to improve flow

·        Content tool will be the central/starting point of activity for teacher and learner

·        Content navigation improvements for viewing progress

·        A full listing of improvements can be viewed at community.desire2learn.com

 

You can review all of the planned changes in this upgrade by viewing D2L’s “Learning Environment 10.3 Features Guide” at available at the D2L Community Site. In order to do so, you need a user account to get access to D2L’s documentation. To login or create an account please visit:  https://community.desire2learn.com/login/.
Select the Enrollment link to create a new account.

Once you are successfully logged into D2L’s Community Site, select the “Documentation” link on the top navigation bar to access the Desire2Learn 10.3 Resource Center. (snapshot desirable here)
You can also find the Version 10.2 Features Guide by selecting “Archives in LOR”, then Learning Suite 10.2. (snapshot desirable here)

There will be a D2L version 10.3 testing period available for faculty before the May 30th upgrade, which will start towards the end of April.  Additional information will be send out regarding how to participate in this testing period.

Below are two documents on  the current tools, features, or permissions available in D2L, or additional third party tools which can be integrated with D2L. Please review the two documents below.

Questions can be referred to D2L@stcloudstate.edu

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Technology-orientation week: Social Media

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st March 2014

March 24-28 – Social Media week

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