Archive for the 'technology' Category

Associating dropbox folders with grading items

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th February 2014

Pls consider additional sources on the bottom of this entry

select the dropbox folder and click on edit folder

scroll down and choose the grading times, which needs to be associated with that folder.

D2L Dropbox: Creating a Dropbox Folder

Techweek: Hybrid (Blended) and Distributive Learning

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd February 2014

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th February 2014

http://blog.red-website-design.co.uk/2014/02/14/12-steps-to-create-the-perfectly-optimised-webpage/

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Alternative to expensive image processing apps such as Photoshop

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th February 2014

Cloud-based: http://www.webresizer.com/resizer/

Gimp

Inkscape

http://www.gimp.org/

group registration for Minnesota Desire2Learn IGNITE 2014

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 13th February 2014

Minnesota Desire2Learn IGNITE 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)

If you are planning to attend the MN D2L Ignite event and would like to be considered for a group registration ($80) versus individual registration of$95, please share your intention as soon as possible: d2L@stcloudstate.edu

g.stcloudstate.edu/ims

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D2L Course Purge

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th February 2014

Per MnSCU System Office:

As we continue on with the purge schedule of retaining the previous two years of courses, we will send reminders prior to these dates:

July 1, 2014 purging will begin on these semester courses:   Spring 2012 (ISRS YRTR 20125)

October 1, 2014 purging will begin on these semester courses:   Summer 2012 (ISRS YRTR 20131)

February 1, 2015 purging will begin on these semester courses:   Fall 2012  (ISRS YRTR 20133)

d2L@stcloudstate.edu
g.stcloudstate.edu/ims

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D2L Course Purge

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th February 2014

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Update: Feb 10 Email Notifcations from D2L

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 10th February 2014

Per MnSCU System Office:
The D2L email queue completed sending all pending messages Friday evening (Feb 7)and since that time the email has been processing on schedule, with no excessive backlogs.  We continue to monitor the queue and will keep you informed of the status.
d2L@stcloudstate.edu

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VideoNotes: free web tool that allows students to take notes on a video they are watching.

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 7th February 2014

VideoNotes (http://www.videonot.es/) is a free web tool that allows students to take notes on a video they are watching. The notes are synchronized with the video being watched. The good thing about VideoNotes is that it is integrated into Google Drive which means that students will be able to save their notes directly to their Drive account and access, edit, and work on them anytime they want. All the notes are time-stamped.

Open or free learner response software (i.e. BYOD clickers)

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 7th February 2014

Excellent thread in the LinkedIn Higher Education Teaching and Learning discussion group:

Open or free learner response software (i.e. BYOD clickers)?

Ph.D. Student, Experienced Software Engineer & Education Enthusiast

I am currently preparing for next semester. A learner response system allows the instructor (or presenting students) to easily interact with a large audience by posing questions or problem statements, and then collecting all responses which can be shown in real-time on the projection screen. In particular, a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) system is one that only needs software (such as Learning Catalytics) and runs on any smartphone or tablet with internet access, which the students already have.

So far, I have not found a free learner response system (or “clicker”). I like the features of Learning Catalytics, but it’s difficult to convince students or the department to spend that much money (12\$ per student). Also, the professor (and I also) categorically dislike any non-free solutions (many of us in Computer-Science are big fans of open-source, especially when it comes to the essentials, such as education).

Please note: This might not seem much to American education, but it is in most other countries, especially when that’s the price of a text book and even enrollment. After all, education should ideally be free (feel free to argue with me privately if you disagree).