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iMovie features

6 Hidden iMovie Features for Better Instructional Videos


1. Change the volume of a clip

2. Crop and zoom clips

3. Rotate the video

4. Add Picture-in-picture videoin-picture overlay window.

5. Fade out the sound

6. Split video to remove sections

more on video editing in this blog:

VR gaming backpack

HP’s VR gaming backpack is light, thin, and still a prototype; It feels pretty good!

By Adi Robertson

Alienware, Zotac, and MSI have all shown off self-contained backpacks that can be used with the HTC Vive, and companies like The Void have created their own “backtops” for location-based entertainment.


more on virtual reality in this blog:

Key Issues in Teaching and Learning 2016

This year we’d like to involve a wider segment of the teaching and learning community to help us design the survey.  Please join us online for one of two 30-minute discussion sessions:

Sept 14 at 12pm ET OR Sept 15 at 2pm ET
To join, just go to on the date and time of the session and join as a guest. No registration or login needed.


Key Issues in Teaching and Learning 2016

Key Issues in Teaching and Learning 2016

1. Academic Transformation

3. Assessment of Learning

4. Online and Blended Learning

5. Learning Analytics

6. Learning Space Design

8. Open Educational Resources & Content

9. Working with Emerging Technology

10. Next Gen Digital Learning Environments (NGDLE) & Services

11. Digital & Informational Literacies

12. Adaptive Learning

13. Mobile Learning

14. Evaluating Tech-Based Instructional Innovations

15. Evolution of the Profession

D2L video conferencing

my note: Finally

Increase engagement and improve collaboration with two-way video – explore the new Virtual Classroom tool in Brightspace.

Date:Time: 2:00 PM ET Duration: 1 hour Presenters: Jeff Lewis Associate Professor of Business, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Chief Learning Officer, YouSeeU  Laura Brick Senior Partner Marketing Manager, D2L

online discussion Reddit style

BLEND-ONLINE] Looking for private, Reddit-style vote up/down discussion tool

From: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Sharon Strauss
Sent: Friday, June 03, 2016 10:46 AM
Subject: Re: [BLEND-ONLINE] Looking for private, Reddit-style vote up/down discussion tool


Thanks for all the online and offline responses. A quick summary of where I am with this project, and the various solutions offered.

Piazza–Piazza will integrate with our LMS via LTI and we do have it. As far as I can tell, after some initial enthusiasm for it a few years ago, nobody here has been using. Thus, I cannot speak to the spam issue that Nina raised. Still, I looked at it and do not see any vote up/down option on it. It is structured more as a Q & A organizer. There is an option for professors to rate an answer as good or bad, but that it is different from a popular vote.

WordPress Theme or Plugin–I found a couple of vote up/down WordPress solutions. However, as far as I can tell, none are actively maintained. The most recent I saw is a couple of years old.

Google Moderator–This looks like it may have been just what we want, but Google retired the program last year. Currently you just get the message, “We’ve retired Google Moderator. The site is no longer available in any form, but you can get to data from past Moderator series through our “Download your Data” tool.

Brightspace–May work for those that have it, but we do not.

Canvas–Perhaps another area where it beats Moodle. However, we do not have it and I’m not sure we want to get it at this time.

Drupal–This might work! I did not see an up/down vote option with, but it seems there are a few options.  I’m looking into this further.
Commercial options–I got suggestions for commercial software such as and Both seem like they could work, but I don’t know if we have a budget for this.

FYI, I got more detail from the professor about the project. I learned he is not looking for a classroom solution. He is looking to lead a potentially sensitive and controversial campus-wise conversation. Thus, this might not be the best place to have posted. Still, maybe someone else on the list will also find this useful.



Sharon Strauss
Instructional Technology Services
Haverford College

D2L PIE idea

View D2L Brightspace PIE ideas

what is PIE:The Product Idea Exchange

The Product Idea Exchange is allows all D2L Brightspace clients to submit feature requests (i.e. PIE ideas) directly to D2L.  The site allows its community members to:
(1) vote for ideas submitted by other community members,
(2) receive email notifications on ideas, and
(3) contribute to and collaborate on ideas.

Where do I submit my ideas for feature requests? for instructions on how to create a Brightspace community account.


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