At its annual conference in June, ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education, is holding a series of fast-paced “Ignite” sessions for educators to present a series of innovative ideas in rapid-fire succession. They welcome proposals; the initial application form is due April 25.
Digication has just announced major improvements to its ePortfolio download feature. The download feature has gone through a major update and is now more stable and reliable. The download ePortfolio features gives end users the ability to download their ePortfolio at anytime. The downloaded ePortfolio will include all the standard html pages of the ePortfolio as well as any files and media that were uploaded to the ePortfolio (including large format videos).
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Exciting news for Mac users working with NVivo: the beta of NVivo for Mac has been released! You can download the beta version from the QSR company’s website. Because it is a beta, you do not need to enter a licence key; the beta is free for everyone and will operate until June, when the full release version is released. You will need to download a licence key from BU to operate the full release version; we will make that available when the version comes out.
Please bear in mind two important cautions about this current Mac version. First, it is a beta test version; that means you can expect some bugs. Make sure to back up all sensitive data regularly; if reliable operation is crucial to work, you should probably wait until the full version is available, and use the Windows version in the meantime. Second, because it is being built from scratch, even the release version will not have the full functionality of the Windows version to start with, though the intent is to add this in. More
Next week, Turnitin will host a free webcast to share strategies for enhancing student understanding of academic citation and integrity for multimedia presentations. It will be held at 1pm on March 5. Register to attend.
Registration for BU’s first four MOOCs (massive open online courses) opened on edx.org on 2/25. The four BU courses — Sabermetrics 101 (Andy Andres), War for the Greater Middle East (Andrew Bacevich), The Art of Poetry (Robert Pinsky) & Alien Worlds — join the ranks of those offered by a select group of universities on the Harvard & MIT-founded platform, and hope to appeal to tens of thousands learners around the globe by offering a taste of some of BU’s best.
Supported by BU’s Digital Learning Initiative, MOOCs are a part of a larger campus-wide effort to encourage and support innovative faculty-driven projects in digital learning. As the DLI team wrote in a recent article in InsideHigherEd, now is the time to ask bold questions about the value of residential and online learning, about regional and interdisciplinary pedagogical cooperation, and meaningful metrics about students’ opportunities, agency and resilience in the higher ed ecosystem. It is our hope that MOOCs can be both an active part of and catalyst for engaging with these queries and their complex answers.
The abstracts and agenda are now available for BU’s sixth annual Instructional Innovation Conference, to be held March 7 by the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching. Please register if you’re interested in attending.
The McGraw-Hill Campus Leader Speaker Series, hosted by professors around the US, offers institutional perspectives on emerging approaches to teaching and learning focused on improving student performance and retention. The series touches on many areas of focus for campus leaders including remedial education, STEM, course redesign, preparing faculty for success, and documenting and reporting student performance. More
CCUMC, the Consortium of College and University Media Centers, presents a webinar on copyright updates for the digital age on February 28, 2014 at 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. The workshop promises to:
- Give you a better understanding of Fair Use in terms of dealing with media
- Help you to become more empowered to interpret copyright law in order to be less risk-averse
- Increase your awareness of issues surrounding copyright in media
Panelists include Lindley Shedd, Media Services Coordinator at the University of Alabama; Jane Hutchison, Associate Director of Instruction & Research Technology at William Paterson University; and Anthony Helm, Head of Digital Media and Library Technologies at Dartmouth College. If you are interested, register here.
COMSOL Multiphysics will be hosting a workshop directly on the BU campus on March 6. COMSOL is used by to engineers, chemists, physicists, biologists, and anyone else interested in modeling and simulation of real-world multiphysics systems. The planned speaker is Dr Jinlan Huang, who has a PhD from BU in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. More
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (CEIT) have just announced the Gerald and Deanne Gitner Family Innovation in Teaching with Technology Award, open to most BU full-time faculty members. The Gitner Award recognizes the faculty member or team that best exemplifies innovation in teaching by use, development, or adaptation of technology that results in positive learning outcomes for undergraduate students and that is recognized or adopted by faculty colleagues within or outside Boston University. Each year an award recipient will be selected and receive a $10 000 prize. More