David Hopkins, who manages the Broadcast Center at Princeton, needed a unified, centralized solution for users to upload, store, backup, edit, and share video. Kaltura is an open source video streaming service that has done those things since its launch earlier this year. The Princeton home page, Blackboard courses, social media venues, departmental sites, and other users have greatly increased the amount of video that they are sharing, and Hopkins needed a tool that would meet those increased needs. The goal was to centralize storage, backup and management of video and audio files, and make them available in a variety of formats to meet the needs of a long list of devices. Continue reading
Jeffrey Himpele, who directs the McGraw Center’s Graduate Teaching Transcript Program, leads pedagogy workshops and individual teaching consultations for graduate students & faculty (http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/about/staff/), and directs Princeton’s program of online courses offered on Coursera.org. He spoke to the Lunch & Learn audience on November 7th, 2012 about the Coursera Project and Princeton’s involvement.
One of the most notable things about Coursera is its large adoption numbers, despite less than a year in use. Almost two million students have enrolled in Coursera, which offers free online access to classes, including lectures, readings, course content and assessments. At the time of this writing, in November of 2012, there are 1,822,099 participants, called Courserians, documented in a number that appears at the top of the home page at http://coursera.org and updated every few seconds. Princeton began offering 9 courses in Coursera taught by 7 faculty in May, 2012. Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng launched the service in 2012 and now there are 34 institutions (https://www.coursera.org/universities). There are 203 courses as of today in Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/courses). Continue reading
In this session, Nancy Pressman-Levy and Jeremy Darrington talked about the features of Princeton Library’s tool for discovering and accessing scholarly resources provided by the library, available at http://searchit.princeton.edu. Searchit@PUL
Darrington discussed Books+, which helps patrons to find books, journals, electronic resources, CDs, DVDs, and maps. In the database, there are about 10 million items. While it does not allow for full text search, it has all the items of the main catalog but also senior theses, locally digitized images, and special collections.
He then went on to show Articles+, which has journal and magazine articles, newspaper articles, dissertations, book reviews, streaming video and audio. This database has 600 million items, mostly newspaper articles and scholarly journal articles. This service does allow for full-text searching.
In demonstrations of SearchIt@PUL by both Darrington and Pressman-Levy, we saw how searches on “torture” or “politics” give thousands of results, which might be initially unwieldy for scholars, but by applying filters, one may limit the results to books, journals, video, manuscripts, several languages, creation date, or subject. One can then sort results by relevance, date, and author.
A click into the full record for an item shows useful metadata and full details about the item. Clicking on locations and availability tells you the exact location of an item in on-campus sites, such as Firestone Library, or ReCAP, which the Library uses for offsite storage (http://recap.princeton.edu/about/virtual_tour/). There are links back to the main original catalog record as well, and links out to Google Books for more information about each item.
There are bibliographic tools in the systems as well, where you can mark records, then go to eshelf, then email them to yourself or export to Endnote or Refworks. Scholars can even do a search, then set up an alert to track issues. For the entire set of features that Darrington and Pressman-Levy went over in their demonstrations, please watch the video below.
This week at Lunch & Learn, Janet Temos talked about flipping lectures using TED Ed. TED, a global conference and learning organization, has many initiatives, and TED Ed is one focused on teaching and learning. TED Ed benefits instructors and students because it seeks to allow instructors to use high-quality videos as shared learning objects in their teaching. On their sites, they describe the project as “TED’s education initiative. Our mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world.” The project pairs great instructors with great animators to bring lectures to life and to take high concepts and make them highly accessible. There is also a quizzing engine that allows instructors to assess student learning, understanding and outcomes. Temos also showed how instructors might use Blackboard to present both video and assessment tools in a more well-known environment at Princeton than TED Ed. A screencast of the session is below.
This week, we welcomed back Janet Temos to talk to our Lunch & Learn audience about touch technologies in teaching at Princeton. In her talk, she discussed interactive whiteboards, like SMART technologies’ SMARTboards, multitouch LCDs, & Sympodium podium based interactive monitors, and iPads as interactive whiteboard surrogates. Temos demonstrated some of the software solutions for both Macs and PCs that drive and enable these innovative pieces of hardware, including SMART technology’s Notebook software, Meeting Pro software, and the Bridgit service, which integrates lecture capture, distance meeting, and screen sharing capabilities with SMART devices. Finally, she showed how a faculty member could use iPad apps like Doceri to remotely present, control, annotate, and otherwise run a classroom desktop machine. An audio-only recording of her talk is below.