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Tech Spotlights: Embedding video into your Blackboard course

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Here’s the slideshow presentation from our Technology Spotlight Series on 3/23/2010. The topic was how to embed a YouTube video into your Blackboard course.

Here’s a link to the handout for this topic:

How to Embed Video into Your Blackboard Course (PDF)

Lunch & Learn: Digital Inequality with Paul DiMaggio

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English: Graph of internet users per 100 inhabitants between 1997 and 2007 by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recreated in OpenOffice Calc, source: http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/statistics/ict/graphs/internet.jpg) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Internet’s early years, some observers believed that the new technology would reduce social inequality in at least two ways. First, by reducing the price of information, it would make information more available, and therefore level the playing field. Second, because young people appeared to have the inside track in mastering and using the new technologies (and because youth is negatively associated with wealth and uncorrelated with other indicators of socioeconomic status), some felt that the advantage of the young would likewise reduce certain kinds of inequality in access to and use of information. By contrast, other more jaded observers predicted that the well to do and well educated would use their resources to extract more benefit from the Web than for their less prosperous and well schooled neighbors, reproducing or even exacerbating inequality rather than moderating it.

In his Lunch ‘n Learn seminar on December 2, Paul DiMaggio addressed three issues. First, what is the status of the digital divide? Which divides (i.e. inequality in access to the Internet between which groups) have persisted and which have moderated over time, and why? Second, once people go on-line, how does social inequality shape their experience, how they use the Internet and what they get out of it? Third, what difference does it make? What evidence addresses the question of whether access to and use of the internet does (or does not) improve people’s life chances and ability to participate in their communities?

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The next great blovel


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Bovelspot’s name is a bit hard to remember until you get an idea of what it is they are trying to do.  Blovel is a contraction of blog and novel.  The website says that a blovel is a novel you write very quickly in 40 chapters of around 1,000 characters each.  The website goes on to say:

“The hardest part of writing a novel is starting it.  A blovel will produce a manuscript in very little time that you can turn into a novel.”


Lunch & Learn: Video on Demand at Princeton with Marianne Crusius, Daniela Antonucci, Pietro Frassica, and Larry Danson

For the past six years, OIT’s Language Resource Center has offered a Video on Demand service that permits faculty to integrate film into their teaching.
The service permits faculty to submit requests for full films or clips. Once the films are located or purchased, OIT digitizes them and stores the digitized video files on a streaming server. Students can gain access to the video material at any time from a number of select locations. Students can find the links to the films and clips within the University’s Blackboard Course Management System. Every course that uses the service will have the links within a Course Materials folder (the location that contains copyrighted materials). Students simply click on the link and the film will appear.
Use of the service has grown considerably, from just 27 courses and 137 titles in 2001 to more than 300 courses and nearly 1,800 titles in 2006. Faculty continue to request approximately 300 new titles each semester.
At the April 25 Lunch ‘n Learn seminar, Marianne Crusius, manager of the Language Resource Center, described the service. She explained how to request a film, how to link the digitized videos to Blackboard course page, and how to use virtual film clips within the classroom. Faculty can make all of the films available to students, or reserve some films or clips only for classroom use.
She noted that the Video on Demand service is popular throughout Humanities and language courses and in Politics, Psychology, and the Woodrow Wilson School. Some courses make just a single film available. At the other extreme, one film studies course offers 35 films.

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Lunch & Learn: Faculty Demonstrate Interesting Uses of Blackboard for Teaching and Learning with Keiko Kuriyama, Antonio Calvo, Ana Figueroa, Rena Lederman, Lee Mitchell, Lee Silver, and Laurel Goodell


Many of you are well aware that the Blackboard Course Management System provides easy access to a syllabus, a facebook, a gradebook, a sectioning tool, e-mail lists, links to reserve reading, and other course documents. At OIT’s February 8 Lunch ‘n Learn, faculty members Keiko Kuriyama, Antonio Calvo, Ana Figueroa, Rena Lederman, Lee Mitchell and Lee Silver and Technical Staff member Laurel Goodell proved you can also use Blackboard to enhance the learning experience for students.
For example, you can now create reusable, automatically graded exams. With self-correcting questions, you can make sure that students keep up with the reading and lectures. And by using Blackboard’s discussion boards, you can extend the classroom discussion and sustain interest in key topics throughout the semester.

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