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Lunch & Learn: Dennis Hood – Groups in Blackboard

Wednesday, April 25, 12:00 noon Frist Multipurpose Room B

Get Your Group On

Dennis Hood

Making the Most of Blackboard’s Capabilities for Teaching and Managing Sections

This presentation explores the various ways groups in Blackboard sites can be created and populated, the communication and teaching tools available to groups, and features available to aid in grading.  We looked at the sectioning tool, group creation through SCORE, and building groups individually and in sets.  Manipulating, viewing and printing group membership lists and photos was covered. For teaching and communication, in addition to the commonly used group email and discussion boards, we covered group blogs, journals, tasks, file exchange, and real-time collaboration tools. We saw how lab instructors, preceptors, etc., can make readings and instructional materials available exclusively to their groups in the course content areas. Finally, we talked about how to easily access your groups in the grade center through Smart Views and Favorites, and how to make grading fairer and easier through anonymous grading and use of the new interactive grading rubric.

Dennis makes his outline available to you in this Word document: 20120425_hood

About the speaker:

Dennis Hood is in his 12th year of managing Blackboard for Princeton. He is also using Blackboard in teaching his speech communications course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.


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Screencast: Finding and using images with non-restrictive licensing.

This screencast will show you how to find free images on the web that are okay to use under Creative Commons licensing. We’ll explore what Creative Commons (CC) is, what each CC license means, how the image can be used and how it differs from traditional copyright. We’ll also demonstrate how to search for Creative Commons licensed work on Flickr and contrast that with finding public images on morgueFile (and how the morgueFile license works) as well as how to download images from Flickr and morgueFile.

Productive Scholar: John LeMasney on Using Inkscape

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Thursday, September 22,
12:00 noon

Frist Multipurpose Room A
Using Inkscape
John LeMasney
Inkscape is an open source drawing application used generally as a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator. Visual learners benefit greatly from the presence of illustrations of concepts, and Inkscape allows you to quickly move an idea from verbal to visual. Come learn how to get and use this powerful vector based application that runs on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and other operating systems.
About the speaker:

John LeMasney has been the Manager of Technology Training and Instructional Technology at Rider University for 12 years. He is also a local technology and design consultant dedicated to sharing the rewards of using open source software. He received his MA in Organizational Leadership from Rider University in 2009.

Lunch and Learn: John LeMasney on 365 Sketches

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

365 Sketches is a project in which I use free and open source software to do a single visual design every day. The project is currently in its second year of production, and was started as a way to force myself to do at least one thing every day to build upon my design skills. You can visit the project and follow my progress at http://365sketches.org. As time went on, it became a public visual diary, a way for people to come together online and converse about, suggest ideas for, and critique my work. The work is occasionally practical, sometimes clever, often funny, and increasingly personal. I continue to achieve the goals that I had planned for in the beginning of the project. I have seen a gradual improvement and evolution of my design, typography and photomanipulation skills, but I also received many other unforeseen benefits, such as gaining an audience, being contracted for new consulting work, taking part in shows and presentations on the project, and feeling a genuine desire to keep making more pieces. Continue reading

Multilingual Zotero (In Test Phase)

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Zotero announced today that they will be releasing Multilingual Zotero. This software will allow scholars that working in multiple languages to correctly format multilingual data. It also deletes duplicates.

To learn more or to download the Multilingual Zotero, click on the link below:


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