Productive Scholar: OpenScholar-Personal Websites for Scholars

openscholar-logoIn this Productive Scholar Session, Angel Brady of the Educational Technologies Center, presented OpenScholar, an OIT-supported web page creation service that allows for faculty and graduate students to create personal, professional academic sites.  OpenScholar can host personal CVs, current publications and information about past and current research. The OpenScholar system is very easy to use and is focused on the types of information presented on academic profile websites. Continue reading “Productive Scholar: OpenScholar-Personal Websites for Scholars”

Lunch and Learn: Timothy Recuber on Teaching with WordPress

wordpress-logo-notext-rgbTimothy Recuber, lecturer in the Writing Program at Princeton University, spoke about using WordPress as a platform for student writing in his WRI 128/129 courses. The course, entitled ‘Witnessing Disaster’, investigates media depictions of disaster and human suffering.  In the assignment for which WordPress was used, Dr. Recuber asked students to “envision an alternative way of representing the suffering of others by creating a website, online memorial, or blog devoted to the disaster or tragedy that you research this semester”.  The students, having chosen and written about significant events previously in the semester, expanded upon their research by posting writings, videos, images, and sound recordings to the course blog. As a supplement to the more formal writing done during the semester, the blog was intended to provide a more creative outlet for the students. Continue reading “Lunch and Learn: Timothy Recuber on Teaching with WordPress”

The Productive Scholar: Customizing Google’s Chrome Browser

chrome-logo-1301044215-300x3002There are many browsers to choose from when you want to surf the web. The choice for a browser may depend on which operating system you are logged into, or maybe there are certain applications that needs a certain browser. Sometimes, browsers have certain features built into them that a user likes for their web experience. Google’s Chrome browser recently passed Firefox (a highly customizable web browser) as the most used browser in the world (second in the United States after Internet Explorer). This talk discusses a little bit of Chrome’s background and why this browser’s ability to customize has made it a popular choice for web browsing. Continue reading “The Productive Scholar: Customizing Google’s Chrome Browser”

Creating Network Graphs in Excel

NodeXL: A Microsoft Excel Template for Creating Network Graph Visualizations.

Network graphs have become a popular visualization in the past couple of years in not only the Mathematics and Computer Science, but in different fields such as the Humanities and Politics. It is one thing to read a piece of text and to be introduced to different characters and their relationship to each other in a novel, but it’s quite another thing to visually see the connects each character has with each other. These visual relationships can draw new conclusions or points of interest for research that were never discovered or approached before. This is in part why network graphs have gained popularity in the recent years. Continue reading “Creating Network Graphs in Excel”

Field Note Taking with the iPad


Field note taking can involve documenting observations or research with video, photographs, audio, and writing down observations on a type of device or on a good old pencil and paper. The iPad has all these features built into it and there are apps out there that can access these features and keep all your notes in one place. The advantage of the iPad is that it’s portable and fairly easy to use. We decided to take a look at apps that will help with field note taking. Continue reading “Field Note Taking with the iPad”