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Improving Wikipedia

Wikipedia, said David Goodman at the October 13 Lunch 'n Learn seminar, is by far the most used online encyclopedia, and the most referenced source in the world, with more than 338 million unique visitors...

On the Formation of Massive Galaxies

All who listen to Jerry Ostriker, Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, come to know that we live in profoundly exciting times. We have learned only recently the age and composition of the...

The New Blackboard 9: Finding Your Way

Ten years ago, Princeton adopted Blackboard as its course management system. During the past decade, the system has moved from serving a handful of courses to every course. What was an occasional convenience has...

e-Readers in the Classroom?

In the Fall term of 2009, Princeton conducted a pilot sponsored by the High Meadows Foundation, the University Library, and the Office of Information Technology, to assess the use of e-readers in the classroom. The...

The Technology of History

The Technology Manager for the History Department at Princeton University, Carla Zimowsk has provided technical support for the department for 10 years. Not trained as a historian or a GIS expert, she draws upon graduate...

Blogs, Lulz and Tweets: Social Media Comes to Princeton

Why has the use of Facebook and other social networking sites exploded? Perhaps, suggest John Jameson and Shani Hilton of Princeton’s Office of Communications, because it is now possible to interact socially with very large...

Women in Research Computing

How did three distinguished women in research computing overcome political and societal obstacles? How have they dealt with the different work/life expectations that our society places on women? Do they see progress toward equaling the...

Infrared Optical Sensing for Health and the Environment

The National Science Foundation has funded a multimillion-dollar Engineering Research Center based at Princeton University that is expected to revolutionize sensor technology, yielding devices that have a unique ability to detect minute amounts of chemicals...

Google Earth & Sky

Google Earth and Maps are used extensively for instruction at Princeton because the products support a variety of media and can be used collaboratively. In their November 12 Lunch 'n Learn presentation, Bill Guthe and Ben Johnston demonstrated some of these applications.

OnTour @ The Peter B. Lewis Library: The Broadcast and New Media Centers

In addition to the Science Library, the new Peter B Lewis Library will contain a new OIT-operated Broadcast Center. The center’s HD video studio will assist University professors to be interviewed live on major...

Faculty Use of High Performance Computing

Faculty are taking full advantage of Princeton’s TIGRESS High-Performance Computing Center. Professor Jeroen Tromp, the Blair Professor of Geology and Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics came to Princeton in July from Caltech. Among...

Blackboard at Princeton

Ken King of CUNY was the first to joke that it took three decades for the overhead projector to find its way from the bowling alley to the classroom. His point, true until recently, was...

Video on Demand at Princeton

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...

When Worlds Collide: The Thomas Jefferson Papers in the Era of eBay

At OIT’s Lunch ‘n Learn on October 25, Kevin Guthrie ‘84 discussed the new forces and organizations emerging from today’s rapidly evolving networked economy that pose new challenges for the academic enterprise and for...

Students are Mac-in' it

By Doug Eshleman, Princetonian Contributor Dude, you’re getting a Dell! Well … maybe not any more. According to the Office of Information Technology (OIT), 45 percent of computers purchased this year were Macs, more than...

Faculty Demonstrate Interesting Uses of Blackboard for Teaching and Learning

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...

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