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Mathematica's Sentiment Classifier

Matt Stern recommends Mathematica's sentiment classifier. He describes is as "a black-box classifier that takes words as input and outputs positive, neutral, or negative. It works best when used with whole sentences."

You can read Mathematica's documentation here.

Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods & Analysis

Dan Heiser sent out this update to College of Business faculty and staff:

The College of Business is now a subscriber to CARMA, the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods & Analysis. CARMA, a non-profit unit at the University of North Dakota, is an interdisciplinary consortium devoted to helping faculty, graduate students and professionals learn of current developments in various areas of research methods and statistics. CARMA’s goals are to:

  • To provide continuing education on research methods and data analysis (introductory to advanced level topics) for graduate students, faculty at various stages of their careers, and professionals
  • To serve as a resource for those who teach research methods and data analysis
  • To foster a sense of community among organizational scholars in research methods

To gain access to the video library, you must register with your DePaul e-mail address at: The college’s subscription covers everyone with a DePaul email address (they just have to register). Please feel free to share this information with your students & DePaul colleagues in other colleges.

Library News For Faculty

Reposting from the Library...

If you have been at DePaul for any length of time, you know that we take pride in the fact that "the city is our classroom" and in the many academic programs that take advantage of the opportunities the city provides for teaching, learning, and research. The DePaul University Library has been a long-time partner to academic programs that, in the spirit of our strategic plan, aim "to deepen the university’s distinctive connection to the global city of Chicago." For example, many of you know that we contribute to the "Common Hour" instruction that takes place as part of first-year program’s "Chicago Quarter" courses (and are currently assessing the impact of that contribution as part of a research grant funded by the Association of College & Research Libraries). For classes conducting Chicago-centered research, librarians also provide specialized instruction and research consultations that promote more informed use of popular and scholarly sources documenting the life of the city. We also provide specialized service for those wishing to learn more about the city through our Chicago Collection and our Chicago Research Guide(s). We collect rare books, manuscripts, and other materials as part of our Chicago collections in the Department of Special Collections and Archives and are active partners in the Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative. Finally, and most recently, we have established active partnerships with colleagues at our nearest neighbor in the cultural heritage community as part of DePaul’s partnership with the Chicago History Museum.


29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning

August 7-9, 2013 Madison, Wisconsin Online registration is now open for the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. Join your colleagues to learn more about current resources, research, and best practices from around the world that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education/training. This year's Conference Program offers more than 150 educational opportunities, 16 hands-on optional workshops, and several networking events to choose from. Workshops have limited space, so register early to ensure your spot. Conference highlights include:
  • Keynote, Dr. Richard Baraniuk, Rice University, speaking on “Disruptive innovation via open educational resources”
  • Keynote, Dr. Sally Johnstone, Western Governors University, speaking on “Envisioning a competency-based future”
  • Forum topics on “Open Educational Resources (OERs): Potential and pitfalls” and “Competency-based assessment: How and why to get started”

Register online by July 22 to receive the "early-bird" fee, and don’t forget to take advantage of the Group Rate if you have 3 or more of your staff attending. Finally, if you are unable to attend in person, you are encouraged to register for the Virtual Conference to view selected sessions from this year’s conference. If you have any questions, please email Kimary at



Beth Rubin shared a link to the new iversity, iversity allows faculty and administrators to “create their own online academic network, join or create courses, upload and share content, or collaborate within research projects”. I have not had a chance to properly explore what is possible, but have created a basic account. One feature that looks interesting is their use of social reading:

“This feature allows users to take notes, comment and highlight content in texts and images – online and live. This transforms online reading into an enriching social experience. Social Reading is at the heart of what iversity is here to do: transform the internet into a empowering tool for academic collaboration and participation. This can be a powerful tool for discussions and exam revision, for example.”


Article of The Future?

Article of the Future

Beth Rubin shared a great article/video/demonstration with me today. “Article of The Future” demonstrates a new way to format and share academic research. The Article of The Future site showcases a few prototypes (including Business Management) which demonstrate a structure similar to the three-column webpage design. Each pane is independent, and facilitates navigation within the article.

I am impressed. Wondering what authoring software would be used for faculty to create similar documents.


Converge Special Reports


I had the chance to talk with one of the Research Associates from the Center for Digital Education ( on Friday. There are a couple of their resources and reports freely available that I think are worth sharing. You can download the results here:

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