Thursday, April 23, 2009

LMS Show and Tell

Today has been a highly-productive day, in which we have looked at the new features of Blackboard (9) and Desire2Learn. Tomorrow we get to look at Moodle and Angel.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Blackboard 9

The University of Southern California has posted a fantastic video that outlines the new features of Blackboard 9 (they are upgrading from 7 to 9). Thanks to Jason Rhode for sharing this. Quick takeaways:
  • Grade Center loads faster (allegedly)
  • Grade Center records history of changed grades
  • Peer Assessment
  • Dropbox is dead
  • Groups are improved (random enrollment, create multiple groups at one time)
  • Blogs and journal tools

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Learning Management Systems

My colleagues here at DePaul circulated this rather interesting article from the Chronicle of Higher Education. This comes as we are looking at the future of Blackboard, and alternatives to Blackboard.


On  April 17th we will hold a “Kick The Tires” event in which there will be the opportunity to look at the major learning management systems.


A week later there will be a two-day event in which vendors from Desire2Learn, Blackboard, Angel and Moodle will demonstrate the features and functionality of their systems – focusing on Learning Management, Content Management and ePorfolio solutions.


If you work at DePaul please sign up for these great events!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Marketing Symposium

I will be moderating a panel (It’s Not a Fad Anymore - Social Media) at the Marketing Symposium on Saturday, April 25th.
The symposium runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Cost is very reasonable and this will be an opportunity to interact with folks from Google, Chicago 2016, Wrigley, Motorola, Grainger, Edelman, Nielsen, Tribune Interactive, Prophet, Threadless, Molex, Pink Line, Zocalo Group, Think Tank Advisors, Midas International, Flying Dog Ales, Pabst Blue Ribbon, DePaul University, and more.
More detailed information is available on the Kellstadt Marketing Website. I highly recommend you to be there.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Pocket Digital Camcorders

I have just posted my video from March’s Technology Tuesday. I looked at three reasonably priced digital camcorders (the Flip Mino, Vado HD and Kodak Zi6) to see which would be the most suitable for filming classroom lectures and presentations.

If you only intend to record less than one hour of content, then the Flip Mino is my suggestion. However, if you need to record in excess of three hours, your best option is the Vado HD (and a couple of spare batteries).

The videos and handouts can be found on my Technology Tuesday page and on iTunes U.

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