Dictation and Writing with Mountain Lion


The recent update for OS X, Mountain Lion, has a dictation function built into the Finder. In this post, Kim talks about how it works, and testing it out.

Using Rich Media in Study Abroad Student Projects, Part 2: Photography


In this post, Mike talks about how one might go about thinking about using photography projects for study abroad students.

Links for 7-25-2012

Approved Links

Links for this week include a TED talk on MOOCs, a blog on how the Earth changes over time (using Google Earth), a project to translate English-centric JavaScript, the rise of academic jobs in Digital Humanities, and data mining at colleges and universities.

Saving Time with Text Expansion

My TextExpander window.  You type your snippet in the large pane in the upper right and your abbreviation in the bottom right.

Text expansion software can help save time typing. In this post, Kim talks about how she’s dabbled in text expansion software for grading as well as for writing emails.

Blogging in the Classroom: Three of My Mistakes


Evan reflects on three mistakes he made while using blogging in the courses he’s taught.

Links for 7-18-2012

Approved Links

Links for this week include Evan’s guest post on ProfHacker, more on MOOCs (now at UVA), the 20th anniversary of the first image on the Web, and top five TED talks – including one on the relationship between education and creativity.

Doing Academic Research with Zotero


You’ve probably heard of the reference management tool Zotero – in this post, Kim writes about her experiences using Zotero for research – through its ability to collect, organize, and cite sources.

The MOOCs that (Almost) Ate UVA

Broadcasting from W&M Weather Vane

As I’ve confessed recently, I’m not very good at predicting the future of technology.  I missed wireless and YouTube, and there were nights when I had serious doubts about this whole “world wide web” thing.  Nonetheless, recent events seem to suggest that even in those of us working in traditional institutions might need to pay some […]

Links for 7-10-12

Approved Links

For today’s links, publishers gather data from e-book readers, the Chronicle features faculty reading habits, open-access journals have the potential to change the academic publishing industry, Carnegie Mellon teaches online classes, and faculty raise money for research through Kickstarter.

Using Microsoft Word for Managing Citations

Create a New Source with the Citation Manager

Until recently, I used Scrivener for all my writing projects.  However, when I started to share drafts with my writing group and my advisors, everyone used Microsoft’s Word comments and track changes to mark up my writing.  Rather than deal importing and exporting from Scrivener, I thought I would try Word again.  When starting to […]