Academic Technology Links for May 31, 2013

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The links this week include MOOC news, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, and flipped classroom tips from a biology professor. Enjoy!

Improving My Online Security with 1Password


“Have you ever forgotten your password?” password manager 1Password’s website asks. “Why yes,” you say, because of course the answer is yes — if you’ve ever changed a password, had multiple passwords like a good citizen concerned about security, or, really, used a computer in the past 10 years — you’ve probably forgotten a password at some point. Well, 1Password promises to help you out with that. I decided to give it a try due to John’s post about passwords, and Evan’s comment recommending 1Password, and it did indeed help me out.

Wanna Hangout? Google Hangouts in Education

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We’ve been hanging out quite a bit recently in the School of Education. Google Hangout enables users to conduct free Web-based video calls for up to ten participants. Hangout is a feature of Google+ (the Google version of Facebook). All William & Mary students have access to Google+ and Google Hangout through their free WMApps accounts.

Academic Technology Links for May 24, 2013

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The links this week include iPads for learning, a critique of digital humanities, Google+’s visual recognition search, and blogging and grad school. Enjoy!

Sign Up for the W&M Academic Technology Newsletter


Interested in hearing about what the academic technology team is up to over the summer?  Sign up for the newsletter to find out! The May 2013 Academic Technology Newsletter will be coming soon to the email inboxes of subscribers.  If you’d like to be one of those subscribers, you can do so by clicking this […]

Cloudy With a Chance of Risks: Adobe Takes a Plunge

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On May 6th, Adobe announced at a major trade conference that it would no longer continue to develop the Adobe Creative Suite of software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, Dreamweaver, InDesign, etc.). Adobe’s future versions of these applications will be developed and offered ONLY through a membership (subscription) basis under the Adobe’s Creative Cloud (CC), although end-users can for an undefined amount of time continue to purchase “traditional” copies of its CS6 products. While this change in policy was not completely unexpected, the suddenness and finality of the implementation plan, as well as the rapid and overwhelmingly negative reception (often caustic) by end-users seems to have caught many by surprise.

Academic Technology Links for May 17, 2013

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The links this week include the first MOOC-based MS in computer science (brought to you by AT&T), libraries and pneumatic tubes, Wikispaces Classroom, and data visualization. Enjoy!

Using Images with WordPress


I realized the other day that I’ve been a contributor and the editor for this blog for over a year now, and I’ve learned a lot about writing for the Web in that time. Since I know that many faculty who end up having students do blogging assignments haven’t blogged regularly themselves, I thought I’d put together some of the things I’ve learned in my time blogging for this site. This post is about how to think through using images in WordPress sites and blogs.

Universal Design for Learning: A Great Lens for E-Learning


It’s interesting where inspiration comes from sometimes. This last semester I took a graduate class at the School of Education called The Academic Life. Unlike the articles we read on e-learning, which were largely descriptive, one article in particular grabbed my imagination unexpectedly: Robbin Zeff’s “Universal Design Across the Curriculum” (New Directions for Higher Education, no. 137, Spring 2007).

Academic Technology Links for May 10, 2013

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The links this week include a map of English dialects, how to engage faculty with technology, and an application for converting text documents. Enjoy!