Links for 7-4-2012


Some links of interest for the week of 7/4/12 below.  Enjoy!

“Penn Launches Its First Free Online Classes via Coursera” – the open course program gains momentum as Penn adds online courses to Coursera.  Their first offerings come all come from the School of Medicine, including Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act offered by Ezekiel Emanuel, the Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.   Half a dozen other courses will be offered in other Penn Schools or Departments.

“Open Beats Rock Brazil” – UNC Beat Lab class seeks to develop an open source beat-making platform after a conference in Rio de Janiero.

“Power Searching with Google” – a free online course on how to use Google’s searching capabilities to its fullest capacity.  The first class is on July 10th, so check it out if you’re interested.

AAEEBL, Home for the World E-Portfolio Community – One of the key components of the proposed general education curriculum is the requirement that all students will produce some sort of portfolio during their senior year.  There are lots of unanswered question, but I’m assuming that detailed requirements adopted will specify that the portfolio be electronic.  Implementing that kind of assignment for 1600 students per year is no small task.  We could really make a name for W&M if we required our graduates to compile their portfolios with quill pens on parchment.

Journal of Digital Humanities – for those of you interested in digital humanities, a peer-reviewed quarterly journal on the subject.

About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.