Do you use video with your class? Have you been waiting for a tool that makes it easier to pull it all together? This fall 2014, we will pilot various video management tools as part of Next.IU (the ongoing investigation into next-generation learning technologies at Indiana University).
Use audio-visual materials like video to capture the attention of your learners, increase motivation, and enhance the learning experience. Plus, today’s learners are not just sitting on the sidelines – they are creating their own videos too.
Ensemble Video and Kaltura SaaS are flexible software programs that offer easy-to-use tools to publish and share video content via an online, on-demand video library. Both tools have a site activity feature that lets you see how students are using your content. There are even ways to get captions encoded into your videos!
Meanwhile, our new learning management system, Canvas, also has the ability to upload video anywhere you see the rich text editor – you can even record video while grading to provide feedback for your students.
If you want to sign up to participate in the video management pilot for Ensemble or Kaltura, visit the Next.IU site and complete the form. For the field, “Reason for contact,” select “I would like to participate in the Video Management pilot.”
If you want to learn more, you can ask us here, or use the Contact Us form at Next.IU.
The spring semester pilot program for Pluralsight has been extended through the end of December 2014! Pluralsight recently acquired Digital Tutors, a leading provider of video-based courses on design topics such as video editing, multimedia, 3D rendering, Adobe applications and much more. All pilot participants can access Digital Tutors training at no charge for the duration of the pilot!
Have you ever seen a great looking font on a website or piece of printed material that you’d love to use in your next project? You’d love to use it, but you don’t know what it is. Don’t worry. There are free tools on the Internet to help you find that font.
Identifont asks questions to help you identify the font you’re interested in. If you have an idea of the font’s name, but don’t quite know how to spell it, you can type what you think it is and let Identifont figure out what you mean. You can find a font that is similar to one who’s name you know, or find one that contains a specific symbol or picture. If you know the name of a font designer, you can find that person’s fonts.
It can be hard to teach effectively if your students don’t have the basic technology skills they need.
Did you know that IT Training can provide workshops specifically for your class? All you need to do is ask. Most of our workshops are available for special request, which means we can teach your class (or any group of 10 or more IU faculty/staff/students) either in our classroom, online, or in another location that will accommodate your group. How much does it cost? Nothing!
Just go to http://ittraining.iu.edu/request/ at least 3 weeks ahead of time, and start by choosing your desired workshop from the drop-down list. Options include Microsoft Office tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access; Adobe software like Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver; Web skills like page design and HTML/CSS; and much, much more. We can even help your students create ePortfolios in Oncourse, or get them oriented to our new learning management system, Canvas.
If your class or group needs a training workshop, request it and we’ll offer it just for you.
IU Libraries are offering the chance to try some proposed electronic resources and tell them what you think. Visit the trials page and take a sneak peek at the new Libraries web site.
The GeoRef, Papers, and BiblioBoard trials are still going on.
GeoRef is a database containing references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports and theses. Feedback is due by July 1, 2014. Learn more about GeoRef here.
Papers is a reference manager application. You can use it to collect and organize research materials in a variety of formats including email. Papers works on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices. Watch this video to get acquainted with Papers. The trial ends on July 31, 2014.
Biblioboard Library is a digital collection that explores books, images, articles, audio, and video throughout history. Current partners include the British Library, and Wake Forest University. It’s available for desktop, iPad, Android, Nexus, Galaxy, Nook, and Kindle Fire.
The spring semester pilot program for Pluralsight has been extended through September 30, 2014!
Pluralsight recently acquired Digital Tutors, a leading provider of video-based courses on design topics such as video editing, multimedia, 3D rendering, Adobe applications, and much more. All pilot participants can access Digital Tutors training at no charge for the duration of the pilot!
While working on metrics for our web site, I discovered that by default you are only allowed to apply one filter per field when using a Pivot Table. So if you try to apply a second filter, the first filter will be removed. In good news, you can change the PivotTable Options and allow more than one filter to be applied to the same field.
Here is a video I found that shows specifically how to do this: