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Learning Wikity [...]

I tried to "copy" someone's wikity into my own, but I must have done something wrong, because I got an error message. I'm still trying to get past the name "wikity," but I imagine it will take me awhile. I'm a notoriously late adopter even though I'm an "IT Gal." I couldn't stand the word "blog" at first, either....

A Pedagogy that Spans Semesters [...]

This article by Benjamin Wiggins (from the Chronicle - link at the bottom of the page) is an area where I've seen a lot of interest at Middlebury. We've featured two teaching stories about it - links below. 50 Years of Green at Middlebury Collaborative Electricity and Magnetism Timeline When I went to tweak the course for its second run last fall, I again decided ...

Online Piracy of Academic Materials Extends to Scholarly Books [...]

An article by Goldie Blumenstyk in the Chronicle which discusses some of the misconceptions between the concepts of piracy and open access. University presses have become aware in recent weeks that unauthorized copies of hundreds and, in some cases, thousands of their books are available on pirate websites, and officials are still struggling with how to respond. Sever...

Learnification [...]

Learnification is a term coined by Gert Biesta to described the philosophical and rhetorical shift from "teaching" to "learning" in higher education. Tracing the movement back to the late 1980s, Biesta problematizes this learnification as placing too much focus on the individual student and ignoring other purposes of education beyond learning. Biesta argues that learn...

Blockchain for Education explained by Audrey Watters [...]

We hear constant references to the potential impact of blockchain for education, but what does that mean? Audrey Watters took on this question in an introductory (but quite comprehensive for something that's introductory) look at blockchain and its uses for education. After defining and describing blockchain (worth a read because Audrey always follows the history and...

Restructuring the Digital Media Tutor Training [...]

Recruiting for summer digital media tutors is becoming more challenging each year, so I've been considering different ways that I can offer the training. In addition, feedback from the tutors has been to offer more action-oriented problem based learning workshops. (They often call them 'challenge-trainings'.) To address these two issues I've created a Canvas course th...

Virtual Isolation [...]

> Everyone talks about VR’s sensory overload, but the most troubling part for me was the sensory deprivation. It’s a blindfold. You need to clear an area to move around, yet the Rift doesn’t do a very good job of telling you when you’re nearing the edges. Unless we start building adult playpens, teeth will be lost on the sides of coffee tables. Oculus warns us...

Labster [...]

Created by MIT this app provides virtual labs:...

student name flashcards [...]

So a colleague was explaining to me that in her middle-age she is no longer so adept at learning the names of her 30 students. One thought I had was to create a flashcard app that would quiz faculty on the names of their students. Ideally it would figure out which names you had mastered, and stop showing you them as frequently. Does anyone know whether or not such a t...

Using Slack with WordPress [...]

Sean and I have been looking at Slack integrations for WordPress for a couple of projects. Most integrations go from WordPress to Slack, e.g., when you publish a post to WP, something is sent to a Slack channel. However, we also found an integration that brings Slack into WP (for a cost). One possible use would be if you're running a course on WP but want to do discu...

Avoiding Why [...]

[embed]https://flic.kr/p/9W3dof[/embed] By focussing on the how, we can keep conversational participants more fluid and nimble and less self-defensive. > Golden Rule 2. Avoid using the question “Why” This rule may seem counterintuitive because most people’s default question to find out more information about something is “why”. What most people don't real...

Negativity Bias [...]

How does our brain wiring get in the way of our ability to be creative in our work or in teams? According to Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain... "The nervous system has been evolving for 600 million years, from ancient jellyfish to modern humans. Our ancestors had to make a critical decision many times a day: approach a reward or avoid a hazard — pursue a carr...

Pecha Flickr to practice “yes and…” [...]

We're scheming a second 'MIIS Happening' pecha-kucha inspired event at the end of April. PechaKucha or Pecha Kucha (Japanese: ペチャクチャ, IPA: [petɕa ku͍̥tɕa],[1] chit-chat) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The format, which keeps presentations concise and fast-paced, powers mult...

Student Tech Project [...]

We are working on a project to define the tech skills that employers are looking for in recent grads, and then mapping where in the curriculum, in campus employment, internships, and online one might gain these skills....

Photos for Class [...]

This service allows teachers to search for Creative Commons licensed images. Images are deemed as age-appropriate, automatically-attributed to the image owner based on the terms of their license, and licensed for public use....

Wikity syntax [...]

Most formatting in Wikity is done with the WordPress editor. You can add pictures, indent blockquotes, bullet lists, and soon (if we can figure out how to do it safely) embed content from places like YouTube. However there are a few differences in Wikity syntax, especially around linking, and these differences are crucial to understand. If you don't follow the special...

Indie Ed Tech & Personal API event [...]

Indie ed tech is defined in this article as a movement "that encourages students to create, not merely consume, the technology that they use." Rikard, who also wrote an article titled "Do I own my domain if you grade it?" , shares his experience of participating in a Personal API design event hosted by Davidson College and led by Kristen Eshleman and Adam Croom. >A...

Serendipitous Exchange [...]

> Innovations never happen without good ideas. But what prompts people to come up with their best ideas? It’s hard to beat old-fashioned, face-to-face networking. Even Steve Jobs, renowned for his digital evangelism, recognized the importance of social interaction in achieving innovation. In his role as CEO of Pixar Animation Studios (a role he held in addition to b...

Wikity syntax [...]

Most formatting in Wikity is done with the WordPress editor. You can add pictures, indent blockquotes, bullet lists, and soon (if we can figure out how to do it safely) embed content from places like YouTube. However there are a few differences in Wikity syntax, especially around linking, and these differences are crucial to understand. If you don't follow the special...

Categories are projects [...]

Like all WordPress based sites, Wikity has both "categories" and "tags". On Wikity we use tags to make things findable and categories to collect resources associated with a particular project. What's a project? It's any sustained investigation for which you plan to create a significant body of linked work. Mostly, it's things you work on with other people, where you'v...

How to use wikity [...]

Wikity is meant to be used more like a wiki than a blog. You can do most of you formatting in Wikity with the WordPress editor, but there are some very important exceptions. See Wikity Syntax...

Welcome to The Scene! [...]

The Scene is a wikity space where digital learning folks at Middlebury share projects and good ideas. What is wikity? Wikity is a project started by Mike Caulfield. Wikity is a bit different than other wikis and blogs in a number of ways, but the most important thing for you to understand about Wikity is it is a social sharing site, where the materials members upload...

Hello world! [...]

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!...