Technology

What’s Your Library’s 3D Printing Policy?

As libraries, higher education, and hacker spaces begin to offer 3D printing services for students and community members, what policies do they have in place? While I’ve read lots of blog posts about costing out 3D printers, I haven’t come across any policies or guidelines for use. Before your institution purchases a Makerbot Replicator 2, help… Read more »

Technology

Elsevier Buys Mendeley: Will You #Mendelete?

Build something cool and useful. Grow a large user base. Sell service and upset users. It’s mourning online. Why would we ever want to return to where we were less than four short years ago? Now that Elsevier owns Mendeley, will users leave the service in favor of Zotero? Already, the wonderfully obvious hashtag #mendelete has… Read more »

Technology

How to Incentivize Faculty Use of Technology

Let’s play a game. The game is How Do You Incentivize Faculty Use of Technology, but, unlike previous iterations of this game, course releases and money are not options. It’s an issue that many of us whom work with educational / instructional technology face. There is a mandate or an assumption that faculty need to… Read more »

Digital Preservation

Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving

The Library of Congress has put together some of the most interesting posts on digital archiving from its blog, The Signal, as a free PDF e-book. Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving is an interesting and readable collection for people in the library world who want to promote digital preservation on a personal level.

Education

Online Learning and the Tyranny of the Database

A recent Techcrunch article concerning MOOCs suggested that a majority of people teaching online felt their online course shouldn’t count for college credit. And yet, a refrain I have heard several times recently is that online courses are actually more difficult than the face-to-face course, which got me thinking about what exactly is meant by… Read more »

Education

The Quantified Self in Education

A unique trend has begun to emerge in wearable technology. Most are referring to this as the “quantified self.” In short, it is the idea that daily, mundane activities, which we have previously paid no attention to have become interesting as technology has found a way to quantify them. Thus, I use a fitbit to… Read more »

Technology

Rabbit Run: Video Chatting in the Classroom

Video chatting just got more interesting. Rabbit is new video chatting software, recently released in beta and available for Mac. Yes, you have to download something; however, it is free. Educational Use With Rabbit you can create a video chat room for an online discussion (think Google Hangout), but  the real departure is being able… Read more »

Technology

How to Create Network Graphs with Google Fusion Tables

Network graphs are great ways to explore relationships. Unsure?  Just ask Facebook, they’re betting big on Graph Search. While network graphs are useful tools, there may be obstacles for people who feel they don’t have the tech skills necessary to create them. Don’t worry, you don’t need to understand RDF or install Protégé. All you need is Excel… Read more »