Hard Drive Backups

Where the hard drive ends: Why you need to back up your computer

I’d wager that most people reading this blog have some important documents and files stored on their computers and phones. I’d also be willing to bet that less than half of those people have backed up their devices. I don’t blame them – backups are really, really boring. But, in this case, the opposite of boring is misery, because losing all…

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May 5, 2016 |

Essential Questions

Why do it: Essential Questions for Learning

We have been talking on and off about essential questions with Chris. Just the other day, because I am facilitating an online course about online course development (yup, I am!), a participant in the course submitted a syllabus with an essential question in it, and this was such a joyous moment that I had to capitalize on it and spread…

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March 24, 2016 |

Public Domain Images

Resources for Finding Public Domain Images

We at CGPS are constantly working with visuals to make our online courses more engaging. Often, this means searching the Internet for images with suitable licensing for reuse, or most often for images that are in the public domain. UNE isn’t an ad-agency; it is a school. And while it is important that we maintain a budget for making what…

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February 19, 2016 |

scoop.it screenshot for ACTEM Conference

ACTEM Conference Sneak Peek: Scoop.it

We’re off tomorrow to Bangor, ME, to present at the annual ACTEM Conference. I am presenting with the lovely Susan Barrett Hyde on the subject of web tools for scaffolded assignments. I hope to subdivide the general scope of the presentation into several blog posts to tide me over into 2016, and I thought I’d start things off with one…

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October 15, 2015 |

embed kanopy video

Kanopy Video Database

The UNE Library supplies us, faculty students and staff, with a huge quantity of learning and entertainment materials. Mostly, we think of books when we think of these materials, or the vast online databases connecting us with scholarly articles from around the world. But there’s more to the library than what you can check out or download for reading. Kanopy…

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September 18, 2015 |

Reading Glasses

Protect your eyes: a particular concern for online students

While online students face many of the same problems as traditional students on the ground, a different sort of concern can be raised out of the convenience that a fully online degree program can afford. What is it? It’s called CVS. Computer Vision Syndrome, not to be mistaken with the lines of pharmacies, is the name for any host of optical…

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March 26, 2015 |

Oranges

Another Safe Source of High Quality Copyright-Free Images

It’s amazing how generous people can be with their creations! Pixabay is a website that hosts and allows you to download high-quality copyright-fee images that you can use and reuse any way you want! They don’t even require attribution, although that is always nice to mention. If your students are creating web pages or any other publishable materials, they may…

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September 18, 2014 |

copyright free images

Copyright Free: How to Filter Your Google Image Results

Finding copyright free images is a challenge, and also essential. We are no strangers to taking advantage of efficiencies, so we are proudly presenting someone else’s handiwork here, for you may find it hugely helpful. This article in The Chronicle of Higher Education explains how to filter your image search results in Google Search based on rights to reuse. As…

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March 21, 2014 |