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We were all delighted to see Shirley’s (Shirley Gedeon, the CTL’s former director) blog about her sabbatical in Bosnia – a lively read and vicarious getaway. Wow, Shirley, you GO.

The University of Vermont is now a member of Educause’s Learning Initiative (ElI).
ELI explores the interaction among learners, learning principles and practices, and learning technologies. Membership benefits include reduced rates on ELI events and access to all resources on their web site, including archived web seminars and podcasts.
There are three upcoming events that may interest you:
January 14: Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0 (online event)
January 28 – 30: ELI 2008 Annual Meeting – Connecting and Reflecting: Preparing Learners for Life 2.0 (San Antonio, TX)
March 18 – 19: Real World and Technology-Rich: Learning by Doing, Learning in Context (Raleigh, NC)
To access ELI resources and register for events, you will need to set up a member profile that connects you as an UVM affiliate. Go to the the Educause home page and follow the directions in the “Manage your personal profile” (under the “What would you like to do?” section).
We hope that you will explore the resources on the ELI site. If you find these resources valuable and/or are interested in attending an event, please let us know.

Just stumbled upon a new service at the Library. It’s called “Get This Book.” If you search for a book and the Library doesn’t have it, but it is in the catalog of one of several university presses (including Oxford Univ. Press), you will see the usual record and this logo:

If you click on the logo the Library makes you this offer:
“Get This Book! is a service available to UVM students, faculty, and staff. Bailey/Howe Library does not currently own this book, but we want to purchase it for your use and the library’s permanent collection. If you need the book immediately, we will do everything we can to have the book in your hands within 3 working days.”


Come join a team of talented professionals who are passionate about their work. Here’s what we’re looking for:

Multimedia Development Specialist

To assist faculty and staff to produce and manage digital multimedia content for instructional applications. Provide coordination of a Mac/PC multimedia computer lab and develop and facilitate workshops for faculty on digital multimedia. Provide general faculty and student support in the Center for Multimedia Development facility.

You can find more information on this position at the UVM Jobs site (search for requisition #032064).

On August 22 your WebCT course
may disappear.
Where is it?

Have you recently
requested a new course for Fall or Spring 2007/2008 (i.e. have you
filled out the “Request a WebCT Course Space” form at

If yes,  your new
course may be found on
until August 22. After August 22 you can get to it the usual way,
through UVM A-Z page or from

Do you have a course from
a previous semester that you want to re-use this semester?

If yes, you must migrate
that course. This means you must request a new course space, backup and
download your previous course, then upload and restore it to the new
space. This process only takes a few minutes. Complete instructions can
be found at

Do you have an older
course that you want to archive for future reference?

If yes, you should migrate
that course. You should request a new course space (so the course will
still appear in your WebCT space even though there will be no new
students in it), then backup, download, upload, restore as described in
the instructions at

As of September 15 the old WebCT server will be gone. Any materials you
have not migrated will be unrecoverable.
Between August 22 and
September 15 you can find your old courses at

Let us help! You can visit the Dr Is In (303 Bailey/Howe) from Mon-Fri
10:00-3:00 for help with this process. You can also make an appointment by sending e-mail to

According to David Nagle of Camus Technology “Blackboard this week debuted a new tool called SafeAssign, which is designed to eliminate plagiarism in student assignments. The service detects plagiarized works in student papers and delivers reports on such incidents through the Blackboard Learning System.”

More information
about SafeAssign is available at BlackBoard.

The evolution of teaching and learning is accelerated with technology. After several decades of duplicating classroom functionality with technology, new opportunities now exist to alter the spaces and structures of knowledge to align with both needs of learners today, and affordances of new tools and processes.

Connectivism Online Conference is an open online forum exploring how learning has been impacted by ongoing changes. The conference will run from February 2 – 9, 2007.
Key themes: trends in K-12 sector, trends in higher education, research and net pedagogy, technological and societal trends, and connective knowledge and connectivism.
Format: Presenters will deliver a 50 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions. After each presenter, conversation will occur online in Moodle, allowing participants to challenge, critique, explore, and extend ideas presented.
More information and (free) registration:
Spotted by: Charles Rathbone

With the return of the students comes the return of our regular Dr Is In schedule.
The Dr Is in Program offers faculty one-on-one help in using instructional technologies in their teaching. Activities that faculty receive help with include:
– preparing WebCT course content,
– working with course blogs,
– scanning and editing images,
– creating and editing websites,
– building image collections,
– learning about new applications like wikis or podcasts,
– using supported software like EndNote, Office programs, etc.
Our “doctors” are instructional technology professionals from Academic Computing, Media Services, and the Center for Teaching & Learning. You can see who is available, when, on our schedule.
To ask a question or set up an appointment, send e-mail to or stop by the CTL Commons, 303 Bailey/Howe Library, during our open hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00-3:00.

Blackboard to Resell e-Suds Internet Laundry to Higher Ed
Blackboard Inc. said it has become a reseller of the e-Suds online laundry service. e-Suds’ parent, USA Technologies, said Blackboard will start to offer e-Suds to customers that use the Blackboard Transaction System. e-Suds is an Internet connected laundry system that lets students monitor the availability and status of washing machines and dryers via the Internet.
Users will swipe their Blackboard transaction card to activate the laundry system, and will be notified by e-mail on their PC, or receive a cellular phone text message when the laundry is done. The cost of the service will be automatically deducted online from a student’s Blackboard account.
For more information, click here.

External Research & Programs: Tablet PC Technology, Curriculum, and Higher Education 2005 RFP Awards
BSAD and SoE have received funds from MiscroSoft to explore enhancing student use of TabletPCs in their respective departments. According to the blurb they also intend to “develop training seminars on Tablet PCs and associated software.”

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