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Monday and Tuesday we were hard at work facilitating a blogging workshop for UVM Faculty and Staff. This is a photo of the Bloggers hard at work in class yesterday. Today we learned of a blog that is a great resource for learning Movable Type which is the blog software we use on campus. It is called learningmovabletype.com This is a great place to start to learn about the MT software.
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Holly Parker and Justin Henry, co-facilitators
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The Google Notebook appliance has arrived with not much fanfare – the news competes with Apple’s announcement of the new MacBook, Sony’s announcement of a new pocket Vaio UX, Yahoo’s announcement of a new home page and probably others still to come. The Google announcement is byfar the most interesing one.
Google Notebook is a Firefox (and IE) extention that creates a notepad at the bottom right of the browser. You can “cut and paste” information from the current webpage (text, images, links), insert tags, and store the information on your Google “page.” The notebook can be private or public. Installing the Firefox extentions and then restarting the browser takes you to a startup tutorial page. After that, we’re on.
Although it’s branded “Google Labs”, not “Google Beta”, it feels more like betaware – some of the features are less than idea when compared to popular social network sites – or maybe I should just read the manual .
 Google Notebook, for IE and FireFox, http://www.google.com/notebook
 Press release, “Sony delivers world’s first full-function, pocket-sized PC”, San Diego, May 16, 2006. http://news.sel.sony.com/en/press_room/consumer/computer_peripheral/notebooks/release/22130.html
 Apple Website, Introducing the all-new MacBook, http://www.apple.com/macbook/macbook.html
Our recently released guidelines for online course development includes the requirement for a policy “quiz”:
This should be a link to a quiz, located on the left navigation sidebar. The quiz contains two questions, including a link the UVM Academic Honesty Policy, as well as a brief paragraph stating the student’s understanding of copyright law. The student must answer in agreement to both to pass the quiz.
Basically, the student must acknowledge the existence of the respective UVM policies. This is similar to those license agreements you must agree to before installing software on your computer (you do read them, right?).
We’ve provided this quiz as a file that you can import into your course. In addition, I’ve created a “screencast” showing how to import the quiz into your course. WebCT includes documentation for this as well.
We’ve recently published the guidelines we use when developing online courses. While this document is geared toward those using WebCT to develop fully online courses, it should also be of interest to anyone planning an online addition to their traditional classroom experience. For more about WebCT at UVM, visit the WebCT@UVM gateway page, or the resources area of the CTL website.
By way of The Distant Librarian, I just stumbled onto the LibraryCasting SE blog. Apparently put together by the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, Librarycasting SE is a collection of “Screencasts, podcasts, tutorials and titles for the sciences and engineering“. There is also alink to a more general collection of tutorials, as well as a suggest a tutorial form.