Author Archives: David Allen
Recently I attended a presentation by Bob Beichner a Physics Professor from North Carolina State University, where he discussed how he transformed his class into the SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies) learning environment. Dr. Beichner is one of the main pioneers in developing this type of learning environment.
It is not recommended to enlarge photos beyond their original size due to pixelation issues. If it is a small image less than 800 x 600 px, your results will be boxy no matter what you do.
ITaP’s Teaching and Learning website has some great online training information and exercises for the various tools and services offered by Purdue University. These tools include Blackboard Vista, Adobe Connect, Confluence, and more. This training includes text, images, and videos to help keep faculty and students on the right track.
Both Confluence and Blackboard Learn have the capability to utilize wikis for instruction. Depending on the features you need, one may be better for your course than the other. Wikis in Blackboard Learn have a direct tie in to all of blackboard’s features, especially the grade book. However Confluence has a greater overall feature set, thereby making it a much more powerful wiki tool.
Students Helping Students is more than just a motto, it is the reality of the Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) Student Trainers program.
For this tutorial we will learn how to easily and automatically align and distribute layers in a Photoshop document using the Move Tool and some handy features in the Options Bar. This tutorial will work with CS4 – CS5.5 versions of Photoshop.
This week Google Docs experienced an outage for about 30 minutes making some consider again whether storing critical documents in the cloud is such a good idea.
Recently I attended a series of seminars and workshops at Ascend Training in Chicago, where they discussed what is new in the Adobe CS 5.5 upgrade. Adobe has added some much needed updates to several of their tools, however not all tools received large updates.
Researchers at Miami University have built an augmented reality app called ShelvAR that allows books on library shelves to be easier organized. The app quickly analyzes an entire shelf of books and identifies any out of order books; showing the librarian the fastest way to put the books back in order. ShelvAR is an Android [...]
On Monday April 18th, Dropbox hit the 25 million users mark. Additionally they claim that 200 million files are “saved” daily, and more than 1 million are saved every five minutes. That is outstanding growth from a company that just opened its doors in 2007. Dropbox is a web-based tool that allows people to sync [...]