Academic Technology Blogs
These are the combined posts of the Academic Technology Staff Blog, where AT staff members post thoughts and ideas about educational technology, and the Learn@UW Madison Blog, where members of the Learn@UW Madison team post tips and ideas for using Learn@UW, our course management system.
Educators have often had questions as to how they might appropriately use commercial videos or portions of videos for use in class. A change announced today might go far to clarify fair use:
The Recommendation of the Register of Copyrights: PDF The Librarian of Congress has announced the classes of works subject to the exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted works. Persons making noninfringing uses of the following six classes of works will not be subject to the prohibition against circumventing access controls (17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(1)) until the conclusion of the next rulemaking. (1) Motion pictures on DVDs that are lawfully made and acquired and that are protected by the Content Scrambling System when circumvention is accomplished solely in order to accomplish the incorporation of short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment, and where the person engaging in circumvention believes and has reasonable grounds for believing that circumvention is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the use in the following instances: (i) Educational uses by college and university professors and by college and university film and media studies students; (ii) Documentary filmmaking; (iii) Noncommercial videos. http://www.copyright.gov/1201/
This 7 minute video is almost guaranteed to save you time in setting up your Learn@UW course.
One new element in the recent Learn@UW upgrade is the "Course Builder." This drag-and-drop tool allows instructors and course designers to quickly build a course outline and to add content links to files or other Learn@UW tools. It also adds the capability to create new discussions and dropboxes, without the need to go to that tool and then create a link. "Placeholders" allow instructors and course designers to create outline templates that can be quickly copied and pasted, which is very useful in cases where instructors use a common format from week to week (eg: a link to the weekly readings and discussion topic).
Documentation on the tool is forthcoming.
To keep the NavBar from getting too cluttered, we're not adding it there just yet. You will find the course builder under Edit Content.
Macworld describes "How Steve Jobs beats presentation panic" in this article about tactics to deal with technical difficulties while giving a presentation. Jobs had quite a bit of trouble with his wireless connection at a recent conference, but delt with the problem in a cool manner.
Gallo adds: “You need to ask yourself: What’s my backup? On that one part of the presentation, when I have to go to something technical or go to a live link or demonstration: What’s my backup if it fails?”
While we don't all have Jobs' resources to have problems quickly fixed by an on-hand technical team, or the time to "practice, practice, practice," the suggestion not to "sweat the small stuff" and to "enjoy the performance" is good advice.