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Moodle maintenance on September 17th

The Moodle 2.5 server will be down for maintenance today, September 17th, from 4:45pm to 6:00pm. During this maintenance time, users will not be able to access courses. Once the maintenance is complete, important improvements will be in place and all courses will again be available. If you experience any problems with Moodle after the […]

Flip Your Classroom!

An interesting article in the June issue of Campus Technology journal titled “The 4 Pillars of the Flipped Classroom.” A short but informative article regarding a report from the Flipped Learning Network, George Mason University and the Pearson’s Center for Educator Effectiveness about flipped classrooms. (Read the full report here.)

Moodle Unavailable During Upgrade

As announced this spring, Moodle 1.9 to will be upgraded to the newest version (2.5) this summer. In order to make the transition from the current server to the new server, Moodle will be unavailable from 12 noon on Tuesday, June 25th to noon on Wednesday, June 26th. Please plan accordingly. Beginning on Wednesday, June 26th at […]

Moodle Upgrade from 1.9 to 2.4 this Summer!

GTS will be upgrading the Moodle server to the much-improved version (v. 2.4) over the summer. It is critical that faculty who use Moodle allot extra time in preparation of your Fall Semester courses. We are making every effort to ease the transition, but your courses will NOT automatically transfer to the new system. We […]

Minimizing Media File Sizes

Tips on Keeping Media File Sizes Small QuickTime Screen Capture (with audio) • Screen captures are very much dependent on what’s being captured on the screen. If you attempt to capture a lot of activity on the screen, the file sizes will be much larger than a screen capturing less movement and activity. Resolution isn’t […]

How to OCR a .PDF File

Suppose you wanted to digitize a magazine article or a chapter from a textbook. Maybe you’re putting a great research study article up on Moodle, and you want your students or a fellow colleague to read it. You could spend hours retyping the article, or you could simply scan the article and save it as […]

The Flipped Class: Myth vs. Reality

Many educators are experimenting with the idea of a flipped classroom model. So what is it and why are educators talking about it? The flipped classroom model encompasses any use of using Internet technology to leverage the learning in your classroom, so you can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. This is most […]

7 Random, Useful, and Free iPhone Apps

1. RunKeeper RunKeeper is similar to Nike+, designed for keeping track of workout distances. However, while previously offered as ‘pro’ and ‘free’ versions, the developer now includes all the features in one free app. This allows users to utilize the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to track jogging and cycling routes, and examine mapping and details of your […]

Searching Within Apple Mail

Do you use the Apple Mail application on your Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, iPad or iMac? If so, sometimes searching for an e-mail can be tricky. Apple Mail uses a searching system that makes finding messages easier through the use of “search tokens.” With a search token, you can search by date, name, subject, message […]

iPhone – Apple Mobile Mail

If you have Apple’s iPhone, you should take advantage of the Mail application that allows you to send and receive mail on your phone. This application can hold several e-mail accounts, such as your Gustavus e-mail and a Yahoo-email account, for example. To utilize the Mail application on your iPhone, simply follow this this Apple […]