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Desire2Learn Classes Summer 2013

posted May 13, 2013, 10:47 AM by Jon Sticklen   [ updated May 13, 2013, 10:49 AM ]

There will be a number of D2L training sessions offered by MSU IT Services during Summer 2013. D2L is the new learning management system (LMS) that will be replacing ANGEL over time. The IT Services Brochure with the schedule and how to enroll can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page. Just below it can be viewed.

Tool for Posting to a Class and Faculty/Student Interaction - Piazza

posted Jan 19, 2013, 6:39 AM by Jon Sticklen   [ updated Jan 19, 2013, 6:41 AM ]

Piazza is a web-based application that enables easy faculty/student interaction. Students can post questions that teaching staff can answer, all posted so that other students in the class can see the answer. Other functions include faculty posting polls for class participation, posting by faculty and TAs of announcements for the class, faculty posting homework problems or comments on the problems, and etc. A recent article in the business pages of the NY Times tells the story of the founder of Piazza, Pooja Nath. 

Tool Available to Check Research and Grant Originality

posted Jan 13, 2013, 8:35 AM by Jon Sticklen   [ updated Jan 13, 2013, 8:37 AM ]

MSU now offers faculty, staff, and graduate students access to iThenticate. Significantly major granting agencies such as NSF and NIH use iThenticate to check submission originality.  iThenticate has a huge database of more than 26M research articles from more than 80 scientific, technical, and medical publishers, and more than 1M abstracts from PubMed. A researcher uses iThenticate by allowing the tool so search its large store of previous research and compare against the researcher's manuscript.

See this link for more details and information about how to apply for becoming an MSU user of iThenticate.  

Desire2Learn... MSU Town Meeting on Friday Nov 30, 1:30-3:00

posted Nov 26, 2012, 12:52 PM by Jon Sticklen   [ updated Nov 26, 2012, 12:59 PM ]

Interested in learning more about Desire2Learn? The D2L Implementation Team, through Libraries and IT Services, invites you to the public town hall presentation about D2L and the implementation process. Hear more about the system, ask questions, and learn about upcoming training opportunities.  


Friday, November 30, from 1:30-3:00 p.m., in B122 Wells Hall.

Michigan State University launched the D2L Learning Management System on October 30. With that Phase 1 launch, MSU instructors can start building new courses within the D2L system (https://d2l.msu.edu) if they want to be part of the early adopters for the Spring Semester 2013. The Phase 2 launch, targeted for April 2013, will expand D2L functionality related to D2L's ePortfolio and include more integrations with MSU systems and tools.
Faculty and instructors can convert their ANGEL course content into D2L through May 2015. The Distance Learning Services (DLS) Help Desk and Learning Design and Technology consultants from IT Services are available to help instructors evaluate what is the best approach for their content conversion. Post-conversion consultations are also available to assess the results of course conversions. Call the DLS Help Desk at (800) 500-1554 or (517) 355-2345 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.
Additional information is available at http://tech.msu.edu/d2l and http://help.d2l.msu.edu/content/faculty.
Desire2Learn Implementation Team
Michigan State University
Libraries and IT Services

LYNDA.COM Free Access to Faculty and Staff ENDS DECEMBER 18, 2012

posted Nov 6, 2012, 8:00 AM by Jon Sticklen

Unfortunately MSU is not renewing the arrangement with Lynda.com that allows free access for faculty and staff.  

The reasons sited were (a) not enough use to justify continuation and (b) budgetary tightness being currently experienced.   

Free Tutorials on TurnItIn

posted Aug 23, 2012, 7:55 AM by Jon Sticklen   [ updated Aug 23, 2012, 8:06 AM ]

There will a tutorial on TurnItIn offered on Thu, Sep 6, at 10:00-12:30 and at 1:30-4:00. Registration is limited. See the file attached below that is from Provost Wilcox for details. Quoting the Provost

Turnitin is an optional resource toolset that faculty and instructors can use within ANGEL to assist students in the continued development of their writing skills in the online environment. As well, it raises awareness of the rules of attribution by assisting faculty and students in detecting plagiarized material. 

Although TurnItIn is most often used in humanities, it can be usefully applied in engineering, especially noting the ABET requirements for writing. 

To register, open your browser (preferably FireFox)
  • go to http://ebs.msu.edu and login with your MSU netid and pswd
  • click on the ESS tab
  • click on Training Opportunities
  • on the left side, enter TurnItIn into the search box and SEARCH
  • from there you will see the two time slot options - click on one (the first one is the morning slot, the second one is the afternoon slot)

FREE Webinar: Web Movies (8/16)

posted Aug 9, 2012, 10:23 AM by Jon Sticklen   [ updated Aug 9, 2012, 10:41 AM ]

LYNDA.com is offering a webinar on instructional web movies. The webinar is offered on Thursday, August 16, at 10am and at 2pm. Web registration is available, but its first come first served.   

The presenter is Laurie Burruss, professor of interaction design and director of the Digital Media Center at Pasadena City College. She has been a speaker at Macworld, Adobe MAX, SIGGRAPH, and the New Media Consortium Summer Conference. Her passion for digital storytelling has led Laurie to serve as an education consultant at lynda.com, where she supports academic initiatives. 

Registration is online, and on a first come, first served basis until all seats are full.

Lynda.com offers a very large number of tutorials online. MSU Faculty and Staff have full access currently for free use of any tutorials at LYNDA.com. If you want to know more about that, see the CEER news page: Movie Tutorials for Computer Tools Available for MSU.

MATLAB resource under active creation

posted Jan 22, 2012, 4:13 PM by Jon Sticklen   [ updated Jan 22, 2012, 4:15 PM ]

A MATLAB resource is being ported from an existing MSU course, Comp Science and Engineering 131, to the CEER website for wider distribution. Its located at MATLAB Resource on these pages. The resource initially will include only introductory topics in MATLAB. If you have recommendations for areas of MATLAB to expand the resource, please let us know via the CEER Contact Form linked from the navigation area on the left. 

New Google Site Feature: Page Level Permissions

posted Aug 23, 2011, 10:40 PM by Jon Sticklen

Google sites just got easier to use. Up to this point, a Google site designer could give permission for access to a Google site in an all or nothing fashion: The designer could enable a person to enter the or to edit the entire site - or not at all. This made design of functional Google sites difficult in many ways. 

The situation is fixed now - you can specific for a given page on a Google site who can see it, and who can edit it. See 

MS Office 2011 on MACs: Font Trouble

posted Nov 5, 2010, 3:54 PM by Jon Sticklen   [ updated Nov 5, 2010, 3:56 PM ]

If you install Office 2011 on your Macintosh, you may experience difficulty with fonts. There is a solution to the issues at:

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