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Summer Lightning

June workshops
June Calendar

This Memorial Day weekend has brought sunny hot days that end in evening thunderstorms. The flashes of lightning outside remind me to share the playlist of 16 videos from our April Lightning Round. The short clips are perfect for a tweet-out. Thanks to Chris Vandegrift for amazing video work!

Two June workshops build on Lightning Round energy. Ben Wiggins joins our intern Chava Spivak-Birndorf, creator of WIC and Dogs Timelines, for a TimelineJS workshop on June 8 and Ian Petrie presents a Scalar workshop on June 15. June has more fun topics as well, including how to get Google to notice your website.

Changes in Lynda.com Licensing

lyndaSimpleWhether you’re brushing up an existing skill, learning a new one, or exploring what’s up and coming, Lynda.com is a good starting point and a useful tool for professional development. They offer hundreds of brief courses designed for all learning levels. Content is often presented in 3 to 5 minute segments. Playlists make it easy to manage and customize your experience, and learn at the pace and schedule best suited to your needs. Bookmarks allow easy reference to favorite course sections and the service adds new videos weekly.

The Good News: Through a new, expanded agreement with Lynda.com, Penn full-time and part-time faculty and staff can now view instructional videos on a wide range of software products, technologies, and business topics. The service is conveniently available 24/7, via your desktop computer or mobile device. Just go to http://lynda.upenn.edu and login with your PennKey and password.

The Bad News: As of June 1, 2016, Penn Libraries are no longer able to make Lynda.com licenses available to Penn Students because of a change in Lynda.com’s terms of service. We are very sorry to be discontinuing this popular service, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

If you are a student whose school/department does not pay for you to have access to Lynda, you can explore Lynda.com through a free 10-day trial or inexpensive personal membership options at http://www.lynda.com

Please feel free to send your comments and suggestions to us at wic1@pobox.upenn.edu

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TimelineJS, the Story of WIC, and Dogs of the Web

Hi everyone!  My name is Chava Spivak-Birndorf, and I’m a new graduate intern at the Weigle Information Commons.  In the short time I’ve been here so far, I’ve been impressed by everything WIC does to bring innovative uses of technology and digital media to the Penn community.  WIC just turned 10 on April 5th, and I’m excited to join in as we celebrate everything that we love about WIC!

If you’ve visited our website recently, you may have seen our new interactive timeline.  My coworker Lahari showed me TimelineJS, an open-source tool that allows users to create interactive timelines using a Google spreadsheet.  Last year, Lahari used TimelineJS to start working on a timeline of notable events at WIC.  With WIC coming up on double digits, it seemed like the perfect time to finish the timeline and share WIC’s story.

image of WIC timelineDid we leave out any of your favorite events from WIC’s history?

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Upcoming Events for Faculty

I wanted to spotlight three events of interest to Penn faculty and graduate students:

On Monday, April 11, Jamie Marie Estrada and I will hold a half-hour online discussion on the Philosophy of Social Media. (Register!)

On Wednesday, April 13, our panel on Library Resources for Faculty organized in collaboration with PASEF and ASEF-PSOM includes Will Noel, Dot Porter, Rebecca Stuhr, David Toccafondi, Sarah Wipperman and myself. Topics include liaison services, rare books, learning spaces, online persona and iPad apps. (Register!)

On Tuesday, April 26, our Engaging Students Through Technology Lightning Round 2016 is co-sponsored by camra, the Center for Teaching and Learning , the Graduate Student Center,  the Penn Language Center, the Price Lab for Digital Humanities,  SAS Computing and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL) (Register!)

Speakers include:

  • Stefanie Alfonso on interactive e-guides
  • Etienne Benson on Using Processing in Humanities Classes
  • Rick Berman on WordPress for City Design
  • Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia on Project-Based Differentiation Via Canvas
  • Caroline Connolly on Poll Everywhere for In Class Polling
  • Delphine Dahan on Using LockDown Browser
  • Julie Davis on WordPress for Prints
  • Amy Durham on In-class Quizzes and Games
  • Andi Johnson on NVivo
  • Ethan Mollick on Looking Glass
  • Kris Rabberman on Voice Thread
  • Ana Reyes on Immersive Terf
  • Arjun Shankar on film and multimodal pedagogy
  • Catherine Turner on Topic Modelling Tool
  • Ben Wiggins on TimelineJS

Join us this April as we celebrate WIC’s 10th Birthday all month!

Make Your Data Analysis Shine: Prism 6

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Hello, there! My name is Claire Witherel and I’m a new Intern at the Weigle Information Commons. I’m currently a PhD student at Drexel University studying Biomedical Engineering with research focused in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. As a professional student (I mean, I’ve been in college for almost 10 years now!), I know how frustrating it can be to know the right tool to use for your homework, research, or work, but the learning curve will just take too much time to get the job done. This is where I can help. I absolutely love to assist students in finding useful research tools that make their work shine and guide them through the nitty gritty parts of mastering a new tool.
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Topnotch Tech Tools for Education

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As the educational landscape continues to transform, increasingly more instructors are seeking innovative ways to engage their students through technology. A proliferation of tech tools both app and web based will support and inspire creative learning, but which ones to use? There are so many!

Luckily for you, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites that will help create some amazing projects. Bonus: They’re all free and so easy to use.

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Screening Scholarship Media Festival – Register Now!

12801414_575662232605151_629284921179087757_nWe are happy to announce that registration is open for the fourth annual Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF) scheduled for April 1-2, 2016. This year, SSMF will highlight multimodal projects during two days of screenings and discussions showcasing film, soundscapes, recordings, blogs, websites, eBooks, animations, photographs, installations, and other media forms. This year’s theme is Race, Media and Social Justice.

SSMF is hosted by CAMRA, the media pedagogy lab focused on using film, web platforms, social media, and other media technologies towards university research. WIC has partnered with CAMRA and in past festivals have featured student-created videos including the Rubber video from Lisa Mitchell’s class and the great work of our own Lindsey Martin.

The festival begins on April 1st with a discussion between journalist and scholar Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and filmmaker Michele Stephenson on race in the contemporary moment.

The second day, April 2nd will include a day of panels, screenings and discussions, featuring a keynote event with Dr Adrienne Keene, Dr. Todd Wolfson, Dr. Bianca Williams, Sandra Khalifa, and Tara Conley who will reflect on digital media and social activism as it relates to their respective expertise in scholarship, art, and activism.

Registration is free and open to the public. To register or for a detailed schedule visit: http://camrapenn.org/ssmf/. If you have any questions, contact CAMRA at: ssmf@camrapenn.org.

Also take a look back at what happened in SSMF 2015, 2014, 2013!