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US Army soldiers will soon wear Microsoft’s HoloLens AR goggles in combat

US Army soldiers will soon wear Microsoft’s HoloLens AR goggles in combat

Interesting augmented reality news: Microsoft has won a $480 million deal to supply more than 100,000 augmented reality HoloLens headsets to the US Army. The technology will be adapted to incorporate night vision, thermal sensing, offer hearing protection, monitor for concussion and measure vital signs like breathing and “readiness.”

Join the 2018 – 2019 Digital Learning Community!

Join the 2018 – 2019 Digital Learning Community!

The 2018-2019 Digital Learning Community is a year-long faculty learning community focused on the effective use of digital technologies for teaching and learning. This community is a natural evolution of the CTE’s Digital Learning Track. Originally a series of traditional face-to-face sessions, the Digital Learning workshops have been gradually moving to an online self-paced format over the last few semesters. The Digital Learning Community combines the resources available in these online workshops with the collaborative potential of the Academic Commons…

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What’s New in Digital Learning

What’s New in Digital Learning

Welcome back, everyone! I wanted to let you all know about some changes to the workshops in the Digital Learning track that are being implemented this semester. In an effort to make these workshops more accessible, convenient, and meaningful, I’m piloting a new hybrid (blended) format for three of the DL workshops this fall. The first one (Introduction to Digital Learning) opens in Brightspace at 5:00 p.m. this evening (you can register for the online course on the Eventbrite page)….

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An Upgrade for the Commons

An Upgrade for the Commons

As you know, the Commons has perhaps not been the most responsive platform at GGC, at best prone to sluggishness, and at worst completely unusable due to intermittent login and performance issues. I am happy to report that as of last night, the CPU cores and memory were doubled on the virtual server running the Commons, and I can see a noticeable performance improvement this morning. At this point, the Commons seems to be as responsive as you would expect…

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Next Week in Digital Learning (Apr 17 – 21)

Next Week in Digital Learning (Apr 17 – 21)

Next week in Digital Learning… absolutely nothing is happening. That’s right, I’m done with workshops for the semester (aside from a mini-blitz of sessions that the CTE will be presenting at the end of May – more on that later). I would like to take a quick look back at this semester, however, and talk about what worked well and what we may be able to improve next year. First of all, I think that the Technonauts discussions, although not…

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Next Week in Digital Learning (Apr 10 – 14)

Next Week in Digital Learning (Apr 10 – 14)

Next week I’ll be facilitating the last Technonauts discussion of the semester on Wednesday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Wendy Dustman will kick off the conversation by talking about some of the ways that she has been using technology to engage students and facilitate learning in her courses. All of the discussions this semester have been interesting, engaging, and entertaining, so don’t miss this last one! I’m thinking about scheduling these sessions twice a month in the fall to…

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Next Week in Digital Learning (Apr 03 – 07)

Next Week in Digital Learning (Apr 03 – 07)

Next week I’ll be presenting a workshop on Digital Portfolios on Tuesday, April 4th at 11:00 a.m. in which we’ll talk about tools, tips, and strategies for creating an e-portfolio on the Academic Commons. I’ll follow that up with a Digital Storytelling workshop on Thursday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m. which will cover some tools and methods to create digital narratives around your course content; this workshop will be repeated on Wednesday, April 12th at 2:30 p.m.

VWBPE Online Conference

VWBPE Online Conference

* * * Click on the title of this post to see the links * * * The 11th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference starts today; this is a conference on education in virtual worlds that takes place entirely online (primarily in the virtual world of Second Life). Take a look at the calendar, and let me know if you’re interested in seeing any of the presentations. Depending on the time (and my availability) we may be…

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