Piazza Discussion Tool

Looking for an engaging online discussion tool for your courses?  Piazza offers a number of features to promote collaboration and foster community among your students.  Students can send posts to the whole class or just their instructor.  To encourage greater student participation, it provides students two levels of anonymous posting: anonymous to all students or [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Serendipity Day

Educators have started thinking about Virtual Reality (VR) as a means of creating immersive experiences for students to enhance learning. CNDLS Serendipity Day (inspired by Google’s 20 percent time) provided some members of the dev team the chance to begin exploring VR’s potential for learning. But first, we needed to understand 3D graphics, game development, [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Using WordPress in your class? Here’s how to add a list of links to your students’ posts

Two of the more popular plugins used on Georgetown Commons' WordPress course blogs are the AdminWidget and AuthorWidget plugins. Instructors often want a list of students in their class, and with the AuthorWidget plugin, that list is added to the sidebar of their course blog. Additionally, each name in the list links to a list [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GoAnimate, a platform for creating online animated videos

Over the past few months, CNDLS has created several videos in GoAnimate as a part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting: The Right Questions are Key! training course. GoAnimate is a browser-based animated video creation tool that is simple enough for someone with no animation or video editing experience to use. Users [...]

By | July 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Introducing Elementor Page Builder

Elementor Page Builder is a plugin that you can install to your WordPress site. It allows you to simply drag and drop a variety of elements to your webpage. Elementor is a live frontend page builder, which means you can design your WordPress site from the 'front end,' where your users will see it, rather [...]

By | June 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HowToGeorgetown: From conception to prototype

This past week, CNDLS welcomed Kristen Eshleman, Director of Digital Learning Research & Design and Director of Academic Technology at Davidson College, and Adam Croom, Director of Digital Learning at the University of Oklahoma. Both Kristen and Adam have been heading Domain of One's Own at their respective campuses (we call it Georgetown Domains here). [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dev Team Update: May 19, 2016

As everyone is gearing up for TLISI next week, our hackathon this week was really short. We brainstormed on a few topics that we we'll work to evolve into app ideas. Here's a rundown of what we covered: Canvas API Canvas offers an extensive API that allows developers to extract data from courses, and to [...]

By | May 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dev Team Update: April 29, 2016

This past Thursday, the dev team made progress on two fronts: 1) If you recall from one of our recent blog posts, we met with the World Bank MOOC PI, Professor Billy Jack, to get a sense of the type of statistial simulations he is planning for the course. One of the concepts he's teaching [...]

By | April 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GUx Dashboard is online!

On Monday, we were able to deploy the GUx Dashboard to a production server, hosted on Amazon EC2. EC2 is part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and provides users with "elastic" cloud computing—computing resources that can expand as needed. You can check out the app here. Please note, this is best viewed in Chrome or [...]

By | April 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

World Bank MOOC Simulations, Part 1

Today we met with Billy Jack, the Lead PI of the in-development World Bank MOOC. Billy is enthusiastic about having the course be an interactive experience for students, with multiple simulations and animations to help students learn the concepts being presented. As he shared some ideas with us, we (Linda, Bill, Marie, and I) had [...]

By | April 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments