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

Hackathon, part 1

Hey, we're building a dashboard. Why? We, as an organization, have been putting together MOOCs for a few years now, and we're trying to figure out what we're learning from all of that work. edX give us access to MOOC data weekly. Currently, the way we're getting at that data is a set of Python [...]

By | April 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adding FTP Accounts for your Georgetown Domains site

FTP, or file transfer protocol, is a standard method of transferring files from one system (like your laptop) to another (like your website). The standard has been in existence for several decades, and it's an easy way to move a large number of files at once. If you're planning on installing any new plugins for [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

ImageMagick for Omeka on Georgetown Domains

Omeka is a popular web application used for displaying library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Omeka has been used by several faculty at Georgetown for its ability to group student-uploaded items to faculty-curated collections and exhibits. I recently [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Authoring Tools and Right-to-left Languages

Faculty working with Languages which are written right-to-left still often find authoring tools like Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate frustrating. We recently assisted two of our faculty, who teach Arabic and Farsi, respectively, with creating some online instructional modules, and we were surprised to find persistent difficulties with handling right-to-left text. Storyline 2 is simply unable [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Annotator is a robust javascript library for annotating texts. Starting with version 1.2, it offered a modular code structure, to allow it to be more easily adapted to different uses. We used this version for our three-part MyDante MOOC offered through edX.  Since then, we’ve been working on a more generic set of annotation features [...]

By | December 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments