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