Archive for the ‘e-Learning’ Category

Blackboard: there’s a NEW app for that

October 24, 2016

Bb Student appBb Student is Blackboard’s new mobile app that enables students to learn on their own mobile device. The simple interface allows students to access course content, complete assignments, view announcements, take tests, and check grades.

Navigation is intuitive with the most relevant features grouped and categorized in one place. The majority of students will spend their time in the main Activity Stream, which is the app’s home screen. It represents a “smart view” of prioritized events and due dates.

View, complete, and submit assignments and tests right in the app. Engage in real-time collaboration with your instructor and other students.

Bb Student is available on the App Store, Google Play, and on the Windows Store.

For more information or help using the new Bb Student app or Blackboard, visit RDC Library’s Blackboard guide or see us in person at the Library Desk.

eLIFE Lens: A new ‘evolutionary’ way to view research

November 24, 2014

eLife Lens is an innovative, still experimental, new tool that will make reading articles online easier for researchers, authors, editors and readers alike. eLife Lens makes using scientific articles easier by making it possible to explore figures, figure descriptions, references and more – without losing your place in the article text. While most online research articles simply replicate print, eLife Lens takes full advantage of the Internet’s flexibility. You can absorb key elements in an important paper more readily, more quickly, and more effectively.


Wikipedia and Academia

November 28, 2009

In October of 2007, Martha Groom, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, and Andreas Brockhaus, Director of Learning Technologies, both from the University of Washington Bothell, presented a paper at EDUCAUSE2007 entitled, “Using Wikipedia to Reenvision the Term Paper”. The abstract read:

“The structure of the traditional term paper can limit its educational value. To make the assignment more meaningful, students published their papers in Wikipedia. This session will examine how publishing for a large online community motivated students to do better work and deal with issues of voice, knowledge, and community.”

Groom’s first attempt at incorporating Wikipedia into a class came in the fall of 2006, when she required her students to make a major revision to an existing article or to create one of their own, with a minimum of 1,500 words, for 60 percent of the grade. The assignment, for her course on environmental history and globalization, encompassed an initial proposal, a first draft, revisions and peer review, after which students would post the final article to the Web site. For the next semester, and after student feedback, Groom decided to lower the weight of the assignment (to 40 percent of the grade) and have students work in groups.

The notion of using Wikipedia, vilified by many an academic, will be anathema to many and an intriguing opportunity for others. For more information about this project, visit When Wikipedia Is the Assignment. This article includes a link to Groom and Brockhaus’ power point presentation to EDUCAUSE 2007. More information and commentary can be found at:

Prof replaces term papers with Wikipedia contributions, suffering ensues

Using Wikipedia to Re-envision the Term Paper

Wikipedia not good enough for you? Edit it

New Resources in XReferplus

April 9, 2007

There are 5 new resources available to you via our subscription to Xreferplus Reference Resources. The new titles are:

Don’t know what Xreferplus is? It is a web based resource that gives you a complete reference collection from over 50 publishers and is powered by a network of cross-references that cut across topics, titles and publishers to provide answers – and new connections – in context.

You can access Xreferplus Reference Resources via the Electronic Resources page of the library website.

If you have any questions about Xreferplus, or any other library service, please post a comment here or contact your liaison librarian.

New E-Books!

March 14, 2007

If you like reading e-books, then your day just got a bit better.

The Humanities E-Book (HEB) Collection has just added 138 new titles – including 66 Women’s Studies books. This means that RDC students and faculty now have access to 1507 titles via the HEB Collection.

All titles in the HEB Collection are chosen by scholars based on their importance to teaching and research. For more information on the project and new titles, you can read their newsletter.

The Case of the Fraudulent Editor

March 8, 2007

Here is an interesting story that you can share with your students when they ask why they can’t cite Wikipedia in their papers!

We’re Not the Only Ones

March 8, 2007

Here is an article that may express some of your own frustrations regarding the quality of student research in the age of Google.

This is also a good time to remind you that you can bring your students to the library for an introductory or refresher class in information literacy at any point throughout the semester. (more…)

New Group Work Software in the Library

February 12, 2007

Do you ask your students to work on group projects? Check out new software available in the Library.

From February until the end of the winter term, the Library is trialing a new piece of software that will allow students to collaborate in a new way. TeamSpot allows a group of students to connect many laptops together so that they can: (more…)

Finding Information Becomes Fun!

December 11, 2006

Finding information has always been fun for librarians, but we know that you may not always find it so thrilling. That is why we are sure you will be thrilled by Xreferplus – a new electronic reference resource available from the library. It is easy (and some would say fun) to use and is full of reliable information for you and your students. (more…)

fun with feeds

September 29, 2006

An earlier post mentioned using a news feed or aggregator to subscribe to our blog. Another neat thing you can do with feeds is to perform a search and then add this search to your aggregator!

FindArticles, an article search engine, offers this capability. Here’s what to do:
1. head on over to the search engine.
2. type in your search. Try to be as specific as possible as contains loads of articles!
3. Note that you can limit your search to only the free articles or to specific subject categories.
4. Click Search.
5. At the top of your search results, you’ll see an orange RSS button. Click the button to get the URL that you can add to your aggregator!

Now you don’t need to come back to again and again to see what has been newly published in your area. Yahoo news offers a similar feature…simply enter your search and grab the feed to plug into your aggregator!