Archive for the ‘social software’ 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.

One Book, One Twitter

May 11, 2010

Are you looking for something to read this summer? Follow the crowd, and join a world-wide book club on Twitter. 

Conceived by Jeff Howe, at, One Book, One Twitter is an attempt to harness the power of social media to get the entire connected world reading one book. To participate, search Twitter for the hashtag #1b1t. The book club starts this week, discussing Chapters 1, 2, and 3.

The big question, of course, is which book?  Chosen by popular vote: American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

From Wikipedia: “American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on a mysterious and taciturn protagonist, Shadow.  The central concept is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. Immigrants to the United States brought dwarves, elves, leprechauns, and other spirits and gods with them, but their power is diminished as people’s beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America’s obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and illegal drugs, among others.”

Although Red Deer College doesn’t own a copy of this book, several of our NEOS partner libraries do, and you can request it through our online catalogue.

Happy reading!

In Plain English!

April 9, 2010

Need easy to follow explanations of blogs, wikis, twitter, rss feeds, social networking, and… zombies?

Check out the unique videos from Common Craft.

“Common Craft produces short explanatory videos that are focused on making complex ideas easy to understand.”

To tweet or not to tweet?

April 28, 2009

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users (“Twitterers”) to send and read other users’ updates (“tweets”). Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters which answer the question, “What are you doing?”

You may be asking yourself what this has to do with post secondary education? To find out about Twitter and its potential place in post secondary education, have a look at 7 Things You Should Know About Twitter, published by ELI (Educause Learning Initiative).

RDC Library is tweeting. Follow us.

The “dirt” on DiRT

February 3, 2009

DiRT stands for Digital Research Tools, an interactive wiki created by Lisa Spiro (director of the Digital Media Center at Rice University) to collect information about tools and resources that can help scholars conduct research more efficiently or creatively.

Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you’re looking for. The wiki provide a directory of tools organized by research activity, as well as reviews of select tools. The wiki also explores how select tools might be employed most effectively by researchers.

Dig in!

Check out Google Apps

May 27, 2008

Google Apps is a collection of web-based tools that run in a web-browser, without requiring users to purchase or install software. There are communication tools (Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar), productivity tools (Google Docs, for text files, spreadsheets, and presentations), and a web development tool (Google Sites).

There are lots of potential uses for Google Apps in post-secondary education. Check out Educause‘s 7 Things You Should Know About Google Apps for more information and ideas.

Is lo-fi the new hi-fi?

August 9, 2007

The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos whose goal is to make sense of tech topics in under 5 minutes. They “believe lo-fi is the new hi-fi.”

The Common Craft Show explains tech topics (Social Networking in Plain English, RSS in Plain English, Wikis in Plain English) in a fun, quick, and understandable way. If you want to learn about these topics in a fun and quick way, check the site out!

Does Facebook have a place in higher education?

July 9, 2007

Facebook is a social networking site where users interact through an evolving, self-defined set of networks, interest groups, and “friendships.” But does Facebook have a legitimate place in the world of post-secondary education? The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) says “yes.” (more…)