18.684 new on WWW: CIT Infobits; Innovate; teiPublisher

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005 16:01:04 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 684.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: "Carolyn Kotlas" <kotlas_at_email.unc.edu> (22)
         Subject: CIT INFOBITS -- March 2005

   [2] From: "James L. Morrison" <morrison_at_unc.edu> (71)
         Subject: April/May Issue of Innovate

   [3] From: "Susan Schreibman" <sschreib_at_umd.edu> (32)
         Subject: beta version of teiPublisher available

         Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 15:43:32 +0100
         From: "Carolyn Kotlas" <kotlas_at_email.unc.edu>
         Subject: CIT INFOBITS -- March 2005

CIT INFOBITS March 2005 No. 81 ISSN 1521-9275


INFOBITS is an electronic service of The University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill's Center for Instructional Technology. Each month the
CIT's Information Resources Consultant monitors and selects from a
number of information and instructional technology sources
that come to her attention and provides brief notes for electronic
dissemination to educators.

Read this issue on the Web:


How Much Time Does Online Teaching Take? A Case Study
New EDUCAUSE E-Book on the Net Generation
Effective E-Learning Design
Technology and Student Writing
Computers in the Classroom and Open Book Exams
Recommended Reading

INFOBITS is also available online on the World Wide Web at
http://www.unc.edu/cit/infobits/ (HTML format) and at
http://www.unc.edu/cit/infobits/text/index.html (plain text format).


         Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 15:48:06 +0100
         From: "James L. Morrison" <morrison_at_unc.edu>
         Subject: April/May Issue of Innovate

The April/May 2005 issue of Innovate is now available at

Innovate is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly e-journal published as a public
service by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova
Southeastern University. It features creative practices and cutting-edge
research on the use of information technology to enhance education.

We open the issue with an important query from Glenn Russell: What are the
effects of distance in time and space on affective relationships between
teachers and students? Distancing lessens sensitivity to the emotional
states of others and can prevent educators from responding to students'
boredom, frustration, low motivation, or anxiety. Russell argues that
high-bandwidth synchronous communication, including visual and aural
feedback, can help educators better understand their students' needs.

Joel Foreman and Roy Jenkins focus on one technology that may alleviate the
distancing effect. Web conferencing systems (Webcons) include live audio
and video while providing the conveniences that educators have come to
expect from course management systems. Foreman and Jenkins enumerate the
activities that Webcons make possible and discuss the financial resources
required to bring them to the online classroom.

Susan LaCour describes a future in which portal systems provide students
with personalized information; integrated platforms offer campus-wide
resources in a central online location; and ePortfolios give prospective
employers and institutions a complete portrait of a student's learning
history. These technologies enable students to take charge of their own
learning, thereby increasing their potential for personal and professional

David Gibson describes the Semantic Web's (SW) redefinition of the
Internet. The SW is not merely a medium for accessing and sharing textual
information; it enables the dynamic interoperability of programs across the
Web. By unobtrusively gathering data related to a user's online activities,
the SW can provide personalized learning resources, guidance, and
evaluation, acting as a virtual teacher that is uniquely responsive to the
needs of its student.

The next two articles provide pedagogical tips and techniques for making
online learning more engaging for students and more rewarding for
instructors. Tisha Bender shows educators several online applications for
role playing, situating the time-tested technique in a virtual theater
where students collaboratively apply their knowledge and experiences, and
then critically analyze their own performances. Cleborne Maddux, Rhoda
Cummings, Leping Liu, and John Newman follow with a practical, step-by-step
guide to creating a well-organized online course. Their suggestions are
particularly appropriate for colleagues who are developing a Web-based
course for the first time.

Ed Klonoski presents a creative solution to the ubiquitous budgetary woes
that frequently block technology purchases. Klonoski outlines Connecticut's
recent acquisition of a statewide learning management system and provides
tips on how multiple institutions can collaborate on purchasing
arrangements that, in the end, will save them thousands of dollars on
sophisticated software.

Finally, in his "Places to Go" column, Stephen Downes introduces readers to
the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery-an online repository that
contains more than 270,000 images from the library's archives. The Gallery
offers users convenient browsing capabilities as well as background
information on each image and bibliographic listings for further research.
Other libraries have launched similar sites, paving the way for archival
exploration at the click of a mouse.

Please forward this announcement to appropriate mailing lists and to
colleagues who want to use IT tools to advance their work.

Many thanks.


James L. Morrison
Editor-in-Chief, Innovate
Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership
UNC-Chapel Hill
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         Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 15:51:43 +0100
         From: "Susan Schreibman" <sschreib_at_umd.edu>
         Subject: beta version of teiPublisher available
We are delighted to announce a beta release of teiPublisher, an extensible,
modular and configurable xml-based repository.
teiPublisher was developed to bridge the gap between having a collection of
structured documents that are posted on the Web as static HTML or XML
pages, and having a functional digital repository. This is being done by
providing the tools to manage an XML-based repository which will make
available, search, and browse documents encoded according to any XML DTD.
teiPublisher was designed to provide the administrative tools to help
repository administrators with limited technical knowledge manage their
digital collections. Building on Lucene, an indexing tool, and the native
XML database eXist the application provides a range of administrative
functions crucial to maintaining a web-assessable digital repository.
For more information about teiPublisher, as well as download instructions,
please visit our website http://teipublisher.sf.net/
As this is a beta release of the software, we are especially interested in
your feedback (detailed instructions for feedback can be found on our
download page). This is an open source project hosted by SourceForge.
On behalf of the teiPublisher development team,
Amit Kumar
Susan Schreibman
John Walsh
Stewart Arneil
Martin Holmes
Susan Schreibman, PhD
Assistant Dean,  Head of Digital Collections & Research
University of Maryland Libraries
McKeldin Library
University of  Maryland, College Park, 20742
phone: 301 314 0358
fax: 301 314 9408
email: sschreib_at_umd.edu
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