UW Bothell Learning Technologies Blog Rotating Header Image

apps

Western Oregon University Install NetApp Flash Storage

Western Oregon University has a new flash storage system. The new system has increased the school’s storage capacity and speed.

The University administrators use IBM Congos, which is a business intelligence software. Professors are using the Moodle e-learning system. The system will help instructors incorporate videos, online quizzes and other digital content into their courses.

The university began to experience a lag in their extensive media-rich teaching and learning systems. Only 250 of the university’s 5,200 undergraduate and 900 graduate students could log on all at once. Students also had delays logging on from their personal desktops and launched applications The university searched for possible solutions to fix the problem, which led to the  NetApp, a provider of data storage and management systems. The NetApp teamed up with Mountain States Networking to create the NetApp ef550 flash array.

netapp

Picture by Clark College Libraries.

Western Oregon University reported that they are now able to support 10 times as many concurrent users of media-rich applications, with 95% percent less processing time. The backup times has also reduced from over an hour to only 9 minutes! Bill Kernan, CIO of Western Oregon University, reported that with the NetApp flash storage system the school is able to reach a capacity of more than 1,200 concurrent users, while providing excellent system performance campuswide.

Click here to read more.

LinkedIn

4545944797_116eefcdab_o

Social media is not only a part of our social lives but professional as well. LinkedIn is a website and company that takes this idea of social media, but allows users to boast and explain their professional background and aspirations. Students should be getting connected to this online professional website to look for opportunities that they might not possibly get anywhere else. However, this website also has an app that is available in the Google Play, Apple, and Microsoft store for smart phones and tablets.

The reason why this app is innovative is because you can take your professionalism and opportunities on-the-go. The app allows you to message, view profiles, edit your own profile, and request/deny connections with other professionals. LinkedIn is the type of website that students rarely log into, however with the app you can have the same capability as using the website on your phone. You can opt to receive notifications when people view your profile, messages that you receive from other professionals, and when people request to connect with you.

Opportunities for professional growth are always available from a multitude of resources. LinkedIn is one of those resources that can help kick-start your career. Most internship applications will request your LinkedIn profile URL in order to scope out information that they might not have gotten from your resume or cover letter. Not only can people see your professional history and bio, LinkedIn allows other users to endorse other users on skills that they might have seen you use. Having a lot of endorsements can help you get an opportunity that professionals are looking for in an employee.

Evernote

Evernote is an app is specially designed to help you with your organization skills with more than just notebooks. Users are able to add their own text, images, audio, scanned documents, files, and much more all on to Evernote. The files you enter are synchronized with all other devices you have Evernote on as well. It also provides its users with a powerful search engine that is able to recognize and locate text inside your files and images.

Users are saying that Evernote acts as their second brain, an “external brain” to be exact. Mainly because its capability of storing everything the user wants, into one easy accessible location. When using this app in groups you can share your work as well as comment on your own or another member’s work.

If you are worried that others cant find your work, you can simply use Evernote’s tagging feature. Tagging makes it easier for you to categorize your notes and simplifies the search for you as well as others who may be viewing.  Making it easier for you to stay organized and be able to locate your work at faster and more convenient pace. There is truly a lot that Evernote offers, to find out more about this app, download it today or click on the link above for more information.

evernote

On the Clouds!

cloud

Colleges and universities are finding that the cloud is an ideal environment for serving modern technology to modern day students. Using the cloud students will have easy access to course material at their fingertips to help them succeed in higher education.

The cloud gives students more ways to learn such as providing 24/7 course resources on any mobile device in a faster and easier way. Since students learn at different times, in different ways, and in different environments, the cloud provides assignments, learning supplements, self-paced tests, and other aids accessible when needed. With 24/7 access students are not restricted to library or office hours. What the cloud does is it takes advantage of modern technologies to provide a database where students can access up-to-date information. The cloud eliminates data silos, so students and faculty aren’t constantly tracking down information from multiple sources. Students also have multi-user communication, which enable collaboration and ways to learn beyond a traditional textbook or classroom lecture. In the end the cloud’s goal is not to keep up with modern technology, but to help improve student success by providing fast, easy, and reliable course material.

Schools that are taking advantage of modern technologies have noticed that the cloud offers an effective and cost-efficient experience for student resources. Meanwhile providing students with more ways to learn in an easy fast way.

Read more here.

Penn State Technology Allows Faculty and Students to Build Their Own Textbooks from OER

Faculty, staff and graduate students at Penn State University cleverly came up with a way for other faculty and students to create their own online textbooks through a tool called BBookX.

Users would simply have to type in keywords related to their subject material, then BBookX will gather information from open resources regarding those keywords. Since this tool is only in its pre-release state, it currently runs on top of Wikipedia. However, once it has reached a wider release, it will support more Open Educational Resources (OER) repositories. Kyle Bowen, director of Education Technology Services in TLT, assures that “expanding future use will be a key part of our success”

oer

The tool allows students and faculty to create textbooks chapter by chapter. Once the resources have been loaded, users can rearrange the material however they like through a click and drag interface

A huge advantage of this tool is that students will save a lot of money from textbook costs and they will be able to personalize their learning through building the textbooks themselves.

Although the primary focus of the tool is towards college students, K-12 students and faculty are able to use it as well. A public demo is not yet available, however developers are searching for “schools and organizations that would be interested in partnering and supporting future research.” There is yet to be a confirmed release date.

For more information on this topic, visit the article here.