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faculty development, educational technologies, intellectual curieux, info provocations


Faculty Development News This Week:

Building Community

--“The Recovery of Persons”

This article, from The League for Innovation, February 2004, considers the importance of people resources in any organization.

The Recover of Persons

Open Source

--Open Access Academic Publishing

This article argues academic publishing will evolve from imprints to E-prints.

Open Access Publishing


--Using Wikis to Teach College Writing

How to incorporate wikis in the college classroom.

Using Wikis to Teach College Writing

--Teaching Wiki

Tutorial on how to use wikis and start a wiki of your own.

Teaching Wiki

Technology and Learning

--Technology and Mediated Learning Resource

Technology and Mediated Learning


--"Blog, Blog, Blog: The Navy Tests Web Logging for Team Communication"

This article is from Science Daily News, 31 December 2003.

Blog,Blog, Blog....

--"Using Newsblogs to Get the Word Out...Now!"

Blogs for newsletters.

Using Newsblogs

This is a 3-page PDF file.

--"The Corporate Blog is Catching On

Blogs in the business world.

The Corporate Blog...

This is from The New York Times, 22 June 2003

Multi- Media Applications

--Hydrogen Audio

This site is a "forum for MP3 and audio compression technologies. Hosts
discussions, price comparisons, and polls of interest to audio
technology enthusiasts. The FAQ provides navigation to discussion
of topics such vinyl and CD comparison, sound card reviews, and
digital rights issues."

Hydrogen Audio

This annotation acquired from New This Week (2/26)

--Videography for Educators

Video production for instructors and students.

Videography for Educators

--Nuts and Bolts: How to Produce a Video

Video production basics.

Nuts and Bolts: How to Produce a Video

--Pedagogical and Instructional Delivery Strategies

This document, acquired form Northern Illinois University, Faculty Development, focuses on constructivist pedagogy and active learning.

Pedagogical and Instructional Delivery Strategies

This is a 50-page PDF file.


--How Students Learn

Again, this document comes for Northern Illinois University, Faculty Development.

Strategies for Increasing Student Learning and Motivation

This is a 24-page PDF document.


--"Teaching Inclusively"

This document, again, courtesy of Northern Illinois University, Faculty Development, suggests ways to ensure all students succeed, with special emphasis on interacting with persons who have disabilities.

Teaching Inclusively

This is a 15-page PDF document.


Libraries / Knowledge Management

--Reader Privacy

This site is a "nationwide effort to obtain one million signatures in
support of legislation to amend Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT
Act. The groups hope to persuade Congress to restore safeguards
for the privacy of bookstore and library records that were
eliminated by the Act."


This annotation acquired from New This Week LISRSERV, 26 February 2004.

--The Informed Librarian

The Informed Librarian Online is a monthly compilation of the most recent tables of contents from over a million titles, a valuable domestic and foreign library, and information-related journals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters and e-newsletters.

The Informed Librarian


--Suicide Prevention / Depression

This Web site, created by parents of a student who committted suicide, offers support for students suffering from depression and other illnesses that can lead to suicide.



Athletics / Sports

--National Institute For Sports Reform(NISR)

This organization’s site wants to educate the public about safe and
healthy sports activities; stop the abuse of athletes; and develop
resources for those studying or interested in sports reform. The
site includes the American Sports Culture Misery Index (questions
about "how you presently feel about the state of sports in our
country"), a FAQ section about sports reform, a bibliography, interviews
with sports reformers, and links to sports sites.


--Women’s Sports Foundation

This searchable site includes information on women's sports and
fitness, athletes, Title IX, sports psychology, and related

Women’s Sports

Blog Grab Bag

--Primary Research Resource: Sample Calculator

This is a nifty tool for survey design and sample sizes.

Survey System

--Online Resources for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies From the Cuban
Heritage Collection

The purpose of this site is "to provide a central access point to research
materials held by the Cuban Heritage Collection as well as act as
a gateway to other research tools for Cuban and Cuban American
studies. On this site you will find finding aids to all of our
archival collections."

Cuban and Cuban-American Studies

--Leap Year

Can you explain what leap year is?

This site provides easy-to-understand scientific background
information on the concept of a leap year.

Leap Year


Located at Ohio State University, this site is "for history fans, enthusiasts and students," includes "over 130,000 pages of historical content; 5,300 timeline events; 800 battle outlines; 350 biographies; and thousands of images and maps."


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--Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web

A site you could easily spend hours browsing. Exhibitions are browsable and searchable by title, sponsoring institution, and keyword.

Library and Archival Exhibitions

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Hajj is "the Fifth Pillar of Islam and the annual pilgrimage to
Mecca to be performed by able Muslims at least once in their lifetime."


This annotation was acquired from New This Week LISRSERV , 26 February 2004.

--The Writing Instructor

This is a networked journal for college writing teachers

The Writing Instructor

--Accessibility in Distance Education

The Accessibility in Distance Education (ADE) Web site” focuses on helping faculty develop accessible online learning materials for people with disabilities. It is divided into five major sections, targeting common accessibility questions.”

Accessibility in Distance Education


Mathematical play, using bits and pieces.


--National Institute of Health LISTSERV

"Each week (usually on Friday afternoon), the NIH transmits an e-mail with Table of Contents (TOC) information for that week's issue of the NIH Guide, via the NIH LISTSERV."


LISTSERV for National Institute of Health

Until next week!

Blog editor

NOTE: RUMINATORS' ILK will resume after spring break. The next edition will be March


At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly believe that we have reached the point where technology has become one with our world, and I am fairly certain that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside... I just hope that as memory gets cheaper, the possibility of transferring our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's a fantasy that I daydream about every once in a while.

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