Weekly Ed-Tech / Digital Scholarship Trends: March 13, 2013

Digital Public Library of America

Besides transitioning to the Twitter account @dpla, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced it will provide copies of 1.2 million digital objects to the DPLA. If you’re interested in learning more about the non-profit, there’s a brief Q&A with the new DPLA Executive Director, Dan Cohen. The launch will take place April 18-19, 2013 at the Boston Public Library.

California Bill Demands Credit for Online Courses (MOOCs)

As reported in the New York Times and Inside Higher Ed, a new bill to be filed by California Senate President Darrell Steinberg “aims to create a ‘statewide system of faculty-approved, online college courses.'” [1] (more…)

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Rabbit Run: Video Chatting in the Classroom

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Video chatting just got more interesting. Rabbit is new video chatting software, recently released in beta and available for Mac. Yes, you have to download something; however, it is free.

Educational Use

With Rabbit you can create a video chat room for an online discussion (think Google Hangout), but  the real departure is being able to watch streamed content together. Is there a great lecture or TED Talk you want to use for class? Why not make it available for students outside of class time and they can talk about it together online as it plays? If that idea doesn’t suit you, Rabbit is more than just videos. You can stream from Google Chrome, perhaps showcasing a website or a librarian could demonstrate how to use online resources to students who are in their dorms.

Of course, there is the ability to have online office hours as well.
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