Friday, October 30, 2009

Screencast: Basic Introduction to Angel

View this 30 minute Basic Introduction to Angel:

For help with Angel, visit the USP Angel Help Desk.

Screencast created by Eva Agbada
Department of Information Science
J. W. England Library
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Fall 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

National Distance Learning Week: November 9-13, 2009

2009 NDLW
The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.

For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.

November 9th - 13th, 2009

Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.

For more information on NDLW contact USDLA at 1.800.275.5162.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

E-Textbooks: Are We There Yet?

Is this the year of the e-book? Almost everyone has heard of the Amazon Kindle by now and more news about e-book readers seem to come out every day. Barnes and Noble is about to launch their own e-book reader (Image Via Gizmodo). Amazon is releasing a new Kindle for use in Europe. Sony has been in the e-book game for years and continues to release new models, e.g., a wireless model is due this holiday season. However, the most popular e-book reader may already be in your pocket -- the iPhone.

While most e-book news tends to be focused on the readers, how about the e-books themselves or, more important for academia, e-textbooks? It's one thing to flip through black and white novels on a monochrome Kindle and another to do research and take notes using a library of colorful large format textbooks on a portable electronic device. When will our students trade in their 40 pound backpacks for a thin, light weight, colorful e-book reader? Are we there yet?

Find out by tuning into the next episode in our Academic Technology Webinar Series on Friday, October 23 at Noon. Get the details on our Campus Portal or Angel Learning System.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blogging at the University of the Sciences and Beyond

Blog is a shorthand term that means “Web log”, an online, chronological collection of personal commentary and links. It's very easy to create and use blogs anywhere there is an Internet connect. This form of Internet publishing has become an established communications tool and an alternative to mainstream media publications.

Attend our Academic Tech Webinar Series on blogging on Friday, October 9. You "attend" from the comfort of your own office via GoToMeeting webinar software. You'll be able to view my PC's desktop and hear me as I present, demonstrate and answer your questions. You can participate via a PC headset (highly recommended), phone, or just "lurk and learn" while eating your lunch. If you don't have a headset and don't want to make a toll call, you can ask questions using text chat.
  • Learn about the history of blogging
  • Learn how to find, subscribe and read blogs
  • Learn how to setup a free personal blog using Blogger and Feedburner
  • Learn how to contribute to the USP Experts blog
  • Learn how to setup a blog on Angel
  • Learn the benefits of blogs in education and research
Find out more and register on our Campus Portal or Angel LMS.