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Blackboard Collaborate Modernization: The Ultra Experience

I am quite excited about the upcoming release of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Blackboard Collaborate is a synchronous communication tool that has been available at VIU for some time now.  It is most similar to familiar programs such as Skype, which… Continue Reading →

Kaltura Connect 2013: The Video Experience Conference

I was fortunately able to attend the annual Kaltura Connect conference this year held in New York City at Chelsea Piers, September 30th to October 1st, 2013.  Connect brings together thought leaders and technologists for two days to talk about… Continue Reading →

How to compress images in PowerPoint when it seems like things are getting sluggish.

If it seems like your PowerPoint files have gotten very heavy & extremely slow to publish, then compressing the images might help. An image can really add up the memory usage fast. There is a function in PowerPoint that can… Continue Reading →

Achieving Better Balance: Learning First, Technology Second

There is a better balance yet to be achieved – between technology and learning in higher education (well K-16 education for that matter). I don’t believe we are there yet. There is a lot of “technology talk” these days….. technology… Continue Reading →

D2L 10.2 Upgrade

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning is very excited about the June 27, 2013 D2L upgrade to the latest version 10.2!  Version 10.2 offers a more streamlined navigation for two of the system’s most used tools – Content… Continue Reading →

Photo editing online – free!

Last month I facilitated a 1.5 hour workshop on photo editing. Although I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 for my own photo editing, I knew that not all VIU faculty/staff would have Adobe Photoshop available to them. So, after a bit… Continue Reading →

New Tools & Resources!

For Mobile Classrooms Readium – with this Chrome extension, it is now possible to read ePubs on a computer. Pixorial – use this a free, web-based video editing platform on any device. It  also has an app and connects to… Continue Reading →

Block Posters

Block Posters is a simple to use site that allows you to take an image and print it out in poster form. Essentially it takes an image and spreads it over as many pages as you want, which can easily… Continue Reading →

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