Using digital archives to teach data set creation and visualization design

Useful as digital archives have become for academics and historians, integrating these projects into college classrooms still poses significant challenges. Because electronic scholarship often concerns niche areas of study, its usefulness is usually reserved for those possessing a broad and not inconsiderable base of knowledge. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students alone tend to benefit from…

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University builds VR CAVE for a new higher ed era

K-16 instructors perennially face the challenge of helping students understand complex processes and relationships, especially those that make sense only after they are explored in more than one frame of reference. The differences between a partial and total solar eclipse on the Earth, for example, are best understood by visualizing observations not just from the…

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Open Source and the NGDLE

In the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, humanity’s cyborg adversaries, the Cylons, have an often repeated line: “All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.” To participants in the conversations around a next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE) who have been around a while, the phrase might sound oddly appropriate. Almost since the learning…

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