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2013 September

September 23, 2013

New UO-created Classroom Interactivity Tool

The UO Libraries Interactive Media Group has released a free, open-source classroom/audience personal response system (similar to the “iClicker” system used by UO faculty), that allows students and audience members to interact with a presenter using their personal mobile devices.

Ripple is designed to enable students to interact with presenters in real-time; presenters pose questions or polls to students, and students can respond and see their responses appear on the presenter’s screen in seconds. The presenter can ask the audience several types of questions including true/false, multiple choice, and open response. Another interesting feature allows the audience to manipulate a sliding scale on their mobile device to show interest or disinterest on a question, video, photos and other media.

Ripple works on many mobile devices including iPhones, iPads, Android devices, the Kindle Fire, and laptops.

For more information, visit the Ripple page on the Interactive Media Group website.

September 21, 2013

Web Hosting and Publishing Services

Looking to publish web content or host a web site?

How you publish content to the Internet or host a web site will depend on your affiliation, project goals, and project requirements. This table shows different solutions and links to more information.

If you work in a school, college, or department with IT staff, contact your local IT group for additional options.

See the list at it.uoregon.edu.

CASIT Retreat to Evergreen Aviation Museum

On September 13th 2013, CASIT went on a retreat to the Evergreen Aviation Museum. It was awesome! We recommend checking it out if you haven’t. It is only a 2 hour drive from Eugene.

Thank you to Jessica, Sam and Garron for planning the retreat and driving everyone to the museum. Click more to see pictures.

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New sites by CASIT web services

New sites launched by CASIT web services this past summer.

To see more please go to CASIT web services portfolio.

September 19, 2013

New Oracle Java Vulnerability

The Naked Security blog from security software developer Sophos, recently reported on a new vulnerability discovered in Oracle Java. Allegedly, malware authors can forge the security warning that pops up (pictured) when a Java applet is run from a web browser. Therefore, users could be tricked into thinking they are running a Java applet from a trusted publisher.

From the article:

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When you download the applet with Java, you are prompted to run the applet with a warning that Java applets can be dangerous, the name of the applet, the publisher and the URL serving it to you.

While the name can be anything, it is usually there to remind you of why you want to run this Java program.

The publisher should provide a clue as to whether it is from the expected source and the URL verifies that it is coming from the expected site.

What [our source] discovered is that you can forge both the application name and the URL to be anything you want. In essence, they’re doing it wrong.

If you do you not use Java, it is highly recommended that you turn it off in your web browser. If you must use websites that require you to have Java installed, consider disabling it in your main browser and  have an alternative browser just for visiting that website.

(Hat tip, Jay Lindly)

September 6, 2013

Wireless Devices Increase Burden on Campus Networks

Photo by Dave Lawler

As previously noted, more mobile devices on campus equals more concerns about recycling and reuse. However, what may be a bigger issue is the increased load on campus network infrastructure, discussed in detail in this article from Inside Higher Ed. Not only are there more mobile devices on any given campus today, but these phones are tablets are used to download greater amounts of data, including streaming video and audio, and thus take up more of a network’s bandwidth. Institutions are facing a dilemma between working within their budgets and providing more bandwidth to their students, faculty, and staff.

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September 5, 2013

Rewards Program for Recycling

With the increased use of mobile electronic devices on campus in the past decade, and the continuing advancement of mobile technologies, greater numbers of small electronics are labeled as “outdated” and are discarded, finding their way to landfills. A new nationwide program intends to curb this trend and also reward participating schools for recycling ink cartridges and cell phones:

Photo by Michael Hanscom

The program, Collected, is run by FundingFactory, a subsidiary of Clover Technologies Group, and it builds on the recycler’s existing e-waste program, which dates to 1997 and focuses largely on elementary and secondary schools.

The business model is a win-win, according to people on both sides of the transaction. It provides colleges with an environmentally conscious and fiscally advantageous way to dispose of electronic devices and accessories—which often contain valuable plastics and metals—while also fueling a burgeoning private-sector industry.

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Making a Kiosk Powerpoint Presentation

When there is a lot of information that needs to be conveyed clearly, tools like Powerpoint and a television can be incredibly helpful. This post will show you how to turn your powerpoint into a kiosk presentation without significant effort or expensive third party softwares. Please note, these instructions are for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 for Macintosh on OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. These steps are also assuming your presentation is already completed and you are ready to present the final product.  Finally, you must also have administrator access to the computer. (more…)

September 4, 2013

A Professor’s View on the Chromebook

Here’s a blog post from the Chronicle of Higher Education that provides a nice follow-up to our previous post on the Basics of Chrome OS. Professor Jason B. Jones from Central Connecticut State University tried out the Samsung Chromebook and has a few thoughts:

Even as a resolute Apple user, it’s hard not to be at least somewhat curious about Chromebooks, the low-cost netbooks running ChromeOS. For the past six weeks or so, I’ve had a Samsung Chromebook, and it has been an interesting experience to say the least. It’s actually a little difficult to make an outright recommendation about the device either way–so much depends on the use case and on the institutional context–but I do have some impressions.