Posts Categorized: New Features

WordPress Upgrade – 4.0.1

The Georgetown Commons system is now running WordPress 4.0.1. Along with more blue in the dashboard color scheme, you will notice the new media library, easier video embedding, and a text edit window that automatically adjusts as you write. The improved media library provides a more pleasant user experience when adding images to your blog posts:… Read more »

Interlude: A new innovative partnership

We are proud to announce that CNDLS and Gelardin New Media Center have partnered with Interlude, an interactive video platform, to develop and produce fully customized, video-based assessments and simulations. The first CNDLS project, using Interlude, will be a case study simulation featured in the GeorgetownX Terrorism and Counterterrorism MOOC, launching October 1st. In this… Read more »

What’s New in WordPress 3.9.1

As of June 27th, Georgetown Commons blogs and ePortfolios run on the latest version of WordPress. This video outlines the major changes: New WordPress 3.9 Smith from I for Ideas on Vimeo. Aside from the usual bug fixes, WordPress 3.9 “Smith” features a few significant improvements in the incorporation of multimedia in blog posts. Photo galleries in… Read more »

Fostering Partnerships for Innovation

CNDLS has recently partnered with Remark to pilot video annotation in several technology-enhanced learning projects taking place at Georgetown. One such project is the use of video annotation in GeorgetownX courses and in particular in Globalization: Winners and Losers. Globalization: Winners and Losers will next be offered as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on… Read more »

Introducing the Latest CNDLS Innovation: SCORMie

Over the course of the semester, CNDLS has been supporting the 28 faculty projects that were funded during the first funding round of the Initiative on Technology-Enhanced Learning (ITEL). As is often the case at CNDLS, one innovation engenders another.  For example, Linguistics Professor Jeffrey Connor-Linton’s Level II ITEL project inspired Assistant Director of Research… Read more »

Biology Professor Anne Rosenwald Awarded with Microbiology Residency

CNDLS would like to congratulate Georgetown professor Anne Rosenwald (Biology) for a recent recognition she received for her dedication to teaching. In September 2013, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) selected Rosenwald as one of nineteen biologists nationwide to participate in a one-year residency supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). During her year in… Read more »

What’s New and What’s Next from Blackboard

Happy Blackboard Day! Wednesday, September 25th was Blackboard Day at Georgetown University. Representatives from Blackboard were here to talk about Blackboard’s new features for building content, analyzing student performance, and encouraging student engagement. Workshops ran throughout the day to introduce faculty to these new and improved tools and to provide some insider tips as to how they might… Read more »

Introducing Wikispaces

We have been offering wikis powered by MediaWiki for some time now, but the latest addition to the family of wikis that we offer is Wikispaces, a lighter and more user-friendly wiki platform.  Wikispaces uses “what you see is what you get” editing, meaning that you can format your text and resize your images as… Read more »

Featured Blog Theme: CommentPress

We recently began offering CommentPress as the seventh system theme option available to you.  The theme, offered by the Institute for the Future of the Book, mimics the age-old tradition of marginalia by moving comments from the end of the document to the relevant paragraphs.  Like annotation has done for millennia, it brings comments into… Read more »