As a part of UMW’s efforts to build the ThinkLab, a makerspace in the Simpson Library, Tim Owens is writing a set of posts to be featured on the Makerbot Blog. The first of these posts, Help Tim Owens Build An Awesome Makerspace, is live. Much of the work we do with 3D printing began with Makerbots and inspired us to take it a step further with ThinkLab so we’re excited to have the opportunity to get feedback from that large community of makers to help our little space here grow and evolve!
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UMW Biology professor Steve Gallik has dreamed up a very cool approach for students in his Histology lab to share and comment on what’s under the microscope. Rather than purchasing expensive camera-ready digital microscopes, he worked with the UMW Teaching Center to purchase a few cheap digital cameras that can upload images quickly to the web so students can post them to a course site.
The resulting course site designed by the inimitable Tim Owens is a highly attractive, intensely visual course space on UMW Blogs that streamlines posting for students thanks to the Gravity Forms plugin (which is premium—what is happening to us!). What I love about this experiment is how beautiful the images of these mammal cells are, and how the students’ brief description coupled with the gorgeous images tell a story about the life and death of cells. Not only that, but it reinforces the idea that new approaches to storytelling with media cuts across all disciplines—it’s not an exclusive a concern of the humanities.
If you’ve never heard of 3D printing, don’t worry – you will.
Here at UMW, Professor George Meadows and Tim Owens of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies have been spearheading an effort to incorporate this nascent technology into the classroom. Follow their adventure here.
Professor Whalen’s ENGL251yy course “Adaptations” is doing big things over on their course website
This course is about analyzing works that were inspired and adapted from other works. Currently, the students of ENGL251yy are making an intricate web of connected media. Each student is expected to complete 10 different “vectors”, by connecting them to other vectors already placed on the web. Check out their ongoing vector project here on a Google Doc.
You may notice that today, January 18, a number of high-profile sites have “gone black” to protest two bills being considered by the U.S. Congress right now. SOPA and PIPA , if passed, will cripple the Web by requiring the owners of Web sites to police content uploaded by users. If they fail to follow these strict content-monitoring requirements, they risk having their sites blacklisted (essentially, made unavailable to users of the Web) with no access to due process.
If passed, sites like Wikipedia, Reddit, YouTube, and Flickr, will almost certainly go away (at least in their current forms). Furthermore, if these bills are passed, UMW Blogs will be in danger of being blacklisted unless we begin to police and monitor every piece of content uploaded to the space.
We believe that there needs to be an intelligent and balanced discussion about the nature of intellectual property in our increasingly-digital world. We are sure that neither of these bills contributes to such a conversation.
Please join us in protesting SOPA and PIPA.