New workshop offered to help clean up your Blackboard course!

Have you ever wanted to hide old courses? Ever wanted to get rid of the “home page”? Want to thin out your course menu or customize what it says? What’s is “Qwickly” and how do I best use it? These are easy fixes you will learn, plus many more ways to make Blackboard more efficient, easier to navigate and look great. Amaze your colleagues with the best-looking Blackboard course on campus!

The Rein in Blackboard hands-on workshop will be held on two different days, to give you a choice to better suit your schedule. Register for one today!

  • Thursday, September 22 at 10 AM, Boatwright Library, Room 323 [ Register ]
  • Friday, September 23 at 11 AM, Boatwright Library, Room 323 [ Register ]

Can’t get to either one? Let us schedule this session for your department or a group of colleagues! E-mail Mike Dixon to schedule a custom session.

Legoscope

Research Analyst Fred Hagemeister writes of an interesting recent 3D project:

Omar Quintero, Biology, contacted me late Monday with an outreach project he is developing.  It revolves around microscopy, using a microscope built out of Lego.  To get it to work, he needed to 3D print some pieces that serve as adapters between the Legos and the optics for the microscope.  See http://legoscope.squarespace.com/aboutlegoscope/ for more information.  From a cost perspective, a Legoscope is not an obvious winner compared to value-line toy or USB-connected scopes based on cost, but the Legoscope can build on natural excitement with children, i.e., science can be fun, and it can evolve through iterative design effort and modular.  The pictures below are of the parts being modeled in Preform printing software and the actual printed parts that are most of the way through the process this morning:

Preform printing of Legoscope pieces                  Printed Legoscope pieces