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September 10th, 2010 by

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The Virtual Burnham Initiative

September 10th, 2010 by
Contributed by:  Donnie Sendelbach, Director of Instructional and Learning Services/Director of ITAP

burnhamThe Virtual Burnham Initiative, a multimedia project creating 3-D models from a 1909 Chicago city plan by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett (Plan of Chicago often referred to as the Burnham Plan), received a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-up Grant in 2008 and currently is their featured project.  The NEH is currently accepting applications for its next round until October 5, 2010.  To learn more about applying for this next round, you can visit their web site or contact Donnie Sendelbach, who served as Co-director of the Virtual Burnham Initiative before coming to DePauw.

While components of the Burnham Plan were implemented to create modern Chicago, students using SketchUp and Google Earth brought to life other components that were not implemented in reality, including buildings in Grant Park (see photo above). The flat images from the Burnham Plan were transformed into models enabling 360º views and placed within Google Earth’s modern Chicago, which takes the Burnham Plan to another level of visualization while merging past planning with current reality. If you have Google Earth on your computer, you can download files from the VBI website to view yourself.  Through 3-D modeling, students and scholars are able to visualize how Chicago could have developed while considering the possibilities for future city planning. Through additional historical information, they can also study how city politics shaped the building of Chicago as the new field of city planning evolved.

Chicago area high schools and universities along with city administrators have contributed to the VBI, which is, to quote the grant application, “a project about the community that can become part of the community offering a heretofore impossible organization of material related to the Plan with a unique application of different virtual modeling technologies to enhance collaborative humanities scholarship.”  Students who worked on the project developed an appreciation for architectural history, city planning, and research decision-making as the Plan’s series of sketches include multiple variants for a given building.  One of the students creating these models, Michael Ojdana (Lake Forest Class of 2008), is currently working at Convergence Training creating 3-D models after he graduated from DePaul University with an M.S. with a Digital Cinema: 3-D Animation Concentration.

For more information on the project, please view this video inviting others to participate:

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Google Apps: What’s Next?

September 10th, 2010 by
Contributed by: Lynda S. LaRoche, Assistant Director of Instructional & Learning Services and Moodle Support Coordinator

clip_image002Last spring “Going Google” was a common phrase on the DePauw campus as we switched from GroupWise/Tigermail to Google Apps Mail, Calendar, and Contacts. With this initial transition completed, what’s next?

If you want to keep important emails from your GroupWise/Tigermail account, you have two options: copying your old email messages to Google Apps Mail or creating a local GroupWise Client and copying your email to your computer. To complete this on your own, step-by-step instructions are located online at DePauw’s online resources for faculty, staff, and students – https://sites.google.com/a/depauw.edu/depauw-google-apps/.

If you would like assistance completing this process, instructional technologists will be standing by in the FITS lab (located on the lower level of the Roy O. West Library) to support you during any of the Google Open Lab sessions listed below.  Remember you must complete this no later than September 30, 2010 because the GroupWise/Tigermail server and your old email will be gone on October 1, 2010.

Google Open Lab Sessions
FITS Center (located on the lower level of the Roy O. West Library)

  • 9/14/2010 from 9-11 a.m.
  • 9/20/2010 from 2-4 p.m.
  • 9/28/2010 from 12-2 p.m.
  • 9/30/2010 from 2-4 p.m.

Google Apps for Education offers much more than email and calendar capabilities. Through Google Docs you and your students can collaborate with others in real-time by creating, editing, and sharing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. To assist you in learning more about Google Docs, FITS will be hosting “Google Apps: Intro to Docs, Sites, Forms” workshops this semester. We will also be hosting Google Users Group sessions where you are invited to join your colleagues to share ideas, ask questions, and discuss ways that Google Apps can be used on campus – both inside and outside the classroom. For a complete list of Google Apps events, browse to DePauw’s Campus Calendar and search for #googleapps.

Finally, we’d like to invite you to share how you are using Google Apps for teaching and learning by presenting during a FITS Faculty Showcase. If you are interested in presenting, please contact Lynda LaRoche – llaroche@depauw.edu or 765-658-6600 – or another member of the FITS team – http://www.depauw.edu/univ/fits/people/staff.asp – to discuss your idea.

Staff Spotlight: Matt Bethune, Instructional Technology Graduate Intern

September 10th, 2010 by

Expertise: Video pre-, post-, in-studio and on-location production, digital storytelling.

Biography: Matt came to DePauw in 2010 after earning his M.A. in Digital Storytelling from Ball State University. While there he taught two undergraduate courses in basic video production, assisted faculty and students within the school of nursing utilize technology in classes, and developed an original children’s educational television program and web site. He is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.

Fun fact: Matt is a puppeteer with several professional performances under his belt.