The "Technology Sandbox"
The purpose of the Drexel University Technology Sandbox is to provide faculty, staff and students access to technologies which may be cutting edge, beta or at least worthy of review but are not formally supported under the Office of Information Resources and Technology's (IRT) enterprise solution umbrella.
As such, there is no guarantee made as to the suitability of these resources, for the stability of these resources or the level of service (up-time) of these resources. Please review the information provided for each resource to determine applicability, audience and access constraints.
Virtual Meetings – in Real Time
Adobe Connect Pro
Soon, select Drexel department representatives will gain the capability to create, schedule, and publish information for virtual meeting spaces that they can use for real-time (synchronous) meetings over the Internet. Please stay tuned for more information, or, contact the Online Learning Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling them at 215-895-1224.
To learn more about Adobe Connect Pro please visit the Adobe Connect 8 Getting Started Page.
Course/Content/Learning Management Systems
"We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.
Through this, we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in."
—From the Coursera web site
More about Coursera
"EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new online-learning experience with online courses that reflect their disciplinary breadth. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning–both on-campus and worldwide. Anant Agarwal, former Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, serves as the first president of edX. EdX's goals combine the desire to reach out to students of all ages, means, and nations, and to deliver these teachings from a faculty who reflect the diversity of its audience. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard."
—From the edX web site
More about edX
"The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge."
—From the Khan Academy web site
More about Khan Academy
"OCW is a free publication of course materials used at MIT.
- Get lecture notes, problem sets, labs
- Watch lecture videos and demonstrations.
- Study a wide variety of subjects.
—From the MIT OpenCourseWare web site
More about MIT OpenCourseWare.
"Udacity is a totally new kind of learning experience. You learn by solving challenging problems and pursuing udacious projects with world-renowned university instructors (not by watching long, boring lectures). At Udacity, we put you, the student, at the center of the universe."
—From Udacity web site
More about Udacity
Personal Content Capture and Web Conferencing
"Think of Jing as a supplement to all your chat discussions, email threads, forum posts and blog entries. It sits nicely on your desktop, ready to capture and share your stuff at a moment’s notice. Simply select an area of your screen, capture it as an image or record it as a video, and then click Share. Jing conveniently places a URL to your content on your clipboard ready for you to paste the URL into any of your conversations."
— From the Jing Project web site
Instructions for using Jing.
Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. And because it works internationally with texting, web, or Twitter, its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews.
— From Poll Everywhere web site
Find out how Poll Everywhere works by taking their tour.
"Second Life is a 3D digital world imagined, created and owned by its Residents."
— From the Second Life FAQ site
Second Life FAQ. Selecting the "Transport Now" link on that web site will attempt to load and execute your installed version of Second Life. You will be required to log into Second Life prior to actually teleporting to the Drexel Island.
If you do not have Second Life installed, go to http://www.secondlife.com where you can sign up and download the Second Life installer. You will then have to install the software, choose your login information (i.e. your Second Life name), do your initial login and then choose your avatar.
An additional resource that you may be interested in is the Second Life Education Wiki.
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
"The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a dynamic organization committed to advancing learning through IT innovation. Joining ELI gives your entire institution access to the complete range of ELI resources and programs, including:
- Convenient monthly Web seminars on important teaching, learning, and technology topics.
- Discovery Tools that provide time-saving, practical support for technology exploration and planning, faculty and staff development workshops, and other activities.
- Significantly discounted admission to the ELI Annual Meeting and twice-yearly focus sessions.
- A dynamic network of colleagues engaged in teaching, learning, and technology."
— From the Educause ELI Membership site
More about the Educause Learning Institute.
Merlot Learning Object Repository
"MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed, higher education, online learning materials created by registered members, and a set of faculty development support services. MERLOT's vision is to be a premiere online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share their learning materials and pedagogy."
— From the Merlot "About Us" web site
More about Merlot Learning Object Repository.
Internet Public Library
"The IPL was founded by a class at the University of Michigan's School of Information, and Michigan SI students almost exclusively generated its content and managed the Ask a Question reference service. On January 1, 2007, the IPL moved to Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology. Now, a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science is developing and maintaining the IPL!"
— From the ipl.org web site
More about the Internet Public Library.