Author Archives: Michael Fortune

Discovering “Community” Media in, or the Internet Archive, has functioned as a digital library of all media types on the Internet since 1996.  Available material has been free to the public, with some exceptions, since its start and it has served as a library for Open Educational Resources way before the term “OER” ever existed.  The archive also […]

“Technologies in Education” May 2012, College of St. Rose

On May 17 and 18th, the College of St. Rose in Albany NY hosted its second annual “Technologies in Education” conference at various buildings on campus.  The event billed itself as a free conference and professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers, higher education faculty and students, technologists, librarians, and anyone else interested in the use […]

Dropbox and Other Cloud Storage Options

Interest in having one’s files accessible from the Internet, known as ‘cloud computing,’ instead of a device like a USB drive, has increased recently.  Knowing that devices can crash unexpectedly, losing all of your hard work, makes the idea of having files always readily available regardless of the device you are working from (laptop, home […]

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

The practice of making higher education course content available to anyone, regardless of whether the individuals are enrolled as students of that institution, has become known as distributing Open Educational Resources (OERs).  These may include anything from course materials and learning objects to videos, tests and visual images.   Stephen Downes, of Athabasca University has stated […]

Creating podcasts with ANGEL’s Wimba tool

Using podcasts to offer feedback can enhance an instructor’s presence with his or her online students. Every ESC ANGEL course has a Wimba podcasting application.  The one on your course’s main Course page may or may not be enabled. To enable ANGEL’s WimbaPodcaster: Click Edit Page directly below your course name and number in the […]

Reordering Assignments in the ANGEL Gradebook

  Reordering an assignment list in your ANGEL course Gradebook may be necessary as the Gradebook can look confusing depending on how it was set up.  Items initially appear by default in the order they are attached to the Gradebook. To rearrange your assignments to list in a more logical presentation for you: Step One: […]

Using Twitter as a Learning Activity

Twitter Basics Twitter is a popular Web 2.0 tool for micro-blogging and is beginning to find a place in higher education learning environments. Micro-blogging is the term used to identify the act of communicating via brief texts within some Web 2.0 tools, especially Twitter. Twitter allows only 140 characters in total for Twitter account holders […]


An article by Marybeth Green and Gerri Maxwell in the most recent edition of EDUCAUSE Quarterly, “Wikify Your Course: Designing and Implementing a Wiki for Your Learning Environment.” was brought to the Academic Technologies staffs’ attention.  Although its focus is on wiki use in higher Ed, the article starts with technical considerations to be made […]

Diigo Vs.

With the increased need among students to gather references from the web for use in distance learning,  social bookmarking for group collaboration will become more common  than before.   Social bookmarking, overall, lets one keep whatever websites they’ve found of interest without having to save them as bookmarks on their home computer or laptop server.  Social […]