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Hell's Bells! Not that question again! (and formulas for assigning grades)

During any given week at least half a dozen ideas for excellent blog topics flash through my mind, and that is generally the end of the matter right there.  Recently I came across a post on someone else's blog that was so good and so similar to my own thoughts on the subject that I decided I had to do something.  So I stole it.  No!  I am just "borrowing" the most relevant portions for this entry.

CIP Advisory Board Meeting, 10/21/14

The CIP Advisory Board met October 21st. We discussed a couple of ideas which were suggested at a lunch with new faculty members.

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CIP Advisory Board Meeting, 9/23/14

The Advisory Board for the Center for Innovative Pedagogy met on Tuesday, September 23rd. The focus of the meeting was a discussion of topics for programming in the coming year.

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Moodle Help for the Beginning of the Year

If you are interested in Moodle self-help, the most common question at this time of year is "How do I move my old Moodle page so my new students can see it?"  You will find the answer to this question at:

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Almost 1 Million Works, Free, Online, and Searchable

This entry will be short.  You should check out Kenyon's new institutional repository, Digital Kenyon.  I am just exploring the possibilities of this resource, and this exploration included an informational session with two workers from the company that hosts the site for Kenyon.  That company is BePress, and in a private conversation with one of the workers after the informational session wrapped up I learned about the following benefit of Kenyon's collaboration.

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Turnitin Maintenance, Saturday, April 5th

Turnitin service may be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, April 5th, 2014, from 10 AM to 2 PM. An announcement will appear for users within Turnitin in advance of when the system will be unavailable for this scheduled maintenance. 

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

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Turnitin Maintenance, Saturday, March 15

Turnitin service may be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, March 15th, 2014, from 10 AM to 2 PM. An announcement will appear for users within Turnitin in advance of when the system will be unavailable for this scheduled maintenance. 

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Turnitin Maintenance Dec. 21 Cancelled

Turnitin's previously announced scheduled maintenance on Sat, Dec 21 has been cancelled. You may go about your grading as usual.

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Pedagogical Maps & Mapping Projects

A number of folks were unable to attend my common hour event last Tuesday (Dec. 3), and I told them that I would write up an executive summary of sorts.  This is that summary.

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Blended Learning Lunch 11/6 -- Topic: Turnitin

The CIP held its monthly Blended Learning Lunch on Wednesday November 6th.  Director Murphy's email announcing this event generated a small flurry of an email thread discussing the merits of and whether we should even use the online service that was the topic of discussion for our lunch: Turnitin.  There are indeed some controversial issues surrounding Turnitin, and the Kenyon faculty members who have raised these issues are not alone in the broader academic world.  Our lunch was billed as an opportunity to see demonstrations of Turnitin's plagiarism detection and grading too

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