Summer Technology Renovations 2015

by Patrick Wakefield For most people, the beginning of summer signifies the start of barbecues, campfires, and lazy river rafting. Unlike most people, the beginning of summer marks the start of something else for Instructional Technologies: install season. Every summer, a few classrooms are selected…

Sakai Rich-Text Editor Upgrade on Aug. 8, 2015

On Saturday, August 8, 2015, Sakai will be out of service from 7:00AM to 7:30AM PDT in order to upgrade the CKEditor , the rich-text editor in Sakai. The CKEditor is embedded within many Sakai tools including Lessons, Mailtool, Assignments, Announcements, etc. As a result…

Classroom Podium Videos Just Launched!

Instructional Technologies is proud to announce that three new “Classroom Podium” videos just went live via our YouTube channel and web site. Instructors can now easily familiarize themselves with classroom technology they will be using at the start of the semester, from the convenience of…

Recording an Album

by Patrick Colin Wakefield Last July I was contacted by a PLU music faculty member, Erik Steighner, about recording an album. Erik, as a saxophone professor, obviously loves music for saxophone. His dream was to record an album of modern chamber music for saxophone featuring…

Sakai 2.9: A Look-Ahead to New Features

by Layne Nordgren and Sean Horner  New in Sakai 2.9 In a previous blog post and a corresponding email sent to all PLU employees last month about the Sakai upgrade to version 2.9 on Fri., June 6, we had alluded to forthcoming details about the new…

Summer 2013 Classroom Technology Enhancements

by Layne Nordgren Mary Baker Russell Center 116 upgraded with Smart Board technology Summer 2013 was a busy one for Instructional Technologies staff Travis Pagel, Patrick Wakefield, and student workers as they enhanced classroom technology in six classrooms and began a new computer projector and screen…

Support for VHS Videos Playback in Classrooms

by Steve Sosa For over 25 years and the clear winner of the videotape format wars, VHS tapes have earned their place in history. Now though, VHS tapes are practically given away as DVDs have replaced this aging format. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5rrzdwxyuU What this means at PLU…