Preservation and archiving
The notion that education liberates runs deep in the digital storytelling movement. Small wonder then that liberal arts educators take such an interest in the project. Anyone planning to use digital storytelling, however, faces a number of non-trivial challenges, some logistical, some pedagogical, some bureaucratic:
- How does one run/structure a workshop?
- Who are good candidates for participation?
- What tools should participants use?
- How, if at all, will the stories be published?
- What about copyrighted content?
- How might digital storytelling be incorporated into a syllabus?
- Can digital stories be 'scholarly'?
We've received this news from Chapel Hill --The popular bFree application has been revised to extract far more material from a Blackboard course archive, and to make your exploration and use of that material easier.
The program now extracts Announcements, Discussion Board entries, archives, and attachments, as well as Digital Drop Box and group File Exchange uploads. It continues to extract wiki entries and attachments, Staff Information and attachments, and Content Area pages, including folders, descriptions, links, and attached files of all kinds. Tests, Gradebook, Surveys, Assignments, and Pools are among the content items not yet supported...
The latest Educause Live event, planned for Thursday August 2, is a talk by UC Davis CIO Peter Siegel on Cyberinfrastructure: A Campus Perspective on What It Is and Why You Should Care.
CI, as it is known, is gathering quite a head of steam since the NSF published its first report in 2003. Since then 27 related reports have been released by others on CI and its impacts on different disciplines, including NSF's own succinct and polished Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery.
And stay tuned: Academic Commons will be presenting a special issue on Cyberinfrastructure and the Liberal Arts this fall.