November 15, 2012
A popular platform for developing websites and web applications, Drupal powers hundreds of department, research, and administrative websites at UC Berkeley. While Drupal greatly facilitates the development process, significant effort is still required to build and maintain websites. Furthermore, many campus groups develop sites with insecure practices, poor backups, and site designs that are inconsistent with UC Berkeley branding efforts.
Over the last year, IST has worked closely with the campus Drupal community, University Relations, and Pantheon, our San Francisco-based partner, on a series of initiatives designed to support campus web developers who use Drupal. Following are updates around these initiatives. We will expand upon these updates in a campuswide presentation scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2012, 10:00–11:30 am in 150 University Hall. Mark your calendars!
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February 9, 2011
As part of their coursework for Integrative Biology 304: Dissemination of Research, UC Berkeley students are developing multimedia content exploring strategies for communicating scientific research to public audiences. The class blog (http://okapi.berkeley.edu/public-research) will be the primary vehicle for students to share their work. The instructors and students welcome feedback via blog comments or the online feedback form.
At OKAPI, we are excited to support this project and share the results. We are confident that this course will provide a rich and meaningful experience for students, as well as a valuable resource for others seeking to develop their own approaches to public outreach and dissemination of research.
Dissemination of Research: Your Interface with the Public
Integrative Biology (INTEGBI) 304 [2 units]
This course will consist of lectures and class discussions about mechanisms of communicating about science to the public. We will consider how to convey the issues, process, and findings of scientific research to a variety of audiences using different media (e.g., posters, web pages, newsletters, newspaper and magazine articles, books, television). Projects conducted by teams of students under the direct supervision of the instructors will include preparation of outreach materials (e.g., posters, newsletters, web pages).
November 18, 2009
The Argument for Free Classes via iTunes
The New York Times Business Innovation Technology Society (Bits) Blog recently featured a piece by Brad Stone about the increasingly popular iTunes U, Apple’s catalog of lectures from colleges and universities around the world. Launched two years ago, there are now 600 schools participating. iTunes U makes more than 250,000 individual classes available to the public. Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of Open University, a distance-learning institution based in Britain, states, “‘There are still a lot of universities in the world that define the value of their experience as somehow locking up their content and only giving people access to the content when they enroll in the program….The courage comes from taking the next leap of faith. Universities no longer define themselves by their content but the overall experience: the concept, the student support, the tutoring and mentoring, the teaching and learning they get and the quality of the assessment.'” Open University has “more than 375,000 downloads a week,” and recently had its 10-millionth download.
August 5, 2009
Over the past two years, OKAPI Island in Second Life has supported the research, teaching, and learning of dozens of scholars. OKAPI Island has also hosted numerous public programs and outreach activities. This post highlights key accomplishments and updates.
2007 Open Archaeology Prize
2008 NMC Virtual Learning Award
Burning Catalhoyuk Day. December 10, 2008
Presidio Teacher Night. October 1, 2008
iSummit Keynote Webcasts. July 30-31, 2008
Cal Day. April 8, 2008
Remixing Catalhoyuk Day. November 28, 2007
Second Life DeCal Courses
http://www.decal.org/784 (Fall 2008)
http://www.decal.org/930 (Spring 2009)
Anthropology 39B: Serious Games for Archaeology and Imagining the Past (Fall 2009)
Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (offered for the fourth consecutive semester)
Sharing a Sense of Place: Constructing a Neolithic Village in Second Life
Interview: “Second Life as an Archaeological Tool”
An Interview with Berkeley Archaeology Professor Ruth Tringham
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. June 18, 2009.
Morgan, Colleen. “(Re)Building Çatalhöyük: Changing Virtual Reality in Archaeology” Archaeologies. July 2009.
“Basket Weaving at Catalhoyuk” by Colleen Morgan