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Planned Outage for Illinois Compass 2g

Dear Compass 2g Users, We want to inform you that the Compass 2g service ( is going to be unavailable to all users including students from 5 AM to 9 AM on Friday, September 13. During this maintenance period, CITES … Continue reading

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Welcome Back Tech

Welcome to new instructors, staff, and students, and welcome back to all familiar faces! It’s that time again–to buy school supplies, and procrastinate on writing (and grading) papers, and, of course, to go to class. While we all settle into … Continue reading

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Inline Grading for Assignments Now Available in Illinois Compass 2g

On June 19, 2013, the inline grading function was added to Illinois Compass 2g. This function allows an instructor to grade directly within the Grade Center rather than needing to download assignments, grade or add comments, and then upload them … Continue reading

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Smarter Building Technology Symposium – 4.24.13

Are you interested in integrating AV and IT? Do you have a commitment to sustainable technology? Do you think analytics are the coolest thing since David Tennant’s Doctor? If you answered “YES!” to any of the above, then the Smarter … Continue reading

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TED Talks – What are they and why are they so good?

If you don’t know what TED Talks are go immediately over to and take a look at one of the 1400 videos. Seeing is believing. In short, TED Talks are relatively short videos (around 18 minutes) from some of the most … Continue reading

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How Physical Space Supports Innovations in Higher Ed

In the age of massive open online courses (MOOCs), it might be tempting to think innovation in higher education means transcending physical space. In their coverage of Roy Pea’s recent keynote address at the Educause Learning Initiative, for example, EdSurge … Continue reading

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Microlectures = Big Learning Opportunities

Microlecture is an unavoidable buzzword in instructional media as of late, but a justifiable buzz for many reasons. Microlecturing fits with the new classroom strategies of "flipping" and blended learning. From a technical perspective microlecturing is a sustainable and scalable … Continue reading

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Spring 2013 Brown Bag Series Kicks Off This Week

I love this time of the semester. The first crazy weeks have passed, and we’re hitting a good rhythm in all our classes. It’s time to relax a bit and see what else is happening in the world outside our … Continue reading

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Ready to Move to Compass 2g? This Survey Will Tell You What to Expect!

All good things must come to an end, and the end of Illinois Compass (powered by Blackboard Vista) is very close at hand. If you haven’t tried it yet, the second generation of Compass (Compass 2g powered by Blackboard Learn) … Continue reading

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iPads Provide Interactive Experience at Krannert’s African Art Gallery

Krannert Art Museum Curator, Allyson Purpura, had an exciting and historic opportunity:  renovate the museum’s African Gallery, and provide patrons with a deeper understanding of the cultural and historical context of this important collection.  Pupura decided early on to “use … Continue reading

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