IT Newsletter for teachers Macau Polytechnic Institute Computer Service Centre
February 2008
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Adobe Connect - Online Meeting/Web Conferencing Service
CSC is pleased to announce a new service available for staff: an online meeting/web conferencing service via Adobe Connect.

This new service allows staff to conduct live web meetings with anyone abroad, in real-time audio and video broadcast. It is a good solution for staff recruitment interviews, decision-making when involved people are in different physical locations, collaborative research with other academic institutions or any other situation when people are unable to meet physically.

Supported features in Connect meetings also include: text chats, slide presentations, whiteboard use, surveys/polls, file exchange, desktop and application sharing. All runs in a web browser and there is no need for participants to install any special software.

Meeting sessions can be recorded for later playback and can be kept in time for future usage.

More details about this service and how to use it can be found in this page:

Teaching with IT

Educators Corner
Entrepreneurship Education Resources

Stanford Technology Ventures Program
"The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) Educators Corner is a free online archive of entrepreneurship resources for teaching and learning". The programme aims to providing teachers from all over the world with resources (video clips, podcasts, syllabi, books, conferences, and listings of entrepreneurship programs) to support teaching activities. Topics include Creativity & Innovation, Product Development, Marketing & Sales, Team & Culture, Globalisation, among others.

Horizon Report 2008
"Horizon Reports" is a collaborative project between the New Media Consortium and the eduCause Learning Initiative(ELI). The reports are annualy published since 2004 and this year's report is already out. The focus of each report is to identify and describe trends in technologies development which are likely to impact teaching and learning. The report presents these technology trends according to their possible adoption timeframe (near-term, mid-term and long-term). "Each profiled technology is described in detail in the body of the report, including a discussion of what it is and why it is relevant to teaching, learning, and creative expression".

International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
"The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education provides a forum for higher education faculty, staff, administrators, researchers, and students who are interested in improving post-secondary instruction. The IJTLHE provides broad coverage of higher education pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) across diverse content areas, educational institutions, and levels of instructional expertise. The specific emphasis of IJTLHE is the dissemination of knowledge for improving higher education pedagogy." A peer-reviewed journal, the IJTLHE is a publication of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning (ISETL)
, since 2005.

e-Medical Education
The Education Portal of Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences (AIBS)
This is a medical education portal which indexes online educational products of prooved quality. It provides a "selection of open access resources filtered to meet the highest scientific standard. The web portal e-meducation provides free high quality educational material in several medical fields, including internal medicine, infectious diseases, dermatology, nosocomial infections, antimicrobial resistance, Hepatitis B virus, general surgery and surgical infections. Our educational site also includes clinical quizzes, videos, photo banks, and teaching cases."

Visual Arts Data Service
Farnham Campus of The University College for the Creative Arts
The Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) aims to support learning and teaching in the visual arts field, by providing access to digital collections within Higher and Further Education. Currently there are over 100,000 images available. The site is searchable, or you can browse the collections to get an overview of the broad scope of the site.

Learning with IT
IT Usage Tips

Stop Registering for Every Site that has Content You Want
This tip advises to use a free service, BugMeNot, to avoid compulsory registration in sites that require your email address or other personal data to access content.


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