Update to DMT

The Audio Tools page of the Digital Media Toolbox has been updated to include many more tools and resources for finding and creating audio that you may use for media projects. Most of the tools listed on this page are free or are reasonably priced. There are a number of notable additions to the page that are listed below.

Finale Notepad
- http://www.finalemusic.com/products/finale-notepad/
From the website, "Create orchestrations of up to 8 staves, and enter notes by clicking them into the staff or importing MIDI or MusicXML files. Once your music is in NotePad, you can hear it play back, see it on the printed page, and share it with other NotePad and users of other Finale family music notation software." This is free software.

Incredibox - http://www.incredibox.com/
Incredibox is a set of fun loop generators. You select from a set of beats, effects, choruses, and voices to create your loop. In the second, third and fourth version of the generator it is possible to record your mix for sharing and downloading. (Downloading your loop costs $0.99 per loop.)

Otomata - http://www.earslap.com/page/otomata.html
Otomata is a digital musical sequencer. You can create a sequence of looping tones by clicking boxes within a grid. Each box may move in one of four directions. If any two boxes collide they will change direction by 90 degrees, creating unique sequences. The site allows you to record and download your loops as a WAV file for free.

Soundation - http://soundation.com/
Soundation hosts an online audio editor, similar to GarageBand. The editor allows you to save projects and has loops/clips to add in to your projects. You can also record audio from though your computer. When you care finished, you may export your projects as WAV files. All of this function is free, but you may pay for premium sound clips if you desire.


Gamification in Moodle

I was forwarded a link to a Moodle course on gamification created at NC State University. I will be investigating this soon. I am curious about who on the Beloit Campus is interested in gamifying a course?

If you are interested in this and Moodle check out the course. Enrollment does require that you create an account on their system, but participation is free.



Qualitative Research tool - Dedoose

I was recommended this tool by a faculty member for anyone who would like to, or needs to do qualitative research. The faculty member mentioned that the tool was very intuitive and that the support was great. The subscription fee is very reasonable as well.



Moodle: Read-Only Forums

I recently became aware of an easy method for making a Moodle forum read-only. This is great if you want students to still have access to the forum, but not add anything new.

The solution involves changing the students' permissions for the specific forum you want to be read-only. Read through the instructions below to see how. Click this link to see the full instructions with images.

  1. On your course page, click the link to the forum you want to make read-only. The forum page will open.
  2. With the forum page open, go to the Administration block and click Permissions (not Check Permissions). The Permissions in Forum screen will open.
  3. In the Advanced role override drop-down menu, choose Student.
    > Reply to posts
    > Start new discussions
    Do not change any other permissions.
    Tip: You can use the filter to quickly focus the list on the permissions you want to change.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the list of permissions and click Save changes. 
Students will immediately lose their ability to post, but will still be able to read what has been posted on the forum.


Video Feedback

This article discusses the benefits and drawbacks of using video for student feedback. I wonder how many faculty would be interested in this method?

It is possible to do this directly in Moodle. Any HTML editable area may be used to record audio or video, using the Poodll plugin. Instructions for setting it up are here. Please contact Adam or Jedidiah if you would like to set this up in your Moodle course.

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