Installing the Canvas LMS on Ubuntu 16.06

The Canvas LMS (Learning Management System) is an open-source project built in Ruby on Rails that I installed on my Ubuntu 16.04 desktop as a sandbox for personal use.  The following the steps I took, edited and adapted from Github, for a pretty simple installation on my local machine.  Note that Github rightfully warns, “The…

Installing Blacklight and Solr on Ubuntu 16.04

Academic Commons is Columbia University’s digital research repository where faculty, students, and staff, and alumni deposit the results of their scholarly work and research. Academic Commons is a Fedora repository with a customized interface built on Blacklight, an open-source Ruby on Rails application designed to offer a next-generation user experience, including faceted searching. Repository content…

The Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship

The Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen in The Netherlands is amazing. Every year the university invites a handful of PhD students from around the world to spend four weeks at the university studying, researching, and writing, followed by a summary paper presentation to the university community. Travel to and from The…

The Baptist History Rap Redux

Andrew, one of my students in Baptist History and Theology, recorded this take on the Baptist History Rap for extra credit. The original was recorded by Ashley Unzicker who gave permission for me to offer this as extra credit in my classes and now a student has finally taken me up on the offer.

Technology, the Humanities, and the University

A recent article asking, “Whither the Digital Humanities?,” observed an incredibly helpful distinction between emerging and emergent use of technology in the humanities. The emerging use of technology in the humanities was all about the rise of the machines (see Meredith Hindley’s article in Humanities, July/August 2013), and is best illustrated by an Italian Jesuit priest…

Of Redefinition, SAMR, and the Ecosystem

Every minute of every day, users search Google over 4,000,000 times, share almost 2,500,000 pieces of content, and 72 hours of NEW video is uploaded to YouTube. And these numbers may even be a couple of years out of date. Only 130 websites existed just over 20 years ago, but Google had 67,000,000,000 (67 Billion) pages indexed…