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…

The iPad Pro: Library Research & Article Annotation

I am a university CIO who began as a tech-oriented librarian. I now get to dream about innovative ways that libraries (information resources) and campus technology (information systems and services) can collaborate and collide to make new things possible. But I also retain a foot in the academic world as I try (emphasize on try)…

The iPad Pro: Writing and Reference Management

Using Microsoft Word is like shopping for a washing machine—it has more features than you need, has features you need but aren’t satisfied with, and it seems to break down more than it should. But, it’s ubiquitous and sometimes must be used. Not too many years ago Word for the iPad was such a pared…

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 And these numbers may even be a couple of years out of date.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…

Of Starbucks, Misunderstanding SAMR, and the Freedom to Innovate

The edtech acronym SAMR is often seen as a progression for the evolution of technology in pedagogy and learning: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition. My own adoption of this acronym as a lens through which to view how I appropriate technology into my educational philosophy and pedagogical practice was hindered by the faulty assumption that this…