Finding Creative Commons Stuff

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Creative Commons is a non-profit company dedicated to providing flexible and free-to-apply copyright licences that go beyond the standard "all rights reserved". Rather, media (of almost any kind), can have a licence attached that indicates how the owner of the content would like it used: Attribution, Share-Alike, Non-Commerical and No Derivative

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Presentation skills, take 2

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Another year, another take on teaching presentation skills. This year for iSci, we are teaching presentation skills in three classes. Class One Class was asked to think of principles or practices that one should consider when evaluating a presentation. The class came up with five (e.g. consideration of audience, flow, etc.), which we used like a

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This year, I spent another afternoon with the MacShads (Shad Valley students @ McMaster) along with my co-facilitator, Susan.  We wanted to take an opportunity to do some non-library, non-information literacy instruction, free from all fetters of normal expectations. So, what we came up with was to riff off of the MacShad's overall theme project

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wilu 2010

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As I write this, McMaster is hosting the annual workshop for instruction for library use, or more simply, wilu. Now, it's not really a workshop, and it's not always about instruction, but it is about librarianship and moving instructional roles forward. I was not on the organizational committee (who've done a great job, btw), but wanted to be a

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This is an article that I co-wrote with the director of McMaster's Integrated Science program about the some of the new ideas and collaborations we're trying. It's great to be able to share our ideas with a wide audience. The article was originally published in EDUCAUSE Review. [scribd id=29866572 key=key-t2t8tr5wzaccphlympa mode=list] Colgoni,

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Wolfram|Alpha

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[This is an article I wrote for McMaster's Library FYI as a member of our Teaching with Technology committee, highlighting tools and technologies that some of our staff may not know about] "It is an intellectual travesty. The idea of jumping from concepts to numbers without any attention to how the numbers are produced and how they can or can’t

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Impact Factor

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[scribd id=28226543 key=key-1gw16gzx64vn76qkre5y mode=slideshow] A presentation I made for a quick and dirty introduction to what impact factor is, how it is calculated, where to find it, and some discussion of its problems. The class might have had 10 students in it (max), but it was very difficult to engage them in a discussion about what kinds

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I was asked to contribute to a presentation/skit/demo for iSci, with the idea of showing some poor and good presentation techniques. Since one of my biggest presentation pet-peeves is uptalking, I volunteered to demonstrate that phenomena. During some basic prep, I started reading some articles about it, and decided to make the presentation ABOUT

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