Backspace versus Delete

Believe it or not, there is a difference between these two keys on your keyboard. Who knew?  When you hit the ‘Backspace‘ key it removes the character to the left.  The ‘Delete‘ key (AKA: forward delete) does just the opposite, it removes the character to the right.

*Apple Users – The ‘Delete‘ key on your keyboard is in the same place and serves the same function as the ‘Backspace‘ key on a PC keyboard. If you wanted to delete text to the right like a delete key on a PC press Fn + Delete.

backspace versus delete

Take A Princeton Course – For Free

Would you like to take Cryptography, Introduction to Sustainability, Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, or Algorithms Part I?  These are just a few of the currently available MOOC’s.

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course; meaning, free and open enrollment to anyone, anywhere.  The traditional MOOC typically touts student enrollment from hundreds to thousands of students for one class.  Yes–thousands.

Courses are developed and delivered by faculty at prominent institutions like Duke, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, etc.  These institutions are partnering together with organizations like Courseraedx and Udacity to create a unified course delivery system for the MOOCs.

While MOOC courses don’t offer the same level of credit that traditional university courses offer, some provide certificates upon successful completion of the course.  There are rumors of MOOC certificates earning street cred, particularly for hiring purposes in large technology corporations around the globe.  If you have certificates in Computer Architecture and Computing for Data Analysis then you will be a more desirable hire than the guy with none.

I am currently enrolled in my second MOOC, Gamification, taught by Kevin Warbach from the University of Pennsylvania.  The course is designed with a series of video lectures, quizzes, and discussion forums.  I enjoy the open format. People from all other the world are enrolled and right away you get a sense of community with the other participants.  It’s easy to enroll in a course and if you don’t have time to finish it, you didn’t waste your money! New courses are starting all the time, there are no traditional semesters.

Check out available MOOC’s at:

  • Coursera – a company who has partnered with 16 of the world’s top universities to offer a wide range of free courses across disciplines. (Stanford, Princeton, Michigan…)
  •  edX – originally developed by MIT.  They have recently partnered with Harvard and Berkeley.  Most of their courses are technical.
  • Udacity – courses from a range of universities.  Most of their courses focus on the technical.

 More on MOOC’s

Good MOOC’s, Bad MOOC’s @ Chronicle of Higher Edcuation

Instruction for Masses Knocks Down Campus Walls @ NYTimes

What It’s Like to Teach a MOOC (and What The Heck’s a MOOC?) @ The Atlantic

Did you know…we have a website?

Yes, it’s true. CFCC has its own Instructional Technology website. This website provides faculty and staff with tons of resources for technology based-applications.

Including:

  • Workshop schedule (they are all free!)
  • Registration page for workshops
  • Do-It-Yourself Resources page that provides handouts, material, or tutorials for all Instructional Technology workshops offered here at CFCC.  If you can’t make a particular workshop and would love to learn more about it, this is the perfect place to go.
  • Web tools and applications for learning.  These tools range from online note-taking applications to creating accessible multimedia for your courses.
  • Equipment available for checkout to faculty and staff.

This is all for YOU! The Instructional Technology Unit was created to provide support and resources for the faculty/staff. We want to effectively and creatively use technology both in  instruction and the workplace at CFCC.

If you don’t know where or how to get started, have questions, need suggestions… please contact me! That is what I’m here for!

Bethanne Winzeler
phone extension: 7038
bwinzeler@cfcc.edu

Google Security & Privacy Concerns

In Fall 2011, CFCC acquired and implemented Google Apps for Education.  The primary  application utilized is the email accounts that serve as the school email for students.  However, all faculty, staff, and students not only have access to its email service but other Google Applications such as Google Docs (the productivity suite), Calendar, and Sites.

A reoccurring theme seems to pop up whenever discussions begin in regards to the benefits of storing files and information in the “cloud”.   Security and Privacy.  With some legitimate concern, Google has long been plagued with the Big Brother syndrome.  They are watching our every move and selling our information to advertisers.

This is not the case when we refer to Google Apps for Education.  Google’s Security Privacy Policy clearly states in reference to its users:

  • It’s your content, not ours. Your Apps content belongs to your school, or individual users at your school. Not Google.
  • We don’t look at your content. Google employees will only access content that you store on Apps when an administrator from your domain grants Google employees explicit permission to do so for troubleshooting.
  • We don’t share your content. Google does not share personal information with advertisers or other 3rd parties without your consent.
  • We sometimes scan content. And for very good reasons, like spam filtering, anti-virus protection, or malware detection. Our systems scan content to make Apps work better for users, enabling unique functionality like powerful search in Gmail and Google Docs. This is completely automated and involves no humans.

As far as security goes, Google goes to great lengths to protect our information.  Law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and other higher ed institutions use Google Apps to store their files and information.

Google Apps Security Whitepaper

Another thing to consider- to access your Google Apps associated with CFCC, you have to be logged into the MyCFCC portal. Think about it…

Still not convinced?  Take a virtual tour of one of Google’s Data Centers

Or, for the more “interactive” approach, visit the Story of Send where Google takes through the entire process of sending an email.

Give Google a chance, it might just change your life–for the better.