• New guide to Open Educational Resources

    OU Libraries has created a new guide to Open Educational Resources. This guide was designed to assist faculty and students in finding OERs for teaching and research.

  • Free Survey Tool Now Available

    Students, faculty and staff now have access to Qualtrics, a market leader among data collection and survey research survey platforms.

Now Open: The Peggy V. Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center

The Peggy V. Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center on Lower Level 1 of Bizzell Memorial Library is now open! Come check it out and pick up your free “Get Bizzy” t-shirt while supplies last. The Helmerich Collaborative Learning Center features: A renovated Bookmark Cafe A Community Room for public lectures, poetry readings, and more The Collaborative Learning Classroom A consultation room ... Read More »

Academic Tech News, Week of 9/8

The big story this week was Apple’s September 9th announcement of their new products for the year. We covered some of the implications for OU earlier this week. Apple Watch: Coming to a Classroom Near You? – 9/10 “Even if wearables lead to novel teaching techniques, there’s no denying their potential as classroom distractions. A Facebook notification vibrating at a ... Read More »

OU IT Back to School Updates

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We’re looking forward to a great year and have some exciting updates to share for fall 2014! Adobe Creative Cloud | OU leadership has committed to funding an annual subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud for Enterprise. This subscription delivers access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications for faculty, staff, and IT-managed computer labs. We will follow up with additional details as ... Read More »

Apple Event – September 9th


On Tuesday, September 9th Apple is holding a special event. Presumably this will be to announce new products, and to disclose the release date for their MacOSX 10.10 and iOS8 software – both of which are currently in beta testing. This event will be hosted live on Apple’s website:  http://www.apple.com/live/ Although speculation about future products runs rampant prior to these ... Read More »

Academic Tech News, Week of 9/1

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day! The following is a quick snapshot of academic tech articles from around the web this week. What other news did you hear about this week? Leave it in the comments! Rise of Online Booksellers Brings Complaints From Campus Bookstores – 9/5 “The rise of online textbook retailers such as Chegg, Amazon, and ... Read More »

Endings and Beginnings

Note: This post originally appeared at okmichelle.com and has been reposted with permission. Today I sit at my kitchen table as the third week of classes winds down. I’m not at work, I’ve been off this week and next week as I transition from my previous job into the next one. After 17 years, I’m making a change. Ending something ... Read More »

Academic Tech News, Week of 8/24

Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops “On the first day of class, students and I spend the first 30-40 minutes learning something new about how language works (in order to set the tone for the class), and then we go over the syllabus. When we get to the laptop policy, I pause and say, “Let me tell you ... Read More »

OU Libraries Invites the Public to Transcribe Civil War-Era Documents

NORMAN – In observance of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the University of Oklahoma Libraries invites the public to transcribe a group of Civil War-era manuscripts, available at transcribe.ou.edu. Transcribing the Past: Civil War Manuscripts features handwritten letters (1862 to 1863) exchanged between Lt. Lyle Garrett of the 23rd Iowa Infantry and his wife, Mary; and a ... Read More »

Academic Tech News, Week of 8/17

Here Come the Data Scientists – 8/17 “A few days after the Hewlett sponsored gathering Learning with MOOCs wrapped, one word keeps buzzing through my brain: and that word is data. This was less a MOOC workshop than a coming out party for the postsecondary learning-focused data scientists. Instructional designers were yesterday’s hot new member of the course development team. ... Read More »

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