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Innovation Studio: Teaching and Learning Resources

This page is a collection of technology-related teaching and learning resources that may be useful in both your teaching and research activities at St. Norbert College.  If you know of other resources that aren't listed here but would be beneficial to St. Norbert College faculty, staff and students, please contact Jay (x3973,  Also, if you're interested in using any of these resources but aren't sure how to proceed, please contact Jay and he'll be glad to assist you.

We're constantly updating the information on this page, so check this page often!  When we update this page, we'll also post updates to the Innovation Studio Twitter account, @sncinnovation.  You can return to the Innovation Studio home page by clicking the link in the navigation area on the left.


Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.  Moodle is the system that we use at St. Norbert College.  Here are some useful Moodle links:

SNC Moodle:
Moodle book (free!):  (This book is formatted as a PDF document.)
2-minute training videos:  (Each video is short and teaches one Moodle feature.)
Moodle community site:    (This site includes complete Moodle documentation, many discussion forums, implementation ideas, future plans, and other resources.)
Moodle community documentation:  (This is a shortcut to the Moodle documentation.)
Videos of new and improved features in Moodle 2: (Moodle 2 will eventually replace our current version of Moodle. Watch for announcements about training times as well as demosTh of the new system.)

Geographic Information System (GIS)

U.S. Government Geospacial platform: This U.S. Government website provides easy access to geospatial data, services, and applications. This website provides easy access to datasets from many different government agencies, departments, and organizations.

ESRI GIS Education Community: GIS (geographic information systems) enable us to visualize and understand data in new ways. By visualizing the data (often with a map or globe), it's possible to find new patterns or relationships that aren't obvious using other analytical techniques.

Internet Resources for Teaching with Technology

Center for History and New Media: Located at George Mason University, they use digital media and computer technology to democratize history.  They also develop digital tools that are useful across the humanities.  One of their publications is named Digital Humanities Now, and you can follow it on Twitter at @dhnow. This publication is useful because it uses crowdsourcing to identify areas of interest in real-time.

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations: They promote and support digital research and teaching across all arts and humanities disciplines.  Within this website, there are several areas that might be particularly valuable as you integrate more technology in your teaching:

  • DHAnswers: A web-based discussion area where you can ask questions and get answers about pedagogy, best practices, tools, things related to digital humanities and scholarly activity, etc.  The announcement for the DHAnswers website provides a nice overview of the goals of the site.  There's also a follow up announcement. You can also follow @DHAnswers on Twitter.
  • Resources: A compilation of digital humanities resources.

Tomorrow's Professor:Their motto is "Desk-top Faculty Development, 100 times a year".  It is a shared mission partnership with the American Association for Higher Education and The Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning.  You can subscribe to a mailing list and automatically receive the articles as they are published.

Profhacker: The site delivers tips, tutorials, and commentary on pedagogy, productivity, and technology in higher education, Monday through Friday.  You can also follow Profhacker via Twitter, Facebook, or an RSS feed reader.

Youtube: Discover, watch and share videos.

MIT Opencourseware: "Unlocking Knowledge, Empowering Minds". Free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. No registration required.

Merlot: Multimedia education resource for teaching and learning online. At Merlot, you can find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials. Share advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues. Be recognized for your contributions to quality education.

Open Course Library: This is a collection of reusable, shareable course materials.  The materials include things such as assignments, readings, syllabi, and course activities.

Flat World Knowledge: Free and open college textbooks.

TLTGroup Webinars: The TLTGroup works with colleges and universities to improve teaching and learning through the use of technology.  These Friday afternoon webinars discuss a technology and how it can be used in education.  The webinars are usually free and take place at 1 PM central time.

National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE): This organization helps liberal arts colleges and universities integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology.

Digital Humanities Now: They showcase the scholarship and news of interest to the digital humanities community.

Journal of the Digital Humanities: The Journal of Digital Humanities is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed, open access journal that features the best scholarship, tools, and conversations produced by the digital humanities community in the previous quarter.

Hybrid Pedagogy: A digital journal of teaching and technology.

The Journal of interactive Teaching and Pedagogy: The mission of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (ISSN 2166-6245)  is to promote open scholarly discourse around critical and creative uses of digital technology in teaching, learning, and research.

Open Culture: Their slogan is "The best free cultural & educational media on the web".

Technology and Education in the News

Open Education Week:

In July, 2010, the U.S. Copyright Office added some education exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  Read more about it at  Inside Higher Ed.

Not Just Fun and Games: An article in Campus Technology that describes how video games are being used to teach information literacy in the Mulva library.

To 'Old School' for Our Own Good.  An article by SNC President Thomas Kunkel in The Chronicle of Higher Education.


The software in this section is not officially support by St. Norbert College, but you may find it useful for teaching or research.  If there is sufficient interest in a piece of software, then we will consider supporting it throughout the College.

Calibre: Interested in converting your documents into something that you can put on an e-reader (e.g., Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, Android phones, iPad/iPhone/iTouch)? Calibre can convert your documents from/to many formats that are used by a wide variety of e-readers.

Zotero: A free extension to Firefox that enables bibliographic data collection; you can collect, organize, and cite references - all from inside Firefox.

Digital Research Tools (DiRT): From the website "This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively."

Jing: This software records actions on your computer screen and turns it into a video. This is useful when you want to create a video that demonstrates how to use a feature of a software program. The free version of Jing will create a video no longer than 5 minutes.

SnagIt: This program takes a picture of your computer screen. You can also use the software to enhance the picture by adding arrows, explanatory text and other effects.

PDFmyURL: With this website, you can convert any webpage into a PDF document.


During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Innovation Studio sponsors a variety of events (e.g., webinars, workshops, open labs, user groups) for our College faculty members. These events are announced on the Innovation Studio homepage and if you plan to attend an event, we ask that you register for it.  We also use the studio for some of our technology workshops.

If you'd like to schedule an appointment, please contact Jay.

Contact Information

The Innovation Studio is located in room 305 of the Mulva Library on the St. Norbert College campus and is managed by Jay Cook.  His office is in Cofrin 106 and he can be contacted at (920) 403-3973. To email the studio, use or follow us on Twitter @sncinnovation.  We're looking forward to working with you!

Information Technology Services

Phone: (920) 403-4040
Fax: (920) 403-4084

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