August 17, 2007

What is Media Mill?

Have you ever had to delete an old video project to make space for a new one? Have you ever struggled to sort through an overwhelming selection of compression options to share your video with others? Have you ever had to send giant email attachments because you didn't have any other way to distribute your video? If so, then Media Mill is for you!

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Video Equipment for Students

Students can checkout video cameras and tripods for academic and personal use from the College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology office located in 110 Anderson Hall on the west bank. This pool of equipment is made possible because of the student technology fees. Visit to make a reservation.

The 1% Rule

“What is the 1% rule? It's an emerging rule of thumb that suggests that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it.?

- Charles Arthur, July 20, 2006, The Guardian

Online Course Materials

The 2007 UMN Student Tech Survey showed that 58.8% of students access online course materials at least once a day. That is up from 22.8% in 2001 and 52.7% in 2004. For more results from UMN technology surveys, visit

July 20, 2007

Internet Mapping Application Supports Curriculum

The Department of Geography created a mapping application that supports courses across the curriculum. The Minnesota Interactive Internet Mapping (MIIM) Project is similar to other internet mapping services such as Google Maps or Map Quest, making it far more suitable for instruction: data and interactivity.

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Improving Online Writing Consulting

The Center for Writing plans to advance and expand, a Student Writing Support Online writing consulting interface. This project incorporates a timely response and a live conversation about writing with a trained writing consultant.

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Leveraging Technology for Psychology Undergraduates

The Department of Psychology is using technology to extend and deepen their instruction and advising services by designing and implementing a web interface for their undergraduate program.

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