Dinosaurs in the Classroom? With Augmented Reality, Yes!

Presenters: Elizabeth Evans (DDI), Mark McGill (OIT), Regis Kopper (Director – DiVE)

Augmented reality (AR) uses devices like headsets (or even phones) to add virtual items to your physical space. Imagine having a triceratops in your classroom that students (wearing headsets) can walk all the way around. Now imagine letting the students choose to remove layers from the triceratops to see the skeleton. Taken a step further, imagine replacing the virtual skeleton with photos of fossils that have helped us understand what that skeleton looked like. If we knew what the triceratops sounded like, we could even add audio! Unlike virtual reality (VR) where those students would be isolated from their physical environment, AR makes layers of virtual objects visible on top of an actual physical space.

The Microsoft HoloLens is a full Windows 10 computer encased in a headset that lets us meld a virtual world with our real world. Sound like science fiction? Not anymore!

The Duke Digital Initiative (DDI) and the Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE) have been exploring the HoloLens and want to share what we’ve learned with you.

  • Noon-1:00: Find out more about what the HoloLens is and about a couple of Duke projects that are using the HoloLens
  • 1:00-1:30: Experience the HoloLens yourself! We will have 1 to 3 HoloLens for people who would like to experience the device.

Bring your questions and ideas about how the HoloLens might be used at Duke for research and teaching to share with others at the event. We want to hear from you!

Date: Wednesday, September 7
Time: noon – 1:30 p.m. (Extended Time: Presentation, noon – 1:00,  Experience the HoloLens, 1:00-1:30)
Location:  Bostock Library – The Edge Workshop Room (first floor)

3 Easy Ways to Try Online Teaching

Presenters: Randle Riddle (Academic Technology Consultant – CIT), Willie Williamson (Online Course Builder, Online Duke) & Haiyan Zhou (Academic Technology Consultant – CIT)

Faculty across Duke have been discovering the unique opportunities offered by incorporating online teaching into their face-to-face classes. In this workshop, we will present three easy ways you can use online technology and approaches readily available at Duke to improve engagement, foster deeper learning, and connect students on campus with the world. The session will include examples from the sciences, humanities, engineering, and more. Attendees will leave with ideas and resources on campus to help them do their first online teaching activity.

Date: Wednesday, September 21
Time: noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Bostock Library – The Edge Workshop Room (first floor)

LastPass: Three Feature that will Simplify your Online Life

Presenter: Samantha Styles (Customer Success Manager, LastPass Enterprise)

LastPass, is a password management service available to all Duke users. Once installed in a browser, LastPass saves all passwords to an easy-to-use “vault”. In this session you will learn some convenient features – like autofill, form fill, as well as show to securely share passwords. Come to this session to learn how LastPass can simplify your online life!

Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Bostock Library – The Edge Workshop Room (first floor)

Your $$$ or your data: Protecting yourself against ransomware

Presenter:  John Straffin, IT Security Office

A flood of “mega-breaches” – including LinkedIn, MySpace and Dropbox – has led to more than 642 million compromised accounts in recent months, and hackers are targeting Duke users with ransomware and other attacks. Learn about the latest security threats and get tips from Duke’s IT Security Office for protecting your personal information.
Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Bostock Library – The Edge Workshop Room (first floor)

CANCELLED Event Registration

Presenters: Debbie DeYulia (OIT) and Brett Walters (Alumni Office)

This session will discuss event registration options at Duke. More details will be provided by the presenters closer to the date.

Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Bostock Library – The Edge Workshop Room (first floor)

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Preserving Memories: How to convert, access and preserve your historic media so that future generations can enjoy your cat videos

Presenter: Steve Toback, Senior Manager, OIT Media Technologies

In this session, we’ll take a look at how to the tools and techniques available to convert your image and video files that may exist in the analog world (photographs, video tapes, etc), to digital formats that are as future proof as possible. We’ll review storage strategies to make sure your hard work is safe as well as ways to name and find your images once you’ve created your digital archive.

Date: Wednesday, November 16
Time: noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Bostock Library – The Edge Workshop Room (first floor)

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