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New 3D Printing Capability at RWU


CSALT2 has added a couple of new 3D hardware options to the resources in the Faculty Innovation and Learning Lab (FILL) on the first floor of the University Library for interested faculty to explore.

The da Vinci Mini 3D Printer

A 3D printer allows a user to construct a three-dimensional solid object from a digital file. The object can be anything from a water molecule to a sculpture. The technology heats plastic fiber and then “prints” the design by applying layer after layer to build the product.

Watch a review of some 3D printed student projects made by Brandeis University students. Possibilities are endless!


Scribbler 3D Pen

The 3D pen replaces ink with plastic which melts at high temperatures. Use the pen to draw in the air or on a surface to create 3D objects. The pen can also be used as a type of “welding tool” on objects made using the larger 3D printer to attach multiple pieces. Watch the 3D pen in action

Anyone interested in either of these technologies is encouraged to contact the CSALT2 Instructional Design team via email at id@rwu.edu or phone 401-254-3187.


Innovations in Teaching Showcase Fall 2016

Each year we celebrate RWU faculty expertise in teaching with an Innovations in Teaching Showcase event held during the academic year. Each session has a theme and brief presentation(s) by an RWU faculty member(s) followed by an opportunity for sharing ideas, perspectives, strategies, etc.

Innovations in Teaching Series – Fall 2016
This series of the Fall 2016 semester is being sponsored by Center for Scholarship, Assessment, Learning, Teaching, & Technology (CSALT²).

Session 1 – Using an Interactive Syllabus presented by Jason Jacobs, Ph.D.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM in Library Instruction Lab (LIL)
Creating an interactive format for a syllabus in Bridges allows an instructor to build student engagement, interactivity and accountability in and out of the classroom. Join us for this session to see one approach to organize and sequence resources and activities like assignments, forum discussions, and quizzes by class, by week or by module. This allows students anytime-anywhere access to what is needed and when for a course.
View the recording of the session:
Session 2 – Fostering Reflection and Metacognition through Journaling
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from noon to 12:50 PM in Library Instruction Lab (LIL)
Journaling is a simple strategy that has a powerful effect on learning. When students reflect on a learning experience they draw on both cognitive and emotional information to make meaning. In this session the presenters will demonstrate how they have used different approaches to journaling, both private and shared, to engage and deepen the learning of their students.
View the recordings for each session below:
  • Donna Dimery’s Video Presentation

  • Brian Wysor’s Video Presentation


Tech News: New Features for Panopto in 2017

 by Linda Beith, Director of Center for Scholarship, Assessment, Learning, Teaching & Technology

The Panopto video creation and streaming system has become a favorite tool for many faculty, students and staff for its ease of use. Anyone can create a narrated video of anything on their computer screen using just two buttons – Record and Stop.


Panopto is constantly improving their software and their latest release this month has some impressive additions including:

  1. INTERACTIVE QUIZZINGOptions include:
    • Inserting interactive quiz questions into any video
    • Allowing learners to retake a quiz
    • Showing learners their grade at the end of the quiz
    • Allowing learners to review correct answers and explanations
    • Prevent learners from watching the rest of the video until they take the quiz

  1. CAPTIONING – Addition of automatic speech recognition technology quickly turns a voice narration into closed captions that can be edited (and the captions are pretty accurate – greater than 70 %)! This allows users to quickly make their videos ADA compliant. Users can also edit the captions and customize the color, position and size of the video captions during playback.
  2. IMPROVED VIDEO EDITING– now includes custom preview images and support for working with slide decks. This means that you can select a custom thumbnail for the preview image for a video.
  3. New SLIDES tab in the editor allows a user to add individual slides to any point in a video.
  4. SMART SEARCH, which allows for a quick search of the narration in a video, has been expanded to include German and Spanish languages.
  5. Webcasting to more mobile devices – live streaming can now reach over 95% of all mobile device platforms with live video.

For more information on these new features, please see What’s New in Panopto 5.3?


If you would like assistance with any of these new features, please contact the CSALT2 /Instructional Design and Technologies team at id@rwu.edu or phone 401-254-3187.


Innovation in Teaching 2016 – Session 2


Behind the Scenes at the Library: Migrating to a new Library System

By John Fobert, Electronic Resources Librarian


As you are probably aware, the library is transitioning from the Innovative Library System to the OCLC WorldShare Management System (WMS).  In July, the user interface or what we call the “discovery” component was launched.  Instead of searching only HELIN holdings, we can now search libraries worldwide.  But there is so much more going on behind the scenes.

Our first step was to move all of our bibliographic (catalog) records to the new system.  This involved mapping fields and codes to the appropriate fields in the new system.  This can be thought of as translating the code from one system to another. WMS will allow our staff to order and catalog from the same system which will streamline workflows while increasing the accuracy of the online catalog.

Another significant part of the transition was our transfer of patron records into the new WMS system.  Every library patron has a patron record which enables the borrowing of tangible resources as well as access to electronic resources.  Our legacy library system required the user to enter their library barcode as a password to access electronic resources and their library record.  WMS presents us with the opportunity to authenticate users directly from the University database.  This means that users can now use their University ID and password to access electronic resources.  In January 2017, users will be able to sign into their library record the same way.  The barcode will only be used for the check-out of books and other items from the library.  This will be beneficial to our users as it will be one less password to remember.  The library would not have been able to accomplish this without out the help and collaboration of the RWU Information Technology Department.  Special thanks goes to Laura Masterson and Scott Lopes, and their teams.

The transition will be complete in January 2017.  The library seeks your cooperation by notifying us of any concerns or issues you find accessing the online catalog or electronic resources.  We have been notified by some faculty already of concerns regarding the relevancy of book searches.  We are presently in touch with the vendor, OCLC, to ask for modifications to the searching algorithm.  You may forward you comments to John Fobert, Electronic Resources Librarian, at jfobert@rwu.edu.  Also, we are always happy to hear what you like about the new system.  On behalf of the RWU Transition Team, we thank you for your patience and cooperation in this move to a better and stronger library system.


New and Improved RefWorks

by Susan McMullen, Professor – Research Services & User Engagement Librarian

Whether you are a RefWorks user or not you will want to check out the new RefWorks that is currently available to all RWU students, faculty and staff.

The updated version of RefWorks offers users the ability to collect, manage and organize their research papers and documents quickly and easily.  With RefWorks you can:

  • Import citations and documents from library databases
  • Organize your citations into folders for managing your research
  • Collaborate with classmates or colleagues by sharing folders
  • Import PDF documents for reading and annotating within RefWorks
  • Use the Save to RefWorks feature to capture research from websites
  • Quickly create bibliographies in any stylesheet format
  • Format your paper with in-text citations and footnotes

To sign up for a RefWorks account simply go to http://refworks.proquest.com and click on create account. You must use your RWU email to create an account.  If you are creating an account from off campus, you will need the RefWorks Group Code.  Please email us at libref@rwu.edu or call 254-3375 for that group code.

If you already have a Legacy RefWorks account, all you need to do is login and click on the small link at the top of the screen and you will be prompted to create a new RefWorks login.


After your new RefWorks account opens, simply click on the + icon and import your legacy RefWorks references.

To help you learn how to use RefWorks, please refer to our Libguide found at http://rwu.libguides.com/refworks.  Here you will find information and tutorials on getting started with RefWorks, using and sharing folders, importing citations and pdfs, creating a bibliography and formatting your paper.


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