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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.


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.