ATAC 2018 Conference at Lafayette

A view of one of the gates at Lafayette College.

  The first-ever Academic Technology Administrators Conference (ATAC) is being held at Lafayette College on June 25 and 26. Sponsored by CLAMP, the conference is dedicated to the people who design, implement and support the academic technology ecosystem. In some ways this conference is the successor to the old NITLE User Group meetings, where folks … Read more ATAC 2018 Conference at Lafayette

What I’m Reading: The Stars Are Legion

Spaceships fly across the orange-red surface of a planet.

The teaser for this novel sold me instantly: “Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution.  As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan … Read more What I’m Reading: The Stars Are Legion

What I’m Reading: Forsaken Skies

A t-shaped starship attacks a planet.

After spending two weeks in August reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s hard science fiction novel 2312, I returned to lighter fare with the space opera Forsaken Skies. It’s your standard aliens-invade-human-space-for-unknown-reasons story but that’s exactly what I’m looking for to wind down the summer. This is the last book on my Summer 2017 reading list; if I can finish … Read more What I’m Reading: Forsaken Skies

What I’m Reading: Six Wakes

A human form falls through the black void of space

I don’t often get to say that I’m reading a book written by a friend but that’s the case with Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes. I know Mur from back at the dawn of podcasting, when she podcast Geek Fu Action Grip and I did Nuketown Radio Active. We later wrote columns for Knights of the Dinner Table Magazine. I haven’t seen Mur in … Read more What I’m Reading: Six Wakes

Fuzzy Badges in Mozilla Backpack

Two silver shield-like badges - one for i-Lingua and another for i-World - appear in a Mozilla Backpack.

I spent the last week or so rolling out the 2017 editions of Lafayette’s i-World and i-Lingua badges. Evidence to support the various flavors of badges is collected using a customized Moodle instance (called, simply enough, “Badges”). Once graded using the corresponding rubrics, the badges are baked by Moodle and can then be shared with the … Read more Fuzzy Badges in Mozilla Backpack

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2017

Harold F. Johnson Library on a sunny day with blue skies overhead. The building itself features a stacked block design.

Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2017 will be held Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, June 23, 2017 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. A pre-Hack/Doc documentation and coding sprint will be held Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Hampshire also hosted Hack/Doc in Summer 2011. Unfortunately I can’t be there myself because of a prior commitment. It’s bittersweet — this is the first Hack/Doc … Read more Moodle Hack/Doc Fest, Summer 2017

What I’m Reading: The Fuller Memorandum

The Fuller Memorandum continues the ongoing saga of Bob Howard, IT professional, British civil servant … and defender of Earth against arcane invasions. In the third entry in The Laundry Files, Bob’s boss has gone missing … and that probably doesn’t bode well for the planet. I haven’t gotten very far in the book, but so far … Read more What I’m Reading: The Fuller Memorandum