Category archives for Tools

Reserves Network Share

All faculty members now have access to the Reserves Network Share (where we save all content scanned by the Library). Here, you can browse your own materials as well as other faculty members’ scanned files. The Reserves Network Share is now available to all faculty on and off-campus: If you are using Internet Explorer: […]

Fall 2009 Moodle Kickoff workshop series

Last year the faculty task force reviewing learning management systems (Moodle, Blackboard) decided to incorporate electronic reserves functions into the learning management system, to provide greater faculty control and a unified approach to online resources.  A notice on changes to electronic reserves went out in April ( available at ).  The main points were: […]

Advice on the instructional uses of wikis

I was copied on this advice from one of our faculty members, David Seabrook, to another faculty member developing a hybrid course, on how to use wikis in class.  I thought it was good advice, so I asked permission to copy it here. There are some real challenges to using a wiki: 1) students have […]

Downloading YouTube videos

Recent question from a faculty member: “How can I download videos from YouTube for use in iMovie projects?” Downloading YouTube videos is a moving target.  I’ve adopted a couple of different tools in the past for doing the downloads, only to have them not work later because YouTube has changed something (presumably to make it […]

Online tool for converting PDFs to Word documents

Here is an online site that will allow you to convert PDFs to Word documents (or to text files, image files or HTML): Operation of the site is very straightforward – you browse to find the PDF on your computer that you want converted, click the convert button, the file is processed by their […]

Purchase2010 blog access

To access the Purchase2010 blog: Create an account at, using your Purchase email and whatever username and password that you would like. Email me ( that you’ve created your account.  I will check with Elise and add you as a member of the blog. Log in at using the username and password […]