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  • Kent Matsueda’s WAR Report for 12/1-12/7Wow, I had to check. Actually, Im in my third week here at IST and its been a great start so far. I amthinking of my friends back in WCLD and will need to make a visit to see them soon.I think I’m going to have to pare down my WARs. Too much detail!Table of ContentsKent Matsueda’s WAR Report for 12/1-12/7 ............................................................................................... 1 Accomplishments ...................................................................................................................................... 2 MT4 Mobile Edits .................................................................................................................................. 2 Voicethread Mobile App ....................................................................................................................... 2 12/2 LD Community Meeting: 21st Century ID..................................................................................... 2 Department Resources ......................................................................................................................... 2 Ravi’s courses ........................................................................................................................................ 3 Flash training ......................................................................................................................................... 3 Ongoing Projects ....................................................................................................................................... 4 SRA 111 Kick-off .................................................................................................................................... 4 General Pipeline Discussion .................................................................................................................. 4 Immediate Decisions / Issues.................................................................................................................... 4 Flash in Drupal....................................................................................................................................... 4 Publishing PDF’s to the Web ................................................................................................................. 4 Back Burner ............................................................................................................................................... 5 Games, Sims, and Virtual Worlds .......................................................................................................... 5 Days off / Conferences .............................................................................................................................. 5
  • AccomplishmentsMT4 Mobile EditsI tried to edit my entry yesterday (11/30) for week 3 and remembered that while MT4 has a slick mobileaccess to its interface, its a real pain to edit existing entries because you have to do everything withcode and the iOS keeps trying to fix HTML code.Voicethread Mobile AppHmm, the app crashed on my first try. The app is still buggy. My identities under my account are beingdisplayed oddly. The first VT I checked out looks awesome. The interface preserves annotations and Illhave to find an example with a video comment. I just tried to record some video and it looks great!(Note to self: I was able to quickly move screencaps from iOS via Box.net)12/2 LD Community Meeting: 21st Century ID • New tools vs. our process – There are a lot of tools, but have they added value? • Horizon – There was discussion and interest in mobile learning and augmented reality. How will we make these tools and approaches useful?Department ResourcesI think I’m getting a better idea of how we work here and some of the infrastructure tools we have atour disposal. • SharePoint – OIDI contact info, HOL repository, WARs; intranet features: access to other IST departments • filescommon – IST-wide resource for sharing documents, a place to keep backups of our own working documents • Subversion – OIDI resource for course materials • ANGEL Groups – used by Curriculum Committees and Development teams, Audrey just added me (12/5) to about 100 new groups!
  • • Mapping server drives – Ravi helped me to map server space for our courses as network drives on my desktop. It seems a lot more convenient than FTPing into the server as long as there aren’t any problems.VirtualLabsThere are a couple of virtual labs that I’ve checked out. The first one has MS Project installed on it. Ispoke with Ravi and he’s going to check on the second link because Project is apparently supposed to beavailable to WC students as well. Make sure you’re using “dce.psu.edukkm11” to log in! 1. vlabs.up.ist.psu.edu 2. wcvlabs.up.ist.psu.eduI’m sharing the files via Dropbox.com so that I can move docs from the virtual computer back to mywork machine. Drag-and-drop functionality would be nice, but this works OK for now.Updated list of recommended browsers for ANGELI found this useful list while preparing my next round of request items for our Helpdesk.Ravi’s coursesI met with Ravi and he reviewed the courses he’s supporting for the Spring ’12 semester. I walked awaywith a high-level understanding of which courses WCLD are going to be supporting as opposed to theones IST is responsible for. One of the things I was able to get from him was a list of courses by priority: 1. 230 2. 402 3. Not yet populated as of 12/6/11 a. 295A b. 495 c. 110 d. 331 e. 111S – 1 credit seminar 4. Don’t worry about the courses running through EvolutionWe also talk about his impressions of OIDI’s relationship with our IT department and how the coursecommittees function. It was very useful to understand some of the background context from Ravi’sperspective. We chatted about improving instructor training opportunities and the conversationsaround group work in our courses.I will be scheduling meetings with Lisa and Amy Stever to understand what their roles are.Flash trainingI’ve also been doing some catch up with CS5.5 and Flash 5.5 in particular since it’s been a while. I’ve hadthe luxury of relying on multimedia specialists in the past and now realize that I may have to crank outthe ActionScript on my own again 
  • Ongoing ProjectsSRA 111 Kick-offMet with Ed Glantz (12/1) and I’m making initial preparations to meet with him starting after the NewYear. I’ve received the text book but did not get the instructor’s CD as I had hoped. Perhaps that’savailable as an online resource. The publisher also gave me 365-day access to the online version inCoursesmart. I’m getting access to the ANGEL Groups and have created a DEV Group for the course. Iadd my first student request for work related to the SRA111 syllabus! Bill is going to get going on thattoday (12/5).General Pipeline DiscussionJohn Fulmer stopped by to ask about upcoming labs that we’ll be working on. I’ll have to ask Amy whatis coming down the pike and how best we should communicate progress.Immediate Decisions / IssuesFlash in DrupalI worked with Ravi on solving one of his problems related to a SWF that wouldn’t load properly. It’sassociated XML file couldn’t be found. After Ravi showed me that the SWF worked locally, directly offthe server, and from the WC Evolution server, I was convinced that the problem was related to Drupal.Drupal creates its own navigation URL’s that do not correspond to the “actual” directory structure onthe server. This problem only effects SWF’s that call external files like XML documents. Free-standingSWF’s run perfectly fine, but when the SWF goes to call on a specific server location, we’re thinking thatit doesn’t match what Drupal is familiar with. That the relative URL in the SWF somehow breaks inDrupal. The quick fix is that Ravi is going to create an image link to pull up the SWF in a pop-up which wedetermined does work fine. I think this requires a lot more investigation if we’re going to use moreSWF’s that call external files in the future.I just spoke with Ravi (12/5) and he’s now having troubles calling a simple image from his page in Drupal.We checked the images on the server and they appear OK. When we checked to see if we could directlyview the images in the browser they wouldn’t display. We verified that other images and resources fromthe same directory could be called on and they worked, so there’s a specific problem with the imagefiles that Ravi created as thumbnails for his SWF’s that should appear in his pop-out windows. Irecommended that he contact the Helpdesk and he’s sent a ticket on the issue. Update, Helpdeskdetermined that we need to use uppercase “JPG” and the link will now work… sometimes I hatecomputers.Publishing PDF’s to the WebHow can I create Web-readable versions of PDF’s? I used to work with Dean so that he could convert mydocuments into FlashPaper, but I think FP was phased out. I’d like to find a more “modern version” ofresearch I did on this earlier this year. For the time being, I’ll probably use Slideshare.net.
  • Back BurnerGames, Sims, and Virtual WorldsSchedule a meeting in January. Finish with the initial draft based on Rick’s feedback.Days off / ConferencesI’m going to be taking December 21-23 off in advance of the winter holiday.