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ISS is pleased to announce the adoption of a new student response system, i>clicker, which will replace the Qwizdom system as of Fall 2010. i>clicker is a flexible, user-friendly and reliable system that works on both Macs and PCs and will allow instructors to incorporate websites, media and virtually any other type of application. Check out the story in the University Record.

ISS will be conducting workshops on how to use this new system throughout the summer. Faculty can sign up for one of these workshops at http://www.umich.edu/~teachtec.

To register as an i>clicker user for Fall, please sign up on the Instructional Consulting page.

I’m a Mac…Workshop

Recently converted to Mac or thinking about doing so? Been using a Mac for a long time but aren’t sure you’re using the operating system to its fullest? This discussion-driven, question-and-answer session may be just the thing for you. We’ll cover some Mac-specific basics, show you shortcuts and neat tricks and answer any questions you have about using a Macintosh computer.

The workshop is Friday, March 19 from 10am-11:30 in the LRC Mac Classroom.  Click here to register!

Writing workshops FOR ADULTS from 826 Michigan

826michigan proudly presents our fall series of How to Write Like I Do workshops for adults:

Saturday, October 31, 1-4pm—Stephen Elliott, (!!!!), author of seven books including the just released true-crime memoir The Adderall Diaries, presents: Writing from Experience. Attendees will discuss how to use their own lives as jumping points and framing devices for their stories, both fiction and non-fiction.

* Stephen Elliott will also be at 826michigan on Thursday, October 29 at 7pm. He’ll read from his new novel and answer questions. This event is free to the public, so please come!

Thursday, November 5, 6-9pm—Jim Ottaviani, Eisner-nominated author of eight graphic novels about scientists, most recently T-Minus, presents: How to Write with Pictures: Scripting Graphic Novels. Attendees will discuss how the graphic medium has progressed, how to tap into its particular strengths, and how to get from idea to script to an effective collaboration with artists and editors.

Thursday, November 12, 6-9pm—Jeff Meyers, lead film critic for Detroit’s Metro Times, and editor of the online publications Metromode and Concentrate presents: A Crash Course in Screenplay Structure. Attendees will discuss the basics of screenplay structure and constructing an effective logline.

Thursday, December 10, 6-9pm—Mark Maynard, local blogger and Marketing Manager of the University of Michigan’s Office of Tech Transfer, discusses making a name for yourself in the blogosphere.

Click here to read more.

Teaching Through the Flu Prep Workshops!

These workshops will introduce faculty and support staff to the various technological solutions recommended in the LSA Teaching Through the Flu web guide (http://bit.ly/LSAFlu). Participants will learn about various ways to handle posting lectures or media, communicating and collaborating online, collecting and distributing files, delivering live lectures over the internet and conducting tests and quizzes online. Check the workshop sessions below, or follow this link for workshop registration!

Ripping DVD to edit in Final Cut Pro for Mac

(Editor’s note: Of course, we support DRM and Intellectual Property Rights, so we only encourage you to rip DVDs to which you own the rights or have permission to rip and edit.)

This is a very misunderstood process and most people find it annoyingly cumbersome. Here is what I have found out to be the easiest solution to ripping media from a DVD and putting it into editable content for Final Cut Pro or any other Mac editing program.

1. Download Mac the Ripper (mirror) and OPEN app


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Self-guided beginner’s workshops available: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash

Several different workshops available at:  http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hamms/workshops/index.html

Download “Workshop PDF” files for step-by-step instructions and bolded workshop .zip files for content.

The Flash Vector Poem workshop is quite complicated, and the instructions not as detailed.  It may be difficult for novice Flash users.

Currently in production:  a demo Flash application which simulates an online relational database through liberal use of Arrays.  This app is being built with Flash ActionScript 3.0, the latest generation scripting language.