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A PUBLICATION OF ACAC ACADEMIC COMPUTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE,BANANA TIME IS PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, FALL & SPRING.SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR BANANA TIME TO WIGLEY@CANISIUS.EDU.

NAME: Desire2Learn (D2L) Binder

PURPOSE: Provides a mobile platform to D2L

OS: Binder is currently available for the iPad. In Beta for the web, and coming soon for Android

PRICE: Free for the application

SOURCE: http://www.desire2learn.com/products/mobile/binder/

BANANA RATING:  5 Bananas out of 5 Bananas for both faculty and students

RATED BY: Joseph F. Rizzo, Academic Computing, Information Technology Services

ANGEL has been a steadfast learning management system (LMS) for Canisius for quite a while.  Technology, however, has outgrown it.  Desire2Learn (D2L), the LMS we will be fully implementing at the end of Spring Semester, meets this and many needs of today’s technology.  Of the resounding voices heard from faculty and students, the one most frequently voiced problem area was mobility.  D2L meets this need.

The application reviewed here is called, simply, Binder.  For the student, Binder can fetch or pull documents from D2L and work with them either offline or online.  From the web-based application of D2L (the one we are most familiar with) students can send to their binder. 

eTextbooks can be integrated into D2L and, hence, into Binder through the Booklist Widget.  Instructors can evaluate publisher content and students have access to these books (for a cost . . . to be sure!).

Faculty have the same capabilities as students with the exception of an application called Grader.  Grader allows one to grade assignments via one’s mobile device.  The website (given above) goes into greater detail and I will demonstrate some of the capabilities for you . . . if you wish!  Don’t get in a bind, get Binder!

-JFR

 BANANA TIME is the namesake of an article by the late Donald F. Roy.  Roy said (p. 166) that his “…observations seem to support the generally accepted notion that one key source of job satisfaction lies in the informal interaction shared by members of a work group.”  Roy, D. F. (1959).  “Banana Time” Job satisfaction and informal interaction, Human Organization, 18, 158-168. A free downloadable pdf of the article appears at

http://64.6.252.14/class/377a/Readings/roy-bananatime.pdf