My name is Andy Freed. I've been working at PCC for 11 years. I am the interim Manager of Technology & Support in Distance Education and Instructional Support. I supervise a team of student services and student and faculty support professionals as well as manage the various technologies and platforms used by Distance Education. Previously, I have been an application administrator, technology specialist, the student help desk coordinator and I worked with Student Help Desk, WebCT/Blackboard for faculty. I am only 77% Geek.
The blog portion of this site has largely stagnated since Blogger shut down their publish via SFTP service. I should do something about that.
I'm far from being mathematical, but I'm keen to help improve the teaching of math online. To that end, I've been really pleased at some of the improvements to and implementation of MathML and tools like MathJax of late. For example, check out this rendering of MathML code (that I lifted from the MathJax examples page). Feel free to right click on it for options:
Friday, February 26, 2010
Video Standard for the future
I'm part of a "video strategy" group at PCC and we're trying to identify the best formats, codecs, processes, etc. for creation and management of media. It's a moving target, but lately there seems to be two choices as we try to consolidate to a single format. H.264 and Theora are interesting, but it looks like we're going to be focusing on H.264 because it plays nice for both browsers and mobile devices. It looks good, streams well, and can be embedded using flash-based players like JWPlayer without making the media itself useless to devices that can't do flash video.
I'm interested in Theora for ideological reasons, and about what video format will (or should) become the standard for HTML5. Lately I've found these two article interesting and I'm simply posting them here to try and remember them.
Video on the Web: Dive in to HTML5
Comparing Theora to H.264
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Using Xinha Here editor in Blackboard CE8
Anyway, here's the video