The NMC Pulse

Oct. 2012 > Issue No. 13

NMC Events
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MIDEA Workshop: iPads Revisited
December 5-6
Austin, TX
Many MIDEA and NMC members have been experimenting with tablets over the past year as an educational tool. The power of the tablet to engage and educate audiences is one of the driving factors behind the many educational institutions implementing programs that feature mobile devices. Share what you've learned, explore more possibilities, and connect with others who are working on similar iPad projects in this workshop. 


Printing and Re-Mixing the Museum in 3D
November 14
12 pm CT
What is 3D printing and what does it mean for the museum? This webinar, featuring Liz Neely of the Art Institute of Chicago, is designed to introduce beginners to the concept of 3D printing by defining the basic vocabulary surrounding this emerging technology. We'll discuss the multitudes of opportunities for 3D scanning and printing, especially in education and collections access, showing examples from programs at the Art Institute. We'll consider how 3D can be used to build closer relationships with our audiences by engaging the senses and re-mixing the collection to creatively
explore the artworks in new ways.



In case you missed our September webinars, we have you covered with video recordings. Enjoy!


NMC Horizon Connect Webinar > iBooks Author for Advanced Users and Projects 

Featuring Abilene Christian University


HP Catalyst Online Workshop > Measuring Your Social Media Efforts
Featuring St. Edward's University








NMC Voice

After taking a hiatus over summer vacation, the NMC Voice video series is back with a brand new episode! Learn about the latest news and events, along with an awesome project from NMC member University of Southern California that we explore in the "Your Voice" section. If you want YOUR project to be featured in an upcoming episode, drop us a line!


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NMC Horizon Project
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Horizon Project Regional Analysis: the Technology Outlook for Iberoamerican Tertiary Education 2012-2017
This report reflects a collaborative effort between the NMC and the eLearn Center of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya to help inform Iberoamerican educational leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting teaching, learning, and research in tertiary education. 
> Download the free report (available in English, Spanish, Portugese, and Catalan)


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NMC Member Spotlight 
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We'd like to extend a big welcome to the new members and partner who have joined the NMC this month:


Biejing Open University


Cisco Systems (Corporate Partner)




We love to feature the innovative work of our member institutions. This month, we're proud to highlight a joint project from MIT and the University of Michigan (in partnership with the University of California, Berkley):


Soylent is an interface that lets users crowd-source edits to their documents. It works as an add-in to Microsoft Word that uses crowd contributions to perform interactive document shortening, proofreading, and human-language macros. Soylent is currently in beta, but you can sign up to join!


> Learn more


Not an NMC member yet? Let's change that! Get the scoop on all of the benefits you'll receive as a Higher Ed or K-12 member (the links download PDFs). Contact with any questions.
NMC Partner News 
Our partner Adobe Systems is awarding prizes to people who submit tutorials that involve two or more Adobe products. The prizes include gift cards and a year's membership to the Creative Cloud, which includes all of the Creative Suite 6 apps, Lightroom 4, Muse, and Edge.
You've figured out a great Adobe workflow. Now win prizes for your hard-earned knowledge in the No App Is an Island contest! 
Submit a tutorial that explains your multi-product workflow, and you could win a $100 gift card, or even the grand prize: a year's membership to the Creative Cloud! 


Adobe will also publish your tutorial and promote it on their social channels, giving you valuable publicity.


Hurry -- the contest ends November 15th.  


> Learn more & enter the contest


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The work of MIDEA is made possible by the generous support of the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation.
cc by-sa 3.0 The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Photo by Black Market
This month, contributing editor Lori Byrd Phillips explores the successful "100 Toys" project -- a powerful community-sourcing endeavor at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis that led to an explosion in online engagement. Catch up on Part I and Part II of the story!
MIDEA's Associate Director has the scoop on the most innovative happenings in the museum world right now. Check out Alex's Art Picks:

October saw another victory for open content as the Metropolitan Museum of art announced it was offering over 600 Art books for free online.
3D printing will never take off at art museums, you say. Well, check out the full-size replicas created by the artist Cosmo Wenman from sculptures at the British Museum.
iPads are taking off in Texas museums. This month, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth announced a new iPad app called iCubist for their upcoming Picasso and Braque exhibition.
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