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August 29, 2016

CDLA and ITS are pleased to provide access to interactive polling, web domains, and web hosting.

Oxy faculty are already using Poll Everywhere to enhance student learning in the classroom, and faculty and students are hosting their own web portfolios, sites, and digital scholarship using the new OxyCreates hosting service at oxycreates.org.

Poll Everywhere

Teachers have always known that posing questions in the classroom is an invaluable method for developing students' critical thinking skills and promoting student engagement.  Poll Everywhere is an online platform that facilitates this method and brings several advantages to the table when compared with other approaches....

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August 29, 2016

The CDLA and the Library are always looking for new resources that will give faculty and students ever greater access to quality sources for scholarship.  Among the featured new resources this year are streaming video of thousands of scholarly and feature titles and new library databases to cover more of your research needs.

Streaming Video Platforms

With new relationships with two services, Occidental College now brings the convenience of being able to watch streaming videos on demand to teaching and learning.  Think of it as Netflix for scholarly purposes. From first-class documentaries to feature films to foreign language titles, there are thousand of titles to choose from.  To see what’s available, browse the collections at Kanopy and Digital Campus. For Kanopy titles, you can begin...

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August 29, 2016

This summer classroom upgrades were completed in the following locations:

  • Full system upgrades were completed in Mosher 2, the Brown LearnLab, and Berkus 243B; High-Definition Media Interface (HDMI) connections are now available in all locations in addition to VGA connections for laptops and devices. The Brown LearnLab will have a Barco system for showing student laptops on the main screen with the push of a button, as you may have encountered in Varelas.
  • 100 computer lab classroom computers were replaced in Fowler, Hameetman, and the Academic Commons, including 30 laptops for the Brown LearnLab.
  • An instructor computer with a wireless keyboard and mouse was added to the rack in Fowler 108.
  • Power and infrastructure updates have been completed in Fowler 201 in preparation for a full media upgrade over the winter break, or sooner if possible. The...
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August 29, 2016

Flipster is a next-generation distribution service where you can access your favorite magazines from a variety of publishers through the Occidental College library using a web browser or custom apps made specifically for the iPad or iPad mini, Android devices, or the Kindle Fire tablet, and download journal issues to read offline, anytime, anywhere.

Occidental is launching a group of highly-used journal titles on the Flipster newsstand which you can browse by choosing Flipster from the dropdown box at the top of any OASys screen. Oxy's collection will cover business, leisure, fashion, product reviews, current events, and more.

Come by and see Flipster in action @ Oxy Library beginning September 1st.

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August 29, 2016

We launched a new responsive design on our top level pages on oxy.edu in April, 2016. 

Responsive design practices ensure that a website looks good, and is easy to use, regardless of the device on which it is viewed, and our new design places a greater emphasis on usability and accessibility, particularly for mobile users. Our goal is to roll out the new design to the rest of the site over the course of the next year.

The Web Team has begun to invest more in functionality improvements to Oxy.edu to support both visitors to the website and content creators.
 

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August 29, 2016

Early in the summer ITS upgraded our print server in preparation for new Ricoh devices, and over the course of two weeks in July and early August we worked with Ricoh staff to install 65 multifunction devices across campus.

Now that the dust has settled, we hope that printing, scanning and copying on these new devices is working smoothly. Note that Mac printer drivers need to be re-installed in order to print correctly and access all of the features.

The Academic Commons now has 2 color multifunction devices: we have added a multifunction device to the main floor of the Academic Commons, located to the right as you walk toward the Brown LearnLab. Also note the color...

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August 29, 2016

The Center for Digital Liberal Arts (CDLA) is proud to announce a unique co-curricular student worker program for supplementing instruction and enhancing student achievement.  The Peer Learning student advisors directly assist other students in Library Research, Critical Making, and Academic Subjects at day and evening drop-in hours on the Peer Learning Floor (Ground Floor) in the Academic Commons. Language tutors are available in the Varelas Innovation Lab, Johnson Hall.

Peer Learning is an opportunity for students to:

  • Grow their own valuable knowledge and skills
  • Assist others in meaningful ways
  • Showcase achievements in their major and/or areas of interest

The three commitments of Peer Learning are:

  1. Personal development of literacies and skills in the digital liberal arts
  2. Tutoring and training through one-on-one consultations and group workshops
  3. Joining an intellectual community by sharing ideas and participating in scholarly discourses within Occidental and the public at large

Our peer learning programs include students working as:

Research Advisors: learn more about library and research skills and tools, support your peers in finding...

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August 29, 2016

The new Moodle version for the 2016-2017 academic year includes several new enhancements that offer added functionality.  Among the changes you'll see are the ability to add a timestamp to files you upload to your courses, a new text editor, and some streamlining in the creation and editing of quizzes.  

More information on the site enhancements and new features is available here

If you would like to ask questions face-to-face or would like instruction of specific features of Moodle, please visit us during Open Office Hours. You can also contact Darren Hall (halld@oxy.edu) to schedule an alternative meeting if these times are not convenient for you.

Moodle Open Office Hours (Darren’s Office, next to the Brown Learn Lab) - Fall 2016
Mondays 10am-11am
Thursday 3pm-4pm

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May 23, 2016

When creating content that includes or builds on something that someone else created and licensed as a Creative Commons work, it's important to understand the licences and how handle attribution to the original content creator.

Per U.S. Copyright Law, any work that has been created and fixed in a tangible medium of expression on or after January 1, 1978 has an automatic copyright. This copyright lasts from the moment of its creation throughout the author’s life plus an additional 70 years. That means, when you write a paper for a class, or even write out your grocery list, you own the copyright to those works. In order to use such works outside of a fair use / educational context, you need permission from the copyright holder. For more information on Copyright, please see Oxy's Copyright LibGuide.

Creative Commons was founded in 2001 to create a set of copyright licenses, offered free to the public, to encourage people to allow others to use their works freely for certain uses, on certain conditions; or to simply dedicate their works to the public...

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September 16, 2015

Now entering it’s second year, the CDLA Faculty Fellows program is in full swing. The CDLA Faculty Fellows Program is designed to foster critical, innovative, and interdisciplinary digital approaches for liberal arts teaching and research. As Faculty Fellows, Occidental faculty have the opportunity and support to develop new skills, experiment with new pedagogical approaches, and...

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