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September 17, 2016

Earlier this summer we announced that Office 2016 upgrades are now available for your office computers. All new and refurbished computers now come with Office 2016. Residence Hall and Academic Commons computer labs have been converted to Office 2016 this summer, and the Academic labs and lecterns will follow suit over winter break 2016-17.

image showing Microsoft Office 2016 icons

 

Windows apps:  

Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, One Note, Access, Publisher

 

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September 17, 2016

Special Collections & College Archives hosts 35-40 class sessions per year, regularly partnering with classes on semester-length projects. As ever, we are eager to consult with you about how Special Collections might fit into your teaching or research plans. 

 

Right: Helena de Lemos and Prof. Naylor's CSP 69 students wonder at a famous 1633 book on...

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September 17, 2016

In conjunction with Academic Affairs and the Registrar’s Office, ITS helped implement a new system to manage the College’s academic catalog. The new product, Smart Catalog, provides improved workflows for faculty and department chairs, as well as an updated web design for the catalog based off our new responsive theme. Data from the catalog will programmatically display on oxy.edu so that department websites will always have the latest course and requirement information. An integration with Banner is planned as well....

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September 17, 2016

A new media setup was added to Morrison Lounge!

There are now two large monitors and a computer with a wireless keyboard at the ready to better support meetings and events. Here's a quick peak at the new setup and the process it took to get there. The mass of old wires, conduits, and cable pull-strings have been tamed and tidied, and used for pulling new cables that now carry the network, audio and video signals for the space.

 

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September 17, 2016

Over the past year, the Center for Digital Liberal Arts has been fortunate to welcome some fantastic new team members. 

Since January, Kalin Agrawal has helped students and faculty engage in quantitative social science research as the Data and Information Specialist for the Social Sciences. This summer, Aneesah Ettress ‘16, a longtime student employee, rejoined the team in her new capacity as the Mellon Post-Baccalaureate Fellow.

 

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September 17, 2016

Located on the ground floor of the Academic Commons, the Critical Making Studio is a shared, open learning environment where students and faculty learn how to critically engage with a range of digital production tools and integrate them into their scholarly practice. 

As a program developed by Occidental College’s Center for Digital Liberal Arts, we ultimately hope to support a generation of students and scholars who wish to transform what we know about technologies and how we interact with them in the social world.

 

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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.  You can 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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