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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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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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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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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...

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