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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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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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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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September 16, 2015

The CDLA supports several classrooms with technology and furnishings that enable teaching and learning in a media-rich environment and that are conducive to student collaboration.  Over the summer, we’ve added to the list of affordances by installing webcams in the Varelas Innovation Lab, the Brown Learn Lab, and the...

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September 16, 2015

Last year CDLA team members Darren Hall and Ryan Brubacher started hosting a radio hour once a week through the student radio station KOXY. This semester we’re back at it, with a growing line up of interesting guests, including Jem Axelrod, from the History Department and Director of the new Institute for Los Angeles History; Brian Chambers, Medical Librarian at City of Hope; and Liane Watzel, freelance journalist with Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk in Leipzig, Germany. ...

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September 16, 2015

In June, the library upgraded to the newly designed Sierra Library Service Platform, which has been ranked number one internationally for its integration and completeness of functionality. This major upgrade has not changed the public view of OASys (Oxy's online catalog) but brought a seamless transition to a state-of-the art workflow for library staff offering complete access to our bibliographic data. The streamlined look and minimal training made this transition a great success.

 

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September 16, 2015

As the college has moved forward with setting up reporting and access to data from our Student Information System and other systems of record using Argos we found that training offered through the company was enough to get folks started with the basics but didn't work well for supporting continued development. We've designed regular Argos & SQL workshops for employees who already have a basic understanding of Oracle SQL and relational databases and have been designing Argos datablocks and reports for some time now. These employees from administrative departments...

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