Learning Glass – a different kind of blackboard

While attending the CSUN conference at the end of February, I visited San Diego State University to see what they might be doing with alternative classrooms and teaching. That is when I was introduced to the Learning Glass. In addition to recording all his classes using the Learning Glass, Professor Matt Anderson, started asking students […]

Remote teaching using Zoom video conferencing software, a webcam and table microphone.

Zoom Video Conferencing for Remote Teaching

With recent inclement weather restricting travel to campus for some of our community we found ourselves exploring a variety of distance learning resources. One of the technologies already available to all Swarthmore faculty, staff and students is Zoom video conferencing, and thus makes it a truly accessible and easy to implement distance learning tool for teaching. So […]

Seeking SPEED Projects and Interns

March marks the beginning of SPEED season for ITS and the Libraries.  We are now in the 6th year of running Swarthmore Projects for Educational Exploration and Development (SPEED) and have worked with a wide range of faculty and students on dozens of projects to improve undergraduate learning.  SPEED awards primarily consist of dedicated support from […]

Sprint book cover

What ITS is Reading: Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Earlier this year ITS started a book club aimed at reading books we thought would help us continue to learn and grow at work. This past month we finished reading a book called: Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jason Knapp. The sprint is a process […]

AODocs Improvements

AODocs, which we use here at Swarthmore on top of Google Drive to provide some needed functionality, has been improving their product.  Late yesterday they released Version 42 of AODocs, which brings some nice new features for both ITS Systems Administrators and many users.  For those that connect directly through the AODocs interface (log into […]

Data Visualization and Projection

Data visualization involves the presentation of data in a pictorial or graphical format that engages the viewer with information. These visualizations can then be printed, displayed, or projected into spaces to make difficult concepts easier to grasp, reveal patterns that would otherwise be opaque, or provide alternative interpretations of information. They can be used artistically, […]

Best Visual Effects (on campus)

If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night, you’ll know The Jungle Book took home Best Visual Effects (see link for two behind the scenes videos on the film’s creation). What you may not know is that some of the same technologies used by those Hollywood artists are available in Swarthmore’s own Media Center. Before you get carried away and show up […]

Diversity is Normal

Accessibility in electronic communication has a legal definition.  It is really long, detailed and a little tedious but is something we need to pay attention to.  For myself and many others, accessibility is mostly about the varying degrees of learning differences that exist and educating ourselves about how to support and include those differences in […]