Swatties experiencing problem reaching external sites like Github, Qualtrics, Twitter, etc.

Today people have reported problems reaching many external sites, such as Github, Qualtrics, Twitter, etc. This is due to a major Denial of Service attack that has targeted external DNS servers, and not Swarthmore itself. Please read the link below for more information: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3133847/internet/ddos-attack-on-dyn-knocks-spotify-twitter-github-etsy-and-more-offline.html

ITS cautions against upgrading to macOS Sierra

Apple has just released its newest macOS Sierra operating system, and made it available as an automatic download to customers running OS X El Capitan in order to encourage them to update. If you have a Swarthmore issued computer, do not allow Sierra to install. Upgrading the operating system can break certain features, including the […]

What’s New in Classroom AV for Fall 2016

The Media Services team in ITS has been busy making improvements to classrooms this summer. In addition to our usual upgrades to projectors and lectern computers, we’re announcing a few major new services that will be of interest to many of you. Apple TV Over 30 Apple TV’s have been installed in classrooms and seminar […]

manufacturer photo of the Epilog Fusion M2 40 laser cutter

New laser cutter

This summer, ITS installed a new laser cutter in the Engineering shop in Papazian. Available to faculty, staff, and students, the Epilog Fusion 40 laser can cut a wide variety of materials including wood, acrylic, and cardboard as well as being able to engrave anodized aluminum, glass, and plastics.  The maximum cutting size of 40″ […]

Moodle Updates for Fall 2016

We just updated our Moodle site to version 3.1. There are a variety of new features and improvements to make using Moodle easier. On August 23-24, 2016, the Academic Technologists are holding Moodle Help Desk Hours to meet with individual faculty to provide assistance with getting courses set up in Moodle.  We also have a workshop scheduled for Collecting […]

MATLAB Licensing

Last year we enhanced our MATLAB licensing to allow any Swarthmore community member to install MATLAB and all available toolboxes without requiring a connection to a license manager every session. This makes it easier for faculty and students to do their work from off campus as well as eliminates any problems with running out of […]

Two ITS staff to present at Haverford Teaching with Technology Forum

Instructional Technology Services in IITS at Haverford College invites all Swarthmore College faculty and staff to attend the Teaching with Technology Forum. The event’s theme is Multimodal Teaching, Learning, and Literacy. Two Swarthmore College staff, Andrew Ruether and Alex Savoth, are on the program to talk about recent instructional technology successes. If you are able, please join us AND meet some of your Trico […]

Midday webinar: Perspectives on Learning Data in Liberal Arts

Through Swarthmore’s participation in the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning (LACOL), faculty and staff are invited to a 90-minute webinar/panel titled “Learning Data. What do we know? What do we want to know?” Swarthmore Associate Professor of Physics Catherine Crouch will be joined on the panel by speakers from Pomona, Williams, Haverford, and Carleton. […]

Social Media for Departments, Groups, and Clubs: Lunchtime Workshop on 2/5/2016

Do you work on social media for a department, group, or club at Swarthmore? Are you interested in learning more about how to effectively use social media? Join ITS for lunch and a workshop on Friday, 2/5/2016 at the Beardsley Media Center to discuss and develop a strategy for your social media presence. Let’s chat […]

Spring 2016 Academic Technology Workshop Schedule Published

Swarthmore ITS is hosting a series of lunchtime workshops on Fridays from 12:30-1:30PM during the Spring 2016 semester. The workshops are open to all members of the Swarthmore community and will be focused on introducing new technologies in an approachable, hands-on way.  Events include: Introduction to Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services Social Media for […]