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New Tools for Easier Course Evaluations

Last year, ITS purchased EvaluationKIT, a course evaluation software system.  Designed from the start for higher education course evaluations, EvaluationKIT makes it easier to design, distribute, and generate reports for course evaluations.  It is possible to: Keep track of response rates and email automatic reminders Restrict … Continue reading New Tools for Easier Course Evaluations

SPEED Project Wrap Up for Summer 2017

At the end of July, ITS and Library staff and student workers completed another set of Swarthmore Projects for Educational Exploration and Development (SPEED). David Molina Cavazos ’20 worked with Assistant Dean Liz Derickson and Associate Director of Client Services Erin Massey, to create firststeps.swarthmore.edu, a site that Swarthmore students and faculty advisors can use to explore majors.  Each page contains data collected from alumni to provide guidance on what students do after graduation, sample career paths, and student narratives.  The Dean’s Office is using First Steps to assist with course advising this year. Kate Collins ’18  collaborated with Math Professor Elizabeth Drellich to … Continue reading SPEED Project Wrap Up for Summer 2017

PDF Accessibility Checker Announced

Swarthmore College ITS has completed preliminary work on software to check PDF files for accessibility across many campus systems.  The software examines PDF files to look for readable text as well as title, language, and outline metadata which indicates how easy it is to access the contents of the file.  We’ve also written a Moodle plugin to provide information to faculty on the accessibility of all the PDF files in their course.   This information will be accompanied by instructions for how to get help to remediate the files. We anticipate the software will be running on our Moodle site for the Fall … Continue reading PDF Accessibility Checker Announced