The October 14, 2020 edition of the New Yorker has a thought provoking piece by John Seabrook called “The Next Word.” Seabrook begins the article with Gmail’s Smart Compose feature, which suggests phrases while you are typing a sentence. If you … Continue reading AI, Gmail’s Smart Compose, and the end of writers?
Our Academic Technology group roams the Internet (and Libraries) looking for interesting reads. Here are a few works that caught our eye this month. Active Learning: Feelings versus Learning Swarthmore has a community of educators using active learning techniques. The Academic Technology team has been collaborating with faculty to provide learning spaces and technology to support their teaching needs. For the last few months, we’ve been spending time learning about how to best use the new Singer Hall Flexible Classroom. A recent article investigating discrepancies between how students feel about active learning versus how much they actually learn highlighted one … Continue reading What We are Reading – September 2019
In a previous post, we talked about what’s new in Moodle for Fall 2019. Here are a few additional tips to help you be a Moodle Master. Dashboard The Moodle home page dashboard and course listing have been revamped to … Continue reading Moodle Tips for Fall 2019
Our Academic Technology team just finished upgrading Swarthmore’s Moodle site to version 3.7 this summer. This update provides the college with the latest features and security updates. This version does not have major changes but does have some features that … Continue reading What’s New in Moodle for Fall 2019
This week I am attending the Open Source Conference (OSCON) and learning about all kinds of new open source software and projects. One of the popular new technologies being applied to many problems is machine learning, which is a technique … Continue reading Machine Learning, Higher Education, and Bias
As more and more Swarthmore researchers create sophisticated computer programs for simulation and analysis, it can become harder to manage the code. Getting a new computer configured with the proper environment can be difficult and the challenges are multiplied … Continue reading Accelerate your Research Using Software Containers