EDUCAUSE is higher education’s information technology (IT) professional organization. Each year they create a list of the top 10 IT issues facing institutions. This year’s version was revealed at the annual conference last week. There were three main areas of … Continue reading Top 10 Higher Education IT Trends
I’ve been working with folks here at Swarthmore to create better conference posters for over 20 years now. There are some new tools available, such as BioRender, which is great for biomedical imagery and also supports poster creation, and some … Continue reading Better Conference Posters
We can learn to be better, but we have to choose to do so. The number of incremental changes we could make on any given day is large, but it can certainly be overwhelming to try and make them all … Continue reading Inclusive Resources for Being Better at Life
Recently I’ve been impressed with a digital book, Best Practices in Accessible Online Design written expressly for faculty grappling with accessibility of course material for the classroom (or virtual classroom) and what that means to them. This clear, concise and … Continue reading Best Practices in Accessible Online Design
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