What’s New in Academic Technology for Fall 2015

ITS has spent the summer improving our core services and implementing new projects to help with your teaching and research. Today, we’d like to call your attention to some of the additions and changes that you might not have heard about. Classroom A/V Updates: Media Services has updated many rooms this summer. (19 classrooms even have wireless projection capability!) For the full list see the “What’s New in Classroom AV” blog post: https://blogs.swarthmore.edu/its/blog/2015/08/26/whats-new-in-classroom-av-fall-2015/. SensusAccess: Accessibility of course materials is essential to make sure that all students can participate fully in the academic program. SensusAccess is an online service which converts … Continue reading What’s New in Academic Technology for Fall 2015

What’s New in Classroom AV (Fall 2015)

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. AirMedia wireless projection For years, we’ve dreamed of being able to project while moving around the classroom with a tablet or laptop. Finally, the technologies to make this possible are arriving. We’ve installed AirMedia devices in 19 classrooms around campus. Not only can instructors project, they also can allow students to project from their laptops and devices too. Wireless … Continue reading What’s New in Classroom AV (Fall 2015)

Introducing Zoom video conferencing

Over the past few years, Media Services has seen a boom in requests for support for web-based video and audio conferencing services (such as Skype, Google Hangouts, WebEx, and GoToMeeting.) While these tools are handy, we haven’t always been satisfied with their quality or ease of use. Starting immediately, all Swarthmore faculty, staff, and students have a basic Zoom account— just go to http://swarthmore.zoom.us. Sign in with your Swarthmore College username and password. You can use Zoom to have an audio or video chat with anybody else, but you can invite up to two dozen people into a meeting. The only limit to a … Continue reading Introducing Zoom video conferencing

Ashley Turner joins Media Services

We’re pleased to welcome Ashley Turner to the Media Services group. Her colleagues, Michael Patterson, Dave Neal, and Mike Bednarz, are renowned on campus for their helpfulness. Unfortunately, we’d come to the point where the event and course needs of the campus required a level of support from them that often exceeded the merely heroic. Ashley joined us as a Media Services Specialist in August and has already become an indispensable member of the team. Before coming to Swarthmore, she was the sound engineer for the Wilma Theater and an adjunct instructor of sound design at Drexel University. She earned … Continue reading Ashley Turner joins Media Services

New HD Classrooms

Over the past two summers, Media Services has upgraded a number of classrooms, seminar rooms, and lecture halls to high definition projection A/V systems. What this means is that you will now be able to show your laptop presentations in high definition and wide screen. The installed classroom computers and disc players will project in high definition. Not all of the classrooms have this capability.  We have compiled a list of rooms that we call HD Digital Media A/V projection systems. For more information on our HD classrooms, please visit the Media Services website. Below is a list of rooms … Continue reading New HD Classrooms

New Equipment in Media Services Lets You Bring the Studio Anywhere

Easily transportable audio recording devices have been a staple of Media Services equipment rentals for years. Now , with the addition of some new accessories, Swarthmore College community members can take the studio environment on location as well. Our new modular sound booth from Auralex is lightweight, and can be easily constructed in almost any space. This sound booth is ideal for recording voice-overs, but could easily be used for recording instrumentation as well. Meanwhile, our new industry-standard microphone from Electro Voice will capture the now isolated track with clarity and precision. If you have questions or would like to … Continue reading New Equipment in Media Services Lets You Bring the Studio Anywhere