Diversity is Normal

Accessibility in electronic communication has a legal definition.  It is really long, detailed and a little tedious but is something we need to pay attention to.  For myself and many others, accessibility is mostly about the varying degrees of learning differences that exist and educating ourselves about how to support and include those differences in an educational environment.  It is about making a decision to reduce barriers, to increase user friendliness and ease of access, and how to best engage with others in a way that supports as many learning styles as we can.  It is definitely not about reducing … Continue reading Diversity is Normal

Navigation Apps for visually impaired

I struck up a conversation with a fellow conference attendee at the AHEAD 2016 conference who happened to be blind.  We had an interesting conversation about getting around when you are visually impaired and he shared three apps he uses to navigate inside and outside buildings: overTHERE which uses a infrared technology developed more than 30 years ago to help with safer street crossing and recently adapted for mapping BlindSquare which can work with beacons to provide mapping inside buildings AllAccess which can access menus, logos,  and QR codes Continue reading Navigation Apps for visually impaired

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 ability to log in with your Swarthmore account. If you need your Mac operating system upgraded, in order to use a feature that is currently unavailable, contact the Help Desk in Beardsley 110. Customers who have auto downloads enabled will see macOS Sierra start to … Continue reading ITS cautions against upgrading to macOS Sierra

Lynda.com, in 3D

We recently heard from one of the nearly 700 of you who are already using lynda.swarthmore.edu to help you learn on your own schedule.  Brady White ’15 has been using Lynda.com videos to help learn how to use SolidWorks 2014, a program that allows you to design objects to be printed on a 3D printer. Brady reports that the selectable table of contents, the 10-second-rewind button, and the ease of following along with the video are his favorite parts of using the software. Lynda.com is a great resource for doing your work better and also for learning things outside of … Continue reading Lynda.com, in 3D

ITS Seeks Summer Associates

The ITS Help Desk is now looking for associates to hire for summer 2014. We are looking for people who enjoy working with technology, learning about technology, and helping others solve problems.  Are you that person, and do you have good inter-personal skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills? If so, apply today! I want to be an IT Summer Associate You will develop skills that are highly valued in the job market, work in a fun, active, and supportive team environment, and contribute your ideas on improving IT services at the College. We are accepting applications through March … Continue reading ITS Seeks Summer Associates

ITS welcomes Oliver Hollocher-Small to the Client Services team

The Client Services team belatedly welcomes Oliver Hollocher-Small to the team!  Oliver joined us on July 29 and brought along a jack-of-all-trades set of troubleshooting abilities to complement his contagious smile (not pictured). A Philadelphia native, Oliver is also interested in road and mountain biking, tree-climbing (he was an arborist for ten years!), and motorcycles.  We are delighted to have Oliver as a member of the Swarthmore community. Continue reading ITS welcomes Oliver Hollocher-Small to the Client Services team