Reading, monitors and eye care Our move to online consumption of academic material comes with many pros and cons. Recently, I’ve been contacted about how to deal with eye strain and headaches which seem to be related to online reading. What follows are a couple of quick tips that may help: increase your screen’s refresh rate – make it as high as you can. adjust the brightness and contrast levels if reading on the web, take advantage of “reader mode” – Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Apple Safari all include a reader mode. Chrome has an extension you can install … Continue reading Tips for reducing eye strain
Many of us have noticed maps of Corona Virus (COVID-19) cases put out by organizations such as Johns Hopkins University (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html), and major news organizations among others. These maps are powered by the fascinating tools of ArcGIS, produced by ESRI, … Continue reading ArcGIS Online
After President Smith announced Swarthmore’s remote stance for the rest of the semester, we have watched our community rally quickly to move to an almost-entirely remote stance. We are so appreciative of all of the folks who have worked to … Continue reading Resources For A Mostly-Remote Swarthmore
If you are participating in a Zoom conference and need to share handwritten notes, you might be interested in this simple D.I.Y. document camera setup written up by Jason Alley at Lafayette College. Read more at Writing, Drawing, and Demonstration … Continue reading DIY Document Camera
January 13, 2020 Sometimes folks wonder about how we do things here in ITS. For example, how do we keep track of the hundreds of calls that come into the Help Desk daily and then get them to the right … Continue reading Behind the scenes in ITS: New call tracking system!
Creating podcast assignments can be an alternative way for students to gain skills in writing, communication, collaboration, and creativity. The podcasting format allows students to gain effective communication skills while exploring the additional use of technology. Podcasts are often stand-alone … Continue reading Creating a Podcast Assignment