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Back To School Sessions

Although it may seem like the beginning of the 2017-2018 year is a long way off, we’ve already been hard at work planning sessions for the Swarthmore College community.  Whether it’s getting acquainted with your new Windows 10 machine (if … Continue reading Back To School Sessions

Workshop: Creating Instructional Video Using Personal Devices Aug. 22-23

Dates/Times: 10 am – 4 pm, August 22 and 23, Language Center, Kohlberg Hall This workshop is intended for faculty with an interest in creating course, or program related videos. We’ll walk you through the process of conceptualizing, storyboarding, scripting, filming, editing and captioning a video. We’ll encourage you to bring your own camera, record off a phone or personal device and edit using software available to you through the College. You’ll walk away with a finished video that’s ready to use and the skills to replicate the process in the future. This is an opportunity to work on, for … Continue reading Workshop: Creating Instructional Video Using Personal Devices Aug. 22-23

PDF Accessibility Checker Announced

Swarthmore College ITS has completed preliminary work on software to check PDF files for accessibility across many campus systems.  The software examines PDF files to look for readable text as well as title, language, and outline metadata which indicates how easy it is to access the contents of the file.  We’ve also written a Moodle plugin to provide information to faculty on the accessibility of all the PDF files in their course.   This information will be accompanied by instructions for how to get help to remediate the files. We anticipate the software will be running on our Moodle site for the Fall … Continue reading PDF Accessibility Checker Announced

Beardsley Media Center Refresh

The Beardsley Media Center is going to close for about 4 weeks starting July 14th for some construction and improvements. We plan to replace the rug, paint and open up the space by taking down a wall. Most equipment and services will temporarily shift to the Language Center in Kohlberg 326. If you have questions or were planning on using the Media Center please contact us at, or at 610.326.8036. We look forward to welcoming you to the refreshed Media Center in mid-August. Continue reading Beardsley Media Center Refresh

Media Center Introduces Streamlined Poster Printing

If you’ve ever printed a large format poster at the Media Center, we hope you’ve found the process to be fairly straightforward. If not, you’ll be happy to learn we’re introducing some user-friendly changes for the Fall of ’17. The three most common programs for poster design are Adobe InDesign (our strong recommendation) Microsoft PowerPoint, and Google Slides. Any of those applications can send a job to our large format printer. In the past this has involved plugging in multiple settings to ensure color fidelity, proper orientation, and page size. With nearly 100 color profiles, five printer options, and a different … Continue reading Media Center Introduces Streamlined Poster Printing