Features include:

 

For all users

  • Course images on the dashboard – explore images or colored patterns for course descriptions on the dashboard Course overview.
  • Clearer icons and more accessible fonts – customize your course using the newly enhanced appearance settings.
  • Directly record sound and video – record media directly into Moodle by using the buttons in the editor.

For teachers

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AcITS has changed the Moodle theme to a mobile responsive theme called Boost. You’ll notice a couple of changes:

1) The blue “Turn editing on” button is no longer present on the course homepage. Here’s how to turn editing on:

  • Login to your course site in Moodle
  • Click the gear icon, a drop-down menu will appear
  • Choose “Turn editing on”
  • Begin populating your course site!

2) The admin panel (previously located on the lower left side) with course settings and other navigation links has moved. You’ll look to the gear in the right top corner to make most changes on your sites.

 


I printed a cello last semester. That sentence doesn’t sound right, does it? But that’s what I did with the help of Colby’s 3D printer! I have the most amazing job as a student tutor at academic information technology services where an innovation lab called Mule Works was initiated last year. The lab currently has two 3D printers and a virtual reality headset that students, faculty, and staff can use. I’ve always loved how the cello sounded, so even though I have no musical background, I decided to print a full-size cello. I found an open-source model online, and after spending an entire semester printing the different parts of the cello and working with others to get the non-printable parts, I managed to finish just a few days before I left for Japan. I also have an unfinished violin in the works and my goal for next semester is to print 3 more instruments to form a quartet of 3D printed instruments! Let me know if you’re interested in joining my endeavor! – Tatsuya ‘19 . . . #thiscolbylife #cello #3dprinting #muleworks #innovationlab #3dprintedinstruments

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Video Production/Editing Resources

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Interested in summer learning? Check out these offerings from Academic ITS!

Looking for WordPress Sessions, click here.


Tips and Tricks: Using Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Groups Together

Join Academic ITS for a hands-on session to untangle the mysteries of when to use Gmail vs. Google Groups and how Google Contacts works. Come to this session to learn essential tips about using Gmail, Google Contacts, and Google Groups together. You’ll learn about:

  • Gmail vs Google Groups
  • Creating and managing a Google Group
  • Sending a message via Google Groups
  • Mail merges
  • Using Google Contacts

Date: June 13, 2018

Time: 10-11:15am
Location: Miller Davis Classroom
Please RSVP

Can’t wait? To get started, visit these links:

Learn Google Forms!

Join Academic ITS to learn all about Google Forms. In this session, you’ll  learn how to:

  • Create a form
  • Add and edit questions
  • Share your form with collaborators
  • Send or embed your form
  • View and analyze responses

Date: July 18, 2018
Time: 10-11am
Location: Miller Davis Classroom
Please RSVP

 

Can’t wait? To learn about Forms now, click HERE.

 

 


Info Session: What is Adobe Creative Cloud and how do I get it?

ITS invites you to an information session about the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications.

 

Colby recently began offering a campus license for Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes many Adobe applications under a subscription model. This resource is available for any Colby-owned faculty, staff, or lab computer. Commonly-used applications in this suite include:

  • Adobe Acrobat DC for PDF creation and editing
  • Adobe Photoshop for image manipulation
  • Adobe InDesign for creating print graphics
  • Adobe Premiere for video editing

In this informational session, participants will receive:

  • A general overview of Creative Cloud
  • A showcase of interesting and popular applications
  • Resources for application-specific training
  • Instructions for installing Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Training to access the built-in cloud storage
  • Guidance on using Creative Cloud mobile apps

This will be a joint presentation by Tim Stonesifer and Ellen Freeman of Academic ITS, along with the ITS Support Center.

Date: July 25, 2018
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Location: Miller Davis Classroom
Please RSVP

 

Can’t wait? To learn about Adobe apps available with Colby’s campus license now, click HERE.


Google Drive and Team Drive

Join Academic ITS to learn all about Google Drive and Team Drives. In this session, you’ll  learn how to:

 

 

  • Upload and create documents
  • Work with files
  • Share and collaborate
  • Access from any device
  • Team Drive

Date:  August 1, 2018
Time: 10-11am
Location: Miller Davis Classroom
Please RSVP

 

Cant’ wait?

To get started now learning about Google Drive and Team Drive, click HERE.

 


Web Conferencing Tools at Colby

Join Academic ITS to visit and experiment with web conferencing tools at Colby. In this session we will learn about:

  • Zoom
  • Google Hangouts
  • Google Chat

Date:  August 15, 2018
Time: 10-11am
Location: Miller Davis Classroom
Please RSVP

Can’t wait? To get started, visit these links:

 

  Questions? Contact teched@colby.edu


Need to update your website on Colby.edu? Come by the Miller Davis Classroom for an open work session where you can work on your website with Academic ITS nearby. We will be available to answer WordPress questions about:

  • Creating new pages and posts
  • Changing your site navigation
  • Updating content
  • Adding PDF’s and images
  • And, much more!

Dates:

  • June 20, 2018
  • July 11, 2018
  • August 1, 2018

Time: 1:30-3pm
Location: Miller Davis Classroom
Please RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/7uHCkwxQE6yhfNja2


 Questions? Contact wordpress@colby.edu



Join Academic ITS in the Mule Works Innovation Lab to create a small 3D model of your own face and then 3D print it! Take a picture of your face and our student tutors will teach you the steps to get your face 3D printed. Since 3D printing takes time, you will need to return to the lab to pick up your print a few days after the event.

Date: May 7, 2018

Time: 4pm-8pm

Place: Mule Works Innovation Lab on the Miller Street, Miller 16

Materials will be provided, free of cost.


Want to create your own 3D printed project for a course? Set up a time to visit and see examples or email muleworks@colby.edu for more details.