Rainy day? Time on your hands? Take a course this summer on Lynda.com!

Lynda.com has an easy to use interface, a range of short and long courses, and well-curated learning paths. The mobile features are great and allow for offline viewing and audio only.
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Story Maps is interactive, digital storytelling software that allows users to “harness the power of the map” to tell historical, geographical, and social narratives. Below is a basic tutorial on beginning to use the software.

  1. Creating a Story

First, go to the site: storymaps.arcgis.com. To create a story, select My Stories. The screen you are directed to should look like this: 

After clicking “Create Story,” there are several different options for formats. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will be using the “Map Journal” format.

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Drones, also known as a UAS (unmanned aerial system), have become increasingly popular among consumers in recent years. Despite being consumer-focused, many of these drones are powerful tools for academia.

What is a drone and why would I use it?

While drones initially made headlines due to their military benefits, consumer drones are typically small (1-5 pounds) devices with 4 to 8 rotors. They often will have a camera attached or have a cargo area to support a payload. A few of the advantages to a drone are:

  • Quickly deployable
  • Small, lightweight, and low cost
  • Capture high resolution (4K) still images and video
  • Long range of flight — over 4 miles, depending on the model
  • Offers repeatable autonomous GPS-guided flight
  • Potential for remote sensing operations

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If you create a custom email when you distribute a survey, then this change affects you. Qualtrics has added an opt-out link to all email distributions.

Even if you’re good at sending survey invitations without being irritating, some of your panelists may want to opt-out and some emails may bounce. Those who choose to opt-out will remain in your contact list, but they will be flagged as “unsubscribed.” Knowing how to manage and limit bounces and opt-outs is an important part of panel management.

Lindsay Mayka | Flipped Classroom and Blended Learning

Students of Assistant Professor of Government Lindsay Mayka come into the classroom with varying levels of knowledge and experience in the subject being taught.  To accommodate these differences, Professor Mayka records lectures before class.  This allows students to watch multiple times if they need to deepen their understanding of the topic.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.

Herb Wilson | Tutorial Videos and Flipped Classroom

As a way to increase student engagement, Herb Wilson, Professor of Biosciences, has opted to record his lectures in advance.  This allows students to view the material before class, and then engage in a more active way during class time.  Professor Wilson’s class is taught in Miller 08, an active learning classroom.  This space provides the flexibility for students to work in smaller groups.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.



Denise Bruesewitz | Instructional Videos and Civic Engagement

In Environmental Studies, Assistant Professor Denise Bruesewitz spent a significant portion of her time teaching students how to use different scientific instruments.  To alleviate this pressure, Denise partnered with Academic ITS to create a series of instructional videos on how to properly use the equipment.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.



David Freidenreich | Flipped Classroom

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, David Freidenreich, saw that his students weren’t coming to class with a command of the material that he expected.  Despite assigning readings, students still didn’t understand the material.  As a result, class time was spent lecturing and explaining, rather than engaging with the content in a way he desired.  Through Colby’s FIT program, David implemented a flipped classroom model, where he would record video lectures for students to watch in advance of class.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.



Michael Donihue | Blended Learning

As a way to maximize classroom time, Professor of Economics, Michael Donihue, created instructional videos for his students to help understand particular concepts.  This allowed students to come to class ready to engage, but also gave them material to reference later on in the course.  Exploring further uses of video, Professor Donihue created custom videos as a way to give individual feedback on student assignments.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.



Ankeney Weitz | Project-Based Learning

When Ankeney Weitz approached her Jan Plan course, Asian Museum Workshop, she was looking for a way to create an online exhibition that allowed students to focus deeply on content without getting caught up in the complexities of web design.  The result was a partnership with Academic ITS to create SomewHERE.  This template-driven WordPress site allowed students to easily drop in images and text, all while maintaining high design standards.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.