Qualtrics is an industry-leading online survey service that provides an easy way for Colby faculty, staff, and students to create online surveys and analyze the results.

Join Academic ITS as we welcome Elizabeth Seto, Assistant Professor of Psychology, who will share her knowledge on using the Qualtrics Online Survey tool for collaborative research with students inside and outside of the classroom.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 12noon-1pm
Location: Miller 208


Lunch will be provided by ITS. Space is limited. Please RSVP by November 26.
For more information contact Ellen.Freeman@colby.edu

Are you tired of studying? Brain dead from memorizing too much information? Come to MuleWorks on November 13, 2018 for a fun study break.


Covering for a colleague taking a bathroom break you find yourself in front of a mysterious console with a green screen monitor showing a pixelated live image of an unknown city. There is an ominous red button with simple instructions NOT to touch anything…do you push the red button?

This featured virtual reality game is Please Don’t Touch Anything 3D, a cryptic, brain-racking, button-pushing simulation puzzle just waiting for you to solve!

Date: November 13, 2018

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Location: Mule Works Innovation Lab, Miller Street (016)

For more information, email muleworks@colby.edu

This Halloween, learn how to laser cut your very own Halloween keepsake! Come and learn how to create a vector file that can be used with the Laser cutter to print at the end of the session. Candy will be provided!

Date: October 31, 2018

Time: 6-8pm

Location: Mule Works Innovation Lab on the Miller Street (016)

For more information, please contact muleworks@colby.edu

Mule Works Logo

Artwork by Dylan Shaw ’19

Drop by the Mule Works Innovation Lab Open House on October 5th! Mule Works is a makerspace on the Street in Miller and is open to students and faculty from every discipline. Visit to explore new interactive technologies, including:

  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Cutting
  • 3D Scanning

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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.


Kevin Rice | Flipped Classroom

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Kevin Rice, was looking for new ways to engage with his students in a way that would leave significant class time for active discussion among his students. Working with Academic ITS as a FIT fellow, Kevin decided to implement a flipped classroom where he would pre-record his lectures. Before each class, students would view these materials at a pace suitable for them; this prepared students for discussions, presentations, or projects in which they would engage during class time.

Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship, including how to apply.

Kerill O’Neill | Project-Based Learning

Kerill O’Neill, Julian D. Taylor Associate Professor of Classics, had an interesting problem to overcome – figuring out how to engage his 100- and 200-level students in the same Latin course. Using technology developed in partnership with Academic ITS as part of his FIT fellowship, Kerill had his 200-level students write commentary for the 100-level students to read.

Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship, including how to apply.

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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