Join Academic ITS in mid-March for Sports night in the Mule Works Lab! Try your hand at basketball in virtual reality with The Professor Presents: #GotHandles game. And, back by popular demand, visit the Rec Room to play Paintball and 3D Charades. Come and join the fun!

Date: March 12, 2018
Time: 4-8pm
Place: Mule Works Lab, Miller 016

Want to create your own virtual reality project for a course? Set up a time to visit and see examples or email for more details. Read more »

Melissa Glenn | Blended Learning

When Melissa Glenn, Associate Professor of Psychology, applied for FIT fellowship, her students were struggling to comprehend important concepts in her course.  As a FIT fellow, Professor Glenn was able to partner with Academic ITS to create a neuron simulation program which allowed her students to dynamically engage with the processes she was teaching.  The results showed that students retained an increased understanding of these processes.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.

Please join the Qualtrics Users’ Group as we welcome Associate Professor of Psychology, Chris Soto. Chris will share his experience using Qualtrics panels to recruit nationally representative samples of American adults and his research examining the replication crisis in the behavioral and life sciences.

Date: February 14, 2018

Time: 12 noon-1pm

Location: SSWAC, Marchetti

Space is limited, please RSVP.

Lunch and sweet treats will be provided. For more information contact

ITS at Colby will roll out the option to switch to the new calendar view during JanPlan or early in February.






Google is introducing a new user interface for Google Calendar that is more user-friendly. Along with a modern color palette and sleek design, the addition of these features is worth looking forward to:

  • Add rich formatting and hyperlinks to your Calendar invites
  • View and restore deleted items in one place
  • Manage multiple calendars side by side in “Day” view.

For more information about the new Google Calendar, visit the Google Blog.

To speak to someone about the upcoming change at Colby, contact

Come by the Mule Works Innovation Lab for a virtually ghoulish time! Try a haunted virtual reality experience, virtually sculpt a pumpkin, or just enjoy free (real) candy!

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Time: 4-8pm
Place: Mule Works Innovation Lab, Miller Street (016)

For more information, email

During the summer of 2016, several faculty members, the Provost’s Office, and ITS staff worked with the Grant’s Office to craft and submit a National Science Foundation grant proposal to boost the College’s on-campus academic network and to establish a more robust research network. With Bruce Maxwell of Computer Science in the PI role, NSF funded the proposal. Much of the work in the grant was completed this summer.  Read more »


The Qualtrics survey tool is an easy-to-use, full-featured, web-based tool for creating and conducting online surveys. Colby ITS provides a campus license for anyone with a Colby email account.

Qualtrics has added a new question type that will add a calendar date selector to your registration forms or other surveys. The Qualtrics Calendar Question is a hidden gem embedded in the Qualtrics Survey Library.

Here’s a short video to show you how to customize the calendar question type.



To learn more about using Qualtrics at Colby, visit the Qualtrics help page.

Google Drive has recently released the “Team Drives” feature. This is a way to use Google Drive as a more traditional file server by removing the connection between a user’s account and shared files.



For teams, organizations, and group projects, there are many benefits to using a Team Drive over a normal Drive:

  • Team Drive ensures that all members of the Drive will be able to access all files across all devices
  • Members immediately have access to Team files. There’s no need to send individual invitations for viewing to users
  • Administrators of the Team Drive can manage the permissions of all members of the Drive
  • Files are owned by the team, not the individual. Putting files on a Team Drive assures that files will continue to be available even if the account that created them is deleted or disabled or if the user that put them in the drive is no longer a member (i.e. if a member leaves Colby)

To access the Team Drives function and get started with your own, go to your Google Drive and click the “Team Drives” tab on Drive’s left menu.

For a more in-depth description of Team Drives benefits and capabilities, visit Google’s Team Drive page.