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.

 

 


Google has recently released a new version of Google Calendar with a fresh look and new features. No worries – its efficient manner of getting things organized hasn’t changed a bit!

What’s new?

  • See details when booking a room. Admins can now enter important information about the location of a room, the size of it, and what audio/video equipment it has installed.
  • Create detailed agendas by adding rich formatting and hyperlinks to your Calendar invites. Link to relevant spreadsheets, documents or presentations in your Calendar invite and open them directly from the new “Event Detail” view. This helps ensure all materials are in one place before your meeting starts.
  • Manage multiple calendars side by side in “Day” view. Now you can view and manage calendars in separate columns. This makes it easier for people who manage multiple calendars to schedule meetings on behalf of their teams. Click “Day” view and select the calendars you want to compare.

Get started using the new Google Calendar.

More tips for using Google Calendar.

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Call: extension 4222


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.