New features in version 2.9 include:

New Dashboard

  • Minor changes to the navigation and look-and-feel of the interface
  • A new User Menu with customizable settings that give teachers and students quick access to personal pages such as My home and profile settings
  • A ‘Like’ rating capability (single rating scale) similar to social media sites
  • Course editing improvements including drag and drop images into the Atto text editor and whole section deletion
  • Enhanced Forum — Teachers and students can subscribe to topic specific forum discussions enabling them to narrow their focus appropriately
  • Choice activity — Users are able to select more than one Choice option at a time

More details about New Features in Moodle 2.9

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Miller 8

Based on faculty feedback and interest in the layout of the experimental classroom in Miller Library 205, ITS recently renovated Miller 8 (off the Street) using a similar technology-enabled active learning layout. Included are five breakout areas with large monitors for students to work together in groups. Students may connect to the monitors wirelessly to share what is on their computer screens or mobile devices. Up to four connected screens may be displayed on each breakout monitor simultaneously. There is also a ceiling-mounted classroom projector that permits wireless projection connections. Instructions for connecting devices are displayed on the monitors when they power up. Read more »

For anyone needing to record their voice in the highest-quality way possible, step into the recording booth in Lovejoy 406.  This sound isolation booth provides a quiet, private space to record an audio file for use in podcasts, radio, voiceover, or music production.  Additionally, the computer comes with Screenflow, creating a great place to record top-notch screencasts.

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The One Button Studio in Miller 205 is a room where you can record yourself, your laptop, or a combination of both to create a video straight to your flash drive.  Students, faculty, and staff have used this room to record:

  • A lecture in advance
  • A class presentation
  • Interviews with a guest speaker

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google_classroom_logoGoogle Classroom is now active on our production Google Apps for Education domain. At its core, Classroom is simply an interface for managing Google Drive sharing permissions such that the assignments are “turned in” by students and then “returned” by instructors paperlessly. We suggest instructors seeking a more paperless workflow in managing coursework take a look at Classroom. It may even facilitate more frequent and quicker feedback from instructors to students. Following is a brief summary of what you can expect from Classroom. Read more »

Are you working on a video or audio production, and need to give it some spice? Browse through VideoBlocks and AudioBlocks, all available to members of the Colby community. To log in with no credentials required, click the following links.

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In putting together a video, you’ll often need more than just a camcorder.  Listed in this article are a few helpful resources to get you started on your next video production.


The first step in producing a video is to plan it out.  If your project needs it, storyboarding can be a helpful way to visually plan out each shot in your video.  Create customized PDF storyboard templates with the Storyboard PDF Generator.  If you prefer to use pre-made drawings to assemble a storyboard, visit Storyboard That.

Equipment Loan

Academic ITS has equipment available to put on hold for specific courses or assignments.  Once reserved, this equipment can be picked up from the Academic ITS service desk located on the main floor of Miller Library during most business hours.  Kits available are:

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If you would like to create some maps to present to your class or add to a project, Google Maps and Google Earth are two easy-to-use and feature-rich applications that are worth checking out. But which one is the best fit for your particular needs? With Google adding so much of Earth’s functionality to Maps, we thought now would be a good time to compare the two.

Google Maps will let you add pushpins that can contain text, images, and video. You can also draw lines and polygons, just like you can with Earth:

pushpins, lines, polygons

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Basic Steps to Producing a Great Video

Movies and TV shows might make it look easy, but creating a good video can be quite involved.  While you don’t need to be the next Steven Spielberg, a few foundational steps will go a long way in bringing up the level of your production.  These seven pointers are just a few to get you started.  Since every video shoot is different, bear in mind that these are more like guidelines than hard and fast rules.

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Instructors have the ability to make an assignment extra credit by following the instructions below:
In the Administration block, Click on Grades, then click Setup and choose Categories and Items

Locate the assignment and click on Edit then Edit Settings.


Locate the Parent category area, check the Extra credit box and click on Save changes.


Notice that now in the Categories and items area, a ‘+’ will appear in the ‘Max grade’ column for an extra credit assignment.

Note: When the extra credit checkbox is ticked, the grade item’s maximum grade is not added to the category’s maximum grade, resulting in the possibility of achieving the maximum grade in the category without having the maximum grade in all the grade items.