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.

Need help?

Contact ITS Support

Email: support@colby.edu

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.



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.



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Live Audience Response in Google Slides

Looking for more interaction with the students while giving presentations? Now with Google Slides Q&A, you can now transform one-way presentations into a lively conservation with the entire room.  Read more »

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Creating and Providing Youtube Content for Students

Uploading a video to YouTube is one of the most efficient and user-friendly ways to share a video with students. With a streamlined upload process and room for customization, YouTube creates a convenient method to provide video content.

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Whitney King | Blended Learning

In Spring 2015, Whitney King partnered with Michael Donihue in teaching Joules to Dollars, a course which explored the ways that economics are intertwined with energy science in evaluating renewable and non-renewable energy systems.  Using field work, project-based learning, oral and written presentations, and video tutorials in Excel, Professor King created a rich learning environment for his students.  Learn more about the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Fellowship.


moodle3.1General updates to Moodle

  • Easier section editing – Change section titles without leaving the page, speeding up your course creation. More about section editing
  • Calendar block – Shows event duration by coloring the beginning and ending date. More about using the Calendar block
  • Recycle bin – Deleted items are now easily recoverable using the Recycle bin. Deleted activities and resources are now collected into a Recycle bin located in the Administration block.new

The Recycle bin is only visible in the Administration block when activities or resources have been deleted from the main course page.

Items in the Recycle bin may be easily restored for a period of 1 month after deletion

Items in the Recycle bin may be permanently deleted before the 1 month period by manually deleting them from the Recycle bin(not recommended)

Recycle bin items are deleted permanently after 1 month automatically 

More about the Recycle Bin


News forum has been renamed Announcements in new courses. Existing courses remain unchanged.

  • Pin discussions – Inside a Forum activity, a discussion topic can be pinned so that it stays at the top of the list of discussion topics. NOTE: Students do not have permissions to pin posts. Forum posts can be pinned while:

Creating a post – by selecting the Pinned checkbox before posting to the forum

Reading a post – by clicking on the Pin button on any forum post your read

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