Faculty and students at Colby, in conjunction with the new Mule Works Innovation Lab, have been using Virtual Reality technology more frequently in the classroom than ever before. Join Academic ITS as we welcome a panel of faculty and student speakers to discuss their recent academic projects. We’d welcome hearing your project ideas, too!


  • Gretchen O’Brien, ‘18 – A virtual renovation of the Silberman lounge for an Anthropology class project
  • Shafat Rahman, ‘20 – Modeling exceptionalism in virtual reality for an Environmental Humanities class project
  • Chris Moore, Assistant Professor of Biology – Modeling predator/prey relationships in virtual reality for an Ecological Modeling class project
  • Luis Millones, Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish – A virtual class trip to Jesuit Churches for The Jesuits and the Origins of Environmental History class

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Has it been awhile since Spring Break? Are upcoming final projects and exams stressing you out? Enjoy a getaway at the Mule Works Lab! We’ve installed Trapped with Dolls and Deserving Life, both are new virtual reality escape games.

Date: April 16, 2018
Time: 4-8pm
Place: Mule Works Lab, Miller 016

Be a Maker!

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

Join Academic ITS to learn how you can use the Mule Works Innovation Lab to engineer solutions to everyday problems.  In this workshop, you will learn about the design process, including:

  • Problem analysis
  • Options for creating parts in online CAD software and 3D modeling software (available in Mule Works Lab)
  • 3D printing, assembling, and testing

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Wearable Art for Students

Would you like a pair of unique earrings for yourself, or are you interested in making a bracelet or a necklace for a loved one? Academic ITS invites you to stop by the Mule Works Lab and create a piece of wearable art. Learn how to laser cut pieces of jewelry made out of wood. We will have templates ready to cut or feel free to bring your own pattern!

Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 4-8pm
Place: Mule Works Lab, Miller 016

Want to create your own laser project for a course? Set up a time to visit, learn, and see laser printed examples. For more info, email muleworks@colby.edu


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 muleworks@colby.edu 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 Ellen.Freeman@colby.edu

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 Support@colby.edu

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 MuleWorks@colby.edu