The Educational Technology website has moved!

Please visit our new location at The new site lives on Trinity Domains , a web hosting platform supported by Educational Technology that offers members of the Trinity community the opportunity to learn Web literacy skills, explore meanings of digital identity, and take ownership of their content on the Web. 

Contact an Educational Technologist to learn more about Domains and set up your own site. 

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Immersive Storytelling

Digital Storytelling is not a new concept. It has been a popular format for projects for years and is growing in popularity here at Trinity. With the increasing availability of 360 degree cameras and Virtual Reality Headsets (from cheap Google Cardboard type headsets to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive systems) Digital Storytelling is evolving to include a new format often called Immersive Storytelling. Immersive Stories can be 360 degree videos or fully developed interactive Virtual Worlds. The  formerly passive viewer is now an active participant in the storyscape. 

For a sample of the power of this approach see a The Wait which is a Masters Thesis project created by students from The University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. This project focuses on the refugee crisis in Europe with the goal of generating empathy for the conditions faced by immigrants waiting for asylum in Germany.

Immersive videos are starting to go mainstream with videos regularly being produced by the New York Times, the United Nations and screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival. We have made a few examples available on our Oculus Rift stations in the Center for Educational Technology including The Displaced and Clouds Over Sidra.

The Educational Technology Department is excited to support students and faculty who want to experiment with this new platform and we are in the process of procuring some 360 degree cameras for faculty and students to experiment with. If you want to experience the power of Immersive Storytelling for yourself or experiment with creating your own contact your Instructional Technologist or stop by the Center for Educational technology on Level 1 of the Library.




ToW: Make Timelines with Timeline JS

Want to tell a story? 

Need to organize a lot of information?

TimelineJS is a powerful, flexible, and easy way to quickly make a compelling and interactive visualization that can includes diverse kinds of media like images, video, audio, tweets, and even whole documents.

Check out this example, from the makers of TimelineJS:

Developed by the Knight Lab at Northwestern University, this free and open-source tool will format and present your work for easy navigation, using a simple google sheets template.

It’s been used by CNN and Time, and here at Trinity, in courses like Gender, Sexuality, and Space and Memory, Power, and Place.


Protip: You can go beyond linking and embed your timeline right in your post here on Commons like the example above.  Just copy the embed code from the TimelineJS site, and after you paste it into your post, change the angle brackets to square brackets  – “<” becomes “[“ and “>” becomes “]”

Copy the embed code from the site


<iframe src=’′ width=’100%’ height=’650′ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen frameborder=’0′></iframe>


Edit the brackets

[iframe src=’′ width=’100%’ height=’650′ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen frameborder=’0′][/iframe]


To skip this extra formatting and a whole lot more, consider using a Domains site!



ToW: New Screencasting Tool Available

Trinity has recently contracted with Kaltura streaming video services, which, in addition to providing online access to our video content, offers several media tools you can use in your teaching.

Capturespace screenshotCapturespace, at right, is a screencasting tool that actually does much more than record the screen. It offers several options for combining voice, screen, Webcam, and powerpoint. The “Presentations & Lectures” option at the top allows you to record a 2-in-1 cast: an on-screen powerpoint presentation in one window, with a Webcam recording of your commentary running in another window. Both windows can be moved around the screen during playback by the user. 

Capturespace is currently accessed through Moodle. Once logged into Moodle, click on “My Media” under the Dashboard in the upper left. Click “Add new,” then “CaptureSpace.” You will be prompted to download the application, and then you can get started. When you are done recording, your work will be saved in My Media in Moodle, and you can share it with any of your courses, or download it and share it outside of Moodle. 

If you have any questions or would like to come in for assistance, please contact Amy Harrell,

Security Changes Coming April 23

Re-post of Antonio Crespo’s 3/28 email, “Enhanced Security for Systems on Trinity Campus”:

To improve the security of Trinity College systems and data, we are working on increasing the security of our servers, networks, and systems that are currently exposed to the internet.

To that end, we are looking to restrict external access to personal computers and systems on our network to protect them from internet-based attacks. In the first phase, we are changing the way that people can connect to personal computers on our campus from a remote location to a more secure solution.

So, if you currently use a “Remote Desktop” client to connect to computers or systems on campus from remote locations, please follow the instructions below to configure your connection to use our Remote Desktop Proxy Server before April 23rd to maintain your access.

Common services like email, websites, VPN, etc. will not be affected by this or future planned changes. However, if you remotely connect to systems on campus by uncommon means, please complete the very brief survey below to let us know so that we can incorporate that into future planning. (e.g., SSH, VNC, FTP, personal or departmental webserver, etc.)

Instructions on how to connect using our new Remote Desktop Proxy:

Tell us about uncommon ways that you remotely connect to services on the Trinity network by completing this brief survey

We will send additional reminders. If you have questions or issues with remote access, please contact the helpdesk.


Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Trinity College

We’re Hiring a Digital Humanities Postdoc!

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An exciting development at Trinity College this year was the receipt of a Mellon Foundation Grant for Arts, Humanities, and Digital Scholarship. This will bring lots of opportunities to faculty and students across campus.

Information Services is delighted to be able to say that as part of this grant, we are hiring a digital humanities postdoc to work closely with Christina Boyles (our recently-hired digital scholarship coordinator) and Jason Jones (um, me) to develop undergraduate offerings in the digital humanities.

Projects that the successful candidate might find themselves working on might include: supporting faculty research projects in the digital humanities; developing training programs on DH tools or methods in conjunction with other IS staff; researching undergraduate digital humanities credentials, such as certificates; teaching; or other possibilities not yet envisioned. (Not all at once! The idea is that there are a wide range of opportunities for the successful candidate both to get involved on campus *and* to position themselves well for the job market.)

The disciplinary focus is less important than a deep familiarity with digital humanities methods and tools. The position is full-time and benefits-eligible, and is located, as I’ve mentioned, in Information Services (the merged IT/library) rather than an academic department. The position is funded for 2 years.

Here is the link to the official job posting. We do anticipate beginning the review of applicants by the end of March.

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Boyles & Jason Jones.

Photo “Day 158: Diffusion of Knowledge” by Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski / Creative Commons licensed

ToW: Come to the FEMBOT Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

To celebrate Women’s History Month at Trinity College, Information Services is excited to host a FEMBOT Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on March 6th from 12:00pm-2:30pm! The event will take place in the Library and Information Technology Center’s new Digital Scholarship Studio, which is located in room 182, directly above Peter B’s coffee shop.

The goal of this event is to bring attention to the many contributions made by women that have significant influence on our culture. This year’s event will focus on including women of color, trans, and/or non-conforming people and related organizations and ideas into Wikipedia. You can view some of the topics for this year’s event here.

Please join us us for the event and/or extend the invite to friends and colleagues! Feel free to stop by for a few minutes or to stay for the entirety of the event. Pizza will be served. Feel free to contact Christina Boyles (christina.boyles[at]trincoll[dot]edu) or Erin Valentino (erin.valentino[at]trincoll[dot]edu) with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Greatest Hits in Educational Technology: Episode 1 – Teaching Neuroscience with a $60 Web Cam


This video documents how Dr. Chris Swart, a faculty member in Neuroscience, used $60 webcams to teach an advanced exercise in his neuroethology lab, NESC-362, Fall Semester 2017.

Not only does the video highlight how low-cost technology can be used effectively in an advanced science lab, but it also showcases the video production skills of the Student Technology Assistants in the Center for Educational Technology. The students did all the work to create this video, which started from filming the lab session and finished with audio and video editing in Adobe Premier.

Interested in learning more about the STA program or how to create your own videos? Contact your Instructional Technologist!

Join Our Transcribe-a-Thon for Douglass Day on 2/14

On 14 February 2018, please join us in the Trinity College Library’s new Digital Scholarship Studio (LITC 182) for a transcribe-a-thon in honor of Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday. Following the lead of the Colored Conventions project, we’ll be transcribing records of the Freedmen’s Bureau.

The Transcribe-a-thon is from 12-3pm, and is open to the public. Cake and coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Boyles or Jason B. Jones.

ToW: Digital Scholarship Studio Now Open!

The Digital Scholarship Studio is now open! Located directly above Peter B’s in the library, this suite includes a 30-person classroom, a digital scholarship space, a one-button recording studio, a digitization lab, and two conference rooms.

We are excited that this space will help us scale up our digital scholarship offerings by providing a space for classes, workshops, and research. With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon grant, we also plan to offer funding for faculty to develop their use of digital tools in research and pedagogy as well as for training opportunities such as DHSI and HILT.

We look forward to collaborating with you on these and other ventures in the years ahead!