AuthorAmy Harrell

ToW: Adding Kanopy and Films on Demand clips to Moodle

Tip of the WeekThe library subscribes to streaming video collections that provide Trinity College users access to a variety of films. Two of the larger collections are  Kanopy and Films on Demand. Both collections allow users to create clips or shorter segments of films and link to or embed  them into Websites such as Moodle. 

Kanopy is a rich archive of feature films and documentaries from well-known producers and indie filmmakers, including the Criterion Collection. Kanopy provides instructions for creating clips on this page, and allows you to embed clips, playlists, and/or entire films into Moodle. You can also simply grab the direct link to the playlist, instead of embedding. 

Films on Demand is a collection of documentaries on a variety of topics, ranging from modern healthcare policy debates to art to archival newsreel video. Easy steps to create custom segments are found on this page. Like Kanopy, playlists and segments can be embedded into Moodle.

If you have any questions about these collections or using them in class or in Moodle, please get in touch with Amy Harrell, Educational Technology Librarian, amy.harrell@trincoll.edu

 

 

ToW: Add course materials to Moodle from the new Library OneSearch

Tip of the WeekThe Library’s new OneSearch offers fast and easy access to library books, articles, films, audio, and more. Many of these materials are available online so that your students can access them directly from any of their devices. 

With OneSearch, it’s easy to build course reading and play lists by grabbing the permanent URL for items you find and pasting them into Moodle. 

 

To get started, go to the Library home page and enter your search term(s) in the OneSearch box: 

 

On the results page, you will want to sign in to be sure you are seeing all of your options. Also note the various ways you can filter your results on the left side of the page: by Library, article type, material type (video, audio, book, article), etc. 

 

When you click on the title of an item, you’ll see additional details. Click the Permalink button to reveal the permanent URL, and then “Copy the permalink to clipboard,” which will allow you to paste the link into your Moodle course. 

Voilà! 

Summer changes for the Educational Technology site

Over the next few weeks, we will be making some edits to this site’s content structure and design. Changes will be rolled out gradually, so that by early July we should have a newly refreshed site. 

We hope that the new structure will make things even easier to find, but if the information you seek remains elusive, please feel free to contact your Instructional Technologist! 

TOW: Get organized with Evernote

Tip of the WeekEvernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to gather all of those scraps of paper, to-do lists, Web clippings, notes, etc. and put them in one, searchable online notebook. Notes can be organized by tags, and are stored on the Web, so they will sync between all your devices.

You can easily share your notes with others: students, faculty, colleagues at other institutions, and invite them to collaborate on documents if you wish.

Potential uses:

  • Collect research notes as you discover articles or Web sites. Evernote will let you take a snapshot of the Web site, file it in a particular notebook, and make a comment for your future reference.
  • Store ideas and reminders related to your courses.
  • Take notes during meetings. You can even take a photo of an item and upload it to Evernote directly.
  • Develop collaborative documents with colleagues from other institutions.
  • Make vacation plans!

Here are some other ideas for using Evernote academically, from Raul Pacheco-Vega.

Proceed to Evernote.com to get started.

Visit the new Center for Educational Technology!

The CET is complete! Located on the south end of Raether LITC Level 1, the Center for Educational Technology is a newly remodeled space for collaborative and individual study using the latest in technology and applications.

The space is open 24/7; and staffed by Student Technology Assistants during both day and evening hours. (Hours available on the right.)

The CET is outfitted with large screens of various sizes that you can connect any device to; Mac minis with dual monitors, and some with Adobe’s Creative Cloud software suite; USB charging plugs in every outlet; 3D printers; virtual reality headsets; and of course – plenty of modern soft seating.

Visit us soon!

 

TOW: The circulation desk lends more than just books!

Tip of the WeekForgot your charger? Need to secure a laptop? The circulation desk on Level A of the library has a wide range of gadgets, adapters, headphones and more.

Some of the more popular items are Chromebooks, phone chargers, presentation controllers, and headsets. Items can be borrowed on a short-term basis using your Trinity ID.

See the full list of equipment at the circulation desk and in other locations.

TOW: Never lose a password again!

Tip of the WeekWe all have a dizzying array of passwords for the Web-based tools we use: Amazon, the bank, your Twitter account, email, your newspaper subscriptions, it’s endless. The passwords we use are the keys to valuable information in our lives, yet too often we fall into bad habits like storing passwords on post-its, or recycling the same password for multiple sites.

Fortunately, several companies provide an easy solution to this problem. Password managers keep track of all of your accounts and automatically fill in your credentials when you need to login to a Web site, so that you don’t have to go hunting for that post-it note or rely on your memory! Even better, they typically sync across multiple devices, so whether you are using your office computer, or your smart phone, you can login to your accounts from anywhere.

Getting started is relatively easy and inexpensive. Password managers often allow basic use for free, but charge a fee for more features.  Dashlane and LastPass are among the industry leaders and will automatically import and capture passwords for you.

Give password managers a try and simplify your life!

 

TOW: Adding library articles to your Moodle course

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Trinity’s Library provides access to a rich collection of online journal articles and other materials you may want to assign to your students. Most of the databases in which these articles are found provide a handy URL that you can easily plug into your Moodle course. This method of providing course readings can eliminate the hassle of uploading pdf files, and it also leads students directly to the journal database where they can browse further.

The terms databases commonly use are Stable URL, Permanent URL, or Permalink. The example below is taken from an article record in JSTOR, which uses the first term.  Just copy the URL link, and add it to your Moodle course (Go to “Add and Activity or Resource,” then select “URL” at the very bottom). Now your students will be able to access the article directly in JSTOR.

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Many of the library subscription databases come from the vendor Ebsco, and therefore share the same user interface. The second example is taken from the Ebsco database Wilson Omnifile. In the record view, look for the right-hand menu of options where “Permalink” is listed.

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Trinity’s Research librarians are very familiar with our database interfaces and collections. Please feel free to contact them for any assistance with our research collections.

Using Spotify to create course listening assignments

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For those looking to incorporate a music component into classes, Spotify offers a massive library of licensed streaming music that can be easily organized into playlists and shared with students. And, the mobile portability and familiarity of Spotify means students may be more likely to complete listening assignments!

You and your students can access Spotify either through a Web browser, or via software downloaded to your desktop or mobile device. There is little difference between these two modes of listening, except that the downloaded software allows you to reorder songs in a playlist.

To get started using the browser version, go to play.spotify.com and set up an account. Spotify offers both a free and a paid subscription to its service:  the free version is ad-supported, and the paid offers unlimited ad-free listening at a modest price for students.

Once logged in, use the search button on the left side of the window to find desired songs. You can choose to display results by album, artist, or song title.

To add a song to a playlist, click the ellipses (see screen shot below), then choose “Add to” then “New Playlist” and enter a name for you list.

Click ellipses to add a song to a playlist

When you’re finished adding to your playlist, choose “Your music” from the left side of the screen. Select the playlist, click the ellipses, and then “Copy Spotify URL” as shown below. 

Share the playlist

You can then paste that URL into your Moodle site, or send it along to your students. Many students already have a Spotify account and will have no trouble opening the playlist. Those who do not have an account yet will prompted to create one when they open the URL.

Hopefully Spotify playlists will make an appearance in your next syllabus!