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.

Mapathon for Puerto Rico: THIS FRIDAY (9/29) from 2pm-5pm

Screenshot of OpenStreetMap

Please join us this Friday (9/29) from 2pm-5pm in the Blume Lab (LITC 119) for a mapathon for Puerto Rico for hurricane relief.

Come help with relief efforts on the ground in Puerto Rico by contributing your time to open-source mapping.

Following the recent hurricane, people around the world are using the OpenStreetMap platform to give their time to hurricane relief efforts. The Red Cross in Puerto Rico has identified two tasks we can help with that would contribute to their efforts. During the mapathon, we will teach people how to help with these efforts through mapping, and we will map together. We’ll be participating with people at several other schools, including Columbia University’s Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities & Columbia University Libraries.

No prior experience with mapping or with open source efforts is necessary. No knowledge of local terrain in Puerto Rico is necessary. Come at any time during the afternoon. (We’ll have light snacks.)

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Boyles ( or Jason B. Jones (

Here is a printable version of the flyer:

Download (PDF, 335KB)

We will be editing in OpenStreetMap, a project that aims to make geographic data freely accessible. Christina has pulled together a handout of how to edit in OpenStreetMap, which you can consult here:

Download (PDF, 720KB)

Summer Virtual Reading Group

medieval marginalia
As discussed at SITT this year, we’d like to use this summer as a way to collaboratively read a few essays about digital pedagogy and research.

To play along, make sure you have an account with, and, ideally, install the extension for Chrome. (You don’t have to use Chrome–you can also annotate things using the website.) The explanatory video is pretty good:

Once you’ve signed up, go here to join the Trinity Ed Tech group:

Then, let’s start reading! We’ll start with’s overview of the A Domain of One’s Own movement, which we’re piloting here at Trinity beginning this fall. For the best effectiveness, try to post comments to the group before June 9.

Our second reading will be Natalie Houston’s essay on Text Analysis–we’ll try to comment on that between June 10 and June 23.

We’ll determine subsequent readings later in the summer.

Photo “2 chickens, a duck, and a priest?” by Flicker user Aria Nadii / Creative Commons licensed BY-NC-ND-2.0

Fall 2016 EdTech Workshops

Already know what workshop you want to register for? Use this link!

WordPress Basics

Learn to:

  • Add text, photos and images to WordPress sites (posts and pages)
  • Categorize content, add tags and organize posts
  • Save drafts and publish posts and pages
  • Create navigation menus and add them to WordPress sites
  • Cite sources and link to other sites associated to your topics
  • Explore WordPress themes and their customization options

Introduction to Bloomberg

Learn to:

  • Create a login for Bloomberg Professional
  • Navigate the terminal using the specialized keyboard
  • Understand basic commands for accessing news and market information
  • Explore more advanced features, including financial analysis and charts
  • Access Bloomberg certification programs

Presentation Skills

Learn to:

  • Focus your topic and content for the presentation time and space
  • Understand your audience’s needs and expectations
  • Create effective visual aids
  • Use the technology in Trinity classrooms
  • Deliver your presentations with poise and confidence

You must pre-register for these workshops. Links in the workshop, date and time columns will take you to the specific registration page for that workshop.

WordPress Basics 9/20 1:15 Phalen Library Learning Center Cheryl Cape
WordPress Basics 9/22 2:40 Phalen Library Learning Center Dave Tatem
Intro To Bloomberg 9/26 1:15 Financial Research & Technology Center Cheryl Cape
Intro To Bloomberg 10/5 2:40 Financial Research & Technology Center Cheryl Cape
WordPress Basics 11/1 2:40 Phalen Library Learning Center Sue Denning
WordPress Basics 11/3 1:15 Phalen Library Learning Center Amy Harrell
Presentation Skills 11/17 2:40 Phalen Library Learning Center Sue Denning
Presentation Skills 11/29 1:15 Phalen Library Learning Center Dave Tatem

*All workshops are 1-hour long

Spring Institute for Teaching & Technology Agenda

What Spring May Bring


The exact sequence is still subject to slight revision, as are some titles. The location will the 1823 Room of the Library, and there will be food in the morning and for lunch.


9.00    Coffee / treats

9.30    Important changes for Fall 2016: Windows 10, Office 365, Moodle 3  (Sue Denning, Jason Jones)


10      Writing Workshops in Moodle (Aidali Aponte-Aviles)

10.30  Visualizing Historical Stories and Collections (Cheryl Cape, Rick Ring, Nancy Smith, Amy Harrell)

11.15 Teaching Through Technology: Victorian Studies & Digital Humanities (Joanna Swafford, SUNY-New Paltz)

12.15  [Get lunches before the discussion starts]

12.30 Josh Kim, Dartmouth & Inside Higher Ed, will lead a conversation on liberal arts colleges and technological change


Photo “What Spring May Bring” by Flickr user Henk Sigjers / Creative Commons licensed  BY-NC-2.0

Mobile Pedagogy Demonstration–April 26

Technology - 4_sb26th

Come learn about ways to turn ever-present devices into platforms for teaching and learning. Optimize readings and handouts for display on phones and tables; present from an iPad; and learn about phone-based alternatives to clickers.

3D Printing Expo On Tuesday March 8

3D printed model of Trinity's chapel

Thanks to a generous donation by the parent of some Trinity students, the Center for Educational Technology has a handful of 3D printers and a 3D scanner, which are available to Trinity faculty, staff, and students. (Currently, printing is free for small jobs.)

This Tuesday, (March 8, during common hour (12.15-1.15), Dave Tatem will showcase the 3D printers, and talk a little bit about some of their uses on a liberal arts campus.

The Expo will be in the Center for Educational Technology, which is room 105 in the library. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

(Pictured: A model of the Trinity College chapel.)

Here are some examples of the things that can be printed on the 3D printer.


Here is a 3D model of a famous tower from Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower.


Cool looking yellow and red model of a Tyrannosaurus. It is composed of more than dozen printed parts. The joints are able to move freely.


Here is a mascot of Trinity College, the Bantam. The details on this model is FANTASTIC!

WITT Update / ITEC Grants / Upcoming Events

I’m writing with three bits of news:
  • The Winter Institute on Teaching with Technology, announced for Tuesday, has had to be rescheduled as a consequence of a burst pipe soaking the 1823 Room and the Educational Technology spaces in the library. The new date is May 18. Joanna Swafford (New Paltz) will still present on digital humanities and the undergraduate classroom, and Josh Kim (Dartmouth) will tentatively speak on the role of liberal arts colleges in a time of technological upheaval.
  • ITEC is delighted to announce that it is once again offering grants in support of faculty members’ technology exploration. You can download the form here:  The deadline is Tuesday, March 22nd.
  • Educational Technology has a variety of upcoming events: a 3D printing expo; a discussion of mobile devices in the classroom; and the aforementioned Spring Institute on Teaching and Technology. You can find out dates and locations here:

Winterizing Your Course


The occasional snow day can feel like a gift. But too many snow days can disrupt a carefully-planned semester. And then there are all the other reasons faculty sometimes have to cancel: childcare, travel for presentations or research, jury duty . . . the list can be extensive.

During this workshop, the Center for Educational Technology’s instructional technologists will survey some tools and technology that can help you avoid canceling class when you can’t be there. This workshop is ideal for faculty members, TAs and department support staff.

Winterizing Your Course

Tuesday, December 9th
1:30 to 2:30, with a hands-on workshop to follow
Seabury 205

Snacks and beverages will be provided. Registered attendees will receive a headset/microphone to help facilitate remote presentation.

Photo “Snow-pocalypse 2013 Hartford, CT” by Flickr user Dave S. / Creative Commons licensed BY-SA 2.0

Moodle Drop-In Hours


The above graph demonstrates vividly the start of the semester, as Moodle starts getting lots and lots of traffic all of a sudden.

This year, we’re offering two new forms of support for Moodle.

  • The Trinity College Moodle Resource Center offers guides, screenshots, and screencasts that cover the basic uses of Moodle.
  • Every Friday from 10am-noon, in the Center for Educational Technology (LITC 105), there will be Moodle drop-in hours, where people can ask questions about accomplishing pedagogical goals or even just troubleshooting a problem. There will be coffee!