CategoryNews & updates

The Educational Technology website has moved!

Please visit our new location at http://edtech.domains.trincoll.edu/. 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.

 

 

 

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: http://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/its/computing/Pages/default.aspx

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.

Best,
Antonio

ANTONIO CRESPO
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Trinity College
http://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/its/security/

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

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.

Join Our Team:
We’re Hiring an Instructional Technologist

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Trinity College is hiring an instructional technologist this fall. (It’s a replacement position*, not an expansion of the group.)

While the ad speaks for itself to some extent, I did want to highlight some other reasons why this is a good moment to join us.

The college has made significant investments recently in the educational technology group, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future:

  • We’re now a Domain of One’s Own campus, with a pilot currently underway and a more formal rollout slated for the spring.
  • With the help of a donor and some of our own money, we’ve been investigating emerging technologies such as 3D printing (available to the campus for free), virtual reality machines, and drones. One of the instructional technologists has been leading a working group to get a policy approved for the campus, and has helped kick-start a student drone club.
  • The college has just added a digital scholarship coordinator, Christina Boyles, and is building a Digital Scholarship Studio, which will come online in January. This will add two learning spaces, a recording studio, an imaging room, and a couple of meeting rooms to the usable space of the library.
  • Educational Technology is housed in a newly-redesigned space that supports collaborative student work as well as innovative technological pedagogy.
  • We’re doing a lot of cool projects–we were part of the #prmapathon for Puerto Rico a couple of weeks back, and are launching a physical computing working group this fall. We support a portfolio program that we expect to grow over the next couple of years.
  • We develop courses for edX, and have some more very exciting courses in the pipeline.
  • Instructional technologists have freedom to teach, both in the form of workshops but also in Trinity’s J-Term program (one instructional technologist, Cheryl Cape, is team-teaching a course on modeling financial data in our Bloomberg lab; the other, Dave Tatem, is team-teaching a course on drones and mapping) and interdisciplinary courses in research methods.
  • I take professional development seriously as a manager, and send people to conferences and help them make presentations and publish articles.

Over the past couple of years, we have laid the groundwork for some major developments in educational technology and digital scholarship, and they are starting to bear fruit. We welcome applications for the position, ideally before Thanksgiving; in the meantime, if I can provide any helpful information about Trinity or about our group, please don’t hesitate to be in touch!

*The person who’s leaving is going to an instructional design job at a startup in Brooklyn.

Photo “OG Instructional Technology” by Flickr user Tom Woodward / Creative Commons licensed BY-NC-2.0

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! 

Looking back at #Domains17

Trinity Ed Tech folks at #Domains17

#Domains17

This week, most of the educational technology group went to Oklahoma City for the Domains 2017 conference, jointly hosted by Reclaim Hosting and the University of Oklahoma.

We went because we are quite close to setting up a pilot instance of Trinity Domains, a Domain of One’s Own project (see also: A Domain of One’s Own in a Post-Ownership Society) that will give faculty, students, and staff the digital infrastructure to stake out their digital identity and develop new, exciting forms of scholarship. Since setup is imminent, the conference seemed like a good way to see what other schools were doing, and to make connections for when we inevitably need help.

We’re launching the project because we want to be able to support as much open, web-based teaching, learning, and scholarship as possible, in as many forms as possible, and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to experiment online.

I don’t think any of us at Trinity were well-positioned to do a proper “review” of #Domains17, as we don’t yet have access to the Domain of One’s Own setup, and so don’t have fingertip knowledge of what’s easy, what’s hard, or anything like that.

In lieu of that review, then, here’re a few thoughts:

  • #Domains17 was a great short-conference experience, at an interesting venue and with lots of very friendly, collaboration-minded people. Lauren Brumfield, Adam Croom, Jim Groom, and everyone associated with the conference deserve a lot of credit. 13/10, would attend another event.
  • Martha Burtis’s keynote, “Neither Locked Out Nor Locked In,” is a really great starting point for thinking tangibly about some of the reasons one might want to pursue a Domains project.
  • It also primed me with a thought that held up very well throughout the conference: Her entire section on “WordPress as Symbol and Choice” decries the fact that WordPress often becomes the default way to inhabit a domain of one’s own, which is . . . problematic. Students and faculty need to be free to have domains with different technology options, even if we all have to stretch a bit in terms of what we support, and what people have to support on their own a little bit.
  • Once you’d heard that talk from Martha, it was hard not to realize that the conference schedule was quite WordPress focused. There were more examples of “here’s how to do a cool thing in WordPress” than there were examples of “here’s a successful instructional use of Domains.” This is neither good nor bad as such, but it was just interesting to see the lay of the land. Since we have two multisite WordPress installations on campus, the temptation to default to WordPress will be something to both resist and work with.
  • Switching gears a little: On a personal note it was neat to see Jon Udell talk about annotation. It’s probably not the thing he’d pick to be known for, but I’ve shown his screencast on Wikipedia & the heavy metal umlaut to thousands of people over the years.

There will be more thoughts on this over the summer—and I’d certainly invite Amy and Dave and Sue to chime in with their impressions—as we get started. Certainly it’s the case that I jotted down a ton of things to look into as soon as we’re up and running, which I hope to be able to report on soon!

Photo with all four of us by Tom Woodward, shared under a Creative Commons-BY-SA-2.0 license