CategoryTools

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

Paste

<iframe src=’https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=1xuY4upIooEeszZ_lCmeNx24eSFWe0rHe9ZdqH2xqVNk&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650′ width=’100%’ height=’650′ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen frameborder=’0′></iframe>

 

Edit the brackets

[iframe src=’https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=1xuY4upIooEeszZ_lCmeNx24eSFWe0rHe9ZdqH2xqVNk&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=650′ 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, amy.harrell@trincoll.edu

ToW: Protecting Your Digital Identity

Are you interested in protecting your digitTip of the Weekal identity? Doing so not only provides a layer of protection from online harassment, but also promotes positive data practices. To do so, visit the Center for Solutions to Online Violence and follow their guide on locking down your digital identity. Some helpful tips they recommend include the following:

This simple step will make it much more challenging for anyone to log-into your accounts. This also is a great way to ensure that your account is not accessible on devices where you have logged in previously (just make sure you always log out of your accounts!)

Another great tip is to assess what information is freely available about you online:

If you are interested in using the programs listed above, you can visit them at Pipl, Zaba, and Spokeo. Although these tools cannot remove all information that is available about you from the web, they can give you a better idea of what information is available and give you strategies for limiting its pervasiveness.

ToW: New Assignment Feedback and Annotation Tool

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Over the summer Moodle was upgraded to the latest release which includes a few new features. One of the more useful features is the addition of a reviewing panel  for giving feedback on assignments. When you grade an assignment that was submitted as a Word doc, PDF, or the online text option you will have the ability to add feedback and annotate the document right in the grading interface – no need to open or download the files first. You can add text notes, highlighting, or draw shapes on the document. This can be much faster than downloading Word files to add comments then re loading them to give the students feedback.

If you give feedback on assignments submitted in Moodle this tool should be a great time saver for you. More information on this feature can be found in the Moodle documentation at https://docs.moodle.org/33/en/Using_Assignment#Annotating_submissions.

 

 

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! 

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.

TOW: Using Qualtrics for Survey Research

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There are many ways to field a survey online including free services such as Google Forms and Survey Monkey. But what if your survey requires some complex logic or you need to track participants and automate the process of sending reminders and follow up emails? Trinity College has a subscription with Qualtrics, a powerful and flexible survey tool used by many top researchers. While it does take some getting used to it is easy to use and is powerful and flexible enough for any survey research you can throw at it.

To get started simply go to http://trinity.qualtrics.com and create an account using your Trinity email address. You will then have access to a sandbox area where you can design a survey and see if it is the tool for you. If you decide to use it for your research you should contact your department’s Instructional Technologist and we can help get you started. We will have to fully enable your account before you can activate your survey. To do this we will need some information from you especially proof that you have completed the Institutional Review Board process.

 

Lynda.com

What is Lynda.com?

Lynda.com is a massive archive of video tutorials. It’s a great way students, faculty and staff can learn specific software (like every variety of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint), programming concepts and skills (like WordPress, HTML, CSS and Javascript) and design principles (like typography, color theory and typography).

How do I log in?

Every member of the Trinity community has access to Lynda.com, on campus or away!

First way:

  1. Click this link to go to lynda.com
  2. Log in with your Trinity College username and password.
  3. The first time you do this, you’ll need to verify that the information we’re using to authenticate is correct.

Second way: 

  1. Go to lynda.com
  2. Select “Log in” on the upper-right part of the screen
  3. In the dialog box that pops up, click on “organization login” then scroll down to “enter your organization’s URL.” This is trincoll.edu
  4. Log in with your credentials. Again, the first time you do this, you’ll need to verify your authentication information.

How do I find what I need?

There are a lot of videos on Lynda.com, and it can be hard to know what one you need. Fortunately, there are a few ways to find the content that will fit your needs.

  1. Use Lynda’s search feature. Start by entering the specific name of the software you’re looking for (like Microsoft Office 2016 – it’s important to include the version) and the phrase “essential training.” This will return a list of videos and courses that the Lynda.com editors have flagged as, well, “essential” for the software you are learning.
  2. Browse Lynda’s library. lynda_topicsIf you know the general discipline of the skill you’d like to learn, Lynda’s library has a nice interface for browsing their content. Clicking the “library” link next to the search bar will open a tray of all the disciplines Lynda covers. So if you want to learn about typography, you can probably find a lot of great tutorials in the Design category. Here’s what the library browse tray looks like:
  3. Take a look at one of Trinity’s curated playlists. Our curated playlists are works in progress, and we’re adding more all the time. Below are the ones we have put together so far, but if you’re looking for something different, make an appointment with the STA office, and they can help you find what you are looking for.

Curated Playlists

Adding text annotations with hypothes.is

Hypothes.is is a great tool for collaboratively annotating text on websites, and it’s WordPress plugin is a reliable way to add this functionality to your site.

Contact your instructional technologist if you’re interested in adding the hypothes.is to your WordPress site, or want to talk about how you can add this tool to your course content.

site with hypothesis plugin activated

When you are on a WordPress site that has the hypothes.is plugin activated, you should see the hypothes.is bar on the right side of your browser window. Click the arrow to expand the tray to get started.

create a hypothesis account

If you don’t have a hypothes.is account, you’ll need to create one. Please note that this is independent from your Trinity account – if you need help resetting your password, you will need to go through the hypothes.is site, not the Help Desk.

Back on the original WordPress site, open the hypothes.is tray, and click "Sign in."

Back on the original WordPress site, open the hypothes.is tray, and click “Sign in.”

When you've successfully signed in, you will see the annotations that have already been added to the page.

When you’ve successfully signed in, you will see the annotations that have already been added to the page (when the hypothes.is tray is open).

Once you're logged in, you can add annotations of your own. You can add annotations to the overall page, or highlight specific text to make direct comments.

Once you’re logged in, you can add annotations of your own. You can add annotations to the overall page, or highlight specific text to make direct comments.

Previewing lynda.com

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Effective *yesterday*, Trinity College has started offering all faculty, staff, and students full access to the thousands of training videos available on lynda.com. They’re great for brushing up on a particular software package, or, for example, to make sure all the students in a class know how to use Excel’s pivot tables, or ArcGIS, or inDesign. (Many thanks to the Dean of Faculty, to Human Resources, to Career Development, and to the Library and ITS for making this possible.)

We will be coming out with much more information in a week or so about how to use this effectively, and especially about how to incorporate it into your classes, but there’s no reason people can’t log in now. You can log in one of two ways, either is fine:

First way:

  1. Click this link to go to lynda.com
  2. Log in with your Trinity College username and password.
  3. The first time you do this, you’ll need to verify that the information we’re using to authenticate is correct.

Second way: 

  1. Go to lynda.com
  2. Select “Log in” on the upper-right part of the screen
  3. In the dialog box that pops up, click on “organization login” then scroll down to “enter your organization’s URL.” This is trincoll.edu
  4. Log in with your credentials. Again, the first time you do this, you’ll need to verify your authentication information.

if you have any questions, please get in touch with Jason Jones.