CategoryTip of the Week

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!


TOW: Adjusting a grade item in Moodle

Tip of the WeekAre you using Moodle to calculate grades for your class? Do you want to adjust (or curve) a quiz or assignment score after everything has been graded?

This is easy to do in Moodle, but you need to know the settings. First, for grade items added manually, navigate to the settings for the grade item by first going to Gradebook Setup under Course Administration. Under the column labelled ‘Actions,’ select ‘Edit Settings’ in the row of the grade item that you want to change. For Moodle activities, such as assignments, navigate from within the course to the Edit settings page under ‘Assignment Administration.’

Let’s say that you want to adjust the maximum number of points on a 100 point quiz down to 95 (which would raise the percentage scores for each student). On the Grade item screen, you will see a notice that grades have been awarded, so in order to change the maximum grade, you must choose whether to rescale the grades.

The ‘Rescale existing grades’ setting has two options – Yes or No. Selecting Yes means that the existing grades will be rescaled so that the percentage grades remains the same. Selecting No means that the percentage will be recalculated to reflect the new maximum – which is what you want. After you set ‘Rescale existing grades’ to No, the maximum grade box will be activated, and you will be able to enter in a new value. Click on ‘Save changes’ at the bottom of the screen, and you are all done.

If you have any additional questions about the Moodle Gradebook, contact your Instructional Technologist!

TOW: Using Twitter Archiving Google Sheets (TAGS)

Have you ever wanted to see how many people are tweeting about #NetNeutrality? Or do you want to look through tweets from the 2016 Presidential campaign to see how media covered the election? If you’re interested in scraping data from Twitter, consider using Twitter Archiving Google Sheets (TAGS) a program that collects tweets in a Google spreadsheet–making the tweets easy to analyze and visualize using digital tools.

Here is a brief instructional video to get you started:

Once you have enabled TAGS, your data will appear in a spreadsheet like the one below. This sheet will tell you who tweeted, what they tweeted, and when the tweet was posted. All of this information will allow you to trace a hashtag from beginning to end, to see what topics were most debated, and to determine who participated most. Such data can enrich our understandings of the reach of information and activism on Twitter. You can even make searchable location map of the top tweeters in your data set.

TAGS is a great tool to use to research prevalent social issues and an excellent way for students to gain a richer understanding of both their social media presence and their digital skills.

If you’re interested in using TAGS but don’t know how to get started, feel free to contact Educational Technology to get started!

Digital Storytelling Resources

Tip of the WeekIn the Spring of 2017 The Community Learning Initiative offered a workshop on digital storytelling for community learning which was facilitated by Brianna Derr, Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist for Video at Bucknell University. Brianna’s Digital Flavor site contains a wealth of information on digital storytelling projects including example projects, assignments, syllabi and many other resources. 

The site provides details on many assignments and types of projects including documentary film, ethnography, podcasts, digital essay and more. 

Some of the resources you may find useful for planning your project include:

Some examples of the Trinity College projects presented include:

Course: History 260: The Struggle for Civil Rights (Instructor: Cheryl Greenberg)
Project: Mapping the civil rights movement in Marks, Mississippi
Key Concept: Empower student engagement through a visual historical narrative
Presenter: Cheryl Cape, Educational Technology

Course: Art History 227: Public Art (Instructor: Alden Gordon)
Project: Documentation of public art and curation of thematic walking tours in Hartford
Key Concept: Transform student research into a “public good”
Presenter: Sue Denning, Educational Technology

Course: Data Visualization internship seminar,
Project: Data Visualization for All, free online book and course,
Key Concept: Tell your story on the web with free and easy-to-learn chart and map tools
Presenter: Jack Dougherty, Educational Studies

Course: Psychology 339: Developmental Psychopathology (Instructor: Molly Helt)
Project: Digital Public Service Announcements (PSA) to deliver a “core message”, Bullying PSA
Key Concept: Use multimedia to deliver stories with an impact
Presenters: David Tatem, Educational Technology, and Shannon McAvoy, ’16 and Danielle Rock, ‘16

As always the Educational Technology staff would be happy to work with you in developing and implementing a project with your students so come to us with your ideas and let’s collaborate!

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,



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



TOW: Our STAs are here to help your students!

Thinking of a digital storytelling project?Tip of the Week
Want to have your students create a short video for the class?
Interested in a class blog?

The Student Technology Assistants are here to help faculty and students with your class projects.  Just a few of the things we can help with:

  • WordPress
  • Multimedia projects using iMovie and Audacity
  • Photoshop and storyboarding
  • PowerPoint presentations and posters
  • 3D printing

In addition, they can help with other instructional software, such as Moodle, PowerPoint, and charts and graphs in Excel.

The STAs are available MTWTH, 8 am – 8 pm, Friday, 8 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, noon – 8 pm, in the new Center for Educational Technology on Level 1 of Raether Library. You can also call (860-297-2589), email ( or make an appointment online. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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. 


ToW: Make Everything More Accessible with SensusAccess

Tip of the Week Keeping up with reading is a critical part of college success, and so making sure course materials are available in a variety of accessible formats is important. For example, some faculty and students with low vision use screen readers to navigate the web and read documents. Others need documents in Braille. Anyone can require accommodations at different points–for example, students with concussion often can’t look at a screen, but need to be able to keep up with coursework.

To respond to this need, Trinity has subscribed to a software service called SensusAccess, which converts files from less accessible formats into more accessible ones. To take only the handiest example: SensusAccess can take a PDF document, even a basic one made by a copy machine, and turn it into an MP3, an e-book, a plain text file, or even just a PDF with semantic tags that allow a screen reader to better describe the content. It can also take a batch of text and give you an accessible version, or convert a web page.

SensusAccess is available to anyone with a Trinity email address. Just go to the main SensusAccess page, identify the kind of material you want to convert, and follow the on-screen instructions. After you’re done, you’ll get an email indicating the file is ready. One of the great things about the service is that it’s self-contained, so anyone can request a file be converted at any time–there’s no need to wait for business hours.

If you have any questions about working with SensusAccess, please don’t hesitate to contact anyone in Educational Technology!