Technology Workshops Fall 2019

Technology Workshops Fall 2019

Moodle Basics 

Sept. 6, 2019 Library Electronic Classroom 10:00 am 

 moodle iconFor new or returning faculty: Learn or review the basic operations of Moodle, including adding content of different types; adding special activities such as assignments, discussion forums, and attendance tracking; emailing students; and managing enrollments. RSVP to moodle@vassar.edu. Friday Sept. 6 10am in the Library Classroom.

 

Faculty Open House in the Vassar Innovation Lab

Sept 6, 2019, Vassar Innovation Lab  2-5 pm

What if you could use a laser to cut through solid materials?makerspace door Or fly for miles without leaving the ground? What would you do with these powers? In our maker space, we have the tools to grant you these abilities, but we need your ideas to bring them to life. Come explore the world of maker technology, including laser cutters, 3D printers, drones, virtual reality, and more. Drop in any time after 2:00 on Friday, Sept. 6. (adjacent to the Old Bookstore). 

 

Save Today So History is Not Rewritten Tomorrow 

Sept. 25, 2019,  Library Electronic Classroom 3:30 pm

page not found by Image: Freepik.comAttendees will be encouraged to pick a theme and curate websites that are at risk and relevant to them personally. Student groups are welcome to come and save data that is important to your work. The goal of this workshop is to inform attendees in a very personal and hands-on way the fragility of data and the digital world as you know it. It will provide you with the tools to not only preserve but to also curate a moment in time. 

This workshop will provide an introduction to tools such as Archive-It and will use Google Sheets during the hands-on session. Contact Nicole H. Scalessa, Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services for more information, nscalessa@vassar.edu.

 

Into to Campus Audio Resources 

October 9, 2019 Library Electronic Classroom 3:30 pm

Chicago Hall Audio Recording in progressPlanning to record voice or music and you have never done it before? Interested in podcasting? Perhaps you have an interview you need to edit and share? We’ll review free and cross platform tools and review resources for audio production. We’ll conclude by visiting the audio production facilities in the basement of Chicago Hall. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services. Please rsvp to babailey@vassar.edu (suggested but not required).

 

Intro to Adobe Premiere

October 16, 2019 Library Electronic Classroom 3:30 pm

Interested in learning to edit video with a powerful and popular software suite? Come to this hands-on workshop where you will learn to use Adobe Premiere Pro. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services. Please rsvp to babailey@vassar.edu (suggested but not required).

Linux Penguin

 

Intro to Linux Part I

Nov. 1, 2019  Sci Vis Lab, Bridge Building 3:30 pm

Linux is an open-source operating system that can run on any computing device in the world! Come learn how to get started exploring the Linux world on your very own laptop, or use one of our computers. We’ll learn a brief history of Linux, look at the high-level structure of the operating system, talk about situations in which Linux would be a preferable OS, and start navigating the command line ourselves. We will go over common commands and how to navigate the file system, learn about permissions, shortcuts, and methods of installing software. Led by Chris Gahn of ACS. Please rsvp to chgahn@vassar.edu (suggested but not required)

Intro to Linux Part II

Nov. 8, 2019  Sci Vis Lab, Bridge Building 3:30 pm

Part II of the Intro to Linux Workshop will pick up where Part I left off. We will become more comfortable with navigating the command line, and introduce several new commands and programs. Finally, we will attempt to create our own Shell Script to perform some automated tasks. Led by Chris Gahn of ACS. Please rsvp to chgahn@vassar.edu (suggested but not required).”

 

Intro to Photographic Resources

Nov. 13, 2019 Library Electronic Classroom 3:30 pm

Need to put together your senior portfolio? Want to submit work to galleries or other exhibition calls for entry? Interested in stop-motion animation? Come to this workshop and learn about all the photographic and stop-motion filmmaking resources available to you on campus. Organized by DiSSCo, Led by Amy Laughlin of Academic Computing Services.  Please rsvp to amlaughlin@vassar.edu (suggested but not required).

Start Mapping with QGIS

Nov. 15, 2019 Sci Vis Lab Bridge Building 3:30

QGIS is a free and beginner-friendly way to start mapping with GIS (Geographic Information System). In this workshop we’ll learn how to find spatial data common to historical and social science research, and visualize it with QGIS mapping. No previous experience necessary. Taught by Carolyn Moritz, Digital Technologies Librarian.

 

 

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Technology Workshops Fall 2018

Technology Workshops – Fall 2018 Flier – post October Break

 

Intro to Video Editing with Premiere Pro          

11/02 Friday 2:00 pm Library Electronic Classroom 160

Interested in learning editing video or recording a narrated presentation?

Come to this hands-on workshop where you will learn to use Adobe Premiere Pro. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services. Please rsvp to babailey@vassar.edu (suggested but not required).

 

Intro to Linux

11/07 Wednesday 3:30 pm, Sci Vis Lab, Bridge Building

Linux is a free and open-source operating system with superior security and Linux Penguinperformance to MacOS and Windows. Come learn how to get started exploring the Linux world on your very own laptop, or use one of our computers. Learn about the many “flavors” of Linux, how to use the terminal (command-line), and how to install and update software from a package manager. Led by Chris Gahn of Academic Computing Services. Please rsvp to chgahn@vassar.edu (suggested but not required).

 

Poster Making and Basic Design

11/16 Friday 2:00 pm Library Electronic Classroom 160

illustrator environment pencil imacNeed a poster for an academic conference? Want to print a giant poster for your event? Come to this hands-on workshop, learn basic design and how to use Adobe Illustrator to lay out a poster. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services. Please rsvp to babailey@vassar.edu (suggested but not required).

 

Photographing and Documenting your Artwork

11/28 Wednesday 3:30 Taylor 104

Need to put together your senior portfolio? Want to submit work to galleries or other Photographing artwork linesexhibition calls for entry? Come to this workshop and learn how to document your artwork and to do basic Photoshop editing. Led by Amy Laughlin of Academic Computing Services.  Please rsvp to amlaughlin@vassar.edu (suggested but not required).

 

Experience VR

12/07 Friday 2:00-4:00 pm Collaboration Studio, Main Library

woman wearing a VR headsetInterested in 360 video or experiencing Virtual Reality? We’ll have an Oculus Rift and a Playstation VR setup, as well as several 360 video viewers. Come try these devices out and discuss how they might impact education. Organized by Academic Computing Services and the Library.

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Making Posters and Fliers at Vassar Spring 2018

by Baynard Bailey

Making Posters at Vassar Presentation (link requires VC gmail login)

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You can use any software you like to create posters or fliers. The most common applications used are Adobe Illustrator and MS Powerpoint. The goal is to create a .pdf that can be shared with the printer. Adobe Illustrator is available in the library electronic classroom and the 24 hour space of the library (AKA DMZ).

Here are some ACS created tutorials for creating academic posters with Adobe Illustrator:

  1. Graphic Design Tutorial (12 minutes)
  2. Illustrator Tutorial (25 minutes)
  3. Exporting Tutorial (4 minutes)

Print jobs smaller 11″x17″ or smaller go to the Copy Center, and can be picked up at the post office counter in college center.

Print jobs larger than 11″x17″ go to Media Resources, which is in the basement of the College Center. Further details and to submit a print job please visit https://servicedesk.vassar.edu/catalog_items/307242-poster-request

If you would like to arrange training for faculty or classes, please email acs@vassar.edu

If you are hosting a poster event or poster session, please contact campus activities to reserve their foam boards and/or easels: campusactivities@vassar.edu

I’ve helped many classes create posters for academic purposes. Here are various poster sets created by students I’ve trained (some links require VC login):

 For additional inspiration, here are some useful links:

For a list of upcoming public workshops keep an eye the events listed in our Moodle site or visit http://pages.vassar.edu/dissco/events/

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Digital Storytelling Work at Vassar

I love teaching digital storytelling workshops to classes at Vassar. The students seem to enjoy it and the faculty are pretty happy with the results. Departments include French, Japanese, Psychology, Education and Anthropology. I was reviewing students’ examples in preparation for the upcoming LACOL panel and I was blown away by all the amazing and diverse work done by the students.

Here’s a quick summary of the kinds of digital storytelling projects that I have helped classes with over the years:

French – Digital Storybooks for FREN 206 with Mark Andrews, Tom Parker and Susan Hiner.

Japanese – Digital Storybooks for 200- and 300-level courses with Peipei Qiu and Hiromi Dollase.

Psychology – End-of-term research presentations with Mark Cleaveland’s students

Education – Semester-long collaborations with Adolescent Literacy students and their middle school partners (workshops every week)

Anthropology – A variety of uses, including digital ethnographies and engaged research

We use Final Cut Pro X at Vassar for these classes. FCP X is a powerful and easy-to-use editor. It is available in the Library’s Electronic Classroom and Digital Media Zone. Students with Macs can get a 30-day free trial license.

The goals vary by classes. Sometimes the professor wants a rich medium to tell a story. In Mark’s class, he wanted polished presentations that acted as crucibles to bring together all their research. For 

Lessons Learned:

  • Provide lots of support
  • Don’t assume the students know how to do things
  • Sound is more important than video
  • Things improve with iteration
  • Set clear expectations 
  • More faculty / instructional technologist collaboration is better
  • It is helpful if the faculty member can model or provide examples
  • Allow time for things to go wrong
  • Try to keep track of where you put things
  • Measure success by faculty “happiness” level

This is an example of a digital ethnography.

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This was produced for community engaged research:

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This is an example from a final group project for a Psychology class.

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French 206

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Japanese stories (behind Moodle login Moodle

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