About Academic Computing Services

Mission Statement (2009):

Academic Computing Services provides leadership and expertise in instructional technologies for Vassar College. ACS works with Vassar faculty, students and other college constituencies towards the purposeful integration of digital technologies and new media into the college curriculum.

Academic Computing Services is committed to:
– Consulting with faculty members about instructional technology needs
– Collaborating with faculty members on curricular design and scholarly work
– Providing instruction on the use of technologies for teaching and learning
– Managing the design, production and assessment of long term academic projects
– Exploring and promoting best practices for teaching with technology
– Advocating for faculty needs within Computing and Information Services

Vision Statement: the long-term impact of accomplishing our mission (2011):

Building on Vassar’s tradition of teaching and learning in an intimate setting, as well as its important focus on interdisciplinary connections, learning technologies will increasingly enhance the rich academic experience of the college community.

We envision a future in which the process of curricular development at Vassar takes place as a collaboration among faculty, educational technologists, librarians, and pedagogy specialists. As learning technologies become widespread, the effort of identifying, implementing, and assessing the purposeful use of these tools will require the involvement of all participants. This approach will help create a campus culture of sharing and cooperation.

Digital technologies are transforming the nature of scholarly work in a fundamental way. Recognizing this, educational technologists will focus on developing a high level of digital literacy in our academic community, particularly the ability to create, share and evaluate information using learning technologies.

By fostering the use of tools and practices that suit the liberal arts paradigm, Vassar will become a model for the integration of technology and education.


Recent Posts

Technology Workshops Fall 2022

Intro to Moodle moodle icon

Friday, September 2, 10:00 – 11:00 am on Zoom

Intended for instructors who are new to using Moodle (though others are welcome as well). Led by Steve Taylor of Academic Computing Resources. https://vassar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuc-GurjgsHdBICegCb5Nn-g94fCZrxdUT


Sci-Vis Open Sessions: Working with Blender 3D

First session: Wednesday, September 14, 3:00 – 4:00 pm BLS 101 (the Sci-Vis Lab) 

Meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm

blender community badgeBlender is a free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animation, art, visual effects, 3D printed models, motion graphics, interactive 3D applications, VR, and computer games. Participants will receive an introduction to the new interface of Blender 3.0 during the first week, and get access to high-powered desktop computers to work through personal 3D modeling projects in a communal setting.

Led by Karly Andreassen of Academic Computing Services, please email kandreassen@vassar.edu in order to share your interest in this weekly workshop series, or for general information on getting started with 3D modeling.


Innovation Lab Open Sessions: Intro to 3D printing

First session: Wednesday, September 14, 3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Vassar Innovation Lab3d printer creative commons

Drop-in every Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Learn the software and tools involved in 3D printing and see how 3D printers work. Participants will learn the workflows involved in sending print jobs to the 3D printers in the Innovation Lab. Bring your own 3D models from the Blender modeling class or learn how to find 3D objects online. Led by Chad Fust of Academic Computing Services.


Moodle Accessibility Toolkit

Friday, September 16, 10:00 – 11:00 am on Zoom

We are adding new accessibility tools to Moodle. Students will be able to accesswebsite accessibility alternative formats for their Moodle materials, and instructors will be able to evaluate the accessibility of their Moodle sites and fix any identified issues. This workshop will demonstrate those tools to you. Led by Steve Taylor of Academic Computing Resources.



Campus Resources for Building Websites

crane building a web page free image from pixabayWednesday, September 21, 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Zoom 

Need a website? Before you pay for hosting and support off-campus, let’s review the resources you have available to you as a member of the Vassar Community. We’ll provide an overview of Google Sites, pages.vassar.edu, and our new resource : vassarspaces.net – where we empower users to become sys admins and install their own apps (WordPress, Scalar, Omeka and more!). Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services and Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services. Register: https://vassar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsd-irrTwpH9XvMsUM870dJZh_dhwDPEKY

happy vassar students recording

Intro to Audio Recording and Campus Resources

Wednesday, September 28, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Main Library Electronic Classroom

Planning 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 nook and the studio in the basement of Chicago Hall. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services.


Intro to Stop-Motion Animation Workshop

Friday, October 7, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Taylor Hall 318stop motion lab of VCU libraries from their flickr

Interested in Stop-motion animation? Come learn about Dragonframe animation software. Discover how to access campus resources such as cameras and studio space available to you to make your stop-motion film.

During this workshop I will be showing some stop-motion examples and demonstrating the basics of starting a project in Dragonframe. Please email Amy Laughlin ( amlaughlin@vassar.edu ) to reserve a space in the class. 

Intro to Omeka

Wednesday, October 26, 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Zoom

Omeka is a free, open-source content management system for online digital collectionsomeka logo that allows users to publish and exhibit scholarly collections and cultural heritage objects. This workshop will begin with the basics of creating an account and installing Omeka and its associated plugins. The most useful plugins and best practices for their use will be covered along with theming and site customization. Led by Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services Register: https://libcal.vassar.edu/event/9537514 

Intro to Digital Storytelling and Video Editing with Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro icon, desktop and cameraWednesday, November 2, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Main Library Electronic Classroom

Interested in learning video editing or recording a narrated presentation? Come to this hands-on workshop where you will learn to use Apple’s powerful but easy to use video editing software. Led by Baynard Bailey of Academic Computing Services.

Intro to Scalar 

Wednesday Nov. 9th 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Zoom 

scalar logoScalar is an open source, web-based publishing software from the University of Southern California’s Alliance for Networking Visual Culture that allows you to create networked, multi-media online publications.This workshop will begin with the basics of installation along with creating accounts, projects, and content path. It will also cover the management and inclusion of media, such as images and video. Led by Nicole Scalessa of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services.Register: https://libcal.vassar.edu/event/9537517

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